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Kill Bill: Volume 1 Reviews

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April 22, 2017
1994's Pulp Fiction Is My Seventh Favorite Film Of All Time And 1992's Reservoir Dogs Is One Of My Favorite Films.
April 17, 2017
Great story, great cast
April 17, 2017
one of the best action movies...ever
½ April 14, 2017
Kill bill is an amazing clash of genres with action, drama, western and neo-noir all being thrown together into this instant cult classic. The simple revenge driven story line is compelling and the characters all have imaginative and colorful back stories. The action is phenomenal and beautifully directed by Tarantino, a must see for film enthusiasts.
April 9, 2017
tried to watch this a few times and couldn't, before i was a tarantino fan (after inglorious basterds). after, watched and liked it. what ever happened to uma!
April 5, 2017
One of my favorite Tarantino films for two reasons: visuals and action. Kill Bill: Volume 1 delivers on so many brutal levels. A basic revenge story that is elevated by fantastic action, beautiful cinematography, and a lot of damn blood.
April 2, 2017
The Shaw Brothers Shawscope opening perfectly sets the tone for the type of film you're about to see. A pretty high percentage of Shaw Brothers martial arts films were focused around revenge, often for the killing someone's master, but if this movie can be summed up in one sentence, it's that it's the ultimate revenge film. Volume one of this story is primarily a love letter to Asian genre cinema, kung-fu films, samurai films, and Yakuza films. Still, there are also nods to blaxploitation and spaghetti westerns, as well a little bit of anime. The film begins with a bloody Uma Thurman in a wedding dress being left for dead by her former boss, Bill, and the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. She awakens years later from a coma sets out on a "roaring rampage of revenge." For audience members who are fans of the genres being honored here, this film is an amazing experience. Tarantino takes these disreputable genres and make the most suped-up version of them ever. Just a quick glance at the supporting cast tells you this film is going to be amazing, featuring genre regulars Sonny Chiba, Gordon Liu, and David Carradine as Bill (although he's only heard and not seen in Vol. 1). You also get some super cool more modern of actors who include Michael Madsen, Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu, and Daryl Hannah rounding out the rest of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. In this entry i the two part series, Thurman, know only as The Bride, faces down Vivica Fox in the film's opening fight scene, expertly choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping. The film then builds to an amazing climactic battle in the "Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves," where the Bride faces down a ferocious Lucy Liu. That fight sequence makes nods to many classics, ranging from the films of Seijun Suzuki, to Kinji Fukasaku films, to any number of Shaw Brothers films, and in particular a climactic showdown between Thurman and Lui that strongly recalls "Lady Snowblood" in the best sort of way. The Sonny Chiba cameo is a lot of fun, but getting to see Gordon Liu fight is super exciting. For fans of modern extreme Asian cinema, there are some actors from "Ichi the Killer" and Chiaki Kuriyama from the amazing "Battle Royale" in a memorable role as Lucy Lui's schoolgirl dressed bodyguard. There are so many thing sI love about this film. There's the animated sequence that plays out like Tarantino's 10-minute Yazuka film. There's The Bride's plane ride to Tokyo that looks like something straight out of Gerry Anderson film. I also loved Tarantino's use of existing film scores for his film, which is something Hong Kong kung-fu films notoriously did. Tarantino also uses sound so well in all his films, often favoring minimalistic sounds, so that certain elements stand out. And the silence during the "Lady Snowblood" climactic battle is just brilliant, something right out of Sergio Leone. If I have one gripe about this film, it's that I've never been a fan of director of photography Robert Richardson's penchant for his bright key lights right on top of performers heads, giving them a rather bright blown-out look. This seemed particularly noticeable during the "House of Blue Leaves" segment. Still, for a film this enjoyable, that's a minor quibble. Overall, like most Tarantino films, this is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but that's in large part why I love Tarantino films so much. He's making them for himself and not for a wide audience. If you share his film obsessions, you'll be obsessed with this film.
March 25, 2017
Puntaje Original. 7.5

