Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Kill Bill Vol 1 (2003) by Quentin Tarantino

This assignment is critically analyzing Quentin Tarantino's movie "Kill Bill Volume 1". It is a very stylish movie because of its color use and mesh from different movies. This review is based on Roger Ebert's, Bill's movie emporium's and Keith Simanton's reviews.


The whole movie is very graphic with a huge influence of different comic and manga books. Quentin Tarantino is meshing not only different movies into one, but also different styles. Sudden changing from black and white to bright and various color scales gives this feeling that it is not about reality, but rather just about good looking imagery. Some brutal scenes, emphasized blood splashes, expressive poses are all taken straight from comic books. Roger Ebert says that: ""Kill Bill, Volume 1" shows Quentin Tarantino so effortlessly and brilliantly in command of his technique that he reminds me of a virtuoso violinist racing through "Flight of the Bumble Bee" -- or maybe an accordion prodigy setting a speed record for "Lady of Spain." I mean that as a sincere compliment. The movie is not about anything at all except the skill and humor of its making. It's kind of brilliant." (October 10, 2003, Chicago Sun times). Although not all people can be satisfied just by nice imagery, simplicity of the whole idea and having fun. In bill's movie emporium I've read: "the finished product leaves me less than satisfied, particularly the fact that it isn’t finished. Any Tarantino fan will love this, as will any fan of old hack em up kung fu/samurai films" (

Tarantino, who with this film is a better critic than director, uses his chosen genres for all they're worth and claims he's paying homage to them. But in the most fundamental sense he's sapping them, draining them of every reasonable motif and cue and moment to make his point, to make a whole. But, so far, these parts do not make a whole. In some ways, this film is more a Master's thesis than it is a movie." (date of publishing is unknown, IMDb reviews). Random stories can actually hardly make sense, but it is undeniable how beautifully everything sets in this clash of everything. It lets the people to see everything from a different maybe a bit more ironic perspective which kind of connects to some ideas of post modernism. All those scenes are taken from somewhere, but in the original movies they would have looked much more serious. When it is given in this over exaggerated way we see how fake it is and opens up the mind which kind of shows that even a mess can be tidy.


All in all this movie stays to remember and it is a good example of nice editing and sophisticated parody. Easy to watch and relax, lots of action on the screen - what else would you need after work in the screen? In some way it brings back many iconic movies that you have probably already seen somewhere.


Figure 1: Beautiful black and white beginning scene.

Figure 2: Sudden jump into the anime world.

Figure 3: Overly peaceful imagery meant to understand the "fakeness"


Roger Ebert (October 10, 2003, Chicago Sun times).

 Keith Simanton

Bill's Movie Emporium

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