One of the first title cards in Kill Bill states that it is "The Fourth Film by Quentin Tarentino." As if we should have brought him a present and
cake to celebrate. Although it is just a minute detail, I found it extremely relevant to the movie itself.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 is, at its best, ingenious and entertaining, and at its worst, arrogant and overdone.
The movie is a typical tale of revenge after Uma Thurman's character (who's name is not revealed) is attacked on her wedding day.
Everyone at the ceremony is killed, except her. She then prepares to hunt down her attackers, including her main nemesis, Bill.
A large part of the movie is action sequences, most of which are very well done and all of which are bloody as hell. However, Tarentino
somewhat sabotages his own movie from greatness by being a bit too risky.
One example is a completely unnecessary Anime sequence, randomly switching to black and white photography, and just plain weirdness.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 were originally one movie and it shows. Vol. 1 feels like half a movie with some parts stretched out just to fill the 110
minutes running time. The worst is probably the teaser trailer of an ending that features a few clips from Vol. 2.
All its shortcomings aside though, Kill Bill Vol. 1 is an entertaining movie. Although, Tarentino takes a lot of risks, most of them do pay off.
The colorful and vibrant cinematography is beautiful and the action is intense. Of special note is a scene where Thurman fights a boatload
of Asian attackers. Too bad the final fight is a bit disappointing.
Despite Tarentino's sidetracking ego, Kill Bill Vol. 1 is a pretty enjoyable lightweight action film.
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(Out of four)
Written and Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl
Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen
Cinematography by: Robert Richardson
Music by: RZA
Released: October 10, 2003; 110 Minutes