The Bride: I want him to know what I know. I want him to know I want him to know. And I want them all to know they’ll all soon be as dead as O-Ren.
Once again Tarantino pops up on my list, and once again I must invoke my Lord of the Rings rule. Just like never seeing the one ring destroyed would certainly have pissed off film-goers, I would have been pretty perturbed if the theatrical trailer’s promise never came to fruition and Bill never took his final 5 steps.
Kill Bill is one movie. At least that’s what I think. It was shot as one movie and cut in two for various reasons. I know no one has seen QT’s cut of the two halves combined, but I’m sure it is pretty similar to watching them back-to-back in their current form. If watched back-to-back, one is guaranteed a wonderful movie watching experience, because this is one hell of an entertaining movie (or two volumes if you prefer).
To those who would claim this film is all style and no substance, merely a retread, a mishmash of Quentin’s favorite genres, I say, “so what.” The thing is so much fun, who cares? Is anyone really complaining during the House of Blue Leaves battle or are they savoring every sword slice and stunt? That’s what I thought.
But guess what, it is more than cool action and clever dialogue. It has a surprising amount of depth, basically all found in the second half, but that was the point. One hundred minutes of ass-kicking, followed by backstory and character development to make the first half all the better. I know that makes the second half sound boring, but there’s plenty of kick-ass in the second half too.
I think Uma and the late Mr. Carradine stand out, performance-wise. Playing their roles with great affection and emotion, without winking. There is a wonderful love story hidden amongst the revenge plot and piles of dead bodies. It’s hard to spot, but it’s there and it resonates because of the fine acting.
Basterds is the Tarantino film with all the (well deserved) accolades, but I wonder what would have happened had Kill Bill been released in its proper form. Would it have been hailed as the undisputed masterpiece it is? Would it have garnered the Oscar nominations that proved so elusive? Either way, the movie is what it is, a brilliant, ass-kicking thrill for the senses.