Unanswered Questions in the Lively “Kill Bill Vol. 1”

BY DANIELLE CARPENTER

Kill Bill is the second movie from Quentin Tarantino I have seen. The first one of his was Django Unchained, which I absolutely loved. Kill Bill does not get as much love from me as Django, but I did still rather enjoy it. The kung fu, the vulgarity, and seriousness of what should’ve been not-so-serious scenes kept me entertained.

Though confusing at times, I kind of liked how the movie bounced back from the future to the past to the present. I honestly don’t know how else this movie could have moved along smoothly. I suppose they could have started with the Bride’s past with Bill, then to the wedding, then to the killings, but then the movie would probably be four hours long. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Remember, there was a sequel!

For starters, Uma Thurman (who plays “the Bride”) is a total badass. Basically, she wakes up from a four-year coma, after almost dying at her wedding, and when she comes to, she goes after the people who put her in this situation. She intends to kill them, and she largely succeeds. She makes me want to own a Samurai sword.

Everyone already knew Lucy Liu (who plays O-ren Ishii) was a tough cookie; she just reminds us of this fact in this movie. Let me not forget the whistling one-eyed hot nurse, played by Darrel Hannah. I liked her character so much that she is a possible Halloween costume choice this year.

The men in this movie aren’t nearly as cool as the women… sorry, guys.

In the action scenes, some of the kung-fu sound effects were hilarious, obviously fake, but the fight scenes were still remarkably real. I’m not so sure how I felt about the cartoon reenactment of O-Ren Ishii’s parents getting killed in front of her. This just seemed to drag on.

It really annoyed me, never seeing Bill’s face. Why do I have to see the sequel to know what he looked like? In Vol. 1, David Carradine (Bill) just had to make sure his hands looked great and his voice sounded good. I ecdommend rerading up on him to get the full strange picture.

The ending of Kill Bill sets up perfectly for the sequel. I won’t ruin it, but it’s one line that just makes you think, “Hell yeah, there’s going to be another one.” Kill Bill 2 will have to be my third Quentin Tarantino movie. I still don’t think it will beat Django, but who knows!

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