Head to Head – Kill Bill

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Heath Eddy challenged us to a battle without honour or glory by calling Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill saga nothing more than “chop-fooey“. For his troubles, he scored a double pass to Alice in Wonderland. You can win free movie tickets too by sending your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

Heath Eddy will argue AGAINST the film while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Heath Eddy – 2/5

Am I the only one that sees “Kill Bill” for the hashed together, non-committal, lazy teenager fantasy that it is? I get it. It’s a homage to the Westerns and Samurai movies of yester-year. But even those had a storyline that made more sense than most tea-leaf readings. Hiding a character’s name through sound effects or clever situations creates a nice little mystery, but using a censoring *bleep* is just lazy. And then to give the name anyway with no meaning or consequence, it’s obvious you didn’t know why it was hidden in the first place. When you turn from colour to black and white, and then back again, you better be in either Kansas or Pleasantville, because they had a reason to. Take five steps and then die? Get a wheelchair, and then a gun, and stop this procrastination. One good fight scene doesn’t forgive 3 hours of mundane drivel.

Simon Miraudo – 5/5

Oh Heath, prepare yourself for the cruel tutelage of Pai Mei Simon Miraudo! Tarantino’s gargantuan Kill Bill saga sits amongst the most energetic and satisfying action films of the past decade. It pays loving tribute to both Westerns’ and Samurai pictures – two genres that were so influential upon one another it is hard to know where one starts and the other begins. Tarantino strings them both together effortlessly (but, not lazily) into a head swirling and rip-roaring epic. Sure, it doesn’t re-contextualise cinema like the delirious Inglourious Basterds (one of the greatest films of all time – go on, challenge me!) and it’s slavish dedication to film history may be a little too inside-baseball for the casual viewer. But for the budding movie buff, it is an entry-level introduction to the joys of filmmaking; one that reminds us that rules are there to be broken, and blood is there to be spilled.

Now it’s over to you! What are your thoughts on Kill Bill? Let us know in the comments section below. If you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

4 Responses to “Head to Head – Kill Bill”

  1. I stand by my call. QT should start making movies again (like IB) instead of these hashed-together non-comedic parody films. Strings together effortlessly? Sir, he split the movie into 2, and then arranged into chapters that were not in chronological order. While I agree it was "effortless", I think it also showed.

  2. Heath I'm with you. This movie was a load of rubbish. QT is hopelessly overrated.

  3. i cant beleive that anyone can say that QT is over rated! is not reservoir dogs one of those movies thats comes along once in a lifetime???

  4. Oh good gravy!! The Kill Bill films are possibly my favourite efforts from QT. I can see how some have complained that Volume 2 was a lot slower, but that's due to the deliberate pacing of the spaghetti westerns that QT was paying tribute to, complete with music by Morricone. I think you either get QT or you don't and that's the beauty of opinion. I have loved every movie he's done, and yes, I include Death Proof and Jackie Brown in that equation. Four Rooms was a bit crap, but his segment was hilarious. Anyoo…the Kill Bill movies are wonderful escapist fun.

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