265 times fuck

The four main characters, from left to right; Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), Mia (Uma Thurman), Vincent (John Travolta) and Butch (Bruce Willis).

The only thing I associated Pulp Fiction before watching it was Quentin Tarantino’s name. To be honest, I haven’t seen much of his work, but from what I’ve seen –namely this movie, the trailer of Django Unchained and most of Inglorious Bastard– I can say I like his work. But what makes it so special?

Pulp Fiction consists out of four bizarre, non-chronological stories. All of them revolve around Marsellus Wallace, the local head honcho. One of his henchmen gets in huge trouble when he has to take Marsellus’ wife Mia out, boxer Butch tries to get out of town after he fails to complete the orders Marsellus gave him and Vincent’s partner Jules thinks he’s been saved by God.

Director Quentin Tarantino starring in his own movie as Jimmy.

Is it all the swearing –‘fuck’ is said 265 times-, the A-list actors and the violence

there are movies made today with the same three elements. I think what makes this movie stand out is the way it’s shot. The scene where Vincent has to inject a shot of adrenaline right into Mia’s heart had me watching from behind my fingers, simply because Tarantino knows how to keep the tension high. Another example of his particular style is the one-take scene before Jules and Vincent enter an apartment. You don’t see many scenes like that anymore.

I enjoyed the countless references to things like our own country’s drugs policies or the story behind the female cab driver, for example. I think it’s only fair that Pulp Fiction is considered a classic, not only because it’s visually a great movie, but also because it’s a hilarious movie!


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