January 31st 2019: Kill Bill

Kill Bill has always felt a bit like the middle child of Tarantinos films. The older and arguably best of his catalogue are almost universally cherished, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are masterpieces and even his lesser appreciated Jackie Brown is an interesting movie. Tarantinos more recent Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds and Hateful 8 are also an absolute delight to watch and rewatch. Then there’s the Kill Bill two parter. A love letter to both Japanese and Western films.

Kill Bill is always good on a rewatch, it’s fun and often insane. The anime telling of O-Rens story, the black and white massacre with the crazy 88 and The Brides procuring of a Hattori Hanzo sword are all brilliant scenes. Yet I revisit and talk about Kill Bill less than any of Tarantinos other projects. I still can’t figure out of it doesn’t interest me as much as the others or Kill Bill came along at a time that just didn’t resonate with me. Perhaps a third film might just demand a re-evaluation of Beatrix Kiddos bloody odyssey.

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