Kill Bill Vol. 2______________________________________April 16th, 2004 - friday___



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April 16th, 2004 - friday

Kill Bill Vol. 2 review (no spoilers)

I did enjoy Kill Bill Vol. 1 a lot more for its style and brilliant construction, but I did really enjoy Kill Bill Vol. 2 on wholly different merits. I think the performances by Uma Thurman, David Carradine, and the rest of the cast are many steps above the performances in Volume One. The dialogue is absolutely beautiful and this film brings to the screen the depth and emotion that many believed was lacking in the first half.

It's great seeing how appropriately linked this film is to its predecessor (of course, it is technically the second half of the film), but moreso I think this film does a wonderful job of bringing the entire story to a close. I love this film for the same reasons I have been a fan of Jackie Brown (and before you throw tomatoes, hear me out). Tarantino obviously cares a lot about the outlandish characters he creates. He allows them room to breathe and to think, and he allows his actors the room to fill those wide shoes. Tarantino and gang have brought so much heart to the characters here, and for a film that proposes to be overtly straightforward, they again prove that the complexities of the characters can be drawn out within the refrain of the simple, catchy notes they strike for the audience. In this film, nothing is altogether easy to swallow or understand, and the complexities of being human muddle even the best laid plans of cartoony villains and heroes.

When I first watched Kill Bill Vol. 1, I enjoyed it a fair amount, but it took me a couple of days to really digest it, and after seeing it another two times I was convinced it was by far one of the best films of the year. I have only sat here for half an hour since I viewed the second half of a very big film, but I do think that when the dust clears I will be convinced that Kill Bill as a whole will go down in cinematic history as one of its great masterpieces, and a very, very quirky one at that.




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