I’m going to talk about both films at the same time because, well, you can’t watch one without really wanting to watch the other.
After changing the popular film landscape in the 1990’s with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Tarantino brings us a thrill ride with the grand style of his earlier films and a brilliant tribute to martial arts film: Kill Bill. Once again, he has divided the action into chapters, with some flashbacks, and of course a voiceover narration. But this time, Tarantino has a few tricks up his sleeve that will certainly surprise us.
Kill Bill is the story of a woman, a.k.a The Bride (Uma Thurman), who wakes up from a coma with a need of bloody satisfaction against the people who ruined her wedding, killed her unborn child, and put her to a 4 years sleep. Her plan is to track down every , member of The Deadly Viper Assassin Squad, O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), Budd (Michael Madsen), and finally, Bill (David Carradine). The whole idea is to kill Bill.
With a little less character dependency and a more linear approach, Kill Bill can seem a lot different than Tarantino’s earlier movies, but, at some points, the same magic found in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs exists in this movie too. Some of the scenes were pure genius, and I’m not talking about the fighting scenes, I’m talking about the clever and brilliant dialogue between the characters. Now, even though some fighting scenes were a bit exaggerated, (Sometimes we can see someone bleeding more than 10 liters of blood), the action still resembled old martial arts movies, which personally, I find really entertaining. And I have to add that some scenes were hilarious, the same old Tarantino’s sense of humor.
Some people will complain about some story line gaps, but in a movie like this one, we ignore goofs and just focus on what’s delivered to us, because with all the mistakes made, the story is still coherent and holds up just fine. Besides, all the action and blood are supposed to distract us from that.
The acting was great, with every actor portraying his character to the best. Uma gave us a vengeful and hurt woman, and sometimes, we could just see the agony in her eyes. David Carradine, on the other hand, gave us a terrific performance. He brought us a badass yet charming character that will be loved by all the watchers, to a point where we wish that The Bride forgets her quest for vengeance and just gets back to him.
Kill Bill may probably be Tarantino’s most universal film, but it’s not better than the others, nor worse, it’s just different. People who get sensitive when they see a little blood shouldn’t watch it, because the movie is a pool of blood. A really good movie, entertaining to the last minute, I recommend every martial arts lover and every person who likes action-packed scenes to watch it.
Rating (Both movies): 8.7/10 IMDb rating: Kill Bill Vol. 1: 8.2/10 – Kill Bill Vol. 2: 8.0/10