So let’s be honest, I have been incredibly slow to watching this absolute Quentin Tarantino classic! Who hasn’t heard of ‘Pulp Fiction’? Yet I quiz you to actually tell me the plot because after watching this classic, after too many years and recommendations from family and friends, I could not tell you a define plot of what actually happens over this two-and-a-half-hour film.
‘Pulp Fiction’ is split into named chapters which tell the stories of mini movies. There are recurring characters and the whole film is cleverly linked into a circle – which I loved. But everything in the middle doesn’t seem to have much connection – this tended to confuse me as I didn’t really understand what was going on. However, the ‘mini movies’ as such, were excellent. I was absorbed into each story, mesmerised by what was going to happen, horrified by the extremities, intense with the unknown.
There were some stories I appreciated more than others. I think the best would have to be the one with John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Within this chapter, there were so many memorable and classic moments – such as the coolness of the twist dance, the ‘comfortable’ silences, the famous meme of John Travolta confusingly wondering around the house (you know the one). Both actors are phenomenal, all are in the entire movie, of course! With actors like Uma Thurman and John Travolta, is Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and Tim Roth. Then, we have Quentin Tarantino as one of his films he’s made a cameo in.
As a Quentin Tarantino film, every chapter had some sort of violence in it, some a lot more extreme than others. This film is one riddled with crime embedded with symbolism; in every chapter there is a lot of meaning. Gangsters are at the centre of this film but they do not control over the narrative; other characters have a lot more input than you would believe.
‘Pulp Fiction’ is odd, puzzled in a single narrative. I don’t fully understand what the whole film is about, but every chapter is a film on its own and clever in its creation. The cinematography and acting is outstanding, every character comes to life on screen and it so unbelievably real – particularly the main three (Travolta, Thurman and Jackson). It is so obviously a classic in its own right, phenomenally executed. I would watch it again!