Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is simply fantastic. For everything that was wrong with Kill Bill: Vol. 1, mainly the lack of great dialogue, Vol. 2 has in spadeful amounts. We still have the elements of asian cinema throughout, like the training of the Bride by Pai Mei, this wise old martial arts master. There's long action sequences, but they're GREAT to watch. The music, composed by Robert Rodriguez, reminds you of the old spagetti wetern musin of Ennio Morricone, simple amazing. I honestly preffered Robert Rodriguez's score to Rza's score of the first movie.
Let's go back to Pai Mei for a second. This dude is awesome. He teaches the Bride a trick called "The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique", the deadliest blow in all of martial arts. How freaking cool does that sound! He'll pluck your eye out if you give him a disdainful look. He hates "caucasins, americans, and especially women". He'll snap your neck and break you back in a second. I think he once killed 60 monks in a temple because one of them looked away while he nodded at them to say hello. One of the best characters I've seen of Tarantino's films.
We pick up where the last movie left off. The Bride has just finished off Vernita Green(The killing of Vernita Green happens at the start of Kill Bill: Vol. 1, but chronologically it happens after the killing of O-Ren). We meet another member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, Budd, Bill's brother, played by Michael Madsen. He's given up his "swordplay", hawked hid old Hattori Hanzo sword, which was priceless, for $250, and now works as a bouncer in a "titty bar" and lives alone in a trailer out in the desert. Bill pays him a visit, telling him that The Bride is after them. Budd is the most sympathetic towards The Bride's revengful plan. "She deserves her revenge, and we deserve to die". The Bride is after Elle Driver, Budd and Bill and no one can do a damn thing to stop it. Revenge at it's glorious best.
All in all, this movie is a work of art. If you don't like the first movie, DO NOT dismiss the rest of it, or you will at your OWN PERIL!! Like I did. Enjoy the first as much as you can. You might not enjoy it all. But what's waiting in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is Quentin Tarantino at his absolute best. Fantastic dialogue, characters we get to know well, and better action sequences in my honest opinion. For those who have seen it think of Pai Mei and the fight with Elle Driver. The genius of it all shines through.
There is THE greatest speach made by Bill: "As you know, l'm quite keen on comic books.... I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman.... The mythology is not only great, it's unique"......"Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn't become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S", that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears - the glasses, the business suit - that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He's weak... he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race."