Quentin Tarantino brings us his two-part revenge epic that is legen...wait for it...dary.
Quentin Tarantino has showed us many different "visions" of his but none have been more "duplicated" more often than Kill Bill. Kill Bill was the start of his "revenge epic" phase whereas movies like Kill Bill Volume 2, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds came later all having to do with the same formula of "something brutal happens to some person, years later, they get revenge and kill the bad guy in the most awesomely epic way ever!" plot device. Well, volume One is all blood and gore revenge epic. This is the first half of my Kill Bill two part review.
Chapter One- The Story:
Kill Bill Volume 1 sets up the story that The Bride, a nameless female, is brutally attacked on her wedding rehearsal. Moments later, The Bride wakes up to find everyone murdered in the chapel. She's the only survivor, and like all survivors she must go on a journey to get her revenge. You know, the thing with Volume One is that it provides us the information of "okay, this woman is set to kill Bill and first she has to assassinate members of the Viper Squad." The Viper Assassination Squad is really cool because, all of the members have code names that all have to do with snakes: (Black Mamba, Copperhead, Sidewinder, and Cottonmouth). Not only is this a "revenge epic" but it is also one of Quentin's favorite film genre known as "spaghetti westerns". Something along the sides of classic 1960's Italian Westerns such as the Dollars Trilogy and the Django films. Full of grit and violence with a powerful story filled with a sweet tooth.
Chapter Two- The Actors:
Kill Bill Volume 1 has a handful of talented actors. Our main actress who plays the lead character of The Bride is none other than Pulp Fiction's Uma Thurman. I guess Tarantino loved her performance so much that he wanted to work with her again. She's a great choice, brings so much character depth and three dimensional performance makes us feel as if we the audience, relate to this character (although, I highly doubt any person had a real life assassination attack while on their wedding) maybe they wanna get revenge on their boss or they want to give that bully from Middle School a taste of his own medicine and get some dirty pay back for what he did. Anyways, we have the Viper Squad who are Lucy Liu, Vivaca A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, and head leader, David Carradine. Every one of them have small but big roles in the story of Kill Bill. Wouldn't say any of them have that "chemistry" unless if you call katana fighting, name calling, girl fights "chemistry". All in all, they make for an awesome group of lovely assassins and the epic duels that The Bride encounters are amazingly well choreographed.
That ends Part One of the Kill Bill two part review. Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion as we discuss and break down Kill Bill Volume 2.