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Kill Bill: Vol. 1
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Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Miramax
Web Site: www.kill-bill.com
Kiddie Movie: Don't even consider bringing them.
Date Movie: The blood is over the top so she might not get too scared.
Gratuitous Sex: Almost.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots and lots.
Action: Lots and lots.
Laughs: Lots of good one-liners.
Memorable Scene: The nightclub massacre.
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: Quantin Tarantino
Produced By: Lawrence Bender

Kill Bill: Vol. 1
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:51 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 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 wants.

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!!!

 

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