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Kill Bill. Please. [Oct. 15th, 2003|07:16 pm]
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I finally saw Kill Bill last night. Everyone I know has had nothing but praise for it. Some have even seen it more than once.

I didn't like it.

I wanted to. Oh, how I wanted to. It had ShawScope. It had Gordon Liu and Lucy Liu. It had all that Japanese/Chinese stuff I'm mad for. It had, potentially, so much to like. But it was just...too...awful.
It had moments of beauty...but there was just. Too. Much. Blood. Too many severed heads and severed limbs. Too much spraying, pumping, gooshing horrible blood. I like Kung Fu movies...they never seemed this gory. They also have a sense of humour, while Kill Bill was grimly serious when it came to the fights.

Seeing severed heads squirting blood from the neck and severed arms and legs spraying blood fountains...not appealing. An orderly selling sex with the comatose for "$75 a fuck"...really scary and degrading. I felt numb after seeing it. I was quiet for a long time, walking out of the theatre, thoughtful. Then I just said, "I guess maybe I don't like Quentin Tarantino movies."

There were things I loved. Charlie Brown. Copperhead's Pasadena kitchen (but why is there an electical outlet at the top of a door frame?). The anime sequence was a brilliant way to do a flashback...I guess animated cartoon blood is not as bad as realistic cartoon blood. The katana on the plane. The snowy yard of the House of Blue Leaves, and the bamboo water fountain...and that one shot of Lucy Liu in the white kimono with her katana. The's band (they have CDs)...

And I loved - loved - the scenes in Okinawa. I adore the typical Asian movie motif of food appearing in this homage to those movies. I loved the tea/sake arguments and the "General" telling the Bride that he's not really bald, he shaved his head. The quiet understated power of Hattori Hanzo, retired weaponsmith. The baseball.
And what do you know? There wasn't any blood in those scenes. Those scenes...If I could just have had more scenes like that, maybe I would have liked the movie better. Those scenes were the most powerful, the most moving, the gentlest and most lyrical part of the movie.

But seeing a woman trying to keep her balance as she skitters on high heels though pools of blood surveying the damage to her nightclub? I don't need to see that. I don't really want to see that.

That's not entertainment. That's gruesome and depressing. At least, it was for me.

From: enmascarado
2003-10-15 06:22 pm (UTC)
...and the rampant gore leading up to the final fight scene killed the drama of the realistic blood in the final fight scene.

Take the first fight, the Okinawa scenes and the final fight, tone down the Uma vs. 100 samurai scenes (and remove the stops in action for wacky Tarantino moments) and condense or cut everything else and you've got a nice start of a movie.

My opinion has settled more on the negative side. It ended very well making me want to see the sequel, and I will, but there really was more wrong than right.

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[User Picture]From: eyelevel
2003-10-16 06:24 am (UTC)
"I like Kung Fu movies...they never seemed this gory."

A lot of Sonny Chiba's flicks go to some extents like that. (remember the melon smashed head the Christian Slater was watching in True Romance? That was Sonny Chiba) But there is a certain... taste(?) to the way the Kung Fu movies do. There were times where the spurting blood seemed too Troma Studios for me, and times when it seemed to be done "decently".

I liked all the little touches in the flick... the ironsides theme when she's rolling around in the wheelchair, The green hornet theme song while Uma is running around in a streetlight yellow track suit like Bruce Lee's. The fantastic anime Oren Ishi story was done perfectly. And there was a Charlie Feathers song in the soundtrack!
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2003-10-16 11:27 am (UTC)

Found your entry from missjazzygirl

Hi there! I thought I was the only one that didn't love 'Kill Bill. My fiancee took me on Saturday afternoon and I was looking forward to it. I've enjoyed all the Tarantino movies before.

But this one just made me sick. Like you, I loved the scene in Okinawa restaurant. Loved the banter back and forth, just like his other films. But that last scene where Uma is going on rampage was just overkill. I was getting so bored watching the end. The spraying of the blood, etc. just got old really fast.

Of course, now that I've seen the 1st one, I feel the need to go to the next one. Maybe it'll be better....?

Maybe Michael Madsen will have more screen time in Volume 2 (crossing my fingers!).
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2003-10-16 11:31 am (UTC)

By the way, I added ya, if you don't mind!!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-10-16 11:48 am (UTC)
No worries...I will add you when I have a chance...I have to go through my friends list...

I thought I was the only one who didn't love it, too...so, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2003-10-16 11:55 am (UTC)

I totally have been feeling like the one person who just didn't get "Kill Bill". Glad to know there are others....don't be shy folks. Speak up! LOL

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[User Picture]From: rabkitty
2003-10-17 01:44 pm (UTC)

I lovvvve the 5-6-7-8's!

They Rwak!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-10-17 01:47 pm (UTC)

Re: I lovvvve the 5-6-7-8's!

Hehe...why does this not surprise me?
I need to get some CDs...when I have money again...
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[User Picture]From: bjornh
2003-10-17 05:46 pm (UTC)
The movie hasn't premiered over here yet, but the 88 killed sounds a bit like "Lone Wolf and Cub", those early 70's samurai flicks which had bodycounts of 80+ Still, while I like good sword movies, I'm not that hot on blood and gore. Must be getting old...
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-10-19 04:57 pm (UTC)
I like good sword movies, too...

But this blood-and-gore stuff...it's just too much. And it's supposed to be funny, or clever, or art or whatever? Um...not.
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From: renegade_lib
2003-10-20 02:21 pm (UTC)
I saw it this weekend- wasn't crazy about it either. The blood & gore didn't bother me because I thought of it as campy and purposely overly-fake... kind of like watching a Friday the 13th movie or something. But, I don't know... too "Charlie's Angels" I guess... not as clever as Tarantino's other films... just a lot of eye candy (of the beautiful kind and the gross-out kind) that I probably won't remember a few months from now. I wait till volume 2 comes out on video.
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