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16th, 2004 - friday
Bill Vol. 2 review (no
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.
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.
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.