Kill Bill Vol. 1 is a worthy addition QT’s playbox. It is a fictional film about a former assassin, formally referred to as ‘The Bride’ (Uma Thurman). After waking up from a four year coma, ‘The Bride’ is out for revenge. She seeks to kill 5 individuals part of the ‘Deadly Assassination Viper Squad’ who took away something she dearly loved on the date of her marriage; her baby whom she was pregnant with.
Kill Bill has a unique but odd narrative. It is shot in a series of chapters, each of which covers a unique event or individual who/which is critical to the overall plot of the movie. Each chapter is also told and shot in a very unique way in the sense that each chapter has its own character, its own persona which separates itself from the rest. For example, one of the chapters in the movie (forgot the name) is 100% animated. It showcases the life and upbringing of one of the assassins that ‘The Bride’ wishes to eliminate. The animation work was fantastic and unique to this chapter only, which made it one of my favorite moments in the movie. As such, some other chapters were shot completely in B&W. Don’t ask me why. I really have no idea why this was done. But this is what I mean. The narrative of Kill Bill is unique but odd.
Violence is another major aspect of this film. It is a common occurrence to see blood squirting off just about every body part you can imagine. The violence is extremely gory and extreme and this movie is certainly one of the most violent films ever released by an American studio (which I have seen at least). But here’s the thing. The violence was oddly entertaining to watch. It was there for a purpose. It gave this a movie the flavor that we so commonly attribute to Tarantino movies. The action sequences in this movie, which there are quite a few, were also well shot. Even though ocassionally I felt the camera was using quick cuts to compensate for the fact that Uma Thurman could not perform action sequences as well as it was expected, the action in Kill Bill is certainly above par compared to other hollywood movies.
My major problem with Kill Bill is the use of dialogue. In this aspect, It is certainly below par compared to the other QT movies I have seen such as ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’. I felt the dialogue in this movie was too cringeworthy and mostly filler for the well shot action sequences. The script regarding the actual purpose of this movie (to elaborate on the character of the bride and outline her intentions) was also really vague and uninteresting to me. In general, I felt that the script did enough to set up another installment of this franchise, but did not captivate me as much as some of the other Tarantino movies I have seen.
In conclusion, Kill Bill Vol. 1 is good but not the best of Quentin Tarantino. This movie showcases the depth of Tarantino’s filmmaking capabilities through its unique narrative, violence and generally well shot action sequences however the film’s dialogue is not as captivating as I have to except from this Tennessee filmmaker.