So the wait is over. After Pulp Fiction sealed Tarantino's directorial success, he dealt us a wildcard with Jackie Brown, then brushed its inaccessibility off by way of saying that it was something he 'just wanted to do'. Now, some four years later, Kill Bill arrives, after news that this project will have been split into two parts before it reaches us. In the promotional interviews, his film is described as a homage to all the seventies martial arts films - Bruce Lee's Game of Death, and so on, and that once again it is another film that he 'just wanted to do'. Whilst this man is successful enough that he never has to come up with another commercially viable film in his life and will still receive backing for whatever he 'wants to do', as long as he's making films, if they aren't going to be commercially successful, they'll still need to be good. His status ensures that both attributes need not be in the same film again, and he'll still receive backing from either the fans or the producers.
But why are you having to read all this? Well, the problem is that whilst Kill Bill is good, and yes - it is very good, a lot of people will be expecting the wit and fantastic dialogue of Pulp Fiction, but this is a different film, and it has very minimalist dialogue. In today's cinema we buy into the whole package - it is not just any film but a Tarantino film; and with the dialogue missing you could feel disappointed that you're missing out on what might have been the best part of his finest, as well as most commercially successful film. Just about everything else is a perfect bullseye, and the lack of