It's hard to escape the sense that Kill Bill is a little duplicitous. It pays lip service to the weight of revenge, but overwhelmingly plays it for B-movie thrills. There's something to be said for heartfelt themes that pour from good-looking, 'schlocky' works like Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill (long as we're talking Japan). And there's no such earnestness of theme, here. The blood flies high; the taste flies low.
The main problem with the violence in Kill Bill is that that’s all there is. It’s like ordering a Mac Royale and getting a kilo of raw meat — no bun, no ketchup, certainly not any pickle. Elevating B-movie schlock into mega-budgeted, over-hyped blockbusters is exactly what Hollywood has been doing since the mid-’80s, and Tarantino joins the club here.
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...'