This film, which has many, many reviews on Amazon, is a product of old "B" movies, foreign martial arts
and revenge movies that came before it. This is what Director Tarantino does for a living; he remakes
those old film genres into a stylish sub-genre that pays tribute to those "B" films and mixes in style and
The revenge film has been a theme since film began. "Kill Bill Volume 1" is about a woman who is an
ex-assassin with an attempted assassination during her wedding by ex-comrades. "The Bride", her only
moniker, barely survives the attempt, then goes about seeking revenge on her enemies one by one
and of course destroys hundreds (at the least) of those attempting to stop her. Silly them. They don't
even come close.
I loved this film. Growing up in a time when movies played on TV all the time I was exposed to all those
genres 'Kill Bill' has fun with and serenades at the same time. The differences between the old and new
are the writing, acting and levels of 'realistic' violence in a Tarantino film.
The writing can be snappy, clever, or simply move the story arc and the directors does a very good job
of keeping this an action picture instead a "chic flick". Dialogue is at a minimum in Volume One.
The acting is very good considering what this film portrays. All the actors are wonderful and have been
restrained in comparison to some old 'B' films were ham was served de rigueur on a wooden platter.
The action is high concept . It is bloody and relentless at times. Tarantino knows when to scale it back
and when to let loose. There are a few scenes where limbs are lost on a large scale. I am not one for
realistic blood for the sake of blood. Those films soon become self- parodying and uninteresting. I recoil
at the sight of "realistic" bloody scenes and find them altogether unnecessary.
Tarantino needs to mimic, to a certain degree, the gratuitous violence in some of those old films. He did
not go overboard in my opinion. Just enough to get the point across that this woman is not going to be
stopped and woe to any man, or woman, who attempts to stop her.
5 Stars for, again, reinventing old cinema with fresh dialogue, good acting and, again, an eclectic and
wonderful soundtrack. Highly recommended if you like action revenge movies that pays homage to the
elders of the genre.