||October 10 (volume 1)
February 20 (volume 2)
||Quick-cut title splash
||Handgun, Uma's butt, knife, samurai
sword, syringe, explosive dart, machine guns, kitchen knives,
frying pan, razor-ball and chain, throwing axe, kendo stick,
|"In a world where..."
"You didn't think it was going to be that easy, did
||15% (Dance-fighting, Tarantino)
Jackrabbit has been waiting so long for this movie. His heart palpitates
and his palms sweat every time he hears the name Tarantino. Often
I hear him saying, "If only Quentin were a more prolific filmmaker,
then my life would be complete." I'd let him write this review,
but he's already waiting in line to get tickets for this one.
Kill Bill is the fourth film by director Quentin Tarantino. Just
for your information, Steven Spielberg's fourth film was 1941.
Maybe this will be Tarantino's 1941 or maybe it will be The
Godfather. From the looks of the trailer, I'm leaning towards Charlie's
Angels 3: Dance-fighting Boogaloo.
Uma Thurman plays an elite assassin who wants to quit the business,
get married, and lead a quiet life. Unfortunately, the group she
works for doesn't like that idea and sends the other elite assassins
to kill her. Uma survives and plots revenge against Charlie (Michael
Madsen) and his Angels (Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, and Lucy Liu)
who must not be that great of assassins if four of them couldn't
kill an unprepared Uma at a small wedding. The titular Bill, who
ordered Uma's death, will be killed last, much like Baal. Now that
might be a better movie, Kill Baal.
Sidetrack: Lucy Liu as you all know attended the University of Michigan
at the same time I was there. I won't get into any details about
a certain frat party and what happened there (because said details
would reveal that I never met Lucy Liu at a frat party, or even knew
she went to U of M until very recently, but a boy can dream can't
There is a lot to like in the trailer: the music, the humor, and
the look. Once again, however, we're subjected to oodles of "dance-fighting" the
choreographed martial arts that seems to appear in every action movie.
(They at least give Uma a tight yellow outfit instead of the standard
black. This can work for a two-minute trailer, but it's not going
to fly for three hours.) Maybe that's why this three-hour film has
been broken into two parts. It couldn't be that the studio wants
to milk more money out of moviegoers. Naw, couldn't be.
and the Angels
Vivica and Uma have a great knife fight, but have to stop when Viv's
daughter returns home from school. That's pretty funny. But, don't
ask questions like: If Uma really wants all these people dead then
why does she explain to them that she's going to kill them AND only
bring a knife to do the job? Does Uma kill Viv in front of her daughter
leaving the daughter motherless? Does she kill both of them?
Conclusion on Trailer: Worth watching for the music, Lucy,
Conclusion on Movie: If the theater charges half price for
the ticket then I'd go see it, otherwise I don't want to take a chance
on another fight-dancing flick, Tarantino or not. Wait for the DVD.
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