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Saw Kill Bill

Bad people doing bad, violent things to other bad people, all tarted up Tarantino style. He finally got to do his Fox Force Five film.

Yes, I get the homage to the cowboy samurai, the anime, and a good many (not all, I'm not that arrogant) of the "feel better about yourself as a film geek because you caught this" references. I just always feel so abraded when I come out of a Tarantino flick: I realize that full throttle excess is his calling card, but still felt that some of the cinematic techniques overshadowed the deliberately-shallow story. I know, he's all about being overdone, but even so, I think it needed another pass through the editing suite.

Referential without having any depth whatsoever: two-dimensional glossy cardboard, like movie standups in a video store . . . intentional, I know, I know, but in my opinion, it gets a bit tiresome given the length of the flick, and we have yet another part of it to get through before revenge is completed. Whee, we get to spend two more hours as Tarantino indulges himself by reprocessing archetypes and influences.

I didn't dislike it, exactly, it's just that all style and no substance wears on me after a while. Entertaining if you're in the mood for the sort of action movie that includes characters like the crazed Japanese schoolgirl, Go Go Yubari, and so much gore and gratuitous violence that I still don't see how the final release avoided an NC-17 rating, but . . . . after writing the above, I checked in to see what Ebert had to say about it. He liked it better than I did, but readily admits that the movie ". . . . is all storytelling and no story." It's not so much a movie as much as sensory overload, but again, that's Tarantino for you.



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Oct. 12th, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)
Two thumbs sideways
I agree wholeheartedly. The character didn't grow, and we didn't even learn a whole lot about her except she feels revenge is a necessary thing, even if she doesn't like doing it sometimes.

But the file is totally lacking in story, and that started to get old. I am hoping we learn a little more and the character grows at least a smidgeon in the second movie.

Perhaps the film avoided the NC 17 rating because it was so over-the-top the gore was laughable (Black Knight of Monty Python laughable) rather than realistic. Buck's (totally justified) bloodless murder was made me more uncomfortable than seeing what a katana can supposedly do to a person.

Still, I enjoyed it, realizing I shouldn't be expecting any depth.
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