201. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

When the assassin now known as The Bride, decides to leave her dangerous lifestyle for a life of married bliss, former boss Bill and her ex-colleagues in the Deadly Vipers Assassination Squad decide she must be eliminated. However, she wakes four years later from her coma, after being shot at her wedding, determined to get her revenge, particularly on the eponymous Bill.

From this point, The Bride goes about tracking everyone down, after acquiring a perfect handmade sword with which she intends to cause the most damage – but first she has to get past a mother under a false name, a female American/Japanese yakuza boss, and dozens of henchmen under the name the Crazy 88.

It’s uber-violent, striking and very funny. I’m not wildly mad about Quentin Tarantino, but it has to be said he can put together a stylish film, even if it’s lacking in substance. Kill Bill also wins  points for a brilliant soundtrack and his trademark sharp dialogue.

8/10

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