Holy cow. I got so much sleep yesterday. It was awesome. I got to leave work early, though since I had clocked in early, I still wound up working 9 hours. Then I came home, ate some lunch, and fell asleep on the couch while attempting to play a game. 3 hours later, I woke up, had a snack, then went to bed and fell asleep for another 8-9 hours. But enough about my sleeping issues, it’s time to get on with today’s movie. So yesterday I watched Kill Bill: Vol. 1 so of course today’s movie is going to be Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Just kidding. Today I am going to finish watching The Bride get her revenge as I watch Kill Bill: Vol. 2.
The plot: The movie starts with The Bride driving a car and breaking the fourth wall as she explains out loud to the audience what happened to her and that she has killed everyone but one man, the last name on the list, and when she finds him, she’s going to kill Bill. The movie then goes to the wedding chapel, where The Bride is there with her future husband, Tommy, and their friends going over the rehearsal. When The Bride goes outside for some air, she sees Bill sitting outside playing a flute. After speaking with Bill for a few minutes, Bill goes inside and meets Tommy, then he stands back to watch the rehearsal, just as the other members of the Deadly Vipers Assassination Squad arrive and shoot everyone. Back in the present, Bill has gone to warn his brother Budd that The Bride is seeking revenge on them all and she is coming for him but Budd refuses his help. When Budd returns home from his job as a strip club’s bouncer, he pauses and looks out towards the hills before he heads inside. The Bride crawls out from underneath his trailer and rushes inside, only to have Budd shoot her in the chest with a shotgun loaded with rock salt. After using a syringe to knock The Bride out, Budd proceeds to call Elle Driver, the last member of the Deadly Vipers, and offers to sell her The Bride’s Hattori Hanzo sword, to which she agrees. When The Bride comes too, she finds herself in a cemetery, where Budd proceeds to close her in a coffin and bury her alive. After freaking out at first, The Bride begins to calm down and thinks back to when Bill sent her to Pai Mei for martial art’s training. When The Bride first meets Pai Mei, he insults her and easily defeats her when he asks her to demonstrate what she knows, but he agrees to train her. The next day, Pai Mei punches through a wooden beam, then has The Bride practice doing it. As The Bride continues her grueling training, she gradually begins to earn the master’s respect. Back in the grave, manages to get free from her bonds, then, recalling her training, punches through the lid of her wooden coffin and digs her way out. The next morning, Elle arrives at Budd’s trailer with the money for The Bride’s sword. Elle asks Budd for the details on what happened to The Bride, then gives him the money, but as he starts to count it, he is bitten by a black mamba that Elle had hidden in the suitcase. After reading some facts about the black mamba to Budd as he dies, Elle proceeds to call Bill and tells him that Beatrix Kiddo, The Bride’s real name, killed Budd but she killed Beatrix. As Elle starts to leave, she is ambushed by Beatrix and the two begin to fight throughout the trailer. When Elle manages to get the upper hand, she grabs Beatrix’s sword, but when she turns around, she finds that Beatrix has found Budd’s Hanzo sword, which everyone believed he had pawned. As they face each other, Beatrix asks Elle what she said to make Pai Mai take her eye, and Elle tells her, as well as telling her that she poisoned Pai Mei. The two clash swords and as they are locked in a stalemate, Beatrix plucks out Elle’s remaining eye. As Elle blindly thrashes around in pain, Elle squishes the eye beneath her foot, then grabs her sword and, walking past the black mamba, she leaves trailer, leaving Elle in the trailer with the snake. Beatrix heads to Mexico to speak with Esteban Vihaio, a retired pimp who is somewhat of a father figure to Bill, in the hopes that he will tell her where to find Bill. After Esteban tells her where to find Bill, Beatrix arrives at the house but when she confronts Bill, she is shocked to see Bill there with a little girl named B.B., who was their daughter. As Beatrix hugs her daughter, Bill tells Beatrix what he told B.B. as to where she has been. Beatrix ends up spending the evening with Bill and B.B. and after B.B. falls asleep while watching a movie with Beatrix, Beatrix tucks her daughter into bed before going to speak with Bill. Wanting to get some answers from Beatrix before they fight to the death, Bill shoots Beatrix with a dart containing a powerful truth serum. He then questions Beatrix about why she ran away when she was pregnant. Beatrix explains that on he last assignment, she got sick on the plane and when she got to her hotel, she took a pregnancy test. An assassin sent to prevent Beatrix from completing her assignment shows up to kill her but when she tells her that she is pregnant, the assassin decides to let Beatrix live. Beatrix explains that the reason she left was because she wanted to keep her baby out of the lifestyle that she lived and didn’t want Bill to have a claim on her. After they finish talking, Bill and Beatrix fight, and Beatrix uses the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, a secret move that Pai Mei taught her. Bill forgives Beatrix, then takes five steps before he drops dead onto the yard. Beatrix grabs B.B. and drives off, ready to start a new life with her daughter.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 was highly praised by the critics, earning an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus among the critics that while it was “talkier and less action-packed than Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, nevertheless, delivers the goods for those expecting a satisfying conclusion to this two-parter.” Uma Thurman received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, and David Carradine also received one for Best Supporting Actor. Just like the first film, the movie was box office success but it only earned over $152 million, almost $30 million less than the first part. Tarantino had initially said that he would film a Volume 3, but since then, the likelihood of that coming about is highly doubtful.
I realize that this was originally all one movie but if it wasn’t and Tarantino had filmed two separate movies, I don’t think he could have done a better job in making a sequel. This movie was just as good as the first one. Uma Thurman did a great job, as did David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, and Michael Madsen were equally good. My favorite character was Pai Mei, as Gordon Liu’s performance was highly entertaining. The writing was very well done and Tarantino did an excellent job in bringing a resolution to his epic movie. I did like how he was able to make Beatrix go from revenge seeking killer to loving mother as soon as she sees her daughter. There wasn’t as much action as the first movie but the fight scenes were very well done. I think the fight between Beatrix and Elle was probably the best one on one fight in the movie, though it does lose out on the ridiculously awesome fight between Beatrix and the Crazy 88’s. It definitely earns its reputation for being highly recommended.
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5