Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)
Critic Consensus: Talkier and less action-packed than Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, nevertheless delivers the goods for those expecting a satisfying conclusion to this two-parter.
Quentin Tarantino's sprawling homage to action films of both the East and the West reaches its conclusion in this continuation of 2003's ultra-violent Kill Bill Vol. 1. Having dispatched several of her arch-enemies in the first film, The Bride (Uma Thurman) continues in Kill Bill Vol. 2 on her deadly pursuit of her former partners in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, who, in a furious assault, attempted to murder her and her unborn child on her wedding day. As The Bride faces off against allies-turned-nemeses Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), she flashes back to the day of her deadly wedding, and we learn of how she was recruited to join the DiVAS, her training under unforgiving martial arts master Pai Mei (Liu Chia-hui), and her relationship with Squad leader Bill (David Carradine), which changed from love to violent hatred. Originally planned as a single film, Kill Bill grew into an epic-scale two-part project totaling more than four hours in length; as with the first film, Kill Bill Vol. 2 includes appearances by genre-film icons Sonny Chiba, Michael Parks, Larry Bishop, and Sid Haig; Wu-Tang Clan producer and turntablist RZA and filmmaker and composer Robert Rodriguez both contributed to the musical score. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Kill Bill: Volume 2
If Kill Bill - Vol. 1 was like a roundhouse kick to the head, Vol. 2 is practically a warm hug.
Those turned off by the first part's reckless, relentless violent purges aren't likely to find cause for conversion, but Vol. 2 certainly broadens the tale's remit, even as it aims to deepen it.
I've lost my sweet tooth for slice-and-dice escapism, and perhaps this is why I feel the need to see movies that don't simply glamorize or fetishize or supernaturalize brutality.
The pop encyclopedist and video-store genius has become a megalomaniac, and the exhilarating filmmaker he might have been is disappearing fast.
It has its moments, and Thurman is an appealing heroine. But on the whole, this is a disjointed, disappointing and monstrously self-indulgent exercise.
Audience Reviews for Kill Bill: Volume 2
A more laid back not as quite as violent as the first but a solid finish to a nice tale. The entire why of volume 1 is laid out for you in a great finish.
A bit of an improvement over its first half, but not by much. But i was impressed with some of its character work and David Carradine`s magnificent performance which made the film.
The Bride: I've killed a hell of a lot of people to get to this point, but I have only one more. The last one. The one I'm driving to right now. The only one left. And when I arrive at my destination, I am gonna kill Bill.
"The Bride Is Back For The Final Cut"
Kill Bill Vol. 2 is a good addition to the first film. Where the first film was a wall to wall action packed entry, this one slowed it down just a little bit and made for a more conversational film. It still had action and it still had the awesome choreography the first had; it just had longer scenes with more dialogue. For some action movies, that wouldn't work, but when Tarantino I'd the filmmaker; dialogue is a great thing. The more dialogue, the better, in my opinion. I liked this one just as much as the first and I think a second viewing of both would make me like them even more.
You should know the plot as it is the title, but this is the one where she actually kills Bill. Along the way she kills some other people that had a hand in her death. We also see the scene right before Bill tries to kill her at the church, and we see her get training from the very man that Bill got his training from. Like the first one, and just about every Tarantino film, the plot jumps around. It's told in a very non-linear fashion, which has proven to work perfectly for Tarantino.
Film lovers love these movies because there is just so much to take away from them, even on the first viewing. Tarantino's love for movies come out in these Kill Bill movies more than any other movie he has made. Everything about Kill Bill is done in a very detailed, very technical, very workmanlike way. Every shot, every song, every piece of dialogue, is exactly the way Tarantino wants it. A lot of what's going on in these movies is paying homage to the movies he loved.
As a combination, these movies are amazing. Uma Thurman is the perfect fit for her character, as is David Carradine. These movies are a film buffs dream, but so is Quentin Tarantino. The Kill Bill movies are must see films. If you love any genre that these movies touch, it's necessary. If you love smart, exciting, action packed, funny films, watch these movies. You won't be disappointed in the four hour long runtime of the two films together.
Kill Bill: Volume 2 Quotes
|Bill:||Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race.|
|The Bride:||Something's I've been curious about, just between us girls, what did you say to Pai Mei to make him to snatch out your eye?|
|Elle Driver:||I called him a miserable old fool.|
|The Bride:||Ooh, bad idea.|
|Elle Driver:||You know what I did? I killed that miserable old fool. I poisoned his fishheads. And I told him, "To me the word of an old fool like you is worth less than nothing." That's right, I killed your master. And now I'm going to kill you, with your own sword, no less, which, in the very immediate future, will become my sword.|
|The Bride:||Bitch. You don't have a future.|
|The Bride:||My pussy wagon died on me.|
|The Bride:||Are you saying that I'm a superhero?|
|Bill:||No I'm not saying that you're a superhero but I'm saying that you're a killer, a natural born killer.|
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