This does show that pen is, indeed, mightier than sword.
Pulp Fiction has considerably been Quentin Tarantino’s career defining project and it is raw and honest. And maybe that’s why it holds a place in one of those rare milestones that can and does hold up against time. But screenwriters Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avery have honed their thrills for the romance of conversation in a much more absorbing humoriste language than their previous or even latter cases. And this is what’s been updated and stayed with it over the years. Good conventional themes that spirals out into unexpected quirky crime scenes instead of the other way around. And those jokes aren’t just some filling. It is there to nourish human behavior. The telltales threads these various incidents into one film where either it grows itself into a character or pitches itself as the philosophy or introduction of that character or element or plot track. Here, Tarantino took a neo-noir genre and smashed it on screen with the ultimate question. Question being, What’s the morbid fascination over the outlaws of the society residing between common people persisting to enact like one and engage in one? Now you see what Tarantino has done with his masterpiece. He took two extreme ends of a situation and blended it in, evolutionizing a pulp treat whose purity is unfiltered and is highly valuable in the market. I always feel that when a script or any art form is done right and if you strip it down one by one to its last atom, it should always convey the same thing, the one theme. That one theme, no matter from what branch you’d choose to get in on this game, should always pop up. And I feel that the storytelling of this script is about conveying the power of storytelling. How communication is so relevant even in a crime genre, action-packed scenario. And since it is crime, considered to be illegal, and is arguably done behind your back, the script repeatedly persists in giving us a peak, a tiny glance of these characters through someone else’s perspective, someone else’s narration. You see most of the characters being talked or talking about the others, beforehand. Before they are introduced. Even in the film you see few characters introduced from the back of their head, if they come out of nowhere and are introduced for the first time. Jules and Vincent discuss Mia and Marsellus Wallace. While Butch is mentioned by Marsellus Wallace. Julie and Vincent being the heart of the game, the end point of the circle of life, are too discussed at the beginning of the script, when Pumpkin and Honey Bunny discuss their plan. They just don’t consider them to be anything, not a threat, not even alive. This is something that their character needs to be, this is their character arc, by the end of the film. And when they do, when we have witnessed their journey, Tarantino and Avery use their setup to end this circle on, once again, a crime scene that has very less action and more words.