Bill, vol. 1, Dir: Quentin Tarantino, Cert: 18
From the cheesy 70s style opening titles through to the closing
credits, this is a non-stop roller coaster ride of violence, bloodshed,
music and depravity
And its superb!
Only Tarantino could get away with blending revenge, samurai ethics, deviant
sexual behaviour, manga cartoons, a Sergio Leone tribute, some Tango and
a little bit of soul music. OK so youve probably heard all the references
to Uma Thurmans yellow jump-suit being an homage to Bruce Lees
final film and that may have been Tarantinos major theme, however
overall the film is undoubtedly heavily lead by the spaghetti westerns
of the 70s.
Think The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, A Fistful of
Dollars, For a Few Dollars More then add in the inspiration
for The Magnificent Seven Kurosawas Yojimbo
and you may be getting close, provided you add a little bit of the Blaxploitation
genre to the recipe and shoot it as a Supergrass video!
There are gentle, touching moments - Its not my intention
to kill you here
..When do you want to die?, generous moments
..leave, but your limbs belong to me!, honourable moments
..cancel the hit...she doesnt deserve that
run along home to mummy
and more slicings & dicings than I could count.
Yes, the film is graphically violent and bloody, but this is done in such
a way that it is in no way revolting or stomach turning as the hydrants
(that is the only feasible term) of blood from severed limbs are comically
impossible. A clever melange of Black & White, Colour and Manga cartoon
styles add to the films overall character which is both simple
and complex at the same time.
You will laugh, and you will feel uncomfortable at some of the things
you find funny, but thats Cinema Tarantino for you!
I will be going to see this again at least once and am eagerly awaiting
Part 2. 9/10