Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is in my opinion one of the most influential indie films of all time being parodied and referenced in countless mediums. To name a few, The Simpsons, NBC’s Community, Fall Out Boys “Uma Thurman.” At the time of its release in September of 1994, Tarantino was a relatively unknown personality, he wasn’t the box office god he is today. Pulp Fiction being only his second film which he both wrote and directed, (a trend he would continue through his entire film career so far) his directorial debut being the fantastic cult classic “Reservoir Dogs.”
“Pulp Fiction” is probably best known for its distinct style, its incredible writing and its chapter driven – non-linear storytelling, something Tarantino would become well known for in future films. The story, while simple enough, is extremely intriguing. Starting with the line, “No, it’s too dangerous” instantly giving the viewer the sense that something interesting is going on. As the two characters discuss their crime habits, (and why they aren’t efficient) we watch as they come to the conclusion to rob restaurants, and where do these low end robbers happen to be? A dingy diner off of 137th street in Los Angeles.
Then we are introduced to Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, arguably two of the coolest and most recognizable characters ever put on a film screen. Played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson respectively. (Jackson was relatively unknown at the time, with Tarantino writing the part of Jules especially for him)
This is a crime comedy for the ages, whether the characters are discussing foot massages or divine intervention, the dialogue is sharp, the cinematography is simple yet intriguing, and the performances are incredible.
Other characters we meet along the way include Ving Rhames’ character Marsellus Wallace. Bruce Willis as the over the hill boxer Butch Cassidy, Uma Thurmans incredible Mia Wallace, and several other small parts that provide one of the best supporting casts of all time. The supporting cast includes names like Christopher Walken, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, and Eric Stoltz.
If you haven’t seen this movie, by all means please watch it, although I should warn you, it being a Tarantino film, there is a plume of harsh language, drug and alcohol content, and violence. With a well deserved R rating the movie can seem harsh and crude but if you aren’t opposed to these things this is a must watch or anyone who likes movies.
If you see this movie are are looking for more Tarantino, most of his 9 films are on Netflix, one is on Hulu, and his newest outing “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is currently in theaters starring Brad Pit and Leonardo DiCaprio