Kill Bill

Photo by D. Tempesta

One of my favorite things to do is compare the actual versus the expected (in general, not just in movies). For example, on paper, several of my closest friends and I should not get along. Quite honestly, we should want nothing to do with each other. Instead, or relationships are such that we would do anything for each other. This is how I feel about Kill Bill.

When describing the elements of the film, there is no point where anyone who has ever watched a movie before would say, “Yes. That sounds like it would be a fantastic film.” Yet that is exactly what Kill Bill is. I was speaking with some friends recently about various movies. I brought up how The Godfather changes the way you watch movies. I don’t know if Kill Bill will change the way you watch movies, but it does force you to at least change they way you watch Kill Bill.

My preferred way to describe this film is that it takes so many different things that should not work together and makes them fit together seamlessly. Eloquent, I know. But I can honestly not think of anything else equally accurate and comprehensive. We start out watching a black and white film with no idea what is going on. A pregnant bride gets shot by a nameless man who also happens to be the father of the baby. Then the story continues with the film being in color. There is really no explanation for this. I guess events in the “past” are black and white, but I argue against this conclusion. It is far too simple, and I find it to be slightly inaccurate. One of my favorite parts in the film is how each main characters is introduced. Their names are flashed on the screen (complete with code names) and the camera often zooms in on their faces. This is almost too intentional. I would argue that it would be too intentional if it were the only too intentional aspect of the film; but that is not the case. In a clever move, we have several more. Perhaps the best of which being how The Bride’s name is bleeped out every time either she or another character says her real name. We don’t find out her name until well into the second volume where it is revealed in both hilarious and dramatic fashion. In no way should an elementary school “flashback” belong in this film, yet it fits perfectly.

In addition to the absurdly overdone introductions, one character’s backstory is told with anime style animation. Typically, movies are either live action or animation of some sort, but never both. Kill Bill says, “I don’t care what the rules are. I will make my own. And the people will love it.” I am pretty sure that is on the back of the movie case. All kidding aside, the movie isn’t good just because it is an amalgamation of nonsense. It is actually a very intelligent film, but that explanation would take more time than we have here. Oh, and Uma Thurman is magnificent.

My name is Chuck, and these are my thoughts. Now I would like to know what you think. How do you feel about the over the top intentional nature of Kill Bill? I’ve often found myself wondering if a film could replicate this level of success with a similar movie. What do you think? Does anyone really know how old Lucy Liu is? Leave a comment down below, and we’ll talk. Enjoy the day!

2 thoughts on “Kill Bill

  1. You had me at the mop n’ tights, but really….Kill Bill is one of the best movies ever made. Yes, I’m a biased Tarantino fan and Pulp Fiction is easily recited from my foul-mouthed lips, but Kill Bill is in it’s own fucking dimension. You nailed it: it’s a movie that seamlessly puts together all the things that should never, ever work. It’s pure genius. Bloody, gory genius.


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