from its original February release date, Kill
Bill: Vol. 2 continues
the story from (surprise!) Kill Bill: Vol. 1, which was released
last November. That story, of course, concerns the unnamed bride (Uma Thurman)
who was left for dead at the hands of Bill (David Carradine) and a team of assassins
following a wedding day massacre.
Bill: Vol. 2 (2003)
Starring: Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah, and
After being in a coma for four years, she awakened with a mean streak
and began hunting down her assailants. In the first film, she basically
plowed through the first few in a seemingly non-stop action barrage. In
Vol. 2, the action slows down, providing a little back-story and allowing
for more of the dialogue that writer/director Quentin Tarantino is known
for delivering so well.
As with the first film, Tarantino loves to show his appreciation for the
work of the grindhouse Shaw Brothers studios as well as spaghetti westerns.
A training montage in the middle of the film is a perfect summation of
Tarantino's fondness for the campy and savage as The Bride visits the Shaolin
Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) in a flashback.
Bill: Vol. 2 is a superior film to the first in that it allows the
characters time to breathe after the rather tension-filled first chapter.
The spaces between the action sequences allow the characters to verbalize
their feelings and makes the action quite a bit more meaningful. We learn
a lot more about The Bride and Bill and begin to respect them as much more
than life-size action figures. Vol. 2 excels in making the viewer uncomfortable
(as the first film did for almost the entire running time) but it does
so in small doses, albeit strong ones.
David Carradine delivers a charismatic turn as Bill. He is almost hypnotic
in his scenes with Uma Thurman. There is a definite chemistry between the
character of The Bride and Bill that really makes their scenes together
the best non-action scenes of either installment. Bill's rant about Clark
Kent and a story about a goldfish are definite highlights.
Thurman, of course, is the dynamo that propels this film and the first.
She can go from looking incredibly sexy to incredibly pissed-off in a rapid
fashion and remain believable. She also benefits from this film's slower
pace which gives The Bride plenty of time to emote.
As with any Tarantino film,
there is an obvious love of the craft of filmmaking that results in a
wonderfully intense experience for the viewer. Whether
you decide to revel in the action sequences which often go in unexpected
directions or try to play "spot-the-influence", Kill Bill:
Vol. 2 is certainly an entertaining and rewarding film. When combined with the
first volume, it is the best action film I've seen in years.
Bride never fires a gun in either movie and only holds a gun once.
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