A fragmented storyline implying that there will be a vol.2 to patch things together - but who cares? A movie so swiftly cut that it feels like a music video spiced up with musical language, rhythmic fighting and with a killer blonde so hellbent on revenge that blood oaths, families ties and cooperations are broken along the way!Its wickedly stylized with an oriental flavor that still tastes good after many viewings.
Yes, the story is simple on its surface, but I think this is the movie that really defined Tarantino's style. The Bride fighting the Crazy 88 is one of the greatest achievements in all of cinema, and Uma Thurman's performance cannot be understated. It has one of the best soundtracks I've ever encountered, and it is Tarantino's best-looking movie.
The lesser of two halves, it lacks the sophistication and relies heavily on spectacle. There are fantastic scenes/moments in it, no doubt. But as an entire film it doesn't really work without the second part. Rings slightly hollow in my ears as the credit rolls. But I love, love, love, the anime sequence.
From one of the most distinctive directors of the modern day. This will always be a favorite of mine; it's the movie that made me want to make movies. This bloody revenge flick takes cues from multiple genres and blends them together to make an experience that doesn't disappoint for a minute. Not to mention The Bride is one of the most badass female protagonists of all time.
This is the film of Tarantino's that for me, boundlessly improves with every viewing. Initially, I preferred the emphasis on story and dialogue in Volume 2, but this rewatch has imbued with such an appreciation for the film's visceral simplicity and pitch perfect pacing, that I'd count among my very favorites of his now.