I finally saw Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2. For the longest time I had no interest in seeing the movies at all. The reviewer for the NCCB rated it O, Morally Offensive, and while I've often enjoyed movies rated O, I am one of those who gets irritated at Quentin Tarantino at the drop of a hat. I thought that it was quite a squandering of talent to make a movie whose theme was revenge and whose title says it all.
But I have to admit, I enjoyed both volumes very much. Tarantino is a darned good moviemaker, he makes movies like George Lucas used to make. This was pulp fiction at its best, better than his own Pulp Fiction. Uma Thurman was amazingly assured and athletic as the samurai assassin turned blood-splattered Bride. My son Ish tells me that an authentic samurai sword like the one the Sonny Chiba character made her would cost $100,000 or more, and that they are banned in Japan in an attempt to eliminate samurai once and for all.
Every time the Bride took on one of her fellow female viper assassins, I wanted to yell out "cat fight" like in that Seinfeld episode. But as with the fights between Buffy and Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I too like the spectacle of women fighting.
I can't find anything sacred in it but I can't find anything profane either. What is it about fake violence that is attractive? Real violence is horrible, and I hate realistic violence in movies. But comic book violence - oh yeah, I love it.