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13 October 2003 @ 03:12 am
Death List 5  

I think it's an undisputed fact that Quentin Tarantino is Way Cooler Than Thou (and me, too - don't think I'm judging). He proves it again in Kill Bill (Volume 1).

The plot is pretty straightforward - Uma Thurman's character (The Bride) seeks revenge for the whole heap of killin' and ass kickin' that went on at what should have been her wedding after waking up from a coma, four years later. But here's the thing. The plot isn't neccesarily what's important - although the last line of the movie makes it more of an issue, and *damn* can I not wait for the second volume. But, anyway. What makes this movie amazing is a) the way in which Tarantino tells the story which is *mad* not chronological b) the phenomenal action sequences c) the cinematography. It's uber-stylized, naturally, but, y'all, it's Tarantino. What do you expect? *G*

The way he uses the device of chapters to break up the plot is cool, as is the way he makes the scenes of fighting in Japan mirror the anime portion. Also, the anime portion is mind blowing in general - very gruesome (as is much of the movie - trust me, if you're faint of heart or queasy of stomach you might want to consider delegating someone to clap their hands over your eyes from time to time) but really beautifully drawn. Also - did anyone notice that the sword belonging to the assasin in the white suit was more or less identical to the sword Bill toys with while on the phone with Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah)?

Costuming was also really great here. Dude, the kimono that Lucy Liu wears during the final scene? *Gorgeous*. Also: Lucy Liu? *Gorgeous*. Gah.

Other high points:

1. The Pussy Wagon
2. The Crazy 88
3. The music, gahd, the music.

Who'd have thought Uma Thurman was so secretely bad ass? Certainly not me.

Watching it, I was kind of surprised that certain parts got through the MPAA screening system without being taken out. It makes me wonder, again, why seeing sex scenes and hearing bad words is considered so much inherently worse than watching extreme violence by the censors. Totally fucking bizarre.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Sleater Kinney - Oh!
Undercover Starchild: Keysjeannie81 on October 13th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
Squee!!! I've been waiting forever to see it!!! (Sadly it's not out yet here)
pure FORESHADOWINGnifra_idril on October 13th, 2003 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh no! How long do you have to wait? (Trust me, it's worth it. Just...gah!)
Undercover Starchildjeannie81 on October 14th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC)
It comes out at the end of this month (I hope).
"She Who Procrastinates": Pet Me Lex (thanks to latxcvi)logovo on October 13th, 2003 06:23 pm (UTC)
Gogo! Gogo! I'm in love!
It has to be the uniform :)
pure FORESHADOWINGnifra_idril on October 13th, 2003 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ohmygod Gogo was *great*. The fight scene between her and The Bride was one of my favorite parts of the movie....and it's a nice uniform. Very *nice*. *grins*
"She Who Procrastinates"logovo on October 13th, 2003 09:13 pm (UTC)
I kept looking at her face. Even as she was this cute girl her features were not doll-like. I kept thinking of the distinctive looking women that Almodovar uses in his movies. But by the time she is walking down those stairs towards The Bride and she speaks, what a great voice, I was mesmerized. Must found out more about her, know almost zero on recent Japanese movies.