The first installment of an epic tale of revenge finds a woman, known only as The Bride, awake after a four-year coma, vowing to exact revenge on the team of assassins who left her for dead at the altar.
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I wish someone would put this much creativity and style into an erotic film instead of a violence film. Apparently, killing is what sells best at the box office. Humanity could have had so much potential if it had put all of its amazing energy into love instead of hate. Just imagine what kind of world we could be living in, instead of the one we have now, full of war and hatred.
Early Tarantino films (namely Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction) work in terms of situational comedy, but his dialogues when broken apart from their setups are overwritten as a rambling cartoon, showboating the characters and his story rather than being purposeful. Vol. 1 falls into this trap too, but its fast-moving plot allows him to lessen the dialogue and connect it with extremely well-executed action scenes.
I am surprised that many people don't get the ironic aspects of Tarantino's artificial staging of violence. Everything is over the top, and almost everything is also an embedded reference to film history. Like in other films the sequences are perfectly choreographed and cut to music. And if you regard the overall narrative structure with all its cuts, jumps and flashbacks you see that both parts are one unity.
I don't understanding the appeal of Tarantino. He is king of the hyper-macho ultra-violent movies. I can understand making 1 film about it. He's so goddamn repetitive. I think it's the satire aspect that appeals to MUBI. "This is not the thing, this is a satire of the thing. That's what makes it funny." It's hollow, but it's so goddamn American I want to shove a flag up my butt and sing 'God bless America'.
Uma Thurman gives an iconic performance as the Bride in this modern classic action film. Tarantino's multi-genre homage is chock full of incredible sequences aided by perfect casting and the extreme talents of d.p. Robert Richardson. Hard to pick the best sequence in vol. 1 but the tearoom battle royale is quite amazing. '...Revenge is never a straight line. It's a forest...it's easy to lose your way...'
Last fight was a bit disappointing, this felt very un-Tarantino, i prefer his more Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown feel. I nearly looked away at a lot of points, it was a bit too violent for me. I wish there was a little more talking in between the action as well but it was fine.
The most fun I've had at a cinema with my pants on. I'm no Tarantino apologist, not everything he does is sacred, but the Kill Bills are a joyous mash-up of styles, over substance. QT is the Girl Talk of film-makers.
After the Film Noir genre and before the war movie genre, the little American film genius covers the martial arts genre. It's gory, funny at times and totally unrealistic. Here's a cinema that has digested and assimilated tons of B movies and tries to create something new from the ashes of its references. It's idle, completely pointless but thoroughly enjoyable. A DVD zone guilty pleasures.