American film critic Kenneth Turan in his review of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ wrote “The writer-director appears to be straining for his effects. Some sequences, especially one involving bondage harnesses and homosexual rape, have the uncomfortable feeling of creative desperation, of someone who’s afraid of losing his reputation scrambling for any way to offend sensibilities.” Perhaps this is what makes ‘Pulp Fiction’ one of the greatest films of all time. Its deep foundation of graphic violence and grotesqueness does not make ‘Pulp Fiction’ a gore fest.
Co-Written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is a crime film which follows two mob hitmen, Jules and Vincent essayed by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, a boxer, Butch essayed by Bruce Willis, a gangster’s wife, Mia, essayed by Uma Thurman and a pair of diner bandits, Ringo and Yolanda, essayed by Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer, intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Often seen as a cultural phenomenon, ‘Pulp Fiction’ swept awards in 1994. A recipient of the prestigious Palme d’Or, the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor, received by Samuel L. Jackson, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is a combination of a coherent screenplay and dynamic performances.
Quentin Tarantino, since his debut in 1992 with ‘Reservoir Dogs’, has come to be known as the leading figure in nonlinear storytelling. His unique style of jumping time frames to structure a coherent story allows the director to indulge in the depths of the criminal world with dexterity.
‘Pulp Fiction’ is a great piece for understanding the relationship shared between popular culture and cinema. ‘Pulp Fiction’ is the archetypical product of Tarantino. The film pays an intensive focus on human conversations and the sudden loss of interest of human psychologically. Throughout the film, the characters engage in a sudden chat, which has often nothing to do with the problematic situation. Whether discussing the quality of coffee while disposing off a body or appreciating a burger just before a shooting massacre, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is unsettlingly comical.