Kill Bill – The Whole Bloody Affair Review

Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill – The Whole Bloody Affair is about The Bride (Uma Thurman) who wakes after a four year coma. She remembers the massacre at her wedding rehearsal orchestrated by her former flame and boss Bill (David Carradine) which lead to the death of her to-be-husband, friends and the baby in her own womb. Revenge is on The Bride’s mind and she sets out with a Hattori Hanzo sword to make use of the rigorous training given to her by Pai Mei (Gordon Liu). The Bride travels all over the world to kill all the five members of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who attacked her at the wedding rehearsal and eventually – to Kill Bill.

It is so much fun describing the plot. Imagine what would have been the fun writing it ! If any of you actually read scripts of movies, just read Tarantino scripts. It feels as if you are reading a Dan Brown novel. It is a complete page turner. Such is Kill Bill. It is an appeasing repertoire for martial arts movie fans, drama movie fans, or just people who love movies. You may wonder why I am reviewing the whole series than Kill Bill – Volume 2 since I did review Kill Bill – Volume 1 solo. The thing is that  I recently pondered over that review and found it to be extremely badly written. I don’t blame myself for this, because Kill Bill – Volume 1 doesn’t have a story, it is one literally bloody entertaining scenario which paves the path for another entertaining scenario. Even look at Ebert’s review, he hasn’t actually talked much about the movie, but has elaborated on the references.

But this is the film that proves Tarantino as a great film-maker. At first, the second half of Kill Bill was disappointing. After the first half, which had set me on the mood for another two hours of illogical, darkly-comic and wildly entertaining violence. But what I got was …….. melodrama. Tarantino experimented with something he had never done before. It was a huge risk considering the pulse set by the first half. But he came, he saw and he conquered.

I think the first half is what made the movie a Tarantino movie, the second half is what made the movie a great movie. At the beginning of the movie, just before Bill puts a bullet through The Bride’s head, he asks, “Do you find me sadistic ? This is me at my most masochistic.” That is the perception we have initially about the story. We are led astray in world of blood, and what we make out form the plot-less first half is that sometime before, The Bride was employed by Bill, with who she ended up doing the dance without her pants, but you just can’t trust those rubbers, can you ? She got pregnant. And she left the job to look after her baby and Bill turned out to be a cold-blooded killer who killed his child and girl without giving a second thought. But, the second half made me sympathize with Bill. He was desperate. The girl he had so closely clung onto had apparently left him as if he was just a one-night stand for her at a nightclub in Taiwan. He wanted vengeance as well. Revenge is one her mind, but it was one his mind as well. He wanted to settle the scores as well. It was the first time Bill had fell for a lady, and she just dumped him after showering with love and affection. It was unbearable for Bill.

The first half has the power to stand on its own, the second half lacks it. But, the first half can stand on its own but will be on the same line as Vin Diesel movies, but second half completes it. Second half is much about the psychological tension between the characters. The troubled relationship with Bill and Budd, Bill and Bride, the rivalry between Elle and Bride and so on. It is a stupendous closing for a great story.

Tarantino’s references to other movies is well apparent in his movies. He is paying homage to hundreds of movies in a single of his. That is why I think the energy channelled into each of his movie is so inordinate that each of his movie feels like a film festival of its own. Tarantino manipulates the audience. He makes us laugh at the bloodiest scenes, and think at conversations about goldfishes. The dialogue itself works as an audio-book of its own. Beautifully written, with constant references to movies and also a touch of formality. The panache in them is unforgettable. But, the first half leaves us with a perception that the second half is going to be an explosion on the scale of Krakatoa eruption. But the climax is something heartfelt, rather than an epic fight on the mountains against the rising sun.

Emotionally tense, vibrant, darkly-comic and entertaining, Kill Bill – The Whole Bloody Affair is and always remain a standing testament to the sheer genius of Quentin Tarantino.

 Rating : 9.4 / 10

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Her Review

Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt – Theodore Twombly

Spike Jonze’s Her is about Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), an introverted man who earns a living by writing personal letters for others. But his personal life is not as sweet as his letters. He is on the verge of divorce with his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara). But when he installs a new operating system for his computer named Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) his life takes a turn because this operating system talks and understands human feelings.

Her is a deeply endearing movie, I assure you. If you are unsure about the movie even after reading this review, please watch the trailer. I was sure that I was about to get another Lost in Translation when I watched it, and thankfully I got it. Her rides on the performance of Joaquin Phoenix, who is sublime in his performance. He knows that the whole movie rides on his shoulders but his mannerisms are as if he is in a romantic comedy with a real lead constituted of human cells. He really deserved an Oscar nomination for this performance. Scarlet Johansson’s voice act is superb, and left me wishing if I had an operating system just like her.

Spike Jonze masterfully constructs a beautiful drama with enough punches while being as non-conventional as it gets. It hits you only after the movie fades that you were watching a movie about a man talking with his operating system for two hours and yet you had the time of your life. Her looks vibrant. It is an orgasm to the eyes. And the use of landscapes to illustrate how lost Theodore is, is fascinating. The cinematography deserves nothing less than a standing ovation.

Her is a deeply philosophical movie as well. Samantha’s longing to be human shows the same desires that we have at times, to be something that we can’t be. And throughout the movie, this operating system is humanized to such an extent we end up caring about it, loving it, endearing it, feeling angry at it, and just like Theodore, we realize at the end, that it was just an operating system !

Samantha’s longing to be there to experience with Theodore, the moment as we call it, brings in a turmoil that puts Her up with classic like (500) Days of Summer and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The heartbreak is conveyed in a really touching manner.

Theodore is a fascinating character. He switches on his bluetooth whenever he feels lonely. When he just wants to hear someone talking to him. I guess that is why he is deeply attached to Samantha, he just wants to know that someone actually cares. It made me think about the impact technology has on me. I am more of an introvert myself and use Facebook to connect with people. Her explores the dynamics of the changes in social relationships. What used to be done on the streets and parks and schools and offices has now been confined into a room with four walls. It makes a bold statement that it helps on some basis and well as is a curse on some basis, and much depends on how we take it.

Her is a heartbreaking portrayal of how much technology has impacted the social life of human beings. It delivers the message that as long as the two parties concerned in love are happy, they actually don’t need to think about what the ‘others’ will think. With beautiful cinematography, brilliant performances, a mind-blowing voice act from our very own Scarlett Johansson, Her is a must watch.

Rating : 9.3 / 10

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