Kill Bill Volume I & II: a cinematic masterpiece

Gabrielle Chambers, Editor-in-Chief

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Kill Bill, one of Quentin Tarantino’s classics, follows the chaotic journey of a former female highly trained assassin (Uma Thurman) who had just woken up from coma after four years. Her real name throughout the movie is a mystery and is simply referred to as “The Bride”. She entered a coma after being shot in the head at her wedding by her former lover, Bill (David Carradine). When she wakes up, four years later,  she begins her goal to find him and kill him, hence the name of the film, and every individual who participated in the murder of everyone at her wedding, and more significantly, her unborn child.

 

Thurman’s ability to portray such an iconic and empowering female role, won her the Golden Globe for Best Performance by a female actress in a motion picture in 2004. Her character is entertaining to watch because it’s not often you see women play strong roles. The fact that she uses a legendary katana definitely gives her major bonus points.

 

The screenplay, written by both Tarantino and Thurman, is far from cliche and quite unique in comparison towards other thrillers. It’s quite unpredictable. Throughout both films, The Bride takes on many action pack fights, each brawl is just another person off her hitlist.

 

Soundtracks are a crucial factor to get right in the movie industry. RZA, the man responsible for the music in both films, was right on the dot. Each song perfectly enhances of the mood of the scene.  The movie starts off with the song “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” by Nancy Sinatra which directly connects to the storyline of The Bride being shot by Bill, a former sweetheart of hers.

 

Now with most sequels, the second movie is far inferior to the first. This is far from the case when it comes to Kill Bill: Volume II. It is a continuation of the story as oppose to a whole new storyline.  It keeps you on the edge of your seat in awe on what will happen next and keeps you rooting for her to get vengeance.

It takes a full four hours to watch both films all the way through and it does seem like a hefty amount of time, but nonetheless it will leave you wanting more.  I overall highly recommend watching both movies.