You hocked a Hattori Hanzo sword?

I know Kill Bill is known by critics and fans alike for being outlandish, and people say it’s simply style over substance with no meat on it’s bones… Which to be fair is MOSTLY true.

BUT I think there is more subtly and nuance to Kill Bill than it gets credit for. Sure it’s has a relatively basic plot and is a bit of a gore-fest, especially Vol.1 but there is more going on here then immediately meets the eye and Tarantino still keeps his amazing signature dialogue in his revenge flick. (more on that topic later)

Anyway though here are the reasons I like Budd as a character (actually he is probably my favorite viper) and why I like this scene in particular: the subtle facial expressions and chuckling, the cold laughter and smug smiles of Budd, and the one character to truly accept that he was a person who have done irredeemable things to Kiddo.

Theory: I believe Budd possibly resents Bill for making him participate in the massacre at the church. I say this Because the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad were assassins NOT just street hit-men so presumably it was the first time they straight up massacred people instead of killing corrupt world leaders and whatnot, also Budd seems to be the only Viper that seems to be truly remorseful about the massacre even literally saying that they deserved to die for what they had done.

Bill: I know this is a ridiculous question before I ask it, but you haven’t by chance kept up with your sword play?

Budd: I…umm… I pawned that years ago.

Bill: You hocked a Hattori Hanzo sword???

Budd: Yeah.

Bill: It was priceless…

Budd: Well not in El Paso, it ain’t. In El Paso, I got me $250 for it. I’m a bouncer in a titty bar, Bill. If she wants to fight with me, all she has to do is come down to the club and start some shit and we’ll be in a fight.

Bill: I know we haven’t spoken in some time, and the last time we spoke wasn’t the most pleasant. But you’ve got to get over being mad at me and start becoming afraid of Beatrix, because she is coming, and she’s coming to kill you. And unless you accept my assistance, I have no doubt she will succeed.

Budd: I don’t dodge guilt, and I don’t jew out of paying my comeuppance…

Bill: Can’t we just forget the past?

Budd: That woman deserves her revenge, and we deserve to die… But then again, so does she.

So I guess we’ll just see … won’t we?

Such a good scene – Bill Burr

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