#167: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

When and how did I watch this?

December 20th, 2015, on Netflix.

Had I seen this film already?

Nope.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Well, the movie implies a lot of killing.  General familiarity with Tarantino’s work indicated plenty of blood. I think Uma Thurman is a superb actress, but the genre seemed off-putting.

What do I know about it now?

The movie appeared to start well, but it gradually descended into boring repetition.  How is it possible, you might ask, for a film to include artistic killing and tough guy banter, and still be mind-numbingly boring?  Well, you just have a girl in a jump suit doing the same thing over and over, with longer fight scenes as the movie progresses.  It really banks on these fight scenes, because the story is paper-thin and practically useless.  My favorite portion of the film was actually an animated back story, and it portrayed the motive for one of the bad guys(girls?). Alone, it was a work of art, but in context it was a total waste, because our protagonist simply took her out via katana soon afterward.

What are some themes in the film?

Violence and revenge, period.

Did this affect me personally?

No.

Why is this ranked #167?

The violence and association with Tarantino makes this appealing to most fanboys. There are better action films on this list ranked lower, so I’m stumped.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She shared my sentiment, and spaced out halfway through it.

Would I watch it again?

No.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I don’t think it’s worth viewing, unless you like blood and sword fighting and crass dialogue.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

I don’t think so.  It’s fun, but its depth is strikingly shallow. The only reason this is included is because it came after Pulp Fiction, and Tarantino fans now think everything he does is genius.  I don’t care.

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