2003 was the year everyone was talking about Kill Bill (and maybe Return of the King too, but that’s another story). Tarantino fans were thrilled with the movie (for the most part) and were looking forward to what the Bride was going to do next. Would the final confrontation with Bill be worth the wait?
The Bride (Uma Thurman) has survived her battles with two of the assassins that destroyed her life, but two more remain: Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) and Budd (Michael Madsen). Driver in particular seems to have a real grudge against The Bride and is looking forward to a full-blown showdown. But Budd isn’t as energetic and opts for a more laid back approach. The Bride underestimates Budd and soon finds herself buried alive!
But The Bride has trained with the Kung Fu master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu). She was tormented, abused and yet the trial by fire provided her with new skills. She will need all of them if she hopes to escape her premature burial and face Bill (David Carrdine). But Bill has one small surprise that may keep the Bride from completing her mission: to Kill Bill.
- The face off between the Bride and Elle is classic Tarantino
- Bill’s little twist was a nice piece of work
- The Pai Mei sequence was a nice nod to old Kung Fu classics
- The pacing of this volume slows way down
- Lots of dialogue scenes that seem to go on too long
- The ending may feel anti-climactic to some
It was going to be tough to follow the speedy action packed first volume. So Tarantino goes in a slightly different direction, fleshing out the characters a bit more (the Bride finally gets a name) and giving us a lengthy verbal confrontation between Bill and the Bride. This shift will work better for some viewers than others. Watching the films back to back makes volume 2 an uneven experience, but as a stand alone film it’s still a good time. Yes it’s a bit self indulgent with the dialogue, but I don’t mind it too much. Not quite as much fun as the first volume, but well worth a spot in any Tarantino collection.
Scores (out of 5)