If Quentin Tarantino is known for something, it is his love for crisp dialogue and unexpected screenplay. Pulp Fiction, came at a time when the cinema goers flocked to theatres for romantic comedies and grand wedding love triangles. Pulp Fiction changed the way we look at cinema, it drove the audience to ditch the rose tinted glass and hit the hustling diners of the world.
Pulp Fiction is known for its extensive use of homage and pastiche, a prime example of post modern cinema. The film has intersecting storylines of mobsters, small time criminals, fringe players and a mysterious briefcase. Pulp Fiction is an action film sans unnecessary gore; the insurmountable tension, the wielding of power is depicted through impressive monologues and inertia induced movement. One of the most memorable scenes in the film is John Travolta and Samuel. L. Jackson breaking into an apartment full of unsuspecting youngsters. Samuel L Jackson’s deliverance from evil monologue, the diner takeover by HoneyBunny and Pumpkin, the dinner date between Mia Wallace and Jules, and the terror Marsellus Wallace commands despite the lack of his on screen presence make this film the masterpiece it is.
In its trippy alternate universe wonderland, the film’s self reflexivity, unconventional structure and neo –noir attributes make for Tarantino’s best work. For the cynics of the genre, the film could seem like commercial escapism or a detached narrative but for cinema lovers around the world, the film boasts of old school noir passions, cutting edge dialogues, brooding melancholy and operatic death scenes. While John Travolta was lurking in the shadows of his yesteryear blockbusters, Tarantino honed his performance in Pulp Fiction as the groovy gangster with game; Samuel L. Jackson is hilarious and terrifying in equal parts and Bruce Willis with unparalleled fight within him, the actors in this film carry the screenplay across the line of fine.
A director who can make a café look like a death rink, a diner into a sensuous playpen, a boxer look like a sensitive lover, all while providing edge of the seat entertainment deserves kudos. The character development through the film is so subtle that a drastic change in the outlook in the character’s perspective doesn’t seem forced. The film has unbelievable proportions in terms of storytelling and transcending reality.
Pulp Fiction is not the kind of film you watch on a day that you are down and out, but it is definitely a film you watch when you want to get up and about.