April 16, 2004

Spoiler-free Kill Bill comments

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at April 16, 2004 11:58 AM

Since Kill Bill was originally one movie, split into parts, once I had seen the first part it was natural to try to extrapolate what the second part would be like. The first thing I will say about vol. 2 is that my extrapolation was very far off; I was surprised by how different it was, in a lot of ways, from the first part.

Anyway, I'm still absorbing all of it, but it was very good. The second part spends much more time on character development than its predecessor, and it really pays off; The Bride, Budd, Elle Driver, and Bill are all incredibly interesting and well-drawn, and at the end my deepest impressions of the movie are centered on these personalities.

Also, Tarantino seems to have been reading his Joseph Campbell. I think all the elements of the classical hero myth are in there.

On another note, the audience was very well-behaved except for one really obnoxious guy. So naturally he was sitting almost directly behind me. Since my copy of Quicksilver was sitting on my lap, I considered re-enacting this Penny Arcade strip, but that would have required taking my eyes off the screen.

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