Saturday, July 01, 2006

From Morte D'Urban to Kill Bill

Check out Matthew Lickona's commentary on the state of Catholic fiction and apology for the film "Kill Bill" in the latest issue of Dappled Things (not to be confused with Jim Tucker's blog):

"But if it is not a bad thing to be a native of the moral universe, it is also not a bad thing to discover it and make it your adopted world. Living always in a created order has its dangers—the temptation to regard morality as extrinsic, the tendency to form a merely sentimental attachment to goodness, accompanied by a certain brittle absolutism. Again, I find myself envying the converts, people who have found the pearl of great price. Has the moral universe been subverted? Does Enlightenment man rule the silver screen? Then the conversion story will be reverse subversion—undermining the underminers.

Kill Bill is such a conversion story. The conversion takes place before the picture begins, but we don’t get to see it until near the end of Vol. 2. Professional assassin Beatrix Kiddo, aka Black Mamba, aka The Bride, takes a pregnancy test. Before she can read the results, she is attacked by a rival assassin. They end up in a standoff, guns drawn. The pregnancy indicator winds up near Kiddo’s would-be killer; Kiddo begs her to check it. “I’m the deadliest woman in the world,” she says, “but right now, I’m just a mother worried about her baby.”

Just like that, she’s gone from dealer in death to supremely concerned with life. The test is positive; Kiddo’s enemy relents. Without a word to the baby’s father (who is also her boss), Kiddo flees her old life and hides out in darkest Texas.

Now granted, professional killer is a uniquely unfamilial career track, but still, Mom is giving up her job for her kid’s well-being. And nobody complains. Reverse subversion."

read the whole thing.


Blogger Shushan said...

seems like Hollyweird (as my hubby calls it) has a thing for redemption stories - without a Redeemer. But, hey, you never know what God will use to open someone's eyes. May this be stepping stone in Lickona's spiritual journey, Lord!

- Susan

12:12 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

There was an interesting article dealing in similar lines to this regarding Pulp Fiction...I'll attempt to dredge it up.


7:47 PM  

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