Film reviews

VOL 2 (a.k.a. Kill Bill – vol. 2), Dir; Quentin Tarantino, Cert; 18

It is said, apparently, that every good story should have structure, whether it is a book, a stage play or in this case a film, there should be a beginning, middle, and an end.

To take the analogy further a story should be like a good meal – there should be a starter, tempting the taste buds whilst leaving you hungry when it is finished for the main course, all to be finished with a light, refreshing dessert.

Kill Bill (vol. 1) was most definitely the starter, tempting and teasing with its mix of humour, violence and pathos so that the second instalment would be eagerly anticipated. Well, it’s here. The waiter has finally got his ass in gear and delivered the main course, and it was well worth the wait.

The start provides a recap of the events from Vol. 1 shot in a grainy Black & White, but if you have seen the first film don’t worry as the reprise is shown using different footage and provides more detail on some of the points raised.

We then get to the main course proper; the Brides homicidal hunt for the eponymous “Bill” via the remaining members of “The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad”. There are meetings with “Bud” (Michael Madsen) and “Elle” (Darryl Hannah), recollections of “The Bride’s” training and eventually the climactic meeting with “Bill”. Along the way there is the usual mix of humour, violence and plot twist one comes to expect in a Tarantino movie and it’s all played superbly by the whole cast. Michael Madsen shows a believable amount of resigned acceptance to his fate along with the levels he has sunk to in life, whilst Darryl Hannah is superb as the venomously vindictive Elle. The final scenes, returning to the analogies above, leave you feeling satiated with perhaps just enough room for an after dinner mint… but then again there could just be a dessert trolley to come?

Where Vol. 1 was light and fast, Vol. 2 is a more considered piece of work, equally if not more finely crafted, and possibly even showing a hitherto unseen maturity missing from Tarantino’s other films. Throughout, and especially in some of the scenes featuring Carradine and Thurman, the camerawork places you intimately within the scene, so much so that you can feel the chemistry between the characters. Admittedly there are a couple of rough pieces of editing; although these don’t detract from the film they do slightly tarnish the overall gloss. 8/10

K Soze

Odeon Online


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