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Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantinos 1994 box office hit Pulp Fiction created a new genre film noir with the sarcasm and disillusionment of the 90s Base situations and low-life characters somehow do not come off as dramatic and shocking but rather as ordinary and understandable Tarantino a self-taught one-time video store clerk has made a film not based on reality but based on film Pulp Fiction is a tongue-in-cheek look at typical movie clichs ranging from the dangerous life of a mobster to the returning of a patriotic war hero While Pulp Fiction is only occasionally laugh-out-loud funny a smirk remains painted on the lips of its viewers through out the duration of the two and a half hour film The extraordinary somehow becomes ordinary and the ordinary somehow seems inappropriate Perhaps it is the nonchalance with which Tarantino approaches drug use and violence that has offended so many people but conversely it is that same casual nature that makes the film void of judgment and therefore draws people to it The screenplay written by Tarantino and Roger Avary is quick and witty Action is cushioned by dialogue and even without action the dialogue is strong enough to stand on its own The most enjoyable banter takes place between organized-crime partners Jules and Vincent Vega Vincent Vega played by John Travolta is a well-intentioned hit man who despite his arrogance usually screws things up Travolta gives a stellar performance making a cocky middle-aged thug seem harmless charming and oddly loveable Samuel L Jackson is cast as Vincent Vegas better half Jules Jackson delivers his lines with an undaunted confidence and Shaft-style smoothness Lines which could potentially seem over-the-top through the assistance of Jacksons amazing screen presence come across as intimidating and oh-so-cool Making it seem not only acceptable but ultimately necessary that Jules should have a wallet that says Bad Mother Fucker Both Travolta and Jackson took potentially one-sided roles filled out their intricacies and
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