Having seen plenty of Quentin Tarantino movies, I have noticed several trends throughout. They are usually a little funny and a little intense; contain old western style music, also weird with some humorous moments as well as try too hard at certain points. Oh and they’re usually very bloody. So except for the last one, “Pulp Fiction” checks off every mark on the standard Tarantino checklist.
So the real question is, are all of those traits a good thing? Well yes and no. This movie weirded me out at plenty of points but kept me interested throughout the full two and a half hours. And that’s saying something since the film did not have a true plot per se.
Instead the movie focuses on a group of characters that one way or another tie into each other. Plus they are all really weird. Whether it is the two robbers at the beginning who aren’t really set for their current predicament or John Travolta’s Vincent Vega who is all kinds of weird, no character would fit in real life but still make you interested to see what’s next for them.
As the film continues, you see more and more characters show their true personalities including Bruce Willis as the boxer Butch who almost gets himself raped and killed to get a precious watch. Sure he seems nice with his girl at the start but his true passion and anger becomes apparent once he realizes she did not pack his watch.
By far, my favorite character was Jules, the classic Samuel L. Jackson character. He has his common yelling and cursing but it goes with a little more intensity and belief plus even more quotable lines especially at the beginning. It’s everything you want from him.
But while the characters have their strong moments, those can be overshadowed by exceedingly weird moments. At the forefront of which was Butch and Ving Rhames’ Marsellus being captured in a basement…and I’ll let you figure out the rest. If you have seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. If not, I’d prefer you find out on your own.
However this is what Quentin Tarantino is all about. He wants you to have a reaction in more ways than one. You will laugh, you will be nervous and you will certainly be shocked. But no matter what, you’ll feel something. And when you consider that the movie had more of a fragmented plot with no real resolution, it only makes sense why “Pulp Fiction” is considered Tarantino’s masterpiece.
I think the best description for this film is that it is the ultimate Tarantino experience. Whether you love him or hate him, “Pulp Fiction” encapsulates everything his movies are about. They can be interesting or they can be the weirdest thing you’ll ever see but mark my words, no one forgets a Quentin Tarantino movie. So I guess that’s what makes this movie so memorable.