Director: Quentin Tarantino
Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino
Stories Written By: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avery
Producers: Lawrence Bender
Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Maria de Madeiros, Rosanna Arquette, Uma Thurman
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 154 Minutes
The film is automatically a modern classic, but is also a timeless piece of art. Tarantino has been inspired by several 70’s gangster features. However, he was able to create something entirely different and changed the crime genre completely. Each character has two sides to them. One side being completely calm and sociable, and the other being defensive and violent, but without being completely mindless. There is a substantial amount of character development and we get to see all aspects of their personalities without deviating away from the plot.
The cast is absolutely superb, with fantastic performances all round. I was particularly impressed with Bruce Willis’ character, Butch Coolidge. Willis usually plays the typical action hero in most of his films, and there is certainly action involved for his character, but he gets to branch out and show his emotion towards Madeiros’ character, Fabienne. This breaks away from the majority of Willis’ films, and I was impressed because I didn’t think that he had the ability to show that side of a character’s personality.
Much like Tarantino’s other films, the feature is shot in an innovative style, with a mix of violence and humour thrown together, this could potentially be homage to Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, as that film also mixes violence and humour. Pulp Fiction was like the Star Wars of its generation. Because it was seen as more of an Indie film rather than a blockbuster, It inspired many unknown directors to try to do as Tarantino did.
The film is fantastic, and is a timeless piece of art.
By Eammon Jacobs