Pulp Fiction Analysis

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Quentin Tarantino revitalized the indie film movement with his earlier film Reservoir
Dogs. Subsequently, Tarantino followed up with his well-received movie Pulp Fiction. Both
Movies are similar plot-wise; they deal with gangsters coping with unexpected events. Quentin
Tarantino uses camera placement and editing, themes, dialogue, and different movie genres to tell the story literally and cinematically in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
Although both films deal with gangsters and criminals, they have different themes. In
Reservoir Dogs, the central theme is the juxtaposition of lawbreakers and “normal people”. In the bathroom scene, Mr. Pink and Mr. White talk about the civilians. Mr. Pink labels them as
“normal people”. This suggests that
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Jules shows his redemption quitting his job and swearing never to kill again. Vincent chooses not to believe in divine intervention and gets killed. This is because he missed the chance to redeem himself.
Tarantino’s stories are mostly brutal and exciting; he will engage his viewers by taking elements from other movie genres. He has gotten inspiration from styles such as crime noir, martial arts, and westerns. In Pulp Fiction, Tarantino incorporates different genres such as comedy, crime, drama, gangster, and black comedy. Most of these genres are found in Reservoir
Dogs too, but mystery and adventure play a larger role. This multi-genre method offers
'something for everybody' and keeps the audience engrossed and alert to changing conventions

Lewis, 2 with shifting music, images, characters and accents (Bryant, 2011).
Quentin Tarantino uses cinematic language to convey his stories visually. He is a big fan of point of view trunk shots and he has used it in every film he’s worked on. The purpose of these shots is to show the reactions of the characters. In Reservoir Dogs there is a shot of the characters looking down at Marvin Nash. Similarly, there is a shot of the main duo looking
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In Reservoir Dogs, the audience follows Mr. Blonde as he makes his way towards his car and back to the warehouse. Tarantino uses this long take to help build suspense towards the outcome of the torture. In both films, there is a trademark bathroom shot. In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Orange, Mr. White, and Mr. Pink speak to themselves in a mirror. Tarantino gets a close-up shot of the mirror to capture the facial expressions on the characters. Likewise, there is a wide-shot of Vincent Vega in the bathroom talking to himself. The significance of these shots is to incorporate the feeling of isolation. The dialogue strengthens the verisimilitude of Quentin Tarantino’s movies. In the opening scene of
Reservoir Dogs, the gangsters talk about pop culture and the pain of leaving a tip. In Pulp
Fiction, the main duo talk about the name of fast-food items in Europe, the sexual significance of a root rub, and drug laws. The dialogue in both films help the audience bond with the characters, foreshadow future events, and offer contrast to the violent themes. Tarantino makes no attempts cinematically to breakup or dispute the patterns of violence that his films construct or claim to symbolize (Giroux,

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