Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Movie Stats & Links
||Uma Thurman, David
Carradine, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, Michael
consider bringing them.
||The blood is over
the top so she might not get too scared.
||Lots and lots.
||Lots and lots.
||Lots of good
||Too many to list.
Alright, much of the blood splatter was a tad
outrageous, and maybe the fight scenes a little unbelievable, but all
I wanted was to be entertained and I got that from "Kill Bill: Vol.
1". Some reviewers are stating that they are going to wait until
Volume 2 comes out to make their final assessment, but although
planned as one film, I'm treating this series kinda like the Matrix,
only two parts instead of three. Let's go...
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
A Movie Review
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 gives
us The Bride (a never looking better Uma Thurman). It seems she was
part of an assassination team and wanted out so she could get married
and start a new life. Sadly, though, Bill (David Carradine) didn't
think this was a good idea so he rounds up his team for a giant
bloodbath at Bride's wedding. Leaving them all for dead, Bill departs
but low and behold, Bride isn't dead, nope, now she's in a coma. Elle
(Daryl Hannah), the eye-patch dudette, is now on the look for her, but
in the nick of time Bride comes to, really in the nick of time if you
catch the movie, and we get to see revenge served, and Quentin
Tarantino does what he does best: Lead us through a story, leave
a question of who, what, where, why, or when, and then with a
brilliant flashback give us the answer.
As the movie goes on we develop a sense of the talents of the
assassins, their respective roles, and Bride's selective work in
leading her way to the ultimate revenge - Bill himself.
Intermingled in the movie we get a great animation sequence showing
O-Ren Ishii's (Lucy Liu) development into a psycho, possibly a neat
twist into what could really be a great climax developed with the
offing of Vernita (Vivica A. Fox), (although maybe too obvious), and
the inter-leveled thinking of Bride on her way to what she really
The trick to this movie really is to just sit back and enjoy. Don't
try too hard to decipher things because Quentin does his normal
fabulous job of telling answers that need to be told and yet still
giving us little mysteries to keep for our own. The fight scenes are
fabulous, from the simple womano-on-womano with Fox to the massacre at
the nightclub as Bride works to take out O-Ren and is almost blocked
by a kick-ass teenager. Intertwined with all of this are some
fabulous lines, a kick-ass soundtrack, and Uma looking incredible in
her yellow outfit.
I'm going to leave this review at this because yes, volume 2 will
tell all if this is a Quentin movie for the ages, much like a Pulp
Fiction and a Reservoir Dogs. From my perspective it will live up to
that name, and then stretch those boundaries even more.
An interview with Tarantino stated that he knew that in order to
secure an R rating versus the dreaded NC-17, well, he needed to make
the beheadings and the blood splatter so over the top that it was
unbelievable, and it was as gallons seemed to spew from open wounds
rather than quarts, but you know what, for me that made it just as
enjoyable because it kept the movie from being too realistic. Maybe
more disturbing if it was realistic, but maybe not as enjoyable. Me,
I'm really looking for volume 2.
Taking things into account, I'm giving Kill Bill: Vol.1
4 1/2 stars out of 5. I loved it and am more than looking forward to
part two, maybe more so because the movie was originally shown as a
one movie film, meaning they really didn't have to stretch the story
to make thinks work. It's already working.
That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!