Movie Title: Pulp Fiction
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Date Released: October 14th, 1994
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
I went to see this last night at the anniversary event, the celebrating 20 years of film-making Tarantino – and I am so glad I got to see this on the big screen. This is one of the best films ever made. The opening scene is one of the best ever, the plot, amazing, and just everything about this movie is great.
The anniversary event was especially cool because we had a good 10-15 minute series of interviews with cast members, producers, etc. I’m sure it’s on the DVD but it was a nice little intro. Then there were 3 trailers chosen by Tarantino. The trailers were Machine Gun McCain, Scarface, and The Killer (a Chinese movie with Yun-Fat Chow… link here). They were, obviously, great trailers for the movie. It got you in the mood.
Beyond the just pure genius of the film-making, the writing of this movie is amazing. The one liners, the whole conversations, the amazing scenes that you would think would NEVER work in a million years (hint: Bruce Willis in a bondage mask thing), and yet they all do. Even a theater of mixed generations will laugh, gasp, and have a great time no matter how many times you’ve seen the movie. Everyone should see this movie because it is one of the greatest of all times.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
There’s a great synopsis here.
My two favorite scenes are the opening scene – with the spur of the moment decision to rob the restaurant – even though they’re discussing it, you still don’t think that they’ll do it. Then it wraps around as a nice “frame” of the story to the end. I love it.
My other favorite scene is watching Butch decide that he needs to save Marsellus. I’m a firm believer in if you have a legitimate chance to escape, freaking do it. But, in this case, it worked out. And they weren’t crazy horror movie people (which is where I base my “rule” off of) – just sick fuckers. I then love watching him go through the weapons. Personally, I would have gone for the chainsaw, but I do realize that you needed a sneak attack – so the hammer or the sword were probably the best choice. Then watching Zed wither on the floor.. yeah, I’m a sick fuck. But I love that whole Butch – Marsellus interaction going on… “So, we good?” etc.
Now that I think about it, I also equally love the scene when Mr. Wolfe is helping Vincent and Jules clean out the car at Jimmie’s house. This could partly be because I’m secretly in love with Harvey Keitel, but I’m not really sure. I love that character. How polite he is, how respectful he is, and what a complete bad ass mother fucker he is. Those are the best types of “villains” if you want to call him that. I mean, you know someone who is the expert at hiding crimes has to be some type of evil – but he doesn’t come off that way and it’s just amazing.
One of the best movies of all time that I could watch again and again, and that everyone should see.