I used to think the dance scene in Pulp Fiction was something special.
But I saw it again last week, and it is nothing extraordinary. It’s fine. It’s entertaining. Maybe somehow it was more unexpected when I first saw it 20 years ago (and in my subsequent 50 viewings after that), and so it felt more vibrant.
Yet I don’t think that’s it. I think instead I just lumped together the actual dance scene with the dialog that preceeded it. And that dialog is fantastic, but harder to recall than the dancing that followed.
It is worth recalling.
- The $5 milk-shake.
- Fox-Force Five.
- “I don’t think we’re there yet, but don’t feel bad. We just met each other.”
- “Don’t you love it when you go to the bathroom and come back to find your food waiting for you?”
- “Marsellus throwing Tony out of a four story window for giving me a foot massage seemed reasonable?” “No, it seemed excessive. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”