Carl the Critic: Talks about "Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2"

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Kill Bill Vol. 2

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Kill Bill Vol. 2

Carl the Critic: Talks aboit "Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2"

Experience/Expectations: I have never been a big Quentin Tarantino fan, but I do respect the guy for being successful. I just have found his movies to be too violent, and have a lot of pervasive language, and being a horror movie freak you would expect me to enjoy those things. He is different from most film makers, and I guess that is why many find him appealing. For me though there are only a few movies that he made that I like, and both of the "Kill Bill" movies are two of them. Many feel that "Pulp Fiction" was his best, and though I admit I enjoyed that film, I didn't enjoy it as much as the "Kill Bill" movies. But now before I forget, let's talk about the films story.

Story: The movie begins with the "murder" of a character named Beatrix Kiddo (but she is not called this until the second movie, but she is called "the Bride") on her wedding day by her ex-lover who is simply named Bill, with his group of ladies who are named after poisonous snakes. But when she is killed she is carrying a child within her womb (which adds to the brutality of what Bill has done) but instead of murdering Kiddo, she was instead in a coma for a long time. When she wake she kills two men who were about to rape her in her comatose state. She then goes to seek revenge on the five people who have wronged her. One is a Japanese-American who is protected by her body guards (including a psychotic teen-aged girl). Another woman who is a stay at home mom (who is murdered right before her own daughter's eyes), another woman has only one eye, another assassin is is Bill's brother Budd, and finally there's Bill himself.

Critique: Well this certainly is action packed, and it has the violence, and gore that a Quentin Tarantino fan would love. It is structured branching style, with multiple layers of branching. This is evident with the uses of flashbacks, and discontinuity in the Vol. 1. Vol. 2 is more continuous but it still uses flash backs. When making a movie about revenge, the branching structure proves to be effective, but usually the best structure used is a spiraling structure, like for example "I Spit On Your Grave."

Non-the-less, the story is still very good, it's you're classic revenge story, but the part that baffles me is that Tarantino had to make two movies, I guess this is so his paycheck gets bigger. The acting is good, but there are a few plot devises that seem unnecessary and make the movie slowly progress to the ending. Some of the film consist of long dialogue moments that made me look at my watch and go "Isn't this suppose to be an action movie?" But after you get passed the dialogue, the actions prove to be satisfying.

Overall: This is a film that I really do like, but it's definitely not perfect, so I give it a 7.5 out of 10.


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I enjoyed the first half of the story. It worked as a homage (maybe a parody) of the Hong Kong "chop socky" films of the 1970s. The climactic battle with the Crazy 88 was great. But the second installemt didn't have the humor or the sense of self-parody that the first part did. It just seemed to drag on with too many stretches of long dialogue from Bill.


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Thank you for your comment Rob, and I can respect what you say, and it is very true.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Nice review.....I was very disappointed in Kill Bill....I liked Tarantino because of his great dialogue he puts in his movie....I remember sitting in the theater and thinking he did not even write a script for this movie....he just thought about 3 or 4 heavy fighting scenes that he wanted to direct....part 2 was better....but his story of The Bride could have been told in less than a hour versus two full movies.


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Well, as Rob said, it was more of a "homage of Hong Kong 'Chop Socky' films of the 1970s." A lot of those films are all about the heavy fighting scenes as oppose to cleaver dialogue. In America, an attempt to make this genre popular, there was a film called "Undefeatable"(that came out around 1993) and it was horrible. I do agree with the two films combine into one, and as always am happy to hear your insight and opinions, thank you.


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Matt in Jax 5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

I loved the story and action of the first part of the movie, but the second part was a bit slow for me which is odd for a Quentin Tarantino movie. Though I did like both movies a lot. Great review!


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Thanks Max :) and I understand what you mean about the second film being a bit slow.


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_thats_a_bingo 5 years ago

I love both films! I guess it's because I'm a huge Tarantino fan but I really do like both of them. The first one was a great throw-back to 70's kung-fu "chop socky" flicks and I thought the second one was a bit of a paradoy/throw-back to the American versions of those 70's kung fu flicks. That's only my opinion though....

Great article! Very interesting!


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Yeah, I am not ahuge Quinton Tarantino fan, but I do admit that there are things he does that I like, and I can see why people like his movies, but the "Kill Bill" series was the only thing of his (oh and also "Reservoir Dogs") that I really liked. Thanks for your comment _thats_a_bingo (by the way that is my favorite villain quotes from another Quinton Tarantino film :]) great to hear from you


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

I enjoyed kill bill 1 & 2. Also Reservoir Dogs but I thought Pulp Fiction was a mess. Every time John Travolta went to the bathroom something bad happened.

Actually maybe that was Tarantino's way of explaining why No one goes to the john in the movies!

Hey, I may be on to something.


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Haha, I get it :) Thank you Ruffridyer for your comment


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago

Pretty good hub, as i can't say I disagree with any of your points about the "Kill Bill" series. I also agree with you that Tarantino's style of directing can be a bit of "hit or miss" a lot of times, but when he hits something just right, then he makes great films like the "Kill Bill" movies and "Pulp Fiction." At least, that's how it always seems like to me whenever i watch one of his movies.

However, I think you pretty much nailed why the "Kill Bill" series, as it's definitely a unique series of films. Anyway, be sure to keep up the good work as always.


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Great to hear from you Steve as always and thanks for your comment and insight :)

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