I’m doing something different today for this weeks My Thoughts On movie reviews, because of the current state of the world and the lack of new movies coming out I’m going to do a classic movie review. This week I’m starting with Pulp Fiction and I’m also talking about the soundtrack too.
Next week I’ll be reviewing Coming 2 America and the new Biggie movie on Netflix, but may do some more classic movies in the coming weeks.
On October 14, 1994, Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction was released in theaters in America and a new Hollywood auteur was born. In addition to teaching Americans what a Quarter Pounder with Cheese is called in Europe, the film reignited the career of John Travolta (who received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work) and showed audiences a different side of Bruce Willis.
The movie had an all star cast and the narrative structure of the movie was told out of sequence, which was a fresh new way to tell the story. Tarantino had written roles for Samuel L Jackson Harvey Keitel and Michael Madsen, but Madsen took the role in Wyatt Earp and couldn’t do the movie. So John Travolta was brought on board to play Vincent Vega. Tarantino always connects certain characters in his movies and the connection between Madsen’s Mr Blonde in Reservoir Dogs and Vincent Vega is their brothers. There was a rumour there was going to be a movie about the brothers but that never happened.
Pulp Fiction is full of witty jokes and commentary on life between characters. There’s some funny and shocking moments, like Mia’s overdose and the bring out the gimp scene. I love the way Tarantino tells a story and the pace of the movie is great. The story, the direction, the cinematography and acting are all superb. This is my favourite Tarantino movie and it stands the test of time. It’s still a great watch today.
One thing you can expect when you watch a Quentin Tarantino movie is a great soundtrack too. The mixture of surf, soul and shit-talking that Quentin Tarantino put together for this soundtrack plays like a mixtape and it was a hit on release.
He just seems to pluck some songs you may or may not know from the 70’s and breathe new life into them and make them hit songs. The way he uses music in certain scenes just makes the scenes even better. I feel movies that with a great soundtrack just make movies even better and more special. You can hear a song that was used in a movie and you automatically think of the scene the music it was used in. It also makes more money if people go out and buy the soundtrack, I have it on vinyl and it sounds great.
Pulp Fiction is a well written, directed and acted movie. It’s a stone cold classic and still stands the test of time today.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.