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Kill Bill 2

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I just saw Kill Bill, part deux at the cinema. After seeing – and liking – the first part this was inevitable, even though I wasn't properly enthusiastic after reading the newspaper coverage beforehand. Even the numerous references to other films present in both volumes of the opus don't thrill me too much – mainly because I lack knowledge of the films cited I suppose.

But now, after seeing the film, I must say that I am all happy. Tarantino did it again: The film is good to look at. It features old fashioned 'style', such as convertible bonnets – although that starts being a bit boring. The characters in the film preach again – something that I liked in Tarantino's earlier films and missed in the first part. As in Four Rooms, Tarantino proves he is good with kids – the little girl is brilliant in the first few scenes. Yes, I do realise there are some strange and unrealistic jumps in the plot. No, I don't mind. Even making sandwiches can look cool. I'll have to add 'being able to knock through solid wood with my hand from a short distance' to the end of my neverending list of 'nice-to-have' skills – right after being able to smoke. And, of course, if in doubt, the right thing to say before dying is How do I look?

Of course there were many more remarkable things in the film – which will be amply listed elsewhere. As usual I also liked the attention to detail, like when the foreground sounds are 'accidentally' perfectly synchronous to what runs on a telly in the background.

Next thing to do is watch both parts in one sitting. Personally I found the second one quite short – although it seemed to run close to two hours. Another thing to do would be inventing a good translation of He's the man, into German.

And while I'm at it, let me mention that the first part of the film must have been so successful that the current one is shown on the biggest screen on the local multiplex cinema. Which is good in a way as the pain of going to the multiplex will be eased by having the largest screen. However, I was deeply annoyed that they had two of those blurbs containing words like 'copyright' and 'criminal' before the film. Unlike on video tapes you can't fast forward over those. Stupid fucking