Rewatched Jun 24, 2012
First of all, let me clear up some potential confusion. I consider both volumes of Kill Bill to be the same film as Volume 2 does not act as a sequel but rather just a continuation of the first. By that I mean that the events of one are not complete without the other so it does not make sense to regard them as separate films. So, in this review I will be discussing both films but referring to them as if they were one.
It's hard to describe exactly what is so great about this film. To me, Kill Bill is Tarantino's crown jewel. Let me clarify, I don't think Kill Bill is his best film, rather I think it is the best representation of him as a film maker. Kill Bill has everything that anyone could want in a film, and everything that makes Tarantino such a great director. In fact, as I'm writing this, I am realizing that my rating on Volume 1 is too low and I need to fix that as soon as I'm done here. The Kill Bill movies are so wonderfully done in every way. It's the kind of film that you can watch for two hours and feel as if only seconds have passed. It is hilarious and exciting and the music reflects both the action and the humorous elements so perfectly (seriously, some of the music sounds like it is straight out of a 70s porno). The use of black and white or animated segments works wonderfully with the overall tone of the movie. Uma Thurman is fantastic as The Bride, capturing every single emotion imaginable and tying them all together so perfectly. And the best part of the whole film is that, despite it being so amazing and despite Tarantino obviously knowing this, the film does not come across as pretentious at all. So, whether you're a die hard film fanatic or just some one who likes the occasional action flick, Kill Bill is a completely approachable film.