|Fig. 1: Kill Bill Vol. 1 Poster|
The theme of this film is a tad dark, with the attempted murder of a pregnant bride and the killing of a villain in front of her daughter.
As exaggerated and unbelievably theatrical the action is, the film is still believable. It all seems to be a live action representation of a manga novel.
There are great plays on stereotypical characters such as a deadly assassin who is also a school girl.
The audience is kept at the edge of their seat due to the fast pace of this film.
The audience doesn't really know what is going on until later on in the film. All that is made clear is that the protagonist is wronged by a group of five deadly assassins and she sets out to exterminate each and every one of them.
It does have highly used underlying concepts such as 'determination is the key to success' and 'revenge is a dish best served cold', which incidentally, happens to be an ancient Klingon proverb.
As reviewer Peter Bradshaw states, "It's a story of revenge: the traditional perfunctory pretext for martial arts - a unidimensional narrative motivation." Bradshaw, Peter. (2003).
This film has special effects that do not intend to trick the audience into believing that they are not special effects. They somehow do their job without having the audience yelling out in protest.
Kill Bill Vol.1 (2003) is a film that is edited to perfection. There isn't a moment where one thinks that a particular scene is unnecessary. As reviewer Rebecca Murray rightly states, ".. there weren’t any extraneous scenes that could have been cut out or even shortened." Murray, Rebecca. (c. Unknown).
Fig 1: Tarantino, Quentin. (2003). Kill Bill Vol. 1. Available online at: http://thewhitehat.tumblr.com/post/29739227889/silly-little-caucasian-girl-who-likes-to-play-with
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Fig. 2: Tarantino, Quentin. (2003). Kill Bill Vol. 1. Available online at: http://ringsaroundsaturn.tumblr.com/post/30991095500/kill-bill-vol-1-2003-quentin-tarantino
Accessed 1st October 2012
Fig. 3: Tarantino, Quentin. (2003). Kill Bill Vol. 1. Available online at: http://rawsalt.tumblr.com/post/32078494928 Accessed 1st October 2012
Murray, Rebecca. (c. Unknown). About.com Hollywood Movies. Kill Bill Vol. 1 Film Review. Available online at:http://movies.about.com/cs/killbill/a/killbillv1revie.htm Accessed 1st October 2012
Matthews, Kelvin. (2012).SBCC Film Reviews. Kill Bill: Vol.1 (Quentin Tarantino): USA.
Available online at: http://sbccfilmreviews.org/?p=21613 Accessed 1st October 2012
Bradshaw, Peter. (2003). The Guardian Film Review. Kill Bill: Volume 1. Available online at:http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2003/oct/10/quentintarantino Accessed 1st October 2012