Review: PULP FICTION: Outrageous, violent but influential.

Pulp Fiction

by Devon P.

pulpfictionOutrageously violent, time twisting, and possibly one of the most influential movies ever created in the 1990s, Quentin Tarintino’s “Pulp Fiction” will fill your addiction for an R rated crime film, with a rich dialogue and original mix of violence and humor.

Directed in a very ordered manner, this film follows several stories of Los Angeles hit men, fringe players, smalltime criminals and a mysterious briefcase. Pulp fiction is host to many well known actors and actresses, either making their debut, or reinforcing fame to their career. Among the most recognizable are John Travolta as Vincent Vega, Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield, Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace and Bruce Willis as Butch Coolidge. Pulp fiction is based mostly on dialogue and humor, which is very crude and contains a large amount of foul language and profanity, thus the rating R.

The acting in this movie is extremely up to par, and is nothing less from what you would expect from A-list actors like the ones featured in Pulp Fiction. Samuel L. Jacksons extreme usage of foul language really makes you believe that he is a hard criminal. His authority over those that he speaks to really makes his character that much more believable. Some of the dialogue that goes along with a scene in the beginning of the movie, where Vincent Vega, And Jules go to send a messages to associates of their boss, is completely irrelevant to the task they are going to carry out. This small side talk dialogue really makes the feel of the whole scene believable and more relatable.
Quentin Tarintino shot this movie in a very postmortem style. Lots of still shots looking straight ahead at the actors face with them, or someone else talking. The movie was shot in a very low stock, which gave the effect of an almost no-grain image.

The music in this film was enjoyable, but nothing new. There was no film score created for this movie, which was a little disappointing. The music played was a lot of rock and roll, soul, and pop songs. This gave the movie a very surf, relaxed kind of feel.

No big special effects were used in this movie, except for the gun shots fired in several scenes, which is expected of a movie like this. If there were a lot of special effects I think it would ruin the feel of the movie.
I give this movie 10 out of 10 for originality and creativity. The humor and violence really appeal to me, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes some good laughs, but doesn’t mind extremely crude humor and lots of drug use and reference.

Devon P. is a grade 12 Journalism student who has a strong love for crime related movies.


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