Movie Review: Pulp Fiction (1994)

If you’re reading this, one thing you may not know about me is that I actually went to school for a year to study film. I studied iconic scenes, shots, styles and stories in both films and television from the past century.

You begin to develop a greater appreciation for a director’s certain style when you watch their films carefully. I think that’s something that I’m doing even now. I can still enjoy films and television as an entertainment medium, but I find myself watching them much, much closer than I ever have before.

I remember being in film class surrounded by my peers, and they’d begin discussing certain films and television shows that were widely popular – some decades old, some still covered in freshly-coated paint waiting to dry, but I begun to realize that I had missed a lot growing up.

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Pulp Fiction, for example, is a film that I only watched for the first time last night. I am 25 years old; the film is about as old as I am, and yet I’ve never taken the opportunity to watch it and really understand why it has such a cult following.

I will do away with the details and just get right to it: I really enjoyed this film. From the opening scene, right up until the closing shot, and even as the credits rolled, I was left with a smile on my face.

There are so many iconic moments in this film, and it’s hard to even pinpoint one particular favourite. I really do admire all of the actors in this film because every character is so well-developed, and the dialogue is so fresh and fun. It’s a film that still holds up just as strong as it probably did in the 90s. In fact, it doesn’t even look like a film that was shot in the 90s, I could see something like this today in theaters.

I didn’t realize this until I began to ponder over this review, but I absolutely love John Travolta as an actor. I think he’s got such an incredible range in his performances that I feel may fly under the radar of those who still see Travolta as the handsome ladies man from Grease in the 70s.

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Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis both gave incredibly dominating performances, and all three actors remain a testament to what success looks like in Hollywood.

But it all comes back to Quentin Tarantino. He’s a colossal creative mind and an absolutely inspiring writer and director who makes the films that he wants to make. I was reading somewhere that Tarantino was heavily inspired by music when writing his films, and especially in Pulp Fiction, there are a number of scenes that just move forward with the help of music. This is especially so in the scene where Uma Thurman’s character is quote-unquote “powdering her nose”, while Travolta’s Vincent Vega is in the bathroom going over the plan to have one drink and leave.

The film clocks in at about 2 and a half hours, which is quite long, but if you’re a fan of Tarantino’s work, time won’t matter because you’ll just be pulled along for the ride.

Final Score: 10 out of 10

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3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Pulp Fiction (1994)

    1. Exactly! Especially when Travolta and Jackson’s characters enter the bar in different clothes near the beginning, I was like “hey, what made them decide to wear those clothes?” Very neat

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