Pulp Fiction (1994) – I Don’t Smile for Pictures

I don’t really know “Pulp Fiction” is the “overrated” film ever. While not QT’s fans, this film is one of the films that changed the Hollywood game until now. It’s one of the most important and influential movies ever. Film school even often talks about this movie, especially in terms of dialogue and shot by shot. But, hands down the most films I’ll watch forever. It’s a movie that has the greatest yet brilliant cast ever. Just call out Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, and friends.

With a non-linear flow, “Pulp Fiction” tells the story of interconnection between unrelated characters. It will later unite into one whole story. With the premise, the stories cannot be separated from violence and redemption. It opens with the first story. Amanda Plummer as Honey Bunny and Tim Roth as Pumpkin. They discussed how they robbed a bank and liquor stores. Pros and cons arise. Until in time, they finally prefer to rob a restaurant they visit in.

The second story tells about John Travolta as Vincent Vega and Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield. They are both mobsters who work for Ving Rhames as Marsellus Wallace. It opens how they must keep their character in catching a room in an apartment. To find a MacGuffin, they welcomed by a group of teens who were enjoying their junk food. The third story tells about Vincent who must take care of Uma Thurman as Mia, Marsellus’ wife. Obviously, it’s a difficult job which turns out to be as funny what the best moments have ever been.

The fourth story tells of Bruce Willis as Butch Coolidge. He is a veteran and a boxer. In addition, he asked by Marsellus in a contract to budge. However, Butch instead beating and kills his opponent who asked to. Until finally, cat-and-mouse begins. Turns out, it doesn’t work. All of those stories have the same fate: coincidence and interconnected. The characters then combined into the same theme: redemption and violence.

This is not too confusing for a non-linear plot. But what happens if this film doesn’t exist? Ryohgo Narita even seems a bit inspired by QT. It’s like QT directing “Baccano!” And “Durarara!!” which are both greatest pieces of anime in my opinion. Besides anime, so many films use the same theme. Just call it “Memento” or “The Usual Suspects,” both greatest pieces of cinema as well. But, what distinguishes all those from “Pulp Fiction”?

Enjoy this film as if see a game of “coincidence” that is so tasty to eat. What makes this film so unique is that the way it’s directed is unusual. What I’m surprised at, how does QT take an amazing inspiration for this film? In an interview, he used various references to execute every scene in this film. One of his many were inspired by “Band of Outsiders” directed by Jean-Luc Godard and “Charley Varrick” directed by Don Siegel. But, that, in my opinion, is still not enough. I just don’t know where he got a treasure in his head. You could say, “Pulp Fiction” is so memorable for its characters, dialogue, scenes, everything.

Sometimes, the tone of this film is always changing. For each scene, there are ridiculous, funny, full of twist, surprising, and shock. But, what are the scenes? I do not know. Everything is more precise. There is a hitman who spoke about the fake bible and kills people and the dance scene between Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace. Christopher Walken’s monologue about a watch he hid in his butt and a boss mafia who fell in a trap of two “insane” people. There was a scene when Vincent accidentally pulled the trigger of his gun so he fired Marvin’s head (Phil LaMarr). Man, there are so many of it. I just don’t want to start anymore.

As far this movie has an “important” character and unique in it, “Pulp Fiction” raises one of the biggest questions. What exactly is in the briefcase? It’s a popular MacGuffin after Rosebud from “Citizen Kane.” Just good game, QT. Like what the director said, you can imagine anything. This film changes and fills the pop culture in color. Not the structure that makes this film a masterpiece. However, the characters are original. Original, unique, colorful, and of course, their dialogues. Are you satisfied in mentioning that word again? In fact, it is truly a fact.

“Pulp Fiction” is just a good-game-well-played masterpiece. I’m just aware of how many classic films are outside. One of them is this film, changing film far from films in general. So many quotes that you can quote. So many scenes can be analyzed or executed one by one. No actor wants to have many roles. Everything as its balanced. And it works so well. In fact, for a film that is only full of talking and talking, I don’t know what else. Just love when I heard Dick Dale’s “Misirlou” again for the umpteenth time. It’s like there will be something unexpected coming to you.

5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.