Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004, USA) C/B&W-136m. SCOPE *** D: Quentin Tarantino. Starring Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Gordon Liu, Michael Parks, Perla Haney-Jardine, Chris Nelson, Bo Svenson, Larry Bishop, Sid Haig, Samuel L. Jackson. Continuation and conclusion of the story begun in KILL BILL: VOL.1. Thurman is still on a rampage of revenge, with three of her victimizers still on her death list (Madsen, Hannah and 'Bill' Carradine). Clearly better, more satisfying than VOL. 1, with some action highlights, impressive performances (especially Hannah's) and an extensive use of a delaying, drawing out of scenes, which is not always meaningful but lends the movie a languid resonance. Tarantino again pays homage to B-movies of the 1960s and 1970s (most notably spaghetti westerns and chop-socky actioners), as well as some vintage cult films like BLADE RUNNER (1982). The soundtrack, including themes by Morricone and Bacalov, is superb. Based on characters created by Q(uentin) & U(ma), the latter seeming to have written the ending. And Q, thanks for the '?'.


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