BLU-RAY REVIEW: Pulp Fiction

"Still a shining gem."

Quentin Tarantino's mainstream opus about crime, drama, revenge, redemption, man-rape and a quest for the perfect Royal with Cheese leads a unique band of characters down string of seemingly unrelated paths that end up connecting in the most interesting of ways.

One of the greatest things about Blu-ray is that because it's still a relatively new format, many of our favourite titles have  yet to be converted.  This in turn lets us reviewers have a little extra fun when we get iconic gems like PULP FICTION in our bundles.  I will admit that the first time I sat down with this film was in the beginning hours of a party where my friends and I were already pretty loaded.  For this reason I couldn't give this film the proper focus it deserved and as a result I grew bored with it fairly quickly and we turned it off.  When I revisited it for a second time however, I had blast and it became one of my all time favourite flicks which I've revisited countless times since.

Much like George Lucas and his humble STAR WARS beginnings, Quentin Tarantino was an up and comer with something to prove here.  As much as it pains me to say it, at this point in his career most people had no idea who he was and hadn't even heard of the masterpiece known as RESERVOIR DOGS.  Sure, it (and he) had a small cult following but it was hardly enough to make him a household name.  PULP FICTION changed all that, and not just for Tarantino but for many of the stars he aligned himself with for the project.  It's rare to see one film reinvent so many stars all at once, but PULP FICTION did just that for Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Uma Thurman, Ving Rhames and Christopher Walken to name a few.  And the ironic thing about this all star cast is that usually less is more, and with a bloated cast comes smaller more insignificant roles that are usually lost and forgotten.  Not here.  This film's backbone is it's long list of intricate, devious and unforgettable characters with memorable line after memorable line (Sammy's biblical intro, the restaurant robbery, everything that comes out of The Wolf's mouth, take your pick, this flick's overflowing with them) and a cool-ass story that connects all the dots in a smart and very fun way.

PULP FICTION is a landmark in movie history for a variety of reasons and a film that most people adore again, for many different reasons.  There are so many great lines, great scenes and great surprises that no two people tend to have the same favourite bit.  How many films can say the same?  I don't know about you, but I sure can't name many.  Tarantino's films as a whole have been hit or miss and his career (like most I guess) has had its fair share of ups and downs.  There are those who would compare him to Kevin Smith, saying his earlier works are genius but he's since gotten a little too lazy and less hungry.  I agree and disagree because there's more than one way to view this and it's far from simply a choice of black and white.  I'm a Tarantino fan, have been since RESERVOIR DOGS and I'm looking forward to Django Unchained.  That said, I loathed INGLORIOUS BASTARDS so I'm not opposed to calling it how I see it when it comes to his prowess as a filmmaker.  Love him or hate him though, one thing I'm sure we can all agree upon is that PULP FICTION is a masterpiece that has and will continue to stand the test of time.

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