Neil Young’s Film Lounge – Kill Bill : Vol. 1



USA 2003 : Quentin TARANTINO : 110 mins

After 1997s box-office dud Jackie Brown (still his best), Tarantino retreats to teenage movie-fans bedroom-universe to lick his wounds and emerges with this wildly overhyped two-parter: not since Kubricks heyday has a nervy Hollywood studio indulged a genius director to such lengths. The plot is ostentatiously slight: after four comatose years, an unnamed assassin (Uma Thurman) tracks down ex-colleagues (Lucy Liu, etc) who bloodily gatecrashed her wedding on the orders of enigmatic boss Bill (David Carradine, unseen).

Lucy Liu in Kill BillResulting vengeance-quest ends up extremely gore-splatted, though its tame stuff compared with kind of the stuff Takashi Miike has been coming up with recently. Deliberately daft, very larkish, overlong picture hits some dead spots along the way, but has easily enough touches of wit and brilliance to stay more than watchable – even if Thurman can’t really act, and Tarantino can’t resist the odd detours into dead-ends of for-its-own-sake cool. Entertaining stuff, but this director is far too talented to fritter his skill on what are essentially bloated B-movie shenanigans.

15th October, 2003
(seen same day, Odeon Newcastle)

click here for more notes on second viewing

first seen 2nd October, 2003 : UGC Sheffield

for original review, click here for short version and here for long (long version coming soon)

by Neil Young