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Pulp Fiction (1994), 10/10

Pulp Fiction (USA, 1994)
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Rating: "If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go home and have a heart attack." (10/10)

Direction: 5/5
Cinematography: 4/5
Art: 3/5
Script: 5/5
Editing: 3/5
Costume design: 5/5
Soundtrack: 5/5

Pulp (pulp) n. 1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter. 2. A book containing lurid subject matter, and being characteristically printed on rough, unfinished paper.

Is it honestly possible to rate Pulp Fiction with impartiality? I would say... not. It is, after all, the film that officially founded Tarantinoism, this great religion that has one quoting Jules' version of Ezekiel 25:17 at the most random and inconvenient times, or smirking when one hears anything about Big Macs.

Pulp Fiction was a turning point in cinema history. The shock had been attempted by other great directors before: nevertheless, it was still new, raw material. The blatantly overdone violence of it all (most of it off-screen, but still gory, almost absurd), brilliant dialogues (everyday, seemingly trivial, often vulgar chitchat), practically flawless acting (when has Travolta been better than this?)-- it all adds up to a hard-hitting movie of positively Tarantino-ish proportions.

There isn't much else to say. Or rather, there is--but it's useless to do so when one hasn't experienced the greatness of it, and even more so after that. Tarantino is somewhat lacking in the technical department, but he more than makes up for that.

As it was mentioned before, this is clearly Travolta's best work. His Vincent's interaction with Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) is responsible for many of the film's most memorable quotes, effortlessly discussing McDonald's and foot massages in-between hits. He's a heroin addict; Tarantino is not judgemental. The scene in which Mia (Uma Thurman) ODs and nearly dies is, paradoxally, one of the funniest in the movie.

Samuel L. Jackson portrays with his usual impeccable talent the gangster Jules, who "sees the light" after a near-death experience. The expression on his face as he quotes Ezekiel 25:17 (Tarantino's version of it, anyway) is absolutely memorable.

The third plot -- 'The Golden Watch' -- deals with Bruce Willis' Butch Coolidge. It is many people's favourite part, and probably the most polemic of the three. It includes the famous rape scene of Marsellus (not-graphic, but, of course, a "big deal" anyway) and a short, somewhat shocking appearance by Christopher Walken (the only possible reaction to his speech: eww); in it, Tarantino's sloppy editing skills shine through most evidently. The script shows its only defficiencies here, slowing the pace of the previously unstoppingly scathing gibberish to include some 'ordinary' lines.

What else is there to say about the acting? Uma's there, of course: a much younger Uma than Kill Bill's, with short black hair and much more fragile (but equally intense).

Tim Roth


Trying real hard to be the shepherd.

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