La destreza de Tarantino es notoria en su cuarto film, transformando una trama cliché en una historia magistral que sólo un genio como Quentin puede lograr, personajes singulares y redondeados eficazmente en una película que hará a la audiencia identificarse con ellos y adentrarse en el largometraje.
March 24, 2017
Amazing masterpiece of movie
March 20, 2017
Tarantino missed the mark with this and Vol.2. It was fun to watch but easily out-stays it's welcome after a few viewings. It took him five years to write such an incomplete and scrappy film.
March 19, 2017
A great action film.
March 13, 2017
one of the best films i've seen. and one of the best tarantino films. like top 3. so cinematic.
March 10, 2017
Chick wakes from coma. Chick kills orderly. Chick kills housewife. Chick kills man in motorhome. Chick kills 88 karate masters. Love every minute of it.
½ March 5, 2017
Great movie...very can tell tarrintino loves film
February 18, 2017
One of the best action movies ever made
Daniel Mumby
Super Reviewer
½ February 12, 2017
Quentin Tarantino proves with Kill Bill Volume 1 that he doesn't care two bits about three-dimensional characters, or coherent storyline, or anything really other than style. The script is particularly weak, with lines that only he could pass off saying, and even then he'd look ridiculous. When they're being said by actors, they serve only to confuse or to cringe, whichever is more appropriate. You could take any line in this, put it in any of his three previous films and change the names around, and it wouldn't look out of place, proving once and for all that he has only one voice and only one line of interest, namely violence.

Most of the acting in this first part is questionable. Uma Thurmann, who was half decent in Pulp Fiction, is completely unbelievable as the so-far-nameless assassin on a revenge trip to kill the people who beat her up at her wedding, finishing with the master who trained her. The film begins with her beating up the second person on her list of five, before flipping back and forth in time as Tarantino sees fit.

Proof that Tarantino is only interested in the spectacle, particularly the spectacle of violence, is to be found in this opening scene. His choreography of the knife fight is brutal and his camera work is good, taking you into the heart of the action. But despite the amount of blood being shed, and the cries of pain coming from the actors' mouths, not once in the scene do you either feel the characters' pain or care about their fates. This is followed by a wooden exchange between the two characters when her daughter comes home from school. This lasts a reassuringly short amount of time before the violence breaks out again.

Throughout the film Tarantino plays various visual tricks on the audience in a vain attempt to show us that he is a not simply a splatter freak, but an artist. Part of it is shot in black-and-white; part of it is in extended slow-motion; and part of it is animated by the same people who later made the video for 'Breaking The Habit' by Linkin Park. While that video made sense, being only 3 minutes long and entirely animated of the band's performance, in this it just feels out of place; it feels like Tarantino used it because he couldn't get the blood to spray out right in real life.

Other problems include the ridiculous fight in the club, where Uma Thurmann manages to defeat over 50 highly trained martial arts warriors by barely touching them. There follows a highly dubious sequence of Thurmann fighting a teenager dressed as a schoolgirl wielding a mace. The obsession with bloodshed and pain-which-isn't-pain eventually becomes tiresome, as does Lucy Liu who appears to have crafted a performance based entirely on shouting and squinting.

After Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, this is a very bad comedown for Tarantino. It's not terrible, it's just really, really frustrating and, to be honest, quite boring.
½ February 11, 2017
Fascinating and gory fun!!!
February 7, 2017
The Bride (Thurman) awakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must track down her ex-lover, Bill (Carradine), and the group of assassins whom she was once a member of who betrayed her.
January 29, 2017
Great fantastic awesome movie by the visionary director Quentin Tarantino, I think his fourth film and starring uma therman. This movie has everything good, it's not boring or even slow at sometimes because the slow parts of the film is the lead of uma thermans character and her getting revenge by killing the people who killed her husband but mostly payback for her child. The story and how Quentin Tarantino shows this movie is phenomenal. The action is great and it doesn't focus on appeal or eye candy, to me that's good for a female lead in any movie and that she's their for business, nothing else. I know that their is a second installment in this awesome franchise but because it's Quentin Tarantino it's only going to have 2 films tops. But I hope the second movie has all the same elements this movie has and builds on to it.
January 25, 2017
Graphic and violent, but it was better than I expected. Good storytelling from Quentin Tarantino, and the acting is decent. The soundtrack is weird, but so is the movie itself. (First and only viewing - 7/14/2012)
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