Almost every film appreciator has had a film in his or her life that had changed their whole perspective on the movie-going experience. For some it happened at a young, impressionable age. For others their film – epiphany hadn’t happened until much later. Either way, we wanted to share a series here with you where the creators of Rocket Adrift talk about the movies that changed their perspectives from a young age. Hopefully you will have shared a similar experience or may discover some great films that you may not have seen before. This week I am going to talk about kill Bill Vol. 1.
Kill Bill (Vol. 1)
Truthfully the first time I had laid eyes on Kill Bill was at an inappropriate age – I was ten and very much into cartoons and anime. Because Kill Bill has and amazing animated sequence towards the second act I thought maybe I would find something of interest to me. But being rather young and sensitive I was deeply disturbed by the blood, gore and violence of the scene. Scared away, I didn’t want anything more to do with that film.
Fast forward eight years and I am now desperate to learn about all the films I had missed and happened across Quentin Tarantino’s collection. I was curious about Kill Bill but also still wary from the last experience I had watching it. I had to make myself comfortable, take it slow in a sense.
Not only had I found a kindred spirit with Uma Thurman’s protagonist, I cheered her on. The intensity of her situations, her take-no-prisoners attitude and her determination is infectious. The action is not like any I had seen in a long time – a parody of classic Kung-Fu complete with campy sound effects and funky music. I absolutely loved it and wondered how I could have passed on it until then.
It wasn’t long after that I ended up watching the second volume (however I was left somewhat disappointed by the ending – it was not quite as explosive as the first installment I thought). I now listen to the soundtrack on an almost weekly basis. Every time a revenge fantasy plays through my head I see Uma Thurman’s menacing leer through an arresting red filter. The imagery will stick with me forever.
Kill Bill was like my gateway drug for all Quentin Tarantino movies and it still remains my favourite of all of his work. Every kung-fu action movie will be held up against Kill Bill for me, which makes it a tough contender. I truly hope Hollywood continues to make great, bloody, fun, R-rated debauchery films like Kill Bill. Now more than ever I could use a good action flick.
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