So, a week ago, I saw Kill Bill, Vol. 1 on DVD, and enjoyed it more than I had predicted. It’s basically a fun action movie, with stylized fight scenes, and, well, it’s fun.
So, last night, I saw Kill Bill, Vol 2, which is receiving crazy critical accolades. It sounded like it would be even better, with more emotional and narrative heft.
Well, it’s got more of something alright. Dialogue. Endless scenes of people talking. People that you’re not terribly interested in. There are some nifty action bits (Pei Mei’s tutelage, the fight with in trailer), but there’s also some crushing character stupidity (The Bride opening the trailer door, seemingly not expecting any response).
Anyway, if you’re a fan of the first, don’t assume you’ll like the second (though, you’ve probably seen it already). It’s surprising, considering that this was once one movie, how different the two halves are. It makes me wonder if Tarantino fiddled with it, when it became two movies. Because if this is how it was originally laid out, it kind of just doesn’t make sense.