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4.0 out of 5 stars ***Waiting For William's Wake***, 28 Oct. 2003
I'm not too happy about chewing my fingers down to the bone until February of next year...but that's how long we all have to wait in order to see Uma Thurman's sword-slashing, limb-removing 'The Bride' hack through the last remaining unworthy underlings and...finally...'Kill Bill'.
Thurman's a woman wronged, left for dead by those she thought she could trust...and more importantly the man she thought loved her. Awakening from a coma four years later 'The Bride'...Thurman's actual character name is oddly 'BLEEPED' out whenever someone says it...is somewhat enraged, not only by the betrayal but also by the loss of the unborn child she had been carrying. So, sword in hand...it's time for payback!
Tarantino's fourth feature offering is a blood spattered homage to all that's good and grand about Japanese Samurai movies. Kill Bill is a raging rollercoaster ride of revenge wrapped up tightly beneath Uma Thurman's 'Bruce Lee' inspired Yellow Jumpsuit.
The film doesn't pretend to be an interlectual giant, it doesn't preach morality or highlight our shortcomings as a race. It knows exactly what it is and exactly what it wants to say. In short...It's a considerable hat-tip to the likes of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune but without copying the movies that so obviously inspired it. And what's it saying? Well...it's merely revenge, like I said. It's drive is therefore self evident.
It wants you to love it. Tarantino really wants you to shovel the popcorn, gulp down the coke and have a great time. It's not as hard hitting as Reservoir Dogs, it's not as well crafted or original as Pulp Fiction...it's certainly not as dull as Jacky Brown!! It's a visualised manga comic book, a graphic novel that comes to life on screen and doesn't scrimp on the blood fountains.
Indeed, the violence...and there's LOTS of it...is almost comical, right down to the thundering ten minute Anime sequence that, somehow, fits seamlessly amongst the live action. The sword play is fabulous, the fight direction flawless and the tension palpable...but it's all brought together with a tongue in cheek attitude. Just check out the laughable, but certainly intentional, crappy model jet liner coming in to land over a brilliantly awful miniature of Tokyo. A priceless cinematic moment that throws a playful wink at the old Godzilla movies perhaps.
I loved it. I didn't think I would, but I did. I expected mindless killing, blood soaked scenery and a wafer thin plot. That's exactly what I got but with a strong sense of tribute, comedy and devotion. Tarantino simply loves movies and all he wants is for us to love this one.
He has one less person to convert.
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