Monday, October 13, 2003


After being fashionably late to the Quentin Tarantino appreciation party, I decided to see Kill Bill: Part 1 when it was actually in theatres. Much to my delight, and I can almost say relief - it did not disappoint.

Kill Bill is a totally different flick than any of Tarantino's past films. While his previous movies focused on the points of time before and after crimes/action/violence occurred, Kill Bill focused and lingered on the action. The motive of the main character, referred to only as "The Bride" was established barely seconds into the movie, and the ultimate outcome of the plot is contained in the film's title. With these formalities out of the way, Tarantino was able to simply let the action take center stage.

Tarantino, sick of all of the CGI-dominated action flicks of late, employed computers sparingly, to hide the wires used during the high-flying action scenes.

In Tarantino's own words: "If I'd wanted all that computer-game bullshit, I'd have gone home and stuck my dick in my Nintendo."

The film's style can be described as a mix of kung-fu b-movies, spaghetti westerns, and a dash of 70's cheesiness. Keeping true to these ideals, Tarantino used a miniature replica of Tokyo during the scene when the Bride's plane arrived in the city.

To call the film violent would be an understatement. Limbs drop at an alarming rate, and each kill is heralded by a copious fountain of blood. This over-the-top style of violence can almost be alikened to a cartoon. Not surprisingly - the ten minute anime-inspired animated sequence seems to flow seamlessly with the rest of the story. This movie lets the audience know that it is indeed a movie, the action sequences are a vehicle to entertain...a means to the end.

As with all of Tarantino's movies, the soundtrack is excellent. Each piece of music ultimately drives the scene that accompanies it. Particularly memorable pieces include the song at the beginning of the movie - directly after the Bride's apparent murder (the lyrics/mood fit perfectly), and the tune that Darryl Hannah's character whistles in the hospital (can't get it out of your head).

Kill Bill is an excellent film that takes the Tarantino style in a totally new but familiar direction. All I can say is that I can't wait for Part II.


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