Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)


release date: 10 October 2003 (USA)
run time: 111 mins
rated: 18A
considered: Action, Drama
director: Quentin Tarantino
starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Julie Dreyfus, Chiaki Kuriyama, Shin’ichi Chiba, Chia-Hui Liu, Michael Perks, Michael Bowen, Jun Kunimura, Kenji Ohba, Yuki Kazamatsuri

movie summary: When a girl is getting married, it is supposed to be the best day of her life. The Bride (Uma Thurman) was going to walk down the aisle to marry a guy named Bill (David Carradine), the father of her future child. White dresses and white flowers all turn red when Bill, the leader of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, puts out a hit on his own bride to be, leaving her dead on the floor at the reception hall. The Bride sleeps in a coma for four years, where she is sexually abused, before waking up and training with Hattori Hanzo (Shin’ichi Chiba) to gain procession of one of his famous swords. The story flashes back and forth from past to present as The Bride begins to kill off each member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad with her new toy, saving Bill for last.

my thoughts: If only my grandmother could see me now…it took until 2015 but I finally watched Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I mention her because she loved these movies thanks to the brutal violence and awesome fight sequences. She loved lots of martial arts films and would watch Kill Bill when ever it was on, I on the other hand would just leave the room because it never interested me. If you remember reading my Blind Spot Series 2015 back in January, you’ll know that I challenged myself to finally sit down and watch these two supposedly epic movies. 

Kill Bill Vol. 1 was better than I ever expected it to be and now fully understand why it is ranked so high on IMDb Top 250. Also after watching four hours of Uma Thurman killing people, I get why people consider The Bride character to be one of the most bad ass women to ever be captured on film. These movies may be based on a comic book series that I will never ever read, so I’m not exactly sure what The Bride’s real back story is. The only thing I’ve learnt from watching Thurman is she was once an assassin, trained by some of the very best in the world. There is no mountain to high for her to climb and there’s no fight she won’t back down from.

I got to be honest here and say I’m not sure if anyone else could have pulled off such a violent, intelligent, and risk taking character like Thurman. She’s never been anywhere near my list of actresses I like, but I respect all the blood, sweat, and tears she put into her performance. There must have been a dozen or so emotions that The Bride suffers through in her years after the coma and Thurman does a great job portraying all of them. This girl is on a mission of revenge that is rarely seen in movies or real life. Of course Tarantino took a lot of creative liberties here, because who can survive so many attempts on her life. Even though most of these attacks boost little to no survival chances, The Bride continues to come out on top with just a few minor bumps and bruises. I applaud her determination and hard work to become probably the world’s best sword swinging ninja.

Tarantino is famous for creating these outrageous characters, surrounding them with excellent cast members, and letting the story unfold in the most dramatic and violent ways possible. People judge me all the time based on my movie preferences and I’m totally okay with being judged for not being a fan of Tarantino’s work. I’ve seen a lot of his films but don’t own any and don’t usually watch them a second time. I do hope to get around to watching Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown someday, but for now I would consider Kill Bill Vol. 1 to be one of his greatest works to date. While I dreaded this movie and series for so long, I was quite entertained watching The Bride go across the world to take out the people who tried to kill her.


my final thoughts: Kill Bill Vol. 1 was a very violent entertaining tale about executing a plan fueled by hatred and betrayal. I’m sure the majority of the world has seen this movie and I am just late getting to the party. This film deserves all the praise it gets based on outstanding performances, great story telling, and crazy characters.

my star rating: 8 out 10

imdb: 8.1 out 10 
metascore: 69/100 
rottentomatoes: 85% out 100% 
roger ebert: 4 out 4
richard crouse: n/a

14 thoughts on “Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

    1. It was a good movie but I’m sorry to say that I won’t be watching it again anytime soon. At least I finally crossed it off my list and now can actually talk about it with other fans! 🙂

    1. When I was watching this and writing the review, I couldn’t wait for you to leave a comment! My grandmother was awesome and totally let me get away with murder when I was kid. ha ha I still miss her every day.

  1. I love Tarantino and this is among his best work. Vol. 1is certainly his most rewatchable movie. Glad you enjoyed it. Love that your grandmother was into this, too.

    1. Never did I ever think I’d enjoy this movie but I did. My grandmother loved this movie along with any Steven Seagal or Chuck Norris movie you can think of. People think it’s crazy but she watched wrestling every Monday night. She just loved her violence ha ha.

  2. Your grandmother loved martial arts movies? That’s hilarious and awesome. Glad you finally caught this one and liked it. These movies are so great. I kinda feel like it’s due for a rewatch now.

    1. Who would have thought that the amount of times she watched this movie I never did. Then again I am not a huge Chuck Norris fan and she watched everything he put out. I’m sorry to say if we were real movie buddies I would skip out on the Kill Bill rerun marathon for the next little while. 😛

      1. Which is fine, I would just keep track of all that stuff you made me sit though so when we get divorced from being movie buddies, the judge will side with me and I’ll get half the collection! 😛

    1. Thanks Rob, it won’t be a personal favourite of mine or of QT’s but now I can fully appreciate and respect all the hype this movie along with it’s main character gets.

      1. – hope this one works

        here also is the text of the conversation

        Bill: As you know, I’m quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well drawn. But the mythology … the mythology is not only great, it’s unique.
        The Bride: [who still has a dart in her leg] How long does this shit take to go into effect?!
        Bill: About two minutes, just long enough for me to finish my point. Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He’s weak, he’s unsure of himself, he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race. Sort of like Beatrix Kiddo and Mrs. Tommy Plympton.
        The Bride: Aso. The point emerges.
        Bill: You would’ve worn the costume of Arlene Plympton. But you were born Beatrix Kiddo. And every morning when you woke up, you’d still be Beatrix Kiddo. Oh, you can take the needle out.
        The Bride: [does so] Are you calling me a superhero?
        Bill: I’m calling you a killer! A natural born killer. You always have been, and you always will be. Moving to El Paso, working in a used record store, going to the movies with Tommy, clipping coupons. That’s you … trying to disguise yourself as a worker bee. That’s you trying to blend in with the hive. But you’re not a worker bee. You’re a renegade killer bee. And no matter how much beer you drank or barbecue you ate or how fat your ass got, nothing in the world would ever change that.

      2. Thank you Rob for sharing that with me. I actually watched it and can’t believe I didn’t give it the attention it deserved the first time around. It is so true and describes exactly what super heros are and now I will probably think of Superman the same way again! ha ha.

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