We are introducing a new article series, FFF: Five Fav Films. You will be getting a review from five special people (Colby King, Lacie King, Blake Burrough, Jesse Ingram and Callie Ingram) We thought it would be fun to do some pieces on our favorite films. We are kicking it off we THE COLBY KING. His review is for Pulp Fiction and later this week you will be able to catch his first TV review: Making a Murderer. Its gonna be good. Thanks for reading!
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Director – Quentin Tarantino
Writers – Quentin Tarantino
Starring – Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis
Rating – R (Language and Graphic Violence)
Genre – Drama, Comedy, Action
Metascore – 94/100
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Did you just order a $5 Shake?
Pulp Fiction was my first experience with writer and director Quentin Tarantino and has been one of my favorite movies ever since. Its original, it’s fresh, and there’s nothing else like it. If you haven’t seen this movie you should, but be prepared to be confused. When I finished it for the first time it took time to process the disorienting journey that I experienced. The screenplay is not written in chronological order which leaves the viewer suspended at times throughout the film giving it a perplexing flair.
That being said the story isn’t really the focus of this movie, in fact the story as a whole isn’t that interesting. The brilliance of this movie is in the individual scenes and character relationships. Tarantino’s characters and the way they interact is absolutely vivid.
What is it about these characters that make this movie unique? For starters they are all developed well. Each one is unique, and from just a few scenes of dialogue you’ll have a keen sense of who these people are. Secondly, the characters and who they are juxtaposed to, create rich and funny dialogue along with incredible situational comedy. Lastly every single one of these characters have the most chaotic, unpredictable, and far out days of their lives. The fashion in which these characters react to the miracles, betrayals, near death experiences and redemptive circumstances makes this film a cut above any other. The non-sequential writing makes the film chaotic and leaves the viewer disoriented and unable to follow along traditionally or make any predictions resulting in genuine surprise. You can watch this film 100 times and still have trouble predicting the next scene. After all the dust settles this smattering of short stories could essentially be three totally different movies, but the brilliance of Tarantino is his ability to weave characters, situations and story together through dialogue to create a truly unique experience.
Another theme that is consistent throughout Tarantino’s films is his excessive use of profanity and violence, both of which are present in this film. This film uses the f-word around 265 times, you may think that’s a bit much but because of the way Tarantino crafts his dialogue it fits in perfectly. It makes his characters more realistic, this is the vocabulary these characters would have had. They use it to intimidate, they use it for jokes, even in the small talk conversations the characters have throughout their day. Even with extreme violence and profanity Tarantino consistently communicates positive themes of redemption, forgiveness and justice, and that’s what makes Tarantino’s style so unique. The result is that his films and screenplays are soaked in irony, yes they are violent and overtly explicit but the stories are delivered in such a hopeful way that it leaves the audience conflicted. But It doesn’t feel out of place, it fits with the characters, and that’s Tarantino’s style. Overall this is my favorite Tarantino film, the characters and the atmosphere they create is unmatched.
The499 Rating – 10 / 10
Author : Colby King