Essay about Movie Review : Pulp Fiction

1034 Words Dec 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film, “Pulp Fiction,” is another film that applies classic crime fiction norms to a more believable and realistic world. This movie is a play on its title, which refers to sleazy, gritty, violent fiction that was originally printed on low-quality paper created out of wood pulp. The film features multiple segments focusing on three main characters: Vincent Vega, Butch Coolidge, and Jules Winnfield, who are all connected by a mobster named Marcellus Wallace. This film is a member of the neo-noir genre of crime fiction. The film also contains certain noir characteristics such as a pessimistic or nihilistic nature, a McGuffin, and common characters such as a femme fatale, a sap, and a hardboiled leading man. To begin, this film challenges its own dark undertones in a similar way as “No Country for Old Men.” The storyline may be seedy and pessimistic but the scenes are set in brightly lit spaces and daytime occurrences. There are scenes taking place in diners, suburban streets, residential homes and neighborhoods, restaurants, and shops-all common places for average people to go. Although these places seem to be innocent and common the incidents that occur there are violent and gruesome. This contrasting concept challenges classic noir ideals and presents the story in a more realistic and relatable way. The characters in “Pulp Fiction” present a fresh perspective onto the genre as well. For example, Vincent Vega is presented to be a hardboiled hitman,…

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