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The Bride's costume change: from patient to doctor


#1

Scene: the Bride/Buck hospital room scene…



Firslty, could someone explain why, after waking from her 4 year coma, the Bride’s arms are fully functional and her legs are totally paralysed?



Secondly, how on earth does the Bride manage to swap her clothes with Buck after rendering his head decapacitated? There is no way she would have been able to change out of her patient clothes and into Buck’s “doctor” clothes so easily? And why did she do it…how suspicious does it look: a female doctor in a wheelchair at night time? Or is this part of QT’s black comedy. Is he trying to say well if Buck, a sleezy-tattoo bearing dude, can get away with being a doctor, then the Bride’s character can get away with what she is doing?



Thirdly, where did she get the wheelchair from? Why would there be a wheelchair in a room for comatose patients (that is if they are all in comas). In case they need to get up and go to the toilet…oh but wait they can’t, they are comatose!



Any theories would be great…thanks ???


#2

[quote]Firslty, could someone explain why, after waking from her 4 year coma, the Bride’s arms are fully functional and her legs are totally paralysed?[/quote]

You can be paralyzed below the waist. It all has to do with which nerves were affected.

[quote]There is no way she would have been able to change out of her patient clothes and into Buck’s “doctor” clothes so easily? [/quote]

Who said she changed clothes “so easily,” you can’t say that, because we don’t know how hard she struggled.

[quote]how suspicious does it look: a female doctor in a wheelchair at night time? Or is this part of QT’s black comedy. [/quote]

How suspicious does it look, for a person with a gallon of blood all over their clothes?

[quote]Thirdly, where did she get the wheelchair from? Why would there be a wheelchair in a room for comatose patients (that is if they are all in comas). In case they need to get up and go to the toilet…oh but wait they can’t, they are comatose![/quote]

Being to a hospital very recently, because I broke my toe. They’re practically wheelchairs everywhere, believe it or not, wheelchairs are very accessible in hospitals.


#3

Question 1: Maybe the nurses exercised her arms when she was in a coma or something in the IV fluids kept her arms from being paralyzed. I dont know.



Question 2: I dont think she decapitated Buck. She just bashed his head in. She couldve taken his clothes off pretty easy if she had to.



Question 3: Its a hospital, there couldve been a wheelchair right in her room folded up.



Dont forget when you watch QTs movies there should be some suspense of disbelief. Not every little question will ever be answered by QT. Thats another reason he doesnt do audio commentaries for his movies. He doesnt want to give away all these little details. He wants people like us to wonder about it and make up our own theories about them, which makes them more fun to watch.


#4

[quote]


Dont forget when you watch QTs movies there should be some suspense of disbelief. Not every little question will ever be answered by QT.  [/quote]

Good point Vega, I know…I’m analysing too much. Just wanna find some sweet undiscovered angles and opinions. :wink:


#5

i havent seen KB in a while but i thought the bride doesnt put on doctors clothes, but scrubs (although surgeons wear scrubs). mostly everybody else working in a hospital wears scrubs including nurses and orderlys. people could have just thought she was an orderly rolling herself around. but how does that relate to a black comedy?


#6

[quote]i havent seen KB in a while but i thought the bride doesnt put on doctors clothes, but scrubs (although surgeons wear scrubs). mostly everybody else working in a hospital wears scrubs including nurses and orderlys. people could have just thought she was an orderly rolling herself around. ?[/quote]

Before the “head in the door smashing scene” ends you see the Bride untying the elastic strings that keep Buck’s trousers up. Then when we next see her wheeling herself around in the car park she is now wearing Buck’s clothes with his name tag. She has obviously swapped clothes.

[quote]but how does that relate to a black comedy?[/quote]

Well I think it is quite ironic and hilarious the fact that Elle, Buck and the Bride get away with being doctors.



Elle walks into the first hospital and to us (the audience) she looks very conspicuous in her normal clothes. However the other characters in the hospital do not seem to pay any attention to her. Then when she changes into her nurse outfit she looks ridiculously obvious (to the audience) especially with the red cross on her eye-patch. It cracked me up!



