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Sunday October 05, 2003
02:56 PM

Kill Bill: Volume 1

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A friend called me early Friday to say he'd gotten passes to the press screening of Kill Bill: Volume 1 at 10:30 a.m. and ask if I'd like to go, so I asked my boss for the morning off. The screening was at the MPAA offices, one of many centers of Evil here in DC, but at least I was avoiding giving them money.

It's not Pulp Fiction, but it's entertaining. It's all about vengeance, starting from the initial screen with the "Klingon proverb" (which apparently was used in Dangerous Liaisons in 1782). Things to expect:

  • Hong Kong–style over-the-top violence, including fountains of blood and lots of severed body parts
  • nonlinear storytelling
  • samurai swords
  • anime

Things not to expect:

  • realism
  • complex plot

Just "lay down all thought, surrender to the void", and enjoy it for what it is. Tarantino should probably have kept it to one movie rather than splitting it. It could have used some trimming, particularly in an overlong fight scene reminiscent of the overlong fight scene in The Matrix: Reloaded.

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