Wow. A little over a month of film resolutions and here we are at the very last review for Resolutions 2014. It’s okay, guys—don’t cry. It isn’t goodbye; it’s see you later. See this series later, that is. Not me. For better or worse, I’ll be sticking around to blather away. Pinky promise. 😉
As for my last film resolution, it’s high time I got around to reviewing this one. After all, it is the film I cited when I first introduced the idea of this series. I’ve been putting it off, I think, because I was convinced I wouldn’t like it for some reason. And you know what? I was wrong. I liked it! I can’t say that I’m in a rush to watch it again (it’s a daunting two-and-a-half hours, and it’s pretty bizarre), but it was quite an experience. Anyway, here’s my take on Pulp Fiction!
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Synopsis: “The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.” –www.imdb.com
What I liked:
- Samuel L. Jackson. He’s awesome in basically everything I’ve seen him in, but this is one of his best roles by far. As thoughtful hit man Jules, he’s funny, clever, and surprisingly relatable. Plus, he has the best lines.
- Uma Thurman. To be honest, I haven’t really seen Thurman much (I haven’t even seen either of the Kill Bill films all the way through), but she’s great in this. She plays Mia, a coke-snorting gangster’s wife, but she’s weirdly charming and definitely one of the most interesting characters.
- Bruce Willis. As boxing champ Butch, he’s his usual tough-guy character, sure, but there’s definitely more depth here. He shows a softer side with his girlfriend, he has a downright scary temper tantrum, and he redeems previous bad behavior with a heroic deed. Great character.
- The dialogue. For a very bizarre film, it actually has pretty believable dialogue, and I love that aspect. It brings a degree of realism to everything—if only a tiny degree. Haha.
- The adrenaline shot scene. I knew what was coming because I’d come across the scene before, but I was tense the whole time. One of the best moments of the film.
- The soundtrack. In a word, it’s awesome. Particularly the main theme, which I could jam to all the time (I have a version of it by 2Cellos on my iPod).
- The concept. It’s very cool and clever. Frankly, I think Quentin Tarantino is one of the few directors who can throw in so many crazy elements and still pull a film off.
What I didn’t like:
- The dialogue. Yes, I listed this as a good thing, too, but sometimes it drags on and on whenever you just want something to happen already.
- John Travolta. As hit man Vince, I expected Travolta to be much more impressive, especially given that he was nominated for multiple awards. For whatever reason, he was mostly “meh” to me (aside from the dance scene, of course). Maybe he simply pales in comparison to Jackson. Maybe I don’t buy him as a hit man. Or maybe I’m just not a Travolta fan.
- Quentin Tarantino’s cameo. I think it’s fun when directors make cameos in their films, but Tarantino actually plays a fairly significant role in this, and…well, he’s no actor. It’s not a bad cameo, per se, but I think it feels kind of forced.
- That scene with the rednecks and the gimp. It’s weirdly, darkly funny and interesting, but it’s also THE definition of a wtf moment. Like, seriously, whaaaaat?
- The abrupt ending. The credits started rolling and all I could do was keep staring at the screen. I understand why it ends that way (it’s certainly not the kind of film you can wrap up in a neat little bow), but it left me kind of puzzled and not entirely satisfied.
A Worthy Resolution? Absolutely. Pulp Fiction is bizarre, violent, and filled with characters you probably shouldn’t like…but it’s also a ton of fun, very interesting, and one of the most unique films I’ve ever watched. Sure, it tends to drag sometimes, but the movie as a whole makes up for these moments. As I said, I’m not exactly in a hurry to watch it again (to me, it’s not one of those you can watch over and over), but I can easily see why this is Tarantino’s masterpiece.
My Grade: A-
That’s a wrap! Thanks for sticking with this series, kiddos! It’s been very fun, and I appreciate all of you for reading. And I especially appreciate all of you who participated! You’ve made my job easy! In order of earliest appearance, I would like to thank: Eric, Rob (for all FIVE of his posts!), Zoë, JJames, Thomas, Mikey, V, Chris, Abbi, Luke, Drakulus, Table 9 Mutant, Thy Critic Man, Alex, and Brian. You all brought something excellent to this series, and I ❤ you for it. Group hug!!
Not sure exactly what’s on the horizon as far as a new series. I’m trying to come up with something as cool as this and failing miserably so far. Haha. I will keep you posted. And if you have any brilliant ideas, I am all ears. As for this week, expect reviews of possibly two new movies, hopefully a post to catch up on a few awards, maybe a post or two on some TV stuff, and…well, who the heck knows what else? Have a great day, you awesome people! 😀