The film is broken into four different stories that manage to intersect into one another’s vignette is how “Pulp Fiction” plays out. Besides altering the timeline of the stories, characters from different stories appear in the background, writer and director Quentin Tarantino show filmgoers in this 1994 film his penchant for dialogue, storytelling and his usage of violence in the crime noir format.
The film opens with the introduction of a couple at a diner, Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer), discussing their future before returning to the moment in the film’s end. From the moment of dialogue comes the film’s frantic speed and energy with Mr. Tarantino’s usage of classic music to get the mood of the film started.
He then transitions to the story of two hit men, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) on the case of a missing briefcase, whose relevance remains open to interpretation, for their boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). His character is open to interpretation of the importance of his character and who he represents.
The role of Vincent Vega shows an unrecognizable Mr. Travolta showing his ability to portray a sympathetic foe. Mr. Jackson shows his ability for comedic and dramatic side in quoting passages from the Bible while being a terrifying figure that one can’t help but admire and fear.
When the aforementioned Vincent Vega is given the task of accompanying his employer’s wife, Mia (Uma Thurman). Mr. Tarantino cleverly introduces her character by focusing on a prominent body part of her that is foretold to have cost a man his life at the hand of Marsellus.
Mr. Travolta shows that after a period of time that he still has the moves on the dance floor. Speaking of moves, he has to compose himself with her knowing what his boss is capable of doing. This leads to a moment in the film of panic and duress as her life is in peril and he’s forced to resort to drastic action in a matter of life and death.
From hit men, who go about their day and work as ordinary individuals, the film shifts to a story of an aging boxer who doesn’t have much left with Bruce Willis as Butch. He’s given the chance to throw the match while he’s able to get a payout. The film focuses on the theme of second chances and how these characters go about with their lives after dramatic moments.
With an ensemble assembled for this film, it doesn’t matter whether the role are leading or supporting as each are given their moment to excel and carry the movie forward in this recollection of stories from the past are given an updated retelling of crime noir.
Classification: 2014 Blu-Ray Vault
Movie Grade: 5 stars out of 5 stars: Despite the film’s length the four stories told in the city shows what happens to the individuals as they go about their lives.
Blu Ray Grade: 5 stars out of 5 stars: A compilation of the past special features mixes with updated content in which actor’s reminisce of their roles. It also features content in regards to the past and present critics along with additional content to keep viewers busy.
Rating: R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality
Timing: 2 hours 34 Minutes
Genre: Drama, Crime
Director& Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Story: Roger Avery
Actors: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer and
Bruce Willis with Ving Rhames.