She was one of my idols growing up
Best scene in the Kill Bill movies, not gonna lie. I can temporarily ignore the rest of the Orientalist mess just for this right here.
Forever mad she didn’t slaughter Kiddo and change the path of the movie.
Can you imagine how much of a twist/how much fucking better that movie would have been?
What I loved about the Kill Bill movies was that Tarantino had so many opportunities to subvert so many tropes and just completely ignored them in favor of his Orientalism/Spaghetti Western fetish and his weird obsession with Uma Thurman.
If Oren had killed Kiddo, then what? They didn’t really give the other Deadly Vipers (with the exception of Elle Driver) enough personality, depth, and motivation to continue in a revenge-themed plot (and by this time Oren had literally everything she wanted). Elle could have killed Kiddo EASILY, as could Budd, but they didn’t.
Vernita was the one I was mad about, because she could have killed Kiddo too and changed the entire course of the film.
Like maybe Vernita or Oren should have been the protagonists.
But as it stands, there’s the loose end of Vernita’s daughter Nikki, who Tarantino said will be the star of the next Kill Bill film which as far as I know has been shelved.