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Kill Bill: Volume One

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Kill Bill: Volume OneThe 4th Film by Tarentino, was received by many critics as nothing more than a violent montage of blood and other upsetting images, but the film actually is a little deeper than that, and while older audiences might find the film less than entertaining, younger audiences will certainly be drawn to it’s coolness. However as with most things, the truth lies somewhere in between.

There’s something unique about Uma Thurman. From her long toes and fingers, to the way that blood shimmers just right from her angled cheek bones, assail your doubts, Tarentino has made Thurman a screen goddess. From every frame, from every bit of color, and from every angle, Kill Bill is the inner vision of a haunted mind that is in love with the look and feel of film. This is a well planned, well laid out, well thought out, and perhaps the life work of Tarentino’s career. The movie itself is greater than the sum of its parts, it’s not spectacular in idea, dialogue, or anything particular, it is in how all the pieces fit in the end that makes it a very good film. Kill Bill is about revenge, nothing more, and nothing less… or is it?

The story follows the tale of a woman who has been betrayed by her former gang. The terrible tragedy that befalls her only makes her determine to avenge her enemies, that is at least after she wakes up from her coma. We follow on her treacherous path of vengeance, as she kills two of her main assailants.

“Do You Find Me Sadistic?”

Within the film, Tarentino manages to include the chopping of many body parts, stabbing, a scalping, rape, and even an animated petaphile situation. All this is enough to make some people walk out of the theatre, probably those who expected colorful dialogue along the lines of Pulp Fiction, but instead got a very visual oriented film, where the dialogue plays second to action and cinematography, but Tarentino’s text does imply some things. Like in the first question uttered by an invisible Bill, “Do you find me sadistic?” Taking pleasure in cruel acts is not what Bill is all about, or at least that is his argument, so perhaps Tarentino is not also sadistic. Maybe there is more.

“I assure you this is me, at my most masochistic.”

Perhaps it is not about taking pleasure at violence, but instead to be willing to subject oneself to the most unpleasant of things, to see the world through the eyes of the victim. But why would we do this, why would Bill do this, perhaps that is the question.

There is a sense that things always balance themselves out in the end. In action films, the good guy never wants to kill, he ends up having to do it, to restore balance and order. In Kill Bill, revenge is about resolving the wrong that was committed. In the end the bad guys have to die, they know it, Black Mamba (our heroine) knows it, and so does the audience. There must be balance.

Which of course leads me to think about the Suzie homemaker character that Vivica Fox plays as Veretta Green. A homemaker married to a doctor, who coaches little league, and who use to be a professional killer. When her past catches up to her, she knows there has to be a retribution.

In the end no one escapes.

If we are to take Kill Bill as a masochistic text, we can identify then with the victim, and all the violence and unpleasant images speak more about why we should care, why we should be more compassionate, and why we should Kill Bill, than about how we are insensitive to violence or each other.

5 out 5 stars

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