First of all, I want to make something clear right from the start. I do, in fact, love and adore Pulp Fiction. However, after seeing Django Unchained 3 times in the cinema, buying it on DVD and seeing it now over 10 times, I much prefer Django Unchained. I also consider it to be a better film than Pulp Fiction, which again, I do love and admire.

Why Everyone Loves Pulp Fiction…

Back in 1994, a small, indie film from a second time director named Quentin Tarantino, rocked the movie world. Tarantino had previously directed another small, indie darling, Reservoir Dogs and he would also write the screenplay for Tony Scott’s True Romance. Many consider Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to be one of the greatest films that came out of the 90’s and many consider it as one of the greatest American films ever to be made, period. From film students to film critics, lots of people adore Pulp Fiction.

The first time I saw Pulp Fiction was in back in 2008. Yes, it took me that long to see this movie because when Pulp Fiction was first released in cinemas I was just 11 years old and my parents forbid me from watching violent movies or movies with excessive swearing. That was until I turned 13 and my parents caved but for some reason I still wasn’t interested in Pulp Fiction until I saw it on DVD just 7 years ago. If I’m being honest, I really didn’t like Pulp Fiction the first time I saw it. In fact, I hated it but after seeing it a few times more times, I began to love and appreciate the film as one of the best movies ever made. I now understand why Pulp Fiction received the praise and critical acclaim it did. It was, however, robbed from winning the Best Picture Oscar of 1994, which it lost to the mediocre Forrest Gump. A sad but true fact.

Why Django Unchained Is The Better Film…

The 8th film to be directed by Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained was released in cinemas over Christmastime in 2012. That’s when I first saw the film and was completely taken aback by every aspect of it. Django Unchained is a brutal, fun revenge film that takes place just before the American Civil War in the Deep South. The titular main character, Django Freeman, is a slave freed by a German dentist who turns Django into a bounty hunter and they both begin killing white men for money. The story’s sheer insanity, plus the action involved in this movie makes it a better watch than Pulp Fiction, which I do love but also find part painfully slow.

The cinematography is beautiful in Django Unchained and better than in Pulp Fiction. Each valley and each season that passes looks like a painting. Each character in Django is unique and unlike Pulp Fiction, I didn’t find that many of them annoying. I hate to say it but in Pulp Fiction I find the characters like Butch, played by Bruce Willis and Fabienne, played by Maria de Medeiro, to be completely annoying and wish they hadn’t been in the movie at all. I recognize that this is probably an unpopular opinion and will add more wood to the fire by saying that I feel that if they both hadn’t even been in Pulp Fiction to begin with, the movie would have been the same without them. Well, maybe with the exception of Butch but his girlfriend Fabienne really wasn’t needed in the film nor was she an integral part of it what-so-ever. Other than her character and the annoying back and forth between her and Butch, I do love to the film though. I know I’ve said it a few times already but that’s only because I don’t want to be accused of not liking Pulp Fiction.

For me, Django Unchained is the better film. Its action, adventure, performances by the cast, in particular Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz, as well as its interesting plot, makes me enjoy the film a lot more than I do Pulp Fiction. I find that film to be a slower, more drawn out film and I don’t love all the characters or all of the situations they get themselves into.

Kudos to Tarantino for casting actor Dennis Christopher in Django Unchained as Calvin Candie’s lawyer. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time.