Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Not as bloody.
This film was selected from ‘The 250’.
You know what I just realized? I just reviewed three Quentin Tarantino movies in a row. It wasn’t exactly my intention, because when it comes to Kill Bill, I don’t automatically think of Tarantino. I just think hey, these are some pretty fun movies in general. So here we be. I initially thought about reviewing both volumes together, aka The Whole Bloody Affair, but I decided to write two separate reviews for a reason…primarily these two films are actually very different while being very similar at the same time. Two volumes put together completes an amazing story, but they are each respectably work well on their own as well. You can’t exactly watch the second one before the first, but they have their own stories…we’ll just stick with that.
I’m going to begin this plot description with a spoiler for the first volume, so if you haven’t seen the first film. Shame on you, you definitely shouldn’t be reading a review to a sequel if you haven’t seen the first. Just saying. Anyways, the film carries on after the twist of the first film (The Bride’s daughter is still alive). She is carrying on with her death list, but this time around, the film doesn’t focus as much on martial arts as it does with flashbacks. It goes back and pretty much explains the Bride and Bill’s relationship, and how it all came to be so complicated later on.
I want to first talk about the martial arts. The first film was very much a simple plot of vengeance with plenty of martial arts, blood, and swordplay. It was just a lot of action and a lot of fun that’s hard to ignore. I also said that there wasn’t a lot of depth…not that it was important to have depth. Vol. 2 finds that depth and applies it to the entire flick. After you finish watching, you’ll understand everything from beginning to end. Only. You might feel a little cheated if you went in expecting to see more amazing fights.
There are still fights, don’t get me wrong, but there aren’t as many, and they aren’t as epic. However, with Tarantino comes amazing visuals, and he knows how to proficiently stylize his flicks. He makes use of vibrant colors, black and white scenes with rich contrast, as well as one full-screen shot to magnify the feeling of constraint and restriction. Like last time, the choreography isn’t the best, but the use of camerawork, lighting, and visuals again make these fight scenes absolutely astonishing.
I like when films take the volumes route, because it’s not your typical sequel. Each volume put together should accurately portray a complete story, be it epic, inspirational, or whatever the goal was. You got Star Trek, which are pretty plainly regular sequels, Star Wars, which are part of a saga – which is kind of like volumes, and then you have volumes – which operate more on being seamless. Kill Bill is a perfect example of a really long movie put together, as volume films should do. Call me crazy, but I think that’s brilliant.
Everything that was great about the first one is apparent here, other than the quantity of fight scenes. Instead, what you have is depth to the characters and story in their place, and this replacement feels rather natural. Also, the two volumes put together creates a very seamless, and very long movie that ultimately feels complete and epic. Very well done.
A sequel, no matter the type, always has expectations based on the first film. The first film appealed to so many audiences, including those that like martial arts. You have Uma Thurman on the front with a sword for crying out loud. People are expecting Tarantino to raise the bar in terms of fighting, don’t lie. People may be hung up on that, and dislike the route the second volume took. Other than that, David Carradine is famous for his role in a show called Kung-Fu. Take that, and take the first movie. You’re going to expect a huge boss fight in the very end. I won’t spoil it for you other than to say, you won’t get what you expected, but it’s still pretty awesome.
[the inscription on Budd’s Hanzo sword] To my brother Budd, the only man I ever loved, Bill.