Sunday, October 30, 2005

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

Genre: Samurai Action Crime Drama Thriller

Starring: Uma Thurman (My Super Ex-Girlfriend; Be Cool), David Carradine (Deathrace 2000; "Kung Fu")

Directed By: Quentin Tarantino (Grindhouse; Reservoir Dogs)

Overview: In this second installment of the vengeance of our awoken Bride, she treks onward to destroy her enemies in order to get to her long intended target, The Snake Charmer: Bill.

Acting: The caliber of actors they have is the same fare as the first one. Madsen from Reservoir Dogs, Uma, Carradine, and Darryl Hannah (totally cool, she is), and that old wise Kung-Fu dude. Top quality, no doubt, but Quentin seems to have let his ego be too inflated to let anyone tell him how to direct. It suffers a little.
Rating: 8

Cinematography: The look is great. Not as great as the first one mind you, but the trailer fight and the training and the coffin scene were great. The last scene, as much as the house was nice, was not as dynamic as Quentin is capable of.
Rating: 8

Script: Seriously, shut up. I would have edited 12 minutes out of the end of this movie. The whole long conversation tore away so much from the idea of the classic Kung-Fu movie that I wondered what Quentin was thinking. Stop talking and be brief, then kill each other, or whatever. Other than that, Michael Madsen's (Trailer-Trash Budd) lines were gold and Elle Driver too, not to mention the egotistical teacher stuff.
Rating: 7

Plot: The story is too much dialogue in the beginning, too much at the end, and not enough fighting as I expected there to be in the middle. As for the plot, the flashback to the training and the whole Budd / Elle thing, nice. The Bill though, a little long, a little boring, a little too basic.
Rating: 6

Mood: Well, given that I've compared this movie to the original, I guess I'll keep doing it. The mood was good, except way too slow. Not enough ninja, too much humanity. In the first, Bea was a machine, in this one she cries and blubbers. Yeah yeah, fine it's a trying time and she's nearing her goal and Tarantino wanted to illustrate... yadda yadda. Chop stuff already.
Rating: 7

Overall Rating: 76% (Second Time? Not Such a Charm)

Aftertaste: They cut a fight scene out of the original movie that they should have put in instead of that blablabla they had at the end. But it's on the DVD deleted scenes. Seriously incredibly WORTH SEEING. It's classic Kung-Fu Tribute to the Max. Intense and tres cool. All in all though, the first one is much better (at least the guys think so...). The second time I watched this, the end was like torture I wanted to edit the hell out of it.