Gosh, he’s a pretentious bloke isn’t he? The title card even says ‘The 4th film by Quentin Tarantino’. However, if he wasn’t as pretentious, the films probably wouldn’t be so damn good.
Six years after Jackie Brown, Tarantino would return with an epic two volume revenge flick, lasting four hours in total. Kill Bill is yet another triumph for the director, blending martial arts, spaghetti Western and other film styles into one fun adventure package.
Uma Thurman plays The Bride, an ex-member of a league of assassins. She is shown being shot in the head in the bloody aftermath of her wedding, just after telling her shooter that her baby is his. Miraculously, she survives and wakes up in a hospital four years later after having been in a coma. She manages to escape and draws up a list of five people she needs to kill
- O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu)
- Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox)
- Budd (Michael Madsen)
- Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah)
- Bill (David Carradine)
Her revenge takes her across the globe, and gets her into many scrapes, such as being buried alive in a coffin, and fighting off scores of martial artists in a brilliantly choreographed scene near the end of Volume 1.
The verdict: excellent. This is a masterpiece of entertainment, a rich tapestry of fantastic ideas in one brutal tour-de-force. If you are patient enough to sit through it all, you will be richly rewarded. Another of Tarantino’s best. Let’s just hope that he never tries to do a Vol. 3, Coppola-style.