Then you have Buck, a sleezy guy who has tattoos and eyes up other nurses, oh and drives a pimp mobile. From the audience’s POV, it is hard to believe how he gets away with what he is doing. But again, the other characters in the hospital do not seem to notice.



So, when it comes to the Bride’s turn to escape, I think QT is saying the only way she will be able to escape is if she is in “disguise” regardless of the way she goes about doing it i.e. in a a wheelchair! It’s actually great humour by Tarantino. Props to him…


#7

I agree that Kill Bill is a black comedy, but I dont think Elle, The Bride and Buck dressed as hospital workers really defines black comedy. Is it ironic? yes, but darkly humorous? Not really.



I call Kill Bill a black comedy because of the complete lack of seriousness in most of the extremely violent scenes. Even though theres tons of blood squirting and people are dying, its actually funny as hell to me in that outrageous over the top way. ÂÂ



Example: The Oren Ishii/Boss Tanaka Yakuza meeting.



Its also a black comedy because of certain scenes like when Buck is telling the Truck Driver what he can/cant do to The Bride when he fucks her. Its so fucked up and disgusting and at the same time very comedic in the way he he just talks so matter of fact-like. Youre kind of half giggling/half cringing in your seat.



Note: Did you know QT considers Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction comedies? He thinks they should be in the comedy section at the video store.


#8

I did know that he thinks of Pulp Fiction as a comedy, but I’m not convinced of Reservoir Dogs.



Secondly (and related to this thread), there was really only one part that I think were really an issue when it comes to the hospital scene.



Buck was pimping out The Bride for who-knows-how-long, but there is always the issue of The Bride’s waste. A calostomy (sp?) bag would be used for her feces, and a Cathader (sp?) would be used for her urine. So… how exactly did Buck make her appealing? Did he disconnect these two bags and move them away, clean her, and then bring in the truckers?



It’s just that messy and distressing issue that I have a problem with.


#9

[quote]Scene: the Bride/Buck hospital room scene…

There is no way she would have been able to change out of her patient clothes and into Buck’s “doctor” clothes so easily?[/quote]
As the matter already seems resolved I would just like to say on a sidenote: I don’t think she took off her patient cloths, 1. to save time (though she has plenty) and 2. why would she? she just wore the doctor cloths over her patient cloths (please correct me if I’m wrong).


#10

[quote]Before the “head in the door smashing scene” ends you see the Bride untying the elastic strings that keep Buck’s trousers up. Then when we next see her wheeling herself around in the car park she is now wearing Buck’s clothes with his name tag. She has obviously swapped clothes.[/quote]


yeh i know they swapped clothes…i was saying that from what i remember he was just wearing scrubs…everybody wears scrubs in a hospital…and its not really so strange to see someone in scrubs fucking around in a wheelchair.


#11

its a movie-movie. End of the story.



it does not all have to be correct.


#12

Like QT said: It’s a Kill Bill world


#13

[quote]Firslty, could someone explain why, after waking from her 4 year coma, the Bride’s arms are fully functional and her legs are totally paralysed? [/quote]
she is not paralyzed, her muscles have atrophy. my mom works in a hospital and she said that when someone is in a coma, they have therapy done on their muscles so they don’t atrophy (yes, uma, atrophy not entropy). i also heard that therapy is supposed to be done, but is not always done, so maybe the physical therapist fucker slacked off, but like the other guy said:
[quote]its a movie-movie. End of the story.



it does not all have to be correct. [/quote]

just let it go, man…let it go.


#14

I almost got away with stealing a wheelchair from a hospital (they are everywhere). (I wanted to use it as a (El Mariachi) dolly. But then there was a security/parking guard at the end of the parking garage.


#15

rats…foiled again.

;D


#16

Why do people carry fucken Samurai swords in a 747 passenger plane? In this day and age post 9/11?



Its fucken fantasy, thats why. The movie-movie universe doesnt have to be 100% accurate realistic, in fact i’d expect any movie set in the movie-movie universe to be pretty fucken far from real.


#17

In a world where peoples blood shoots out of their necks like garden hoses, you can just throw reality out the window.



If you have anymore questions just think: MOVIE WORLD, NOT REAL LIFE.