Full Movie Reviews
memento_mori - wrote on 08/24/2013
In my review for Inglourious Basterds, I mentioned that my perspective on Tarantino films various between two, usually.
Either he makes an incredibly smart movie, or a gruesome movie. Inglourious Basterds was somewhere in the middle for me, with equal parts good and bad. That's pretty much how I feel about Kill Bill Vol. 1, except it's just more aesthetically pleasing.
Uma Thurman is an actress that I loved from Pulp Fiction. She delivered Tarantino dialogue with fluency and came across as foxy. But in Kill Bill, she proved she could also kick some butt.
When you can get past all the graphic content and things the Bride achieves during her quest for vengeance that may seem gruesome, this is a tale of female empowerment.
I think what worked best in the story was the combination of …
MovieAddict - wrote on 02/20/2013
A captivating tale of revenge, justice, honor and redemption! The movie opens with a blood-splattered face that belongs to "The Bride", whose name will be 'beeped' all through the film. She's a deadly assassin who was once a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, codenamed Black Mamba.
The Bride decides she's had enough of the life, changing her name and getting married in a desert town with intent to begin again under a new identity. Naturally, this doesn’t sit well with Bill, the head of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and The Bride's former lover.
Bill kills everybody who attended the wedding, and has his Squad beat the pregnant Bride into a pulp, before shooting her in the head, only a second after she informs Bill the baby is his.
Four years pass where The …
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/21/2012
A former member of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad is betrayed and left for dead on her wedding day and sets about revenging herself upon her erstwhile colleagues. Quentin Tarantino has often been accused of plagiarism in the past, and Kill Bill not only happily acknowledges his many homages it positively revels in them, right from the "Shawscope" intro screen. His films are clearly a labour of love and every reference, every shot, every song on the wittily compiled soundtrack, even every sound effect has been carefully selected. Tarantino's films are not, as many po-faced critical snobs suggest, style over substance because the style IS the substance. This is a movie for the movie lover and Tarantino's skill is in his ability to seamlessly blend so many genres, from anime to …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 01/05/2008
Pure poetry, pure adrenaline. This picture will always remain on my favourite films list. The dialogue, the props, the characters, the story, the soundtrack--all are perfectly handled (not to mention memorable) throughout. I know that a group of people decided to divide this movie into two, but I will always consider it as a one giant film. That's why my review for "Kill Bill Vol. 1" and "Kill Bill Vol. 2" are the same. Uma Thurman should've been nominated for an Oscar because she was extremely engaging and convincing as a bride who was hell-bent on revenge. Unlike most Quentin Tarantino fans, I think this is his finest film to date. I did love "Resevoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" but they lacked an extra "oomph" that this film has. This film is over-the-top, cartoony, and relentless but I …
Pie - wrote on 08/31/2007
Tarantino did not make this film; he ripped and borrowed every B-movie plot-line and action scene available, mutated it in his own way, added a pinch of wit, a slap of style, and came up with gold.
The scene is set: A small wedding chapel in Texas; a pregnant, blood-spattered bride (what else?); a typically over-the-top assassination squad, and to cap everything off; a bullet to her brain. We don't move on from there (though we learn she was in a coma for 4 years) - you have to give it to Tarantino for his love of non-linearity - and so we next meet said Bride (a sizzling Uma Thurman) beating seven shades out of the first member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (I did say they were OTT), a surprisingly charismatic Vivica Fox - though don't expect a one-sided fight; Fox gives …