Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Pulp Fiction (1994)

It might be pretty bad for me, someone who calls themself a bit of a film nerd, to have only just caught this Tarantino classic, but what can I say?

Anyway, Pulp Fiction is pretty much the definitive Tarantino flick: brutal, slick, extravagant, surreal and hilarious. Made up of a somewhat massive ensemble cast, we follow three main storylines that intersect and run parallel, and not necessarily in chronological order. It feels a lot like watching a short miniseries in a way, the three acts could easily function as standalone features to be watched seperately and on different occasions, with a nice overarching story arc revolving around the gangster Marcellus Wallace.

Each part of the film works exceedingly well. with everyone involved giving a pretty much astounding performance. But the real standouts are, as I'm sure any 15-year-old who *thinks* enjoying Pulp Fiction makes them mature will agree, John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson and Uma Thurman. Playing two hitmen and a gangster's wife respectively, they all deliver characters that are endearing and dramatic, populating their world, one that could only exist in movies like this, perfectly.

It's these over-the-top characters that craft the film into Tarantino's mould. Everything is dark and a little ridiculous, making sure that the piece lives up to its title perfectly: it's not a literary classic, it's just some very well produced, trashy Pulp Fiction. But damn if isn't some of the best trashy pulp.

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