For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Revenge Movies, here’s a review of Kill Bill (2003) by Keith of Keith Loves Movies
Thanks again to Gavin of Mini Media Reviews for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Robb of Red Bezzle and it is Remade Movies.
Love or hate, compare and contrast, and dare to say they’re better. It could be a relocated remake a la The Magnificent Seven, an Animation to Live Action remake similar to The Jungle Book or straight forward reimagining such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of September by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Robb!
Let’s see what Keith thought of this movie:
There is probably no better example of revenge movie than Quentin Tarantino’s epic Kill Bill series. It’s so epic that it had to be told in two movies, although it can probably be found as one now.
The first volume felt like an homage to the over the top genres films of the past. The film plays mostly as a part Kung Fu film, part Spaghetti Western but it is grounded by a revenge story involving a nameless woman (Uma Thurman) looking for retribution against her former hit squad (Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, and Michael Madsen) her boss Bill (David Caradine). Of course, the narrative is cut short as it is one long story separated into two films but this first film did a great job at setting up the story and the characters while giving us plenty of satisfying moments despite the delayed resolution.
The story here is told out of order, however, you probably won’t notice. We see the pregnant woman (the film bleeps out every time a character says her name) on the brink of death once her squad guns down her as well as her friends and family during her wedding. She obviously doesn’t die as she wakes up years later no longer pregnant and sets out on a journey of revenge, using her kill list. The story was separated into chapters with each being another step on her journey.
The bride’s first stop of her revenge tour (which was really the second stop) after her recovery was with Fox’s Vernita Green. Their encounter was a little too quick, however, it gave us a glimpse of what to expect. She was exciting to watch but things really got started once she got to Japan as it led to one of the best action sequences in cinematic history where the bride takes on the Yakuza and O’Ren Ishii’s (Liu) Crazy 88 at the House of Blue Leaves before taking on Ishii herself.
Every aspect of the film was masterfully done, from the cinematography, the score, the fight choreography, the art direction, costumes, etc. It is a shame that it did not get more recognition in this regard as they were definitely all worthy for those categories. Just like in any Tarantino film, the writing was exceptional with plenty of Tarantino-esque dialog. Despite not having as much of it here than in his other films, it was still great even though it took a backseat to the over the top violence. While it may not be for some, it fit within the grand scheme of the story.
The acting was excellent all around with Thurman being the standout. She was engaging to watch very engaging to watch as the Bride throughout, making her likable and worth caring about. She was more of the strong, silent type but there was still a lot to her below the surface. She was committed to the physical nature of the role and looked very good during the various action scenes. The Bride was the only real character in the film but everyone else was good as well. Thurman had chemistry with Fox and Liu which made their respective scenes more fun to watch.
Overall, this was an amazing, masterfully produced action film in every aspect, featuring a compelling and memorable revenge story, even after 14 years, led by Uma Thurman’s excellent performance as The Bride.