New Wednesday Movies: Kill Bill Vol. 1

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This weeks new movie, for me at least, is Kill Bill Vol. 1. This film was suggested to me by a few people and I had been meaning to watch it for years now, so I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to finally sit down and give it a watch. And to be honest, not my favourite.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 was directed and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Uma Thurman as The Bride, Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii and Vivica A. Fox as Vernita Green. The main plot of this film is The Bride (Thurman) – a former assassin – awakes from a coma of 4 years after her ex-lover ‘Bill’ (David Carradine) tried to kill her on her wedding day, as well as (successfully) killing everyone at her wedding, and is instantly fueled for a need of revenge against the assassins who carried out the attack.

Now, there are a few reasons why this film wasn’t my favourite and is probably my least favourite Tarantino film, that I’ve seen so far. I think, first of all, it was over-hyped for me. A couple of my friends said it was the best Tarantino film, and that it was a great movie, I was a bit let down and it didn’t match my expectations.

Onto the real ‘proper’ reasons why this film wasn’t my favourite. One of the main things I think is key and memorable for a Tarantino film is the use of the music, such as ‘Stuck in The Middle With You’ from Reservoir Dogs and the whole of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. And in this film I didn’t think it had a memorable soundtrack, none of the songs stuck with me and even the score wasn’t particularly memorable. The only sort of memorable musical moment was probably the whistling tune when The Bride is in hospital.

Another reason as to why I didn’t like the film was because it did feel a bit patchwork. A prime example of this is the use of the cartoon mid-way through and also the black and white fight scene. Now, these aren’t bad scenes, they are brilliant scenes, I just felt they didn’t fit in with the style of the film, or with the style of any Tarantino films for that matter and for that reason it didn’t really work for me.

Despite these two issues I have with the film, it is a good film. It has a solid plot, which I’m sure will be continued and completed in Vol. 2 and maybe the whole Kill Bill experience would have been better if I had watched both films back to back (even Tarantino himself has stated that he wanted both parts to be made into one film and they should be watched together), but as a stand alone film, Vol. 1 leaves a lot to be desired climax wise.

As well as this the fight scenes throughout the film are brilliant. The first fight scene with The Bride in the suburban home is brilliant and then the final fight scene between The Bride and the samurai warriors in the club was also intense and very very graphic.

Basically, If you’re going to watch Kill Bill Vol. 1, I suggest watching both parts together rather than spacing them out like I did. Kill Bill differs slightly from Tarantino’s usual film style (the Cartoon) so could take viewers a while to adjust to this, especially if you’re a huge fan of Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction like I am.

Overall, Kill Bill Vol. 1 isn’t the worst Tarantino film, but it definitely isn’t the best either. Of course go and watch it, it’s still a great bit of cinema but don’t let it be over hyped and don’t have too large of an expectation.

Kill Bill Vol. 1: 2.5/5

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