Pulp Fiction [1994]

“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee”.

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Walken, Amanda Plummer, Tim Roth, Rosanna Arquette.

Safe choice Forrest Gump famously beat this one and The Shawshank Redemption at the ’94 Oscars, igniting the fury of cinephiles around the globe. I don’t know how much I could really add to the torrent of praise Quentin Tarantino’s big breakthrough has received since its release 18 years ago. If I had to point out one flaw, it would be that the Bruce Willis storyline is a little weak. That’s not big enough to spoil the whole movie, but it’s not small enough to go unnoticed.

Being a Tarantino film, the writing is, of course, excellent. The screenplay, an Oscar-winning collaboration with Roger Avary (whose main contribution was coincidentally the Willis storyline), is his best yet. The all-star cast does an amazing job, Samuel L. Jackson being the clear standout and the most intriguing character. He was blessed with Tarantino’s very best lines of dialogue. There are other interesting characters getting into increasingly entertaining situations, but you could take only Jackson’s scenes and make a damn fine movie with them alone.

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