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Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)


Why isn’t there blood spewing out of these people?!? Better yet, why isn’t there that many people getting hacked off?!?

After having killed the first two on her death list, The Bride (Uma Thurman) continues in her journey of vengeance to hunt down and kill the remaining victims, Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), Budd (Michael Madsen) and ultimately, Bill (David Carradine).

Basically in a nut-shell, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 kicked ass and I was so hyped up to see this one after that. However, if you go into this one expecting that one all over again, check again bitches. Hell, I wish I actually checked again.

Without a doubt, you have to see the first one before seeing this because it will make you understand the story so much better and even the little things that popped up in the first one, will still somehow find their way back into this one so just be ready for that. What sets this film apart from the first flick though is that it’s not an insane, fast-paced action flick with people getting chopped up by samurai swords everywhere. Instead, this is a lot more of a character/plot-driven flick that depends a lot on Quentin Tarantino’s writing to create a mood and a certain amount of suspense. This guy is perfect for that and he does a great job with that here because the scenes of dialogue may go on longer than you may expect at first, they still feel relevant to the story and it’s just so damn hard to be bored of a Tarantino flick, especially when somebody in one of his films are talking.

Another element that separates this flick from the first is that there isn’t many homages to a lot of what Tarantino loves as much as there was in the last one. I liked how he was able to incorporate everything he knew, saw, and loved about movies and could put them all up into one flick but barely any of that is here, which sort of relies on him to use his also perfect directing skills. Tarantino doesn’t disappoint and there are of course some funny little nods to the kung-fu movies and spaghetti westerns but I was kind of disappointed by the lack of homages and tributes from Tarantino’s fan boy self.

The main complaint that I had mostly with this flick was that I honestly was just totally bummed by how much action there wasn’t, which may sound dumb but they honestly feel like two different movies, which I know they are, but I was just let down totally. I was expecting crazy action left-and-right like the first but what I got was just a bunch of slow and tense conversations which did work but I honestly couldn’t go from one to the other in such a different style. It may sound like a bit of a dumb complaint but I just was expecting something a hell of a lot more insane, which I think is to expected coming from Tarantino.

Don’t get me wrong though peeps, there is action here and when it does go down, it’s pretty freakin’ awesome. There’s also plenty of times where Tarantino plays with our natural fears such as being buried alive, being bitten by a snake, getting our eyeballs taken out, getting shot with a dart, and plenty of other crazy and effed up shit that will make you squirm but also feel cool about because Tarantino does it in such a creative way that it’s hard not to feel a little smile on your face about. That damn Tarantino always gets me right when I think I’m lost.

The acting is definitely a lot better this time around since we get to see these characters a lot more than we did in the first. Uma Thurman is great once again as “The Bride”, but this time she gets to show a lot more to her character rather than just slashing Japanese effers up. There’s a lot of emotions she has to show here such as anger, terror, happiness, sadness, and enterprisingly even love. Thurman does a perfect job with this role here where she actually feels like a real human with emotions even though she could kick my ass in any second.

As for the other two villains in this flick, they are pretty fine too. Michael Madsen plays Budd, Bill’s washed up brother, and brings that charming evilness to his character that he always seems to do so well and his scenes are all pretty good. Daryl Hannah is pretty bizarre again as Elle Driver, and gets to use a lot of her key bitchiness to her aide this time because her character is just a chick that you want dead right away but she always seems to be one step ahead.

Oh shit, I almost forgot to mention the man villain of them all, Bill himself. David Carradine is great as Bill because he is everything that a great villain needs: he’s charming, funny, likable, creepy, and always scary with every scene he has. There’s just this certain atmosphere Carradine brings out every time he is on-screen like I felt like this guy would just snap crazy in one second and wouldn’t give a single shit who he killed. It also helps that he has some of the best lines in this flick as well and the one that always sit in my mind at the end is the one he makes about Superman. I won’t spoil it here but it’s pretty smart and may actually think a little bit, which is definitely a total surprise considering it’s a Tarantino flick where it doesn’t matter what themes or morals he may be throwing out there, it’s still a flick about bad people doing bad things. Get used to it peeps.

Consensus: Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is not exactly like the first installment but that’s not all of a bad thing: there’s plenty of action, well-written scenes of tension done by the master himself, and it’s definitely a great way to close off this two-parter even though I don’t think Quentin is all that done here.

8.5/10=Matinee!!

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10 responses to “Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

  1. Mark Walker May 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I actually prefered this one Dan. Two great film’s but this just shaded it for me. Then again, I’m more partial to westerns than samurai flicks. This one also augers well for Django Unchained.

  2. Jaina May 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    They’re like two different peas from two completely different pods, Kill Bill 1 and 2. Though, I think I really enjoyed that part of the two films. It would have been great for the action to be distributed a bit more, but I liked the more talky and involved second film. There was more backstory and more character stuff, which is what Tarantino really does best. When he gets it right.

    • CMrok93 May 30, 2012 at 5:14 am

      He did it very right here but I just wasn’t as involved with this one as I was with the first. Maybe it was just my expectations..damn them!

  3. Alex Withrow May 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Really good review here, Dan. I love Vol. 2, probably slightly more than I love Vol. 1!

  4. AndyWatchesMovies May 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Just out of curiosity…Do you consider Kill Bill two separate films or one film?

  5. jeffro517 May 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I recently reviewed both of these films and I think the pair compliment one another. If this had been too similar to the first film it would have reduced the effect the violence had in volume 1.

  6. The Blog of Big Ideas May 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I agree with your observation that the two films are surprisingly different to each other. I, unlike you, prefer Volume 2. I actually enjoyed the quieter moments in the second part, which are handled superbly by the awesome directorial and writing skills of Mr. Tarantino. There may not have been as many references to film history, but I don’t think that’s what Tarantino is about. Kill Bill brings out the best in all of the actors, supported on great writing that combines dark comedy with emotion.
    Volume 1 seemed just a bit too silly when compared to Volume 2 and too action-driven. Perhaps they should just be considered as one big movie that should be watched in succession.

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