Tarantino’s 50th – Kill Bill: Vol.2 (Written by Mark Walker)

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Today’s final post is a Kill Bill Vol.2 review contributed by Mark Walker. I’m sure that most of you know Mark and his blog, but for those of who don’t I would thoroughly recommend visiting his site here. It’s certainly worth your time.
Now although this is the final review for today, the posts will be continuing for the next two days – so be sure to come back tomorrow!

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Theatrical Poster - WikipediaBy releasing his film in two parts, Quentin Tarantino caused a bit of a stir. Questions were asked; Was it a producers money making scheme? Was it his inflated ego? But most importantly, Was it even going to work? The answer to all of the above is… Yes. And once again, the film geek had silenced the naysayers with a second part that’s as good as, if not better than the first.

Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox) and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu) are out for the count but for the Bride (Thurman), there’s still unfinished business and three to go – the brooding brother Budd (Michael Madsen), the murderous one-eye Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), and of course, the top banana himself, Bill (David Carradine).

After the success of the first, it can be tricky to maintain the same level of quality. Wisely though, Tarantino changes the whole tone and mood this time. He doesn’t try to emulate the first. If anything he delivers the opposite. Where Volume 1 explored an eastern theme, Volume 2 is very much the western. It’s a clever structural device from Tarantino and my being a big spaghetti western fan this second instalment just about shades it for me.
If the first one was his channelling of Akira Kurasawa and John Woo, this is his John Ford and Sergio Leone. This time around the characters are more fleshed out. We are given tons of back-story and the reasons for all the carnage we have witnessed. This is when it all comes together. The big reveal. What this lacks though, is some of the visual splendour from Vol. 1. There’s no scene that can quite match the climactic “The House Of The Blue Leaves” confrontation. What we get to make up for it, is an excellent modern spaghetti western complete with Ennio Morricone style music and a female frenzied fight between The Bride and Elle as well as the conscience ridden, snarling brother Budd and finally, the elusive Bill.

A third instalment is now being discussed but if it doesn’t transpire (and maybe it shouldn’t) this is a fitting end to a marvellous double-feature from the imaginative mind of Tarantino.

Any film that has a martial arts move called ‘the five-point palm exploding heart technique’ is okay in my book.

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14 comments

  1. Thanks again Mark! I personally am a big fan of the idea of a third instalment! I actually think that it would really add to the films.

  2. theipc · · Reply

    Nice one guys!! Great week, Rumsey!!

    1. Cheers! Glad you like it 😀

  3. My pleasure, man. Glad to contribute. I would certainly be interested in a third but I’m not sure where he could take it. And could he still call it “Kill Bill”? There are many questions surrounding but I’d be all ears to hear Tarantino answer them. 🙂

    1. Well I’ve always thought that the revenge cycle wasn’t complete. Revenge burns everybody and so we need the bride and B.B to come out badly too -as much as that thought pains me. The title certainly is tricky!

  4. I would LOVE a Vol. 3 with a grown-up Nikki and a blind Elle getting revenge on Beatrix and B.B.

    1. Wouldn’t that be great!! 😀

  5. Great one Mark! I really need to get to this one, I’ve only seen Vol. 1 and despite the extreme violence, I actually found it to be entertaining. One of Uma’s best roles surely.

  6. Nice review Mark. One of Tarantino’s best.

  7. Nice one Mark!!!

    It’s so hard choosing between Vol 1 and 2. So I’ve treated them as one film and consider it Tarantino’s masterpiece.

  8. Good stuff Mark. I’m with you on this, 2 just about shades it for me, but it’s a close one.

  9. Good work, guys 🙂 I love the series, amongst Tarantino’s finest work

  10. Great write up! I prefer Volume 1 but Volume 2 has some kick ass scenes, like the showdown between B. and Elle.

  11. Great review, Mark 🙂

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