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After the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s talents and abilities resurfaced for a new generation of movie lovers. For people like myself, I am now of an age where I can fully immerse myself into Tarantino’s storytelling and understand his use of violence in his films.
The first film of Tarantino’s that I watched was actually Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but I immediately fell in love with his style and aesthetic, that I just had to watch more. I soon purchased a pack of 6 of his movies, and began to mark off movies one by one.
Pulp Fiction is the first Tarantino movie that I will be talking about, as it’s interwoven storyline allows for nonstop action the entire time.
In the beginning of the movie you are introduced to the characters Vincent Velga, played by John Travolta, and Jules Winnfield, played by Samuel L. Jackson, having a simple conversation that seems utterly meaningless to the story as a whole. While the conversation may not be, these characters are crucial to one of the stories that are followed throughout the film.
These two men are following orders from boss man Marsellus Wallace, played by Ving Rhames, who is the person who kind of brings every story line together. In a strange turn of events, Wallce asks Vincent to take his wife, Mia, to dinner. Vincent does just as he was told, but ultimately finds himself in a situation where he gives Mia, actress Uma Thurman, an adrenaline shot to the heart.
In addition to these individuals, you are introduced to a character named Butch, played by Bruce Willis. Is his strange story line, this man was supposed to throw a fight in return for money, but instead bet on himself and killed the man in the ring. He went against Marsellus Wallace’s back, and found him in the midst of a situation where he would find himself on the run.
While this story may sound confusing, this isn’t even an explanation that would explain a fraction of the movie. It’s use of a non chronological storyline, with multiple interconnected stories allows for the art of film to have been taken in a completely new direction, only done well by the extremely talented Quentin Tarantino.
It’s a movie that isn’t for the faint hearted, as there’s cursing, drugs, violence, and a lot of blood, but it’s a movie I would highly suggest watching nonetheless. It’s $210 million box office profit just proves the huge success this film was, and still is 25 years later.