Kill Bill vol.1 (2003)
"Kill Bill Vol.1" is the most enjoyable and visually stunning action film I have ever seen. Quentin Tarantino's visual craftsmanship transcends perfection. From the first seconds of the opening scene to the credits it's a 111 minute hold-your-breath, armrest-clenching, roller coaster ride. Tarantino's first movie of the new millennium is nothing short of a classic masterpiece, like all of his movies of course! This one in particular is filled to the brim with tributes to old Kung-fu chop-socky films, Japanese movies, and anime, and of course the usual pop-culture references, a staple to every Tarantino film. The characters themselves are given enough depth to them and the acting is fine, Uma Thurman delivers a great and belivable performance. The cinematography is beautiful and amazingly done, the music its a league in itself, Tarantino perfectly knows how to use music in his films effectively, but best of all this is a highly entertaining movie. The action scenes, choreographed by Yuen Wo-Ping, are nothing short of spectacular! "Kill Bill" deserves all of the accolades it gets. Although it may seem to be a hackfest on the surface, there is true talent at work here. Uma Thurman and Lucy Lui give inspiring performances; the story, however linear it may be, it instantly grabbing; and Tarantino's masterful direction is as inspiringly as it is slightly disturbing. A true masterpiece!!!
Kill Bill vol.2 (2004)
"Kill Bill vol.1" was a real masterpiece and so is vol.2! It is not as bloody, not as action packed, not as insane or not as Eastern inspired, but it's just as good and it's more emotional, deep and satisfying! The Direction is once again practically flawless!. Quentin Tarantino does a perfect job here with amazing camera work, wonderful angles, good use of colors and lots of other stylish and cool shots as well, plus he kept the film at an extremely fast pace!.All the character were simply amazing.The coolest character in the Kill Bill saga,in my opinion was Pai Mei. His scenes of 'cruel tutelage' shot in a 70's kung Fu movie style really demonstrate Gordon Liu's martial art mastery. Daryl Hannah is smart, sexy, deadly, and totally hot. She is perfect as Elle. Uma Thurman shines brilliantly in every emotion charged scene and lends true acting gravitas to a role that had pitfalls aplenty. She is one of the best. David Carradine also deserves a mention for his part as the vile 'Bill' and manages just enough humanity to make the brides final sympathetic act towards him believable. "Kill Bill" is smart, spectacular, visually stunning, exciting and the best movie in Tarantino's career as a director!
- My Rating: 11/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: 85% (7.7/10)
- IMDb: 8.0/10
- Nebular's TOP 12 Movies of All Time: #3
So which volume do you prefer? Why not re-watch both movies online at LOVEFiLM and see if you agree with the reviews I posted above?