Pulp Strikes Back Essay

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Pulp Strikes Back

In modern Hollywood film making, the formula for a run-away box office hit is associated with star-studded actors, startling special effects, and a big price tag. The Quentin Tarantino masterpiece Pulp Fiction (1994) completely steps away from high production and focuses on the life and personality of the characters. A well-scripted screenplay, diverse cast of talented actors, and some interesting director decisions make Pulp Fiction a cult classic.

Pulp Fiction refers to a genre of American paperbacks produced from the late 30s to mid-50s, typically lurid in subject matter designed merely to entertain. Likewise, the movie takes a shocking though comedic glance at the greed, violence, and drama surrounding
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Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times says, “The movie creates a world where there are no normal people and no ordinary days.” The typical action movie formula consists of the following: an antagonist bent on a diabolical scheme versus a protagonist who has some sort of vengeance toward the evildoer. In Pulp Fiction, the characters are neither good nor bad; instead, they are unique individuals, good, bad and everything in between. The characters have depth, thus making the film far more believable and life-like. After Butch had thrown the boxing match, Marcellus began a hard target search for Butch. The two would inadvertently run into one another: Butch making his way out of L.A. after getting his family heirloom and Marcellus picking up a box of donuts. The two wind up in a nasty situation (both are captured by raging sodomites bent on raping Marcellus and Butch); however, Butch is able to escape. Instead of leaving Marcellus to suffer, he saves him. Just having evil tendencies does not make someone uncontrollably evil; Tarantino is showing that regardless of previous actions, one is still human.

Realistic characters must sound like real people, and Tarantino's screenplay captures the dialect and slang of the L.A. underworld. The characters in Pulp Fiction interact in a way that is familiar to people. What the characters are saying is believable; their dialogue expresses a
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