I saw Kill Bill
last night. It was a lot of fun .... assuming that you are not senstive about seeing violence on screen. It is *extremely* bloody. In fact, it is so bloody that you *can't* take it seriously. I mean the amount of blood that comes out of the bodies of the nameless cannon fodder would require that their entire bodies be a giant blood squib. One person that we see laying in a such a big pool of their own blood that they ought to completely drained white was still conscious and speaking (more or less) rationally and intelligebly.
It is also kinda fun at times just working on keeping up with the various genre references and styles that Tarantino is using. Some of them are immediately obvious: anime, 1970's exploitation, Chinese wire-fu (the style that Crouching Tiger brought to a wider US audiance), Japanese samurai movie (in B & W). There were some scenes where the inspiration genre was somewhat less obvious, at least to me. Of course, that was partially because similar scenes could work in few different genres of movies.
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The one way in which part II probably won't be as good is the hot-chick quotient.
I don't know about that. Volume 1 has already established that the story isn't being told in linear chronological order. I expect to get some more of the backstory that leads up to the El Paso massacre; partially just because it makes sense, partially because I saw a piece of interview footage where Thurman explicitly said that there is more of an actual story to the second part than there is in the first part. I would expect to see both Cottonmouth (Liu) and Copperhead (Fox) in some of those sequences. Go-Go (the school girl) has served her purpose and is much more likely to be completely absent from Volume 2. Sophie (the French-Japanese lawyer) I'm less clear on. Since she appeared in the chapel scene, we will probably see her in Volume 2 but possibly no more than we saw Madsen in Volume 1 (which is to say "minimally to still get the credit").
During the pre - El Paso stuff, I wouldn't be surprised to see some sort of background on Thurman and Liu doing the "Trix are for kids" routine. I know that everyone (Americans, anyway) within a certtain age range (including me) will automatically follow "Silly rabbit" with "Trix are for kids", but Tarantino went so far out of his way with the editing to make sure that we saw that the two of them were reciting the line in absolute unison that I kinda expect to see something about that tied back in.
They also succeeeded in piquing my curiosity on one other point, and it happened quite early in the movie. Thurman's "Bride" was mentioned by name exactly twice in the entire movie (not counting the obviously fake alias on the marriage liscense, which was pointed out as such by the sherif). Both of them were in the scene with Vivica Fox and her character's daughter and, more to the point, both of them were bleeped out. I'm curious about what the deal is with her name and why they both want to keep it from the audiance and go out of their way to call the audiance's attention to the fact that they aren't telling us. They could just as easily have used the shortened pseudonym "Mamba" in there. For that matter they could very easily have not used any name. In fact, the second time you got the feeling that were going out of their way to use the name *just* so they could bleep it and make sure that the audiance didn't think that the first one was a fluke or a coincidence. So now I'm curious.