release date: 10 October 2003 (USA)
run time: 111 mins
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
rottentomatoes: 85% out 100%
roger ebert: 4 out 4
richard crouse: n/a