KILL BILL VOL 1
Directed By Quentin Tarantino
Kill Bill part 1 is the first act of the whole bloody affair.. This movie ditched Tarantino’s then “typical” style of noir driven crime flick for a grindhouse kung fu flick that seamlessly weaves between the genres of samurai cinema, blaxploitation films, and spaghetti westerns. The narrative revolves around the mission of a revenge seeking, ex assassin on the hunt for those involved in the gruesome tragedy that took place on her wedding day. Although this film is influenced by many genres, and stylistically “steals” from 1973’s Lady Snowblood, it manages to balance all these while staying completely and unequivocally original.
Every lead driven story requires a powerful lead, and damn does Uma Thurman deliver. The role of the bride is not an easy one to conquer, but Uma makes this role her bitch. Delivering lines with such strength that you think she could jump off screen and slice your head off. The brides presence on screen emits an aura of confidence that could not be pulled off by anybody other than Uma.
One of my favorite “Tarantinoisms”, is his ability to craft thorough and unique. This trait is especially prominent in this film. This is executed to perfection, whether it be a quick cut scene displaying the giddily psychopathic nature of Gogo Yubari, a hilarious yet darkly consequential opening fight against foxy Vernita Green, or the 7 minute anime montage establishing the origin of O-Ren Ishii. Tarantino masterfully provides depth and insight to these characters without a full fledged back story or evil plot explanation. Through actions and dialogue you can truly feel you understand these characters.
Yes this movie is over the top in every way, but this does not by any means result in it being sub par. This movie was made to be an exciting thrill ride, and it completely achieves this goal. Tarantino’s jaw dropping direction, heavily saturated colors, meticulously perfect soundtrack MC’d by none other than Wu Tangs RZA, the nail biting narrative, and overall style provides a melting pot of cinematic beauty and one of the most fun and rewatchable movies to ever grace the silver screen.