I'm somewhat ashamed to say that I was a little dissapointed. But I anticipated this film so much that it would of had to have been fuckin' unbelievable to live up to my expectations. I'm not doubting that once volume 2 comes out the two volumes together will be fuckin' unbelievable though. On my first viewing I found it to be better than Dogs, on par with Jackie Brown, and not quite as good as Pulp. But I need to see it again with a more objective viewpoint, and I have a feeling once volume 2 comes out it will be every bit as good as Pulp, especially for fans of cult cinema.
I only had two minor gripes. The first one is, I despise anime, but I knew that going in. I thought maybe QT anime would show me the light, but, it's still anime to me. The second one is the switch to black and white in the house of blue leaves segment. There's no rhyme or reason to the switch. The only thing that I can think is because of the ratings, and that's why it was a bit dissapointing. Especially cause alot of the most violent stuff is in black and white. Oh, one other thing not really a gripe, but the opening shot is really hard to look at. I think the black and white makes it even more chilling.
That said, let's get to the good stuff.
Aside from the B&W the house of blue leaves segment is definitely one of the best action sequences I've ever seen. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say it's every bit as good as the final scene in Scarface, or anything in Star Wars or Indiana Jones.
Sonny Chiba fucking owns the scenes he's in.
Uma Thurman... just see the movie and you'll understand.
Tarantino's best soundtrack/score to date. Fucking brilliant.
I guess my dissapointment was basically the anime didn't live up to my expectations. Also the beginning made me slightly uncomfortable, especially the battered bride shots and the hospital scenes. But Jackie Brown is the only QT movie that didn't make me uncomfortable at one point or another. I don't hold that against the movie at all, I guess it just caught me off guard a bit and kind of numbed my excitement for a bit. And I wanna see the rest of the movie damnit! ;D
God I can't wait till February.