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Kill Bill

Before the Great LJ Outage of Aught-Five, Sarah and I watched Kill Bill Volume 1. Rather, attempted to watch it. It was probably hyped way too much to me — I think nearly every person I've talked to about movies has said something like "Kill Bill was so incredibly great! You have to see it!" So we got it from the library and popped it in, and then endured an hour's worth before turning it off due to sheer boredom.

What on earth is everyone so excited about? I mean, sure, okay, homage to kung-fu flicks, clever use of animation, not shying away from the violence inherent in society... I get all that. But after an hour — half the film, for pete's sake — I couldn't care less about a single one of the characters, the scenes that were supposed to be Oh-So-Meaningful just seemed protracted and dull, and the one major fight scene (the one right at the beginning) was so unoriginal as to be yawn-inducing.

Maybe it's just that I have trouble buying "revenge" as a strong enough motive for this sort of wholesale-slaughter flick, but I had absolutely no empathy for the protagonist. Add to that the fact that I had absolutely no inkling as to why she was attacked, and I can't understand either side of the battle. For all I know, she might have been just as big a jerk as the folks who attacked her. But like I said — halfway through the movie and there wasn't a single character, a single plotline that I found compelling enough to care about the resolution.

The entire time we were watching, I couldn't shake the mental image of Tarantino yelling "Oh my GOD, I am SO FREAKING CLEVER!" at me. That didn't help. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs greatly. This film, though, just completely turned me off.

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maga_dogg
Jan. 16th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed Kill Bill, but not as a clever flick - really it's just dumb kung-fu pulp, except that it's done by someone who's extraordinarily skilful at making films. If you don't enjoy dumb kung-fu pulp, then there's not much point. If you do, it's a dumb kung-fu flick, but with all the trimmings and then some.

I was really hoping, though, that it'd purge the immense reservoir of juvenile tendencies that Tarantino has so that he could apply his considerable talents to something a bit more adult. Sadly, I doubt this is going to happen.
kathryn0442
Jan. 16th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
I do believe that it was the amazingly well-done filming of it all. Taratino combined kung-fu, western, and anime into an amazingly awesome thing. The shots, cuts, and camera angles are just great and so is the music. I liked it from more of a film perspective--with both of them i kept wanting to point things out to everyone about what he was doing w/the film. but i am a dork.
rachelish
Jan. 16th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
kill bill vol 2 contains much more character development and plot, and a lot more diologue as well. you find out why she's getting revenge, why they tried to kill her in the first place, etc etc. i don't really like the first one, but i do like the second one, and you have to see the first to fully understand what's happening. so, if you're still open to it, i'd attempt to watch the second one, and see how you like it.
allypopsicle
Jan. 16th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
five words: ninjas on the big screen.
it was way better on the big screen, now that i think about it. way better. and the first one is more about ninjas and stuff and the second one explains more of the story. i'm not that into quentin tarantino's style but i liked killbill1 because it was more ninjas and killingstuff. the second one was more his style and i didn't get as much of a kick out of it.

<3
isnobot
Jan. 16th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
They don't really explain Jack or his nice friend Shit in the first volume...so unless you're a big fan of seemingly mindless massacres and extremely patient, you're not going to enjoy the first one a whole lot.

Which kind of sucks. Because its way better than the second one, which...now that I think of it...doesn't say a whole lot. There are some choice fight scenes in the volume 2 that were so ridiculously clever they had me dancing around in my seat, but the completely and utterly lame final battle made me stare at the screen in utter confusion. This was me: "Meh?"

Anyway...If you didn't like the first volume, I wouldn't go anywhere in a five foot radius of the second. And this is coming from a big fan of "Q&U". Happy Violence.
cassiggity
Jan. 16th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
I am not sure. I haven't seen the movie because it looked absolutely retarded. I don't like Uma Thurman, I don't like Quentin Tarantino (because I think he is a huge self-important talentless douche), and Idon't like gratuituous violence. (The self-important douche director/gratuitous violence is also why I hated "The Passion".)

Don't feel bad for not buying into the hype.
squishings
Jan. 16th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
I agree with you. And I also agree with rachelish, give the second one a go. It's not brilliant but it's a bit better than the first for sure.
violetstarfly
Jan. 17th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
ok, i loved both moives, but yeah, the first one does leave you with questions, to say the least. I advise watching the second one. thats where you find all your character development, and learn whats going on and why. I really enjoyed the second movie, and while a lot of people who liked the first one didn't like the second, less fighting perhaps?, I dont really see why. The ending is *slightly* anticlimatic... but The story itself was great. I loved it. So yes, if you decide to give the second movie a shot, let us know how you like it!
bohemelibrarian
Jan. 18th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
I loved the first one...second one? Meh. Blaaaah. The first one was just fun violence. ;-)
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