Kill Bill: Vol. 2 movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS KILL BILL: VOL. 2 THE SATISFYING SECOND PART FANS NEEDED?
Fans dying for the second part will find that it’s very different to the first part. It mightn’t work for some, but it’s entertaining, steadily-paced and Tarantino’s work is marvellous. However, there are no literal blood fountains this time.
The Bride continues her quest to seek bloody vengeance on the rest of the assassins who betrayed her, including Budd the bouncer, the one-eyed Elle, and finally, her former boss Bill.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Gordon Liu
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date (Australia): 22 April 2004
Runtime: 137 minutes/2h 17m
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film contains themes relating to revenge, betrayal and assassination.
The film contains several fighting scenes that feature swords, shootings and a character ripping another character’s eye out, usually accompanied by blood detail and sprays of blood.
The film contains use of the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “ass” and a single use of “c**t”.
A man and a woman are depicted snorting cocaine.
The film contains infrequent verbal references to sex.
R (for violence, language and brief drug use)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Returners will be surprised at how different Volume 2 is compared to Volume 1, but for the better or for the worse, Quentin Tarantino knows how to pull it off in a way that will still satisfy audiences rooting for the rest of the story. Covered all with the writer/director’s excellent direction and deliverance of tension, the Bride continues her quest to exact vengeance on Budd the bouncer, the one-eyed Elle, and finally, her former boss Bill.
In Kill Bill: Volume 2, we definitely get a lot more out of Uma Thurman’s splendid performance and portrayal of emotions. Compared to this movie, it kind of feels like the first part was focusing on her from the outside, from when she had voiceovers in some scenes to when she was engaging in sword fights in others. Unfortunately, despite a brutal eye-ripping scene, there aren’t any literal fountains of blood all around the room to prepare for here.
But it’s not always about vengeful blood and gore, it’s about extended sequences of good dialogue, a steady pacing that feels right to tell the story, and tension/excitement for the lead’s final confrontation with Bill, played remarkably by David Carradine. His character’s face was never shown in Volume 1, but he’s got brilliant onscreen time in this movie, especially in the last hour, bringing on the debate on whether the climax was satisfying enough and which part of the story was better.
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