Taniel's Review of Kill Bill: Volume 2
Kill Bill: Volume 2(2004)
Kill Bill Volume 2 closes out Tarantino's epic revenge saga. The film was originally meant to be one, long film, so this film literally takes place where the first one left off. She has three more people to cross off her list after killing O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green in Volume 1. In this film, she must kill Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), Budd (Michael Madsen), and finally, her most important target, Bill (David Carradine). Where the first film succeeded in being a visceral and entertaining action film, Tarantino opts for a much more talkative and heartfelt tone to end his saga.
I've always considered Kill Bill to be one film. If you watch them back-to-back, it's an epic and satisfying revenge saga. I don't think one volume is better than the other because they both serve the overall story equally well. Sure, I will admit, this film definitely isn't as fun and cheeky as Volume 1 was, but this film is definitely much bolder and leads to an extremely satisfying, yet heartfelt conclusion. I didn't feel like their was any drop off from Volume 1 to this one. Yes, the tone is different in both films but the quality is the same.
That being said, this film isn't all talk. It has some delightfully tongue-in-cheek moments like the first one did as well. Their is a particular memorable moment involving the lone eye of Elle Driver (I won't go into details in case you haven't seen it yet), and another brilliant moment (that only Tarantino would think up) where The Bride finds herself buried alive and has to literally punch her way out of the coffin and the ground (which the Myth Busters would later go on to test to see if it was actually possible). So don't let the fact that the film has less action than Vol. 1 turn you off because at the end of the day, Tarantino will always have memorable moments in his films.
Of course, without Uma Thurman, this film would be nowhere near as good as it ends up being. Sure, Tarantino's story is well written and stylishly directed, but this is Uma Thurman's film and she most definitely makes it much better than it ought to be. She is just legendary as The Bride, like I said in my Kill Bill Vol. 1 review, it's one of the (if not the most) badass female performance I've ever seen. She carries this film. In the final sequence where she confronts Bill, she generates some chillingly dynamite chemistry with David Carradine. It's an extremely vital and precise sequence. The entire weight of Tarantino's epic saga rested on the shoulders of that final scene with Thurman and Carradine, and they deliver.
Kill Bill Vol. 2 has less action than Vol. 1 but it still has it's fair share of memorable moments. It's an extremely worthy conclusion to Tarantino's epic revenge saga.