Kill Bill: Volume 1 Reviews
Tarantino's that one "cool" director that most people like. He's got style, he's got flair, and that's really what Kill Bill is- all the style and flair of a Tarantino film turned up to eleven.
Uma Thurman dominates in this movie. She is likeable, funny and highly skilled. Within the first 10 minutes of the film you're already shown just how badass her character is. She is never boring or annoying, neither are all the other important characters.
The final act cannot be described with words, It's a treat for anyone who likes movies. 40 whole minutes full of martial arts sword fighting that once it starts, you're hooked until the credits roll. It delivers a satisfying ending to this movie and sets up the sequel in a brilliant way only Quentin Tarantino could achieve. Kill Bill: Volume 1 is easily one of his best works to this day.
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Imagine someone mashing together anime martial arts movies spaghetti westerns and about 10 other genres into one. That's Kill Bill. It's crazy, cool and l totally love it!
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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. It undoubtedly helps that I love the films that this Kill Bill opening homages but this is still a movie that works just as well for film novices as it does for genre fans. It is a super stylish and hyper violent odyssey of revenge with Uma Thurman having never been better. She may have seemed like an odd choice when the film was announced but she proved she was more than up for the physical demands of the role. Tarantino amassed a typically eclectic cast with actors seemingly past their peak (Carradine, Hannah), regular collaborators (Thurman, Madsen) and affectionate nods to the stars that directly influenced the film (Chiba, Liu). Together the casting balance is perfect and it is hard to picture any other actors in these roles.
Whilst the opening half an hour is consistently exciting and inventive it is from the stunning animated O-Ren Ishii origin story to the moment the closing credits begin to roll that is perhaps Tarantino‚(TM)s most sustained period of brilliance as a director. The restaurant sequence in particular, essentially a 40-minute extravaganza featuring some of the best action set pieces in the history of cinema, is a real tour de force of filmmaking. The pacing is perfect with Tarantino fully in command of the ebb and flow of an action sequence and, most importantly, how to actually shoot that action so it is easy to follow. I think I could watch the climax of volume one on a permanent loop and never once get bored of its bloody carnage.
The total package may be flawed but I‚(TM)ll take the series‚(TM) faults when the first film is able to hit such joyous and brilliant heights. Elle Driver‚(TM)s whistling tune (Twisted Nerve) would reverberate back and forth in my ears and drown me out in extreme discomfort. I would become agitated, yet mostly in awe as my body broke out in sweat, certainly flabberghasted, my mind zeroed in on The Bride‚(TM)s iconic yellow tracksuit with her Hanzo‚(TM)s sword clutched tight, lifeless bodies and severed limbs scattered behind ‚" Over the top Anime‚(TM)s gore-soaked carnage - with blood poetically spraying and ‚wig flying‚? in the pristine snow. Lucy and Uma; O-Ren and the Bride; Gogo Yubari and the Crazy 88‚¶Not to mention Quantico Tortilla‚(TM)s obvious fixation on toes. Every time I revisit Kill Bill, I feel the same awe again and again. I am totally in love with this movie, it's the reason l wanna be a director. Needless to say, my life has changed ever since. 5/5! (10/10!)