Pulp Fiction (1994) Review

Reel Talk with Shelly Bell presents a movie review of Pulp Fiction! Special s/0 to Fleetwood for allowing me to borrow the movie!

SHELLY RATING: REEL COOL

Storyline

Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. Written by Soumitra (IMDb.com)

6 Observations 

3 things I observed:

  1. The opening credits are long as hell! Maybe this is an attribute of older movies. As technology progresses everything becomes faster and interweaved with some other part of the movie. If this movie were being produced in present day I could see the opening credits including images of some small clues of what was going to happen in the movie.
  2. Marsellus and Mia are husband and wife are only shown together once in the movie. The scene after the boxing match shows then in the same area, but she is standing at least 3 feet away from him and his back is to her. They never interact during the movie.
  3. The dialogue between Jules and Vince Vega shows them as transparent. As friends not just heartless mobsters. The conversation about the foot massage was hilarious. Especially when Jules claims he has his technique down “i don’t be tickling or nothing.” LOL!

3 Movie Goofs noted by IMDb.com:

  1. When Mia gets the adrenaline shot, Trudi can be seen jumping onto the couch twice. (IMBd.com)
  2.  The position of Honey Bunny’s hands (after she asks “What then, day jobs?”) changes when camera switches from front to side shot. (IMBd.com)
  3. The name of a Quarter Pounder With Cheese in France isn’t A Royale With Cheese, the actual name is just a Royal Cheese. (IMBd.com)

5 Favorite Quotes

  1. This business is filled to the brim with unrealistic muthafuckers…..-Marsellus
  2. why do we feel it necessary to yak about bullshit in order to be comfortable -Mia
  3. that’s when you know you’ve found someone special when you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and be comfortable during silence. -Mia
  4. Mia: “Who told you?” Vince: “They”…..Mia: “They talk a lot don’t they”
  5. “It’s unfortunate that we find what’s pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye seldom the same.” -Fabienne

4 Emotions felt while watching

  1. Confusion: how will all of these stories weave together? How does a couple robbing a diner, hit men looking for a brief case, and a boxer throwing a fight have to do with each other.
  2. Surprised: that Vince Vega got killed. I thought for sure all of the mobsters would live till the end. It just didn’t seem likely that either of them would die in the resolution of the stories.
  3. Grossed out: by the dudes having sex with Marsellus in the basement. What was the purpose of that? Was this him reaping what he sowed from all the bad things he had done in the movie.
  4. Intrigued: by the play on race. Marsellus is black his wife Mia is white, Jules is black his partner Vince Vega is white, Jimmy is white his wife Bonnie is black. Butch is girl Fabienne is foreign.

3 Things I loved

  1. When Mia and Vince roll up to Jack Rabbit Slim’s and she says to him “don’t be a …(square)”  and draws a square in the air with her fingers in which special effects actually show a white square painted in their.
  2. When Mia says you can’t promise to not get offended. The natural response to what Vince may say will be to get offended, therefore breaking her promise. EXACTLY
  3. I actually loved the scene breakdown with titles such as the Bonnie situation, Vince takes Mia out, The Gold Watch, etc This makes it easier to follow being that the movie is non-linear. I could also refer back to each part using the title as the movie progressed which allowed me to identify the connections between each story.

2 Things I hated

  1. I hate the scene where they used a flash back of Butch receiving his father’s watch from the military guy to show the importance of the golden watch. This scene is so extra and could have been worked in with dialogue some other way.
  2. I hate the fact that Samuel Jackson has a curl. When Vincent blew Marvin’s head off in the car, blood splashed into Jules’ curl and it was so nasty looking! EEEWWW!

1 Final thought

This is not a movie I could watch once and get everything that happened. I am a fan of the non-linear format of directed because I watch so many movies that I am always trying to predict what will happen next. I feel like the scene where Marsellus is raped by some random guys was the directors way of throwing the viewer for a loop. It was oddly placed and totally outside of the story patterns that were already in place. I guess it was a creative way to show Butch as gaining forgiveness and not having to be hunted throughout the rest of the story.

Overall, this movie is a bit dark and twitsted, yet the comical dialogue makes it more light and weird than anything. I would recommend this  movie to non-linear out of the box thinkers, people intrigued by random murders in movies, no one under the age of 18, people who don’t sniff coke, people who are not looking for a family movie on a Saturday night, people who love “That 70’s show” and people who don’t have a weak tummy.

POEM: Adrenaline Shot

For rating guide, review format, and the list of movies up for review click “Reel Talk with Shelly” on the menu. For the words and video for “Adrenaline Shot” click on Pulp Fiction under the Reel Talk with Shelly tab on the menu.

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  1. The review was great and different from every review format that I usually come across. This was a great way to start this series of reviews off. Now the production of this poem was outstanding, just great great work all around. Keep it up

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