Pulp Fiction was the film my boyfriend was most looking forward to watching off my 100 Movies Bucket List he bought me. And since it is currently available on Now TV I caved and agreed to watch it; in exchange he had to watch Mean Girls though. I have obviously heard a lot about Pulp Fiction and since I had enjoyed Fight Club I was pretty optimistic.
My goodness this film was not for me.
Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction entwines the stories of four individuals into one occurrence. It starts with a pair of thieves (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer) who decide to rob the diner they are eating in. It then jumps to the story of Vince Vega (John Travolta) a mob hit man who works with Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) under the orders of Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Although Vince is generally a typical henchman Marsellus requests for him to take his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) out for dinner one night which becomes somewhat dramatic. Following the conclusion of his night out with Mia, we switch to Butch’s (Bruce Willis) story, a boxer who is paid to lose a fight but inadvertently wins it. Then finally back to Jules and his decision to leave the mob world.
Don’t get me wrong. I can fully appreciate how well the stories are woven together but it is just absolutely not my style. And it’s not even anything to do with the violence; I hear a lot of people say Tarantino’s films are too violent, it’s actually the opposite. I find that there is too much pointless dialogue and there were so many awkward scenes I hated it; Uma Thurman’s diner scene, need I say anymore? I like to be able to connect with characters and I just don’t feel like any of these had a back story where I could relate to them.
I’ve seen two Tarantino movies now (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was the other) and I just don’t see the appeal. I’m pretty sure there are other Tarantino movies on my list though so let’s see. In the meantime, bring on Mean Girls!