Kill Bill: Volume 1 Reviews
Why can't QT make a picture with the qualities of other acclaimed directors like Kubrick, whether it's visual (2001), dialogue-driven (Paths of Glory) or both (A Clockwork Orange)? Leave the violence behind and jump on a more creditable bandwagon. 1/2 star 05-2007 (Updated)
"Here Comes The Bride"
Kill Bill is a signature Quentin Tarantino film. It's got everything that makes his films so fun. It's got snappy, quick dialogue. It's got violence on violence on violence, which is shown in a stylish way. And it's cool. Tarantino's Kill Bill is a smart, quick moving, highly involving, samurai sword toting, revenge film. There are a shit load of revenge movies out there. Some are good, but most are bad. Kill Bill is definitely on the good side, and will be a genre staple for a long, long time.
The Bride was supposed to get married, but was viciously assaulted and left for dead. Nine people did die, including her fiancé, and the baby inside her. She goes into a coma for a while. When she awakens, she puts a list together. On it are all the people who were to blame for her predicament. Last on the list is Bill, her former employer. There's a lot of sword fighting in Kill Bill, which could be a good thing, but could also be a bad thing. Here, it is good. The sword fighting scenes are choreographed great. There's high energy in them and a ridiculous amount of style, as well.
I don't think this is Tarantino's best film out there, but it is a hell of a fun time. He tells the story, again out of order. The first woman we see The Bride kill, is actually second on the list. When she goes to cross the person out, number one is already crossed out. Don't worry though, you'll se how that happened in all its bloody glory. The film jumps around from situation to situation, never linearly though. The films scenes still play out in Tarantino's signature style, where scenes are long and epic.
Kill Bill is all the fun you've heard it was. It's fast and grand. Tarantino knows how to make his movies come alive. It isn't like we are merely watching them, but more like we are taking part in them, as they seem to leap of the screen. Uma Thurman is a blast to watch as The Bride. She's everything her character called for. She's athletic, intelligent, and a little sexy, but not too sexy. It's not up there with his masterpieces like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, but it certainly is a great movie in its own respects.