Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Go for the kill.
An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle. But "The Bride" lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who wronged her, saving Bill for last.
I have an odd relationship with the Kill Bill films because whilst I love volume one I find the second installment a self-indulgent bore, albeit with fleeting moments of brilliance. It is a real shame I so dislike volume two because as enjoyable as this film is it still feels very much what it is; the first half of an incomplete story.
Getting my grievances with the series as a whole out of the way it is impossible to ignore how much fun volume one truly is. Essentially a love letter to Asian exploitation cinema, it is an exuberant, and admittedly indulgent, explosion of film and genre references. Whilst it wears those references for all to see (Lady Snowblood being…
Before this recent rewatch, I'd only seen Kill Bill Volume 1 once before, and that was over four years ago. There's something kind of magical about watching a Tarantino film for the first time, and I felt like I had enough distance from it to feel that same sensation again. Revenge tales are so much fun to watch, especially when the story is kept really small and you're given a reason to root for the hero. The thrills in Kill Bill mostly come from:
• The perfect dialogue and one-liners
• The unforgettable characters
• The unexpected departures from the main storyline, like the animated scene
• The informative and entertaining flashbacks
• The deplorable and wildly entertaining villains
"If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut." - Hattori Hanzo
As is the razor-sharp whole of Kill Bill Vol. 1. A flaming fury of a film that rip-roars around its sprawling narrative before searing itself into the history books with arguably the greatest action sequence of all time, Quentin Tarantino's first part of his truly epic revenge saga is a true classic of its genre.
Although it lifts most of its style from the Bruce Lee-starring Game of Death (the iconic yellow jumpsuit is from here) and Lady Snowblood (apparently, entire shots are replicated), Kill Bill Vol. 1 is iconic in its own way. Tarantino weaves the magic that he'd proved he had in his…
"Do you find me sadistic? You know, I bet I could fry an egg on your head right now, if I wanted to. You know, Kiddo, I'd like to believe that you're aware enough even now to know that there's nothing sadistic in my actions. Well, maybe towards those other... jokers, but not you. No Kiddo, at this moment, this is me at my most...masochistic."
Did it really take me 10 years to watch this?
Let me first explain that my father is a die-hard Tarantino fan, and my mother hates few things more than she hates Tarantino. As to not get caught up in their feud, I've avoided him entirely (with the exception of the beautifully brilliant Inglorious Basterds,…
THE ODD SPOILER OR TWO
Ahh, so they'll let you take a samurai sword on an international flight? Cool.
Laying it out on the line from the outset, I don't really care all that much about what films or genres Quentin Tarantino is referencing here. I learned a while ago, after trying a couple of grindhouse films for myself, that Tarantino's taste in films is not always to be trusted and that I am better off just enjoying his interpretation of whatever it is he is trying to reference or write a love-letter to.
I'm vaguely aware of who and what he is referencing here, and I sort of know…
Having been meaning to see this film for some time, and hearing lots about it, I went into this with fairly high expectations.
And it did not disappoint.
This just has everything I expected from a Tarantino martial arts revenge film. Brutal over-the-top action scenes that made me yell "Holy shit!" every five seconds, some amazing camerawork and of course, an unbelievable soundtrack.
It's a Tarantino film so obviously there's some brilliant dialogue and the fact that it's told in his trademark non-linear style is just the icing on the delicious, bloody cake.
Yeah, I think I probably love this film.
Kind of disappointed not gonna lie. I don't know from i've seen from Tarantino before this was not up to par. It was too exploitive and i know it was made in that style on purpose tot mimic the exploration films he grew up on. Maybe that's just not my thing.
Biggest waste of time in a theater in my life.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Vérengzős bosszú vol. 1. Baromi jó film. Ideje volt már újranézni.
Home Cinema Night #7
while it's easy to see what he's going for, uma thurman's clint eastwood impression is distracting and, at times, baffling. she drops the lifeless monotone, briefly, for her initial conversation with sonny chiba. here she seems cheerful, coy, and like a regular human being with feelings. is this character an act? and if so, for what? she drops it almost immediately. so why did she bother? it's a flummoxing scene in an otherwise straightforward film.
from an action perspective the opening fight with vivica fox is fantastic, some of the best martial arts directing by a modern american filmmaker i've seen. but in the climactic showdown, which takes up half the film's length, yuen woo-ping's abilities as a choreographer are…
Always forget how much I just genuinely enjoy this one amidst my praise for Basterds/Jackie Brown.
Holy shit. Why did I not watch this sooner. Uma Thurman, you play one sexy fucking action star. The action scenes (which are pretty much the entire film) are so fucking awesome and well choreographed. And gory as all hell. But Quentin Tarantino only makes gory classics, fact right there.
I hate looking at Kill Bill as two films. It was envisioned as one, it feels like one, and I never, ever watch the first half without immediately watching the second. That being said, the two halves do have their distinct differences. As a whole, Kill Bill is my favorite Tarantino film. It's not the game-changing, super cool and influential movie that Pulp Fiction is, but this is clearly the most fun, impassioned film that Tarantino has ever made. I like seeing directors at their most unrestrained and passionate, and this is surely one of the best examples of that that there is.
It's an admittedly ridiculous premise. A woman, known as Black Mamba, is part of an assassin squad,…
Can't get enough of this and volume 2.