Kill Bill Vol. 2 – Superman
Over the weekend I rented Kill Bill Vol 1 and Vol 2 by writer-director Quentin Tarantino. This film, in two parts, was released in 2003 and 2004. The star is Uma Thurman as The Bride. Thurman received a Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama nomination in 2004 and 2005 for her work in Volume 1 and Volume 2. Total running time for both parts of the movie is about four hours.
After watching 4 hours of Kill Bill I can say that I am now ready for psychological counseling.
There are some memorable speeches in this movie. One that comes to mind is Bill’s (David Carradine) speech on Superman
… Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.
So, Bruce Wayne puts on a costume to become Batman; but Superman puts on a costume to become Clark Kent. One puts on a costume to create the appearance of strength; the other puts on a costume to create the appearance of weakness.
What do they have in common? Both are a critique on the whole human race. In the first case, indirect; in the second case – direct.