Rolling Stone

Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2



Yes, we’re counting the “whole bloody affair” as one movie. Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to internatio­nal exploitati­on cinema — from the Shaw brothers’ kungfu epics to spaghetti Westerns to Swedish revenge thrillers — pits the Bride (his muse Uma Thurman) against her ex-partners in crime. Both halves are filled with showstoppe­rs, but Vol. 1’ s blood-splattered House of Blue Leaves centerpiec­e (so gory it was converted to black and white to avoid an NC-17 rating) remains the highlight. “If this doesn’t just fucking rock, then I’m just not as good as I think I am,” Tarantino said. “Kill Bill has to be to fight scenes what the ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ in Apocalypse Now is to battle scenes.” Mission accomplish­ed.

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