Title: Pulp Fiction
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Original Release: 1994
My Overall Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Pulp Fiction is actually three interweaving stories, told out of sequence. In "Vincent Vega and Marsellus's Wife," LA hit man Vincent (John Travolta) entertains his boss's wife (Uma Thurman) for an enjoyable but ultimately catastrophic evening. In "The Gold Watch," boxer Butch (Bruce Willis) cheats the aforementioned Marsellus (Ving Rhames) out of a gambling fix. In "The Bonnie Situation," Vincent and his partner Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) must dispose of a dead body.
The film resurrected one acting career (Travolta), rejuvenated another (Willis) and catapulted two others to Hollywood's A-list (Thurman and Jackson). The acting is outstanding almost across the board, though the writing sure makes it easy. The one weakness is Tarantino's own appearance as Jimmie, the unfortunate friend who finds himself the unwilling accomplice in body disposal. Yet another director is tripped up by his own narcissism...
My favorite part of the movie is the last scene. It is the end of "The Bonnie Situation" but is not the end of the overall sequential narrative. I wonder now if that was intentional or if the non-sequential narrative of the film evolved more organically. Jules's final monologue provides a wonderful summation of the moral landscape of the entire film. It might lose some impact without the benefit of the completion of all three stories. Also, I'd think it would be difficult to follow the emotional intensity of that last scene with much of anything.
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