Sunday, June 04, 2006

Tarantino's Best

I had seen almost all of director Quentin Tarantino's movies until Kill Bill. Knowing that it would be an action-packed, violent revenge movie, I know it would always be a hard sell to convince my wife to see it. Since I had new opportunities this week to see those movies, I rented Kill Bill Vol. 1. It was everything I expected and more. Some of the dialogue was almost stereotyped for a revenge movie, but it seemed to fit perfectly. Some of the dialogue was crisp and new. Tarantino is famous for non-linear story-telling and this doesn't dissappoint. The movie unfolds in non-linear chapters and starts in the middle with a hint of a horrific slaughter that triggers all of the events from that point on. But he also goes back before that point and delves into the lives of some of the characters and how they came to be the killers they were. One of these tales is even told in anime (japanese animated) form. The narrative weaves in and out of these lives as the heroine (?) dispatches 2 of the 4 members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad that she'll have to take out to get to Bill - the leader of the Squad and the man who tried to put a bullet in her head 5 years ago. Vol. 2 shows up in the mail tomorrow. I wished I could have watched them both together without the 2 day intermission.


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