Probably one of the most iconic movies directed by Quentin Tarantino and one reference in cultural and historical terms, “Pulp Fiction” stands out as one of the most peculiar movies ever made and its innovative style is still powerful and contagious. Known for the particular pace and nonlinear storyline, for the amazing cast and for the mix between iconic dialogues, humor and violence, “Pulp Fiction” is a remarkable movie that competed against “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Forrest Gump” at the Academy Awards for several categories such as Best Picture. Awarded with the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994, “Pulp Fiction” stars some of Hollywood’s biggest names from John Travolta to Christopher Walken.
“Brett: He… he’s black…
Jules: Go on…
Brett: He’s bald
Jules: Does he look like a bitch?
Jules: [Shoots Brett in the shoulder] DOES HE LOOK LIKE A BITCH?
Jules: Then why you try to fuck him like a bitch?
Brett: I didn’t…
Jules: Yes you did. Yes you did! You tried to fuck him. And Marcellus Wallace don’t like to be fucked by anybody except Mrs. Wallace.”
“Pulp Fiction” is divided into seven narrative sequences that are not shown chronologically which is probably one of the most fascinating details of the movie. Although the different narrative sequences focus on different incidents, in the end everything is connected and the all the characters interact in a fascinating way. The whole thing starts in a diner that “Pumpkin” (Tim Roth) and “Honey Bunny” (Amanda Plummer) decide to rob, then there’s the sequence “Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’s Wife” in which Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) talk about the French McDonald’s while they’re on their way to accomplish a task ordered by their boss, the gangster Marcellus Wallace. This is also the first time the audience hears Jules reciting a “biblical” pronouncement that is one remarkable moment from “Pulp Fiction”. After the meeting between Vincent Vega and Marcellus Wife, there’s the iconic story about the Gold Watch in which a Vietnam veteran Captain Koons (Christopher Walken) explains the unforgettable journey of the clock to young Butch, who will later become a fugitive boxer after killing the opposing fighter, which made Marcellus losing money. Until the end, there’s still time for more Vincent and Jules, for Tarantino and for an epic epilogue that I will never forget.
“Fabienne: Whose motorcycle is this?
Butch: It’s a chopper, baby.
Fabienne: Whose chopper is this?
Butch: It’s Zed’s.
Fabienne: Who’s Zed?
Butch: Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.”
The iconic dialogues are definitely a key element in the movie. There are several memorable quotes and all of them are connected to the best moments in the movie. From the unforgettable talks between Jules and Brett, the poor guy from the briefcase sequence to the dialogues between Vincent and Jules, in 10 minutes of “Pulp Fiction” there’s a lot of fruit that demands to be squished. And if you believe that “Pulp Fiction” is a mere comedy and that’s not a big deal, you’re far from being right. “Pulp Fiction” has Tarantino written all over the scenes with characters you won’t forget and moments that will make you laugh really hard. A timeless movie that is not only a must see, but also a movie experience you must share with your closest friends.
“Jules: I’m not giving you that money. I’m buying something from you. Wanna know what I’m buyin’ Ringo?
Jules: Your life. I’m givin’ you that money so I don’t have to kill your ass. You read the Bible?
Pumpkin: Not regularly.
Jules: There’s a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.” Now… I been sayin’ that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You’d be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. See, now I’m thinking: maybe it means you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here… he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. And I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd. “
While Samuel L. Jackson steals most of the show with his awesome dialogues and his amazing presence, there’s always room for Travolta to shine and his scene with Uma Thurman will make you wish for a milkshake. Bruce Willis as a fighter saw his career changing forever with a performance that gave him respect as a great actor he still is. And if all this names don’t mean that much to you, remember that there’s still the funniest story ever told by the charismatic Christopher Walken. All this combined with Tarantino’s style and a dazzling soundtrack makes “Pulp Fiction” one of my favorite movies. Watch it with your friends and share it with everyone you know because this is probably Tarantino most iconic work to date and between critics and audience, is really hard to find a soul who hasn’t enjoyed a lot Vincent and Jules journey. Whether is for the unforgettable characters and dialogues or for the nonlinear sequence of events that is always present in Tarantino’s movies, “Pulp Fiction” has a strong essence that deserves to be enjoyed. In the end, “Pulp Fiction” is, for all the reasons I’ve stated before, not only a classic but also a 5-star movie that has everything to be my pick for this week’s “Must”.