Kill Bill: Volume 2
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The second half of Quentin Tarantino's serialized film Kill Bill. The Bride is back and her job is only half done. She must still confront two more of her former co-workers before she faces her ex-boss, Bill himself. But, the Bride's quest becomes complicated when her past catches up to her.
- Deleted scene: "Damoe"
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Film premiere footage including Chingon performance
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There are the usual Tarantino trappings that infuse all his movies; murder, money, characters following his own impudent way of speaking (you can almost hear Tarantino reciting the club owner's words), and Uma Thurman, who looks like hell and fights like it too. There are also the Tarantino surprises, the completely unexpected moments that really grab you whether they are brash (plucking out Elle's eyeball) or subtle (being buried alive).
However, the movie is not as energetic or frenetic as the first, certainly not as bloody or violent (although gruesome things happen). Is it a short-coming?
Yes: The first movie rampaged for two hours and dropped us all off in Anticipation-Land. We visited hand-to-hand combat in someone's suburban house, a very bright-yellow truck, Japan's nightspots and ancient settings, and were treated to an introduction of Anime (where the movie really gets its inspiration). Everything happens briskly, the action is almost, almost wall-to-wall, and the tone is basically, "Here I Come."
No: Kill Bill 2 slows things down. It's almost as if Black Mamba has become more thoughtful about her revenge, and takes more time to contemplate its significance. One such scene is her and Bill (when they weren't so hostile) in the desert talking about Pai-Mei, the Shaolin master who would instruct Thurman's character. It's a quiet scene, moody, almost a whisper lost in the commotion surrounding it; and nowhere would it fit in Kill Bill 1.
Perhaps this is why the movies were split up, because Tarantino reached a certain point in Volume 1 and said, "Now begins a different kind of movie, still named Kill Bill, but a shade quieter." Not to say that the movie is slow; but I did get bored in spots, whereas in Kill Bill 1 I was always at least partially riveted.
The ending is spectacularly done, even if it is longer than it needs to be. All you need to know about the Black Mamba/Bill face-off is that neither one of them leaves their seat.
So now that these two movies are out, they will go down as one of Tarantino's best, and it is certainly his best since "Pulp Fiction." To fans of anime and kung-fu movies it's the movie they've been waiting for. To fans of Tarantino, you might be thrilled, or slightly miffed. To other movie-makers, you'll be jealous. Finally, to film snobs like myself, it'll make a nice weekender viewing.
I'm not a comic book fan/anime...but qt's film has made me re-evaluate the things I consider interesting in my life.
bonus throughout the film was the immediate impact the RZA will play in the future of movies. bravo. this film is balls!!!
The movie is pulp fiction purposely in its superficial characters and clichéd story line. However, the execution of those characters and story is so engrossing, so raw in entertainment and excitement that the viewer is riveted continuously. Taranto's genius is his ability to get us to have strong emotional reactions to his characters and situations of story. His dialogue alone is so intriguing, so captivating that one will enjoy the movie on that issue along with the others.
Of course, see both parts one after the other; just lock the doors, turn off the phone, and become immersed. This is Hollywood movie enjoyment at its peak, vastly above the embarrassingly simplistic and boring "tween's" movies pumped out today to the last category of people with money to spend going to the movies. Oh, after you come down a bit from KILL BILL, wait a few days and lock the door again to watch all of Taranto's masterworks.
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