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.
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.
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