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#81 | Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Cinema Classic

A series of incidents intertwines the lives of two Los Angeles mobsters, a gangster's wife, a boxer and two small-time criminals. One of Tarantino's most influential and unforgettable features, Pulp Fiction (1994) is likely to appear on most peoples favourite movie list. With its killer soundtrack, electric characters and truly original storyline, this movie is by far and easily one of the most uniquely made movies in the last three decades.

Tarantino is known for his iconic style and personality whilst filmmaking, the man knows how to make a good movie. He writes detailed and overtly realistic dialogue, who knew listening to two mobsters discuss a cheese burger would become to profoundly iconic? Tarantino knows what the audience want to see and a huge part of his brand and identity as a filmmaker and writer is the idea of revenge.

Tarantino, in my book, is the modern voice of revenge. Alfred Hitchcock is the master of suspense, Elvis is the King of Rock'n'Roll and Tarantino is the overlord of Revenge. Quentin Tarantino has a talent at creating characters, both good and bad who the audience easily falls for. In particularly during Pulp Fiction we root for the bad guys, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield are mobsters but we mourn for the death of Vincent and prey for Jules to seek sweet revenge. The special detail about Pulp Fiction is the ongoing cross over of storylines, we meet several characters who are all intertwined and accidentally interacting with one another whilst the narrative plays out of order. Pulp Fiction is a true cinema trip for any movie lover, revenge acts as the core of the feature and the characters act as pawns in a game.

Tarantino is most known for is his looking-up POV shots. It is one of his signature trademarks, which he somehow fits into most of his films. It's referred to as the “trunk technique”, one we can see in Pulp Fiction. During these shots, the audience feels powerless, looking up at our beloved characters in complete surrender. A truly iconic shot that I will never get bored of seeing on my screen.

Overall, Pulp Fiction is a flawless movie, it has so many uniquely Tarantino trademark moments there is no wonder it is highly regarded by many. Although Pulp Fiction isn't strictly my favourite Tarantino flick, it cannot go without saying that this movie stands the test of time and represents true cinema, real cinema, raw cinema.


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