The wacky and haunting world of Quentin Tarantino unravels for one of the first times in this iconic 1994 treasure, “Pulp Fiction.” This film is the quintessential movie of the 90’s, stamped with Tarantino’s signature allure for gore, violence, controversy, and convoluted, overlapping, and time-bending plot-lines. This movie established Tarantino as a dextrous, unconventional, madcap filmmaker, and a very dynamic storyteller to say the least. Tarantino was one of the first directors who made a conscious effort to embrace and feed off the weird, the incredible, the callous, the somewhat sinister, and absolute absurdities of life to fuel a crime story on crack. Tarantino’s fearlessness in tackling taboo topics and his heavy-handed knack for the bizarre manifest themselves in an amazing and memorable milestone film.

 

The movie follows the three separate story lines, overlapping in some places and switching back and forth in time from flash-backs to flash-forwards. The first story line follows a pair of your average neighborhood hit-men, played by Tarantino’s cronies, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta (whose role in this movie single-handedly reignited his career). The duo have such sinister conversations as the European versus American monikers for various fast food items (“What do they call a Big Mac?” “Le Big Mac”) and squabble over such topics as the plausibility of miracles and optimal body disposal methods.

 

The second story follows Bruce Willis, a battle-weathered boxer who is attempting to escape the tangled web of fixed fights and mob entanglements with his fiance, and who gets trapped in a series of extremely unfortunate and not just life-threatening situations in his quest to reclaim a treasured item. Bruce Willis’ acting in these twisted scenes is legendary if not slightly disturbing, and many an essential quote has been spawned through his performance (“Zed’s dead, baby… Zed’s dead”).

 

The third story line follows Travolta on a date gone awry with the charming wife of a notorious mobster, Marsellus Wallace. The role of Mia Wallace is played by the stunning Uma Thurman in another inspiring performance from one of many outstanding cast-members. Her character famously has a drug overdose and is administered a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart.

 

Overall, the masterfully written screenplay (which won an Oscar for Tarantino and Roger Avary in 1995), the Oscar-nominated performances from a quirky and star-studded cast, and the unique and shocking subject matter in the complex story lines make for an essential and altogether strange Tarantino brand 90’s masterpiece.

 

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