|Long may he reign.|
Truthfully, I'm not interested in talking about whether Pulp Fiction is a good or bad movie. It's neither. Tarantino has been called a DJ rather than a director, and rather than taking this as an insult, I think it's the most useful way to interpret his work. His innovations are structural: they have nothing to do with the narrative content. We've seen, for instance, the aged boxer and the mob boss a million times before. What we've never seen is the boxer save the mob boss from sadomasochistic hillbilly pawn-shop owners with a handy katana. That's where things get interesting. Even Tarantino's widely-touted dialogue is not so much novel as unexpected. I've had lots of stupid conversations with my friends about TV show pilots and what to eat for breakfast. It's just that we expect people up on the silver screen to be a little more erudite.
If you know a lot about movies and pop culture in general, you are likely to enjoy Pulp Fiction. If you are not particularly fascinated by McDonald's menus from France or doing the Twist in tacky fifties diners, you might want to give it a miss. It's the cinematic equivalent of D+D's neutral-neutral, and therefore un-rateable: you'll get out of Pulp Fiction however much you can put into it. I give it a 1-5/5, depending.
|Blueberry pancakes play a pivotal role in this movie.|