Monday, 28 September 2009

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [2003] & Vol. 2 [2004]


The two volumes of Kill Bill have told a vengeance story of epic proportions and together form yet another feather in the shining crown of Quentin Tarantino. An unabashed homage to the violent Manga comic strips, kung-fu flicks of Hong Kong and American Grindhouse movies, the Kill Bill franchise might be a tad too violent for the regular audience and tad too deviant from formulaic revenge tales, but for a movie buff like me, it worked just fine. And one reason for that might be the magic wand that Tarantino weaves on his viewers with such ease. An addictive storyline, gleefully over-the-top action sequences (they are so well orchestrated that they almost got alleviated to the stature of ballet dancing), great sound track, well-etched characters, and hyper-kinetic narrative, laced with a fine sense of deadpan humour, add to the flavour of this enthralling double-bill. Uma Thurman, as the woman-wronged seeking bloody revenge, was quite astounding, as were David Carradine as the verbose and suave Bill, and Michael Madsen as his mild-mannered brother. Interestingly, while the first volume was the more action-packed of the two, the second captivated me more through its philosophical overtures. The two movies are an exuberant reaffirmation of Tarantino’s love affair with cinema.









Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Action/Thriller/Martial Arts Movie/Revenge Movie
Language: English
Country: US

7 comments:

Bhargav Saikia said...

Absolutely agree with you! Tarantino's direction is kick ass here.

Alex said...

Man, I should rewatch these... You've inspired me!

Shubhajit said...

@Bhargav: Absolutely, Tarantino sure knows how to do that!!!

@Alex: 'Inspiration' is too big a word :) But thanks nonetheless. In fact I too rewatched the two after quite a few years, and hence the review.

Just Another Film Buff said...

Aha, My favorite Tarantino movie. Good to see that you combined both the films, because they are virtually inseparable.

Shubhajit said...

Yeah, there are in essence a single movie, like the mythical twins separated at birth. By the way, this your favourite Tarantino movie?!? What about the TWO movies he is most worshiped for, including by yours truly?

Just Another Film Buff said...

Ya, They are great too...No question about that. But Kill Bill was something else altogether, it change the look, the fell, the sounds and everything for me...

Little Girl Lost said...

Hah!!! I can never get enough of Kill Bill... tarantino's direction is as smooth as butter... and watching uma thurman unleashes the secret Black Mamba in me :)