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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

A pregnant bride (Uma Thurman), along with the groom and wedding guests, is shot on her wedding day and left for dead. Four years later, as the only survivor, she wakes up from a coma and plots her revenge on the squad of assassins (Daryl Hannah, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen) and their leader (David Carradine) responsible for the wedding massacre. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. I love this movie! Tarantino's love for cinema, especially pulp cinema, is visible in every frame and loving shot in this film. It may not be his best film (that would be JACKIE BROWN) but it's a giddy high of a rollercoaster ride. The film is incredibly violent but it doesn't have the sting of something like THE WILD BUNCH. The violence is so ludicrously over the top that one can't take it seriously. When someone gets decapitated, you may gasp but then you chuckle. Tarantino's eclectic use of music serves him well here. The pastiche score borrows from Bernard Herrmann to Ennio Morricone to Quincy Jones and who else but Tarantino would score a fight in the snow in Japan with flamenco music? With Sonny Chiba, Michael Parks and Julie Dreyfus. 

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