After watching Inglorious Basterds, I’m sure most of the world rediscovered their thirst for Quentin Tarantino. If you haven’t seen it, you should have seen something by him. If not, then film maybe just isn’t your thing.
I have enjoyed all his movies, Reservoir Dogs placed next to DeathProof as my favourites. Dogs is the heist movie where you never see the heist, DeathProof the slasher/car love movie. Dogs had the twists and turns, DeathProof had muscle cars and Kurt Russell reliving his early acting career. Ever seen Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China? Total camp ’80s movies. Total gold as well…
Kill Bill is one of QT’s REALLY stylized movies. It had cool leaking from the joints, style glued to its skin, and dialogue as only QT does. It showed its love to Martial Arts, Hong Kong crime dramas, and a manga(Japanese comics) plot-line. So really, he just made a movie he would have loved to have seen as a kid. He split the saga into 2 so he wouldn’t have to compromise on action vs drama.
A quick plot review, for those who haven’t watched and those who forget. Both do themselves a disservice. Anyway. Uma Thurman, The Bride, wakes from a coma. The only thing on her mind is to find the team that betrayed her and tried to kill her. The team she was once part of. And as we all know, revenge is best served cold. The Bride is a master chef.
That’s Kill Bill: Vol 1’s basic plot. Kill everyone on the way to find Bill. However, it’s full of style, pop culture and amazing dialogue. Oh, and lots and lots of swords, dismemberment, blood and such and such. If blood puts you off, just bite your lip, it’s a great movie.
Kill Bill: Vol 2 covers The Bride continuing her quest against her ex-boss, Bill, and his remaining associates. It also deals with why this is such a personal journey, why she is so ruthless, and her training. Again, a great movie, with a heavier focus on the drama, rather than the action. It suffers in a way, but not too much.
Now the amazing thing with Kill Bill was that it ended. The ending was fairly definite. The duo seemed closed.
Quentin, that sly basterd (see what I did there?), has now announced Kill Bill: Vol 3. Cough, cough. Normally I would drag my sturdy soapbox out, and start cursing life and people, like Wobbly-Headed Bob, about cash cows and corporate interference and just plain selling out, but I admire Quentin as a filmmaker. If I made movies, I would make his movies. I feel I must defend him now.
Quentin has never done a sequel. To my knowledge, he has never written one. He rarely directs/writes for TV. Quentin, likes to finish what he starts. So the news of a pending, dare I say it, sequel? is news. As yet, no details have been released about the plot. Only that Uma Thurman stars, and it will release in 2014. Quite a way off. I can’t actually wait.
So, that Quentin is doing a third movie must mean that he never considered the saga closed. It was not quite finished yet. The were some loose ends that were purposely left dangling, but it was far from bait. It allowed the mind to wander back to it and wonder what happened in the end. We will now know.
If Quentin does this right, which I think he will in leaps and bounds, it may set a standard for sequels/prequels. Do it because you planned it, really want the story told and feel it will not tarnish the originals idea. Don’t keep milking until you draw blood. And always stop once the cow is dead. I’m looking at you Rocky….