Posted on 9/30/10 11:51 AM
Kill Bill Volume 2 is a rare film that involves great performances, action, and a whole lot of fun into one package. Now returning from Japan, the movie takes on a different style. What I love about this movie is its blending of American and Eastern themes, and both are so well respected in the presentation.
In the second volume, our hero "kiddo" continues her way down the death list after a bloody Samurai battle with Oren. During the trek, we are granted the opportunity to see Bill in the flesh as Kiddo's past is told. We find out that not all of her skills were influenced by Japanese arts. A old wise, and very deadly martial arts master with the feared "5 point palm exploding heart technique" takes young Kiddo as her pupil.
While there are many moments that you can lovingly place in your movie memories, one shockingly well done performance in particular that catches my eye is Michael Parks' performance as "Esteban" the retired pimp. Seen in the last film as "Earl McGraw" he gives a flawless performance that is difficult to describe... its something you have to see. Sometimes the more subtle and a ease characters are easy to miss, but Tarintino makes sure that all of his actors have a purpose and the ability to play there role to the letter. Uma Thurman gives the crowd a real sense of panic when she is buried alive, the scene makes my Dad claustrophobic! One more note on the actors that I have to get out is Michal Madsens portrayal of "Budd." You can sense a grief deep inside him, so strong that you feel sorry for Budd as the movie briefly shows his daily life.
OH THE STYLE indeed. Tarintino takes you from redneck HQ to deep in China, and each environment comes with a style developed by each respective countries movies. You can tell that Tarintino has such a love for cinema, both Hollywood and foreign. The movie keeps you emotionally involved and keeps you on your toes. One of the better movies of our time, there is no reason to skip these two movies unless your squeamish or an evangelical.