After one of the best debuts in film history "Reservoir Dogs", a
timeless classic "Pulp Fiction", and a solid adaptation
"Jackie Brown", Quentin Tarantino returns for a fourth film
after 6 years from his last project. This time with "Kill Bill"
which has a very different mood and tone then Tarantino’s previous work
but it still has the Tarantino touch with the amazing dialogues, sick
humor and great directing.
Quentin continues to use unconventional storytelling devices in his films,
such as retrospect (Reservoir Dogs), non-linear (Pulp Fiction), and now
"chapter" format (Kill Bill). Using chapters made it easy to cut
the movie in 2 parts after having a runtime of over 3 hours. Beside the
fact that The Bride (Thurman) doesn’t get her full revenge, this volume is
a movie on its own and ends by concluding what it started and a little
cliffhanger to make you beg for the sequel. With a big fight at the end
and various small ones during the movie, this seems like the regular Kung
Fu movie in theory but with a lot of Tarantino changes in between.
"Kill Bill" isn’t very original in neither its idea nor its
fights, but it makes up for that with a unique and stylish execution.
Tarantino takes ideas from various kung fu legends and mixes them up with
his own style and it just makes a fantastic action movie.
Though I had my doubts, "Pulp Fiction" star Uma Thurman does an
impressive job in this movie. Wearing Bruce Lee’s famous yellow suit was a
cool touch, and even though she isn’t as skilled as Lee or most Kung Fu
stars, she brought the character to life and shined in a lot of scenes.
The other co-stars didn’t have much time to out do her, but each of them
brought something new to the movie. Vivica A Fox and Lucy Lui should be
mentioned I think because of their great performances.
The Fight sequences were fantastic. Most of them have been already done in
a way but the collection of them from different schools of Kung Fu put
together is entertaining to say the least. The only main thing missing
from this movie I thought was the unique dialogue that Tarantino usually
has in his movies. There is some of that in "Kill Bill", however,
because of the fact that small portions of the movie are in Japanese it
just loses some of the coolness Tarantino brings with his films. He does
make up for that with the great music he is known for and a lot of
violence and blood. Some of that violence is exaggerated, but that’s how
Kung Fu movies are, which is why I see them as a good addition to the
movie rather than a weakness like some people might. There isn’t as much
violence as I was lead to believe due to the constant trouble the film was
getting into with Disney, which owns Miramax, just some heads getting cut
off and body parts but a ton of blood.
If you enjoy Kung Fu, action or Tarantino movies then you will love Kill
Bill but if you hate Kung Fu or blood then you might want to see something
Runtime: 110 min.
MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual
"Kill Bill Volume 1" opened nationwide Friday October,