Kill Bill Vol 1 : 2 of 5
I've been trying to inject some live action movies into all the anime and cartoons that I absorb, so I decided to give Kill Bill a try since I missed it in the theater. I wasn't expecting that much, since I had heard mostly bad stuff about it, but it was still kind of interesting to see. This is basically a total action fighting movie, with little dialogue (except for some scenes which have plenty of narration) and lots of blood (completely anime style, where it spurts out like a firehose). I'm not really a Uma Thurman fan, and I dislike Lucy Liu even more - both of them are just weird and harsh looking, and their characters in this film make them even more gross. However, Lucy's character has a cool sidekick named Gogo who looks nice in her school girl uniform (when she's not killing people). The best parts of the movie for me were listening to the Japanese dialogue, the cool music (some of it performed by Japanese indie bands), plus the extended animated sequence (which tells the background of Lucy's character) - it's pretty cool they spent the money on a long anime-style story inside of the rest of the film! The fighting is exciting sometimes, but I'm simply amazed at how something like this compares to the artistic fighting of Hero or House of Flying Daggers. There's just no comparison, but I'm sure there was never intended to be. Anyway, Kill Bill is an OK movie, and now I'm going to have to rent Volume 2 just to finish the story!