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Movie Review: Kill Bill

Story: Any film that starts out with an old Klingon proverb has my immediate attention and a little giggle. (If you don't know who the Klingons are -- you might as well save yourself some money because this film is not for you.)

Also if decapitations, limp amputations, squirting, splatting blood, death knell grunts, gurgles, groans and over the top mayhem are disturbing to you - STEP AWAY FROM THE THEATER!

However, if you have a dark sense of humor and can find the beauty in a comic book style presentation of form, color, composition, chapters, dialogue (what there was of dialogue) and technique you will be entertained.

Writer director Quentin I love all things bloody Tarantino in only his fourth film (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown) delivers Volume 1 of Kill Bill. A bride and nine other attendees are gunned day on her wedding day. The remainder of the film (Volume 1, at least) is a revenge movie (a la Kung-Fu, martial arts style Asian films) as our lovely bride tries to get even with her assassins. (And boy...does she get even.)

I would imagine that Volume 2 (to be released in early '04) will have much of the same. But who can be sure? I know that I will be checking it out.

Acting: Acting is not a term I would use for anyone's appearance in this film. Uma Thurman is lovely to look at (even with all of her cuts, bruises and scrapes). Darryl Hannah will be making more of an appearance in Volume 2, as will Michael Madsen and David Carradine. Lucy Liu needed her 2 other Charlie's Angels pals to survive Volume 1.

Predilection: Quentin Tarantino is intriguing.

Critters: I don't remember any, thankfully.

Food: Sushi.

Visual Art: A comic book lovers' dream filled with primary colors and fabulous imagery and perspective.

Blatant Product Placement: None.

Soundtrack: Fun.

Opening Titles: Black and white titles and then we are directly into the action (and I mean action). By the way, the end credits take forever to role but I did notice they credit a physical therapist as part of the crew. With all of the action I saw I am surprised there were not more health care professionals listed.

Theater Audience: About 20 guys and me.

Sappy Factor: Ha!

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 2 - after the first decapitation I was immune to the bloodshed.

Predictability Level: Revenge is always fun, yet predictable.

Oscar Worthy: No - unless there is a new category for mayhem.

Nit Picking: I don't want to be on Uma's kill list so I will skip any nits to report.

Big Screen or Rental: Oh, the big screen for sure. For some other Uma Thurman flicks (both good and bad), check out these: Chelsea Walls, Tape, The Golden Bowl, Vatel, Sweet and Lowdown, The very awful, Avengers, Les Miserables, Gattaca, Batman and Robin, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Mad Dog and Glory, Dangerous Liaisons and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

Length: About 100 minutes -- but look out for Part 2.