Ok, so, first off, I’m new, so, Hi!
Second, I, like most of you I’d think, was very excited to hear about a new Tarantino film. I’m not a rabid Tarantino fan like it seems most of the residents of this board are, but I do enjoy most of his stuff (I didn’t like Jackie Brown, I just never got into it, and I thought his short in Four Rooms was just ok…kinda cool, but nothing much.) I’ve always said of him, even if you don’t like his movies, you have to respect what he does. The man is amazing with dialouge and has a style all his own. So, you have to give him respect.
Now, when the screenplay for Kill Bill was “leaked” on the internet, I had it within an hour, and had read it less than two hours later. I liked the script, but hadn’t fallen in love with it like so many others I’d read. I was impressed with its mammoth length and its massive bloodletting, but after I read the script I had this feeling that I couldn’t shake. I couldn’t put a lable on it, but I think I’ve figured it out now.
With the fairly recent (to me at least) information about the genre-jumping with each successive chapter, and all the styles in this film, I started to get a fear in the back of my head saying “is this going to be one of those movies that’s cool, but all style and no substance?” See, that’s what I got from the script, I think. It was gonna be cool. Your basic revenge tale–when you get down to the root of it–immersed in a love of kung-fu flicks, spaghetti westerns, and samurai flicks, as well as many other styles. It was promising to have massive, gratuitous amounts of blood like in the 70s samurai films, and some generally damn cool scenes, but was that it? That’s what worries me.
I know that Tarantino is one of today’s great directors, and I do hope that I am wrong…and I hope to be proven wrong when I hit the theaters the day Volume 1 comes out.
That is all I wanted to say. If y’all have any comments (no flames please, though) or if any of you feel the way I do, I’d love to hear them.
Oh…and, if any of you are looking for some great smaurai films/series to see, check out www.animeigo.com, they’ve got some of the best, including Lone Wolf & Cub, Sleepy Eyes of Death, and The Razor.