Because of Inglourious Basterds, I got into Quentin Tarantino films. My next stop after that was Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2. Because the films were originally supposed to be one, I’ve decided to split this review in two parts: The first half and the second half.
The first half, Kill Bill Vol. 1, was perfect. For one thing, they created this character The Bride (Uma Thurman) and showed you what happened to cause her to want to pursue revenge. You could connect and feel for her, even though you didn’t know her name. The film was very action packed and had a great pace and story. It knew what it was and Tarantino directed it in his artistic style.
That’s the first half. I had an adrenaline rush after watching the film. I was blown away, so I instantly went into the second half. It opens with The Bride talking about what happened to her, why she’s doing what she’s doing, and what she’s gonna do when she finds Bill. And that was a great hook. But what happened afterward?
Kill Bill Vol. 2 was boring. It didn’t have the same creativity and pace and flow like the first volume. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t expect this to be a rehashed version of Kill Bill vol. 1, but come on. This film has more talking, and less action.
I understand why they did what they did and I’m glad they decided that they would give more character and explain the back story of The Bride. But some things are better left unsaid. The first fifteen films show what really happen at the wedding, and it shouldn’t have been there.
And what it is revealed at the end just pissed me off. It just seemed like all she had done, all that killing, was worthless. Plus The Bride’s reaction to it is unrealistic and it turns the film from an vengeance film to a family film.
I really wanted to like Vol. 2, but I had so many problems with it’s story and pace that I just can’t give it much or any love. I understand what they tried to do and I loved that they tried to make it more characterized. But it didn’t work for this film. If it had been one film that wouldn’t have happened. We would have had a long film that would have explained the back story and still contained a good amount of action and suspense.
As a full movie, I give Kill Bill a 7/10
As two films I give:
Kill Bill Vol. 1 a 10/10
Kill Bill Vol. 2 a 5/10
UPDATE: I decided to give Kill Bill Vol. 2 another chance, and I got the point of it. I loved that one better now than Kill Bill Vol. 1.