Review of the Movie "Pulp Fiction" by Quentin Tarantino

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This is the exotic, but extremely fitting and appropriate, opening to the 1994 film, Pulp Fiction. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this film is unpredictable, surprising, and possibly offensive. It forces action and thrill-seeker cineastes to dispose of all predictions and prepositions. The director uses shock, surprise, mystery, absurdity, and summarization, paired with bizarre humor and hallucinatory delight, putting Pulp Fiction in a realm its own. The film is then balanced with ample suspense and seriousness.

Arranging a nonlinear storyline, Tarantino tells of three interrelated stories of mobsters, thieves, and power that are equally filled with irony. The characters depicted voice absurd dialogue that unimaginably alters the traditional violence cliché. Strong, relatable characters are used to create a sense of reality and understanding. The film’s interest is heightened by various improbabilities and a wild series of events that only seem possible in Hollywood. Considerable time is exhibited understanding, getting to know, and relating to the characters, forming a more dramatic perception for the audience. As character Mia Wallace would suggest, this film commands the audience to “not be square” and to step outside of the box. Pulp Fiction is an astoundingly thrilling masterpiece; a suspenseful crime drama, harnessing the elements of glorified crime, impactful scenes, immorality, and underworld settings. The film commences to another level, assisted by black comedy, to portray improbable coincidences and unconventional satirical and surprising humor.

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.... He slashes the sadomasochist and his accomplice, saving Marsellus. Butch is then instructed to leave town and he does so, stealing the rapist’s chopper. The events are so unfathomable, it is hard to imagine or relate to the mental state of these mobsters. Similarly is the immediate shock after Jules’ first reading of the biblical verse. Unless referring to the ironic humor used by Tarantino, many scenes’ purpose only offers the immediacy of extensive shock and violence.

Pulp Fiction is an amazing and surprising collection of underground crime coincidences. It forces viewers to witness absurd violence, using bizarre humor to make it laughable, de heroizing the myth of traditional violence. The film’s unique use of a nonlinear storyline furthers the understanding and reception of the movie. The film is suspenseful, very original, and a proven mainstream classic.
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