Kill Bill Vol. 2

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Kill Bill Vol. 2
Review (8.5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 is the conclusion to writer/director Quentin Tarantino's 2003 release Kill Bill Vol. 1. In this second installment, The Bride (Uma Thurman) sets out to finish her vengeful killing spree, this time going after former 'co-workers' Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), Budd (Michael Madsen) and of course, the notorious Bill (David Carradine).

We learn more about the background of the relationship between Bill and The Bride, we see exactly what happened on that fateful day at the Two Pines Wedding Chapel when Bill pumped The Bride, The Groom, The Organ Player and a few others full of lead, we are entertained by a fabulous training session with The Bride and a man known as Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) and we see The Bride being buried in a wooden box under six feet of soil and are left to wonder what the hell is going to happen next?

There are a few twists and turns, some great dialogue and some seemingly insignificant moments that end up being defining points in the movie. The interaction between Elle Driver and Budd is great. As mentioned earlier, the training session with Pai Mei is as dazzling as it is humorous. The fight scene with Elle and The Bride in the confines of a tiny trailer is outstanding. David Carradine's performance as Bill is everything you could expect and more. And the finale is remarkable. It seems to drag on for a few moments but then it just sort of hits you out of nowhere and that's it - the movie's over.

I have absolutely no problem recommending Kill Bill Vol. 2 to anyone who is a fan of movies. It is a much different movie that Kill Bill Vol 1. I found it closer to the old Quentin Tarantino movies than what he did in Vol. 1, with the exaggerated action, the tonnes and tonnes of blood and the focus on martial arts. Vol. 2, on the other hand, is genuinely violent. It is well-written. It has some very original kill scenes and anytime we are shown a new way to kill someone, you have to be impressed. It is not Pulp Fiction but it is probably the best Tarantino movie he has done since Pulp Fiction. I doubt that Vol. 2 will do for David Carradine's career what Pulp Fiction temporarily did for John Travolta's but it certainly will put Carradine on the proverbial map (I was looking him up on the IMDB and the guy has done almost 150 movies and I don't think I ever heard of any of them - in fact I doubt I had heard much of the guy since he kicked in a door at Skydome during a Bruce Springsteen concert in Toronto a few years ago). It certainly puts Daryl Hannah in a new light. I used to think of her only as the girl I saw in Playboy a few months ago. Now I see her as the ruthless one-eyed bitch that I saw in Playboy a few months ago, and that's a compliment. As for Michael Madsen, he delivers yet another outstanding performance in a Tarantino movie, perhaps his best individual performance since Reservoir Dogs.

I have to admit after seeing Vol. 1 and reading a certain someone's review of the movie raving about the standing ovation that the movie was given in New York City, it left me wondering why? Why the standing ovation? I liked the movie but an ovation it did not deserve. Vol. 2, on the other hand, is a great piece of work. It has everything and more that we have come to expect from Mr. Tarantino. I wouldn't suggest standing up in a theatre and giving the movie an ovation because that's a bit strange. But I will suggest seeing this movie and if you feel the need to give it an ovation then run to the nearest bathroom and go into the stall and clap. Actually, that too might sound strange and give people the wrong idea. And you could end up in jail. Just see the movie and keep the clapping to yourself because once the credits start rolling, you will realize you have just seen one of the better movies of this young year.

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