rating: (out of
United States; 1994
Directed by Quentin Tarantino; produced by Lawrence Bender; written by
Quentin Tarantino; stories by Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim
Roth, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stolz, Ving
Rhames, Maria de Medeiros, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino
Below you will find a temporary review for this film.
The real (better, more complete) review will be online very soon.
‘Pulp Fiction' is Quentin Tarantino's second movie and it is even better
than his first, ‘Reservoir Dogs'. If you have seen that one you know it is
quite an achievement. For me this is one of the best movies I have seen and
together with ‘Schindler's List', ‘The Silence of the Lambs' and may be some
others it is a modern classic already. I can watch it over and over again,
discovering new things every time, never be bored for a second. And where
you get a little depressed watching ‘Schindler's List' you will get excited
with ‘Pulp Fiction'.
This is the most influential movie of the nineties and not without reason.
The storytelling is simply brilliant and copied so much that the
Tarantino-crime movie is almost a complete new genre. Three stories are
told, definitely not chronological. The stories involve a robbery of a
coffee shop by Pumpkin (the wonderful Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda
Plummer), two hit-men Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield
(Samuel L. Jackson) who work for Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) and a boxer
Butch (Bruce Willis) who has to go down in the fifth round, a deal he made
with Marsellus, but does not do that.
Uma Thurman is Mia Wallace, the wife of Marsellus, and Vincent has to take
care of her on a date that goes not exactly as planned, Christopher Walken
is Capt. Koons who explains why a certain watch is so important for Butch
and Harvey Keitel is Winston Wolfe, known as The Wolf, who solves a bloody
problem for Vincent and Jules. Director Tarantino is Jimmie who is also
involved with that problem.
‘Pulp Fiction' is too hard to describe, mainly because you discover some new
story elements every time you see it. The dialogue is great and funny and
always on the right place, the violence is there but not as much as you
would think. Another great thing is the briefcase we see in the movie. We
never learn what is inside and the object alone creates its own
philosophies. A brilliant movie with perfect performances. Travolta's big
comeback, not without reason, Thurman who has the best scene in the movie,
Jackson, Keitel, Roth and Walken are all great, a nice cameo by Steve
Buscemi and a great small part by Rosanna Arquette. A masterpiece.