Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Kill Bill: Vol. 2; Action drama, USA, 2004; D: Quentin Tarantino, S: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Chia Hui Liu, Michael Parks, Bo Svenson, Jeannie Epper, Stephanie L. Moore, Perla Haney-Jardine, Samuel L. Jackson

The Bride, alias Beatrix Kiddo, continues her revenge campaign against Bill and his henchmen. She attacks his associate Bud, but he wounds her, places her in a coffin and digs her deep below the ground. But she remembers her skills she learned from the Chinese Kung Fu master Pai Mei and thus frees herself from the coffin. In a trailer, she finds her mortal enemy Elle, who killed Bud, and eliminates her. She finally meets Bill in his mansion - where their daughter B. B. also lives. Beatrix kills Bill and runs away with B. B.

6 years after his excellent "Jackie Brown", Quentin Tarantino finally showed up with a new film, the unusual two-part "Kill Bill", but judging by the finished result, he should have still polished that idea a few more years. As trashy as it was, the first "Kill Bill" film was still better and more elegantly directed than this second one, that is more serious, ambitious, practically dramatic, but also more anemic. Tarantino is definitely a director with talent, especially in the neat way he pays homages to old, forgotten films and twists famous cliches, but at the same time he sadly wastes that talent with wrong decisions, trash and the hidden notion that absolutely every scene he directs, no matter how boring, trivial or overstretched it is, is great because it's his - unfortunately, because of his megalomanic ego, we got two only good films, instead of one really great one. "Vol. 2" brought Uma Thurman and excellent David Carradine Golden Globe nominations for best actors and has plenty of interesting, but also exaggerated and excessive scenes. There are a lot of unusual ideas in the story: Beatrix frees herself from the coffin; pokes out Elle's eye and squeezes it; conducts training with an old Chinese Kung Fu master (who evidently has a really fake beard); Bill talks long dialogues about Superman...It's all well done, clever and stylish, but somehow without spirit - after the ending credits start to roll, it's hard not to asks oneself: "Is that all?"


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