12 May, 2021

Razor's Edge

Concise, brilliantly unrestrained

Razor's Edge
THREE overlapping narratives. Two easy-go-lucky men, armed with .45 automatics, hurling slang, bartering four-letter words, ready to kill at the drop of a hat. Quentin Tarantino's approach to the screenplay seems mundane at the outset: by writing a racy screenplay, his intent seems to be: to set cash registers ringing.

And, it is this approach to structuring that takes the reader by surprise. For, Tarantino's characters—not just the two men Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield—might have stepped out of the pages of pulp fiction. Yet, that is where the similarity ends.

The author's theme hinges on characters leading turbulent lifestyles. While they exist in three narratives, Tarantino interweaves these plots to reveal their intrinsic characteristics in a subtle manner.

Their conversations, delightfully worded, reveal the author's close observation of characters with similar mindsets. Abandoning the cloak of restraint, they slip into unprintables as a matter of habit. Talking of bank robbery, a queerly named character Pumpkin can say:...

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