Monday, August 2, 2010

Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2

This is what a movie with 2 parts should be. Two parts of a whole. Each tantalizingly incomplete without the other.  Not the typically complete movie with an undead villain or progeny which then leads to 2 or 3 or 4. Nollywood pls take note.
Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2 is a classic of action and highly stylized gore. It is a testament to QT-Quentin Tarantino’s Genius. All hail!! I remember attempting to watch this movie a couple of years back but was put off by the slashings. What a long way I have come from
Plot: Beatrix Kiddo(a.k.a The Bride, The Black Mamba, The deadliest woman in the world, an ex-member of the deadly viper assassination squad) was supposed to be dead after a massacre which claimed the life of everyone at her wedding in a chapel in Texas. It is 4 years after and she’s back to get her revenge on her assassins –
O-Ren Ishii (Queen of the Tokyo underworld/Cottonmouth)
Vernita Green (Copperhead)
Elle Driver (California Mountain Snake)  
and Bill (Snake Charmer).
Lovely names eh?
Vol. I showed glimpses of the wedding chapel massacre. But was focused on her recovery, escape from the hospital and killing of Vernita and O-Ren Ishii
In Vol. II the wedding story is told. And the revenge is completed. The penultimate scene with Bill was almost anticlimactic. Truths were revealed and everything fell into place. That was the scene that sucked us into the emotional interplay between Bill and Beatrice. I almost felt sorry for him. Was he asking for forgiveness, understanding? Was he going to let her go, would he attempt to kill her, Was she taken in? QT treated that scene most tenderly.
Wow: QT trademark of non-sequential scenes. The color. Lucy Liu and her coterie of Swordsmen – the Crazy 88 were my best; the cinematic slashings(heads sliced off, fountain-like gushing of blood, sepia scenes, monotone scenes, cartoon scenes. I loved it!!!!!
I still think Uma Thurman is a poor actress. Thankfully her strength as an actress was not called in. She was more like a robotic killer squad with emotional scenes few and far in between which was okay by me. 
One thing is for sure - The lady knew how to work her Hanzoi Hantori!
Ginger scores it 8.5/10

Have you seen KillBill? What was your favourite scene?

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