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Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

R · 110 minutes

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Written by Quentin Tarantino

 · Uma Thurman
 · Lucy Liu
 · David Carradine
 · Sonny Chiba

Review by Dante

With Quentin Tarantino, you may never know what you'll see next. Kill Bill: Volume 1 is evidence of that. Tarantino's previous films had never disappointed. Reservoir Dogs was a finely done film and Pulp Fiction was nearly flawless in my point of view. Before viewing Tarantino's newest installation, I know what I'd be getting, half of a story.




Kill Bill is one of the finest directed films I've ever seen. Tarantino never ceases to amaze me with his handling of gratuitous violence. While the storyline may have not been the best, the intricateness of the film was far above par. Tarantino obviously thinks out every scene and every camera angle. There are no two scenes shot the same throughout the film, which is quite a feat. I loved nearly every aspect of the directing. Tarantino even managed to throw in a portion of the film done in Animé. I probably hate Animé more than anyone in the world, but Tarantino's handling makes it bearable and, in fact, enhances the story.
The cinematography is truly some of the best I've seen. In one of the pinnacles of the movie, there is a sword fight that turns from a black-and-white film to silhouettes on a blue screen. It's impossible to describe the brilliance without seeing it or without ruining the scene. But, each chapter of the story is shot with such intellect it is impossible to give Kill Bill justice.




Tarantino's use of time in each of his movies is sometimes hard to follow. Scenes go from current time to four years ago, then back. He lets you see pieces of the story and never all at once. What's great about this is that it allows the viewer to not know right away what is going on. It confuses you, but yet makes you want to know more.
Tarantino uses a lot of violence in Kill Bill, but it is handled differently than usual. Instead of being realistic, it is almost humorous at times. Limbs fly off... a spray of blood ensues. The fact that Tarantino uses such unrealistic and exaggerated violence must be the only thing that kept Kill Bill from NC-17 rating.
While the story may not be up to par with many other movies, Tarantino's accomplished directing manages to make the plot almost insignificant. This is what makes Kill Bill phenomenal in itself: You truly are so captivated by the directing and the visuals that the storyline no longer matters.



It's hardly fair to review a film that is in only half of its entirety. One thing is for sure; Tarantino has a mind that is unparallel. It is nearly impossible to direct a film without repeating the same look. While the violence of Kill Bill may be too much for me, the handling made it tolerable.
I knew I would go into Kill Bill and be impressed with the cinematography, and I was. It is a film that truly ought to be seen on the big screen. I do not see it transferring so well onto DVD, if possible; catch this movie while it's in theatres.

518 Words · Published: 13 November 2003

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