Kill Bill: Vol. 2

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Uma Thurman, David Carradine
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Rating: B

The Bride returns to continue her journey of revenge against her former employer and lover. What he has in store for her at the end of the road was not something she was expecting.

In this continuation of the Bride’s story (Thurman), her past opens up and viewers learn more about her training rather than her personal life. Bill (Carradine), her lover, is the last target as she hunts down everyone who had a part in the Two Pines Massacre that put the Bride into a coma and lost her child.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is a very slow telling of the story. Where Vol. 1 was made up mainly in action, Vol. 2 was mostly focused on the dialogue. Not to say it wasn’t interesting or character building, but it builds up a slow anticipation for the final confrontation, which did not disappoint.

I found in the second part of Kill Bill‘s adventure, it lacked some of the elements that made the first movie stand out. For example, the first movie dug into the past of some of the characters who made up the gang of Bill’s entourage, like O-Ren Ishii (played by Lucy Liu). There was motivation behind some of the characters desire to kill the Bride, but what of Bill’s brother, Budd, or Elle? In addition, the first movie had some cool effects like the use of animation to tell part of the story.

This second volume, as previously mentioned, puts more attention on the use of dialogue, which strengthens the storytelling but can tire out viewers watching. There is an element of surprise, however, that gives the movie more interest. As a whole, it is satisfactory conclusion to Vol. 1‘s beginning and as it comes full circle to Bill, makes the story an overall good one.

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