Kill Bill Vol 2 2004

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

Kill Bill Vol 2 2003Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Written by: Quentin Tarantino

Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 17 min

Two Cents:

Where Kill Bill: Volume 1 was a brash, fun, uber-violent, pop-culture ladened play session for Quentin Tarantino, Volume 2 aims to slow things down a bit, and provide some much-needed depth to this tale of revenge. Gone is the huge body count, and in its place, we’re treated to a great story of betrayal and violence within the ranks of globe-trotting assassins for hire.

In the second installment, we learn why The Bride (Uma Thurman) tried to escape from Bill (David Carradine), and why Bill hunted her down. As we travel with The Bride on her adventures we get to learn more about her relationship with Bill, and where she received her martial arts training. The Bride is still on her quest for vengeance, but this time around instead of long drawn out flashy fight sequences, the action in volume 2 comes in short loud bangs.

This is not to say I liked one volume over the other because to be honest they are different kinds of films, and they both can be enjoyed for what they are. If anything, the slower pace of the second installment is a welcome break from all the mayhem, and actually feels more mature. The pop-culture references are toned down, and the film aims to pack a bigger emotional punch through Quentin Tarantino’s superb dialog.

As with the first installment, Uma Thurman’s performance shines, and it was nice to see David Carradine in front of the camera in the second film. This movie also gives Michael Madsen and Daryl Hannah some very welcome screen time.

Movie Prep:

If you’re expecting more of the same with volume 2 you will be disappointed. The body count is a lot lower in the second film, and there are less martial arts sequences. This film is slower than the first, but provides more depth. Less cool, yet more mature.

Best Format:

Kill Bill: Volume 2 is reasonably well shot so a HD viewing at home is recommended.

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References: IMDB

Linked To:

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

 

2 comments

  1. I think that if I had to pick between vol.1 and vol. 2, then Volume 2 would win for me. I do like both movies but I think this second movie just seems the slightly stronger outing. I do agree with fergusontx though, these movies are best when they are watched back to back, there is no other way of watching them really. Uma Thurman is fantastic in this role, I think her character maybe one of my favourites from any movie! Fantastic review.

  2. fergusontx

    I’m a big fan of the Kill Bill series, and you hit it on the head with the differences between vol 1 and 2. I will say that I enjoy these most when watching them back to back. That approach seems to better capture the Tarantino vision. Especially fun are Madsen and Carradine. Thanks for the reminder.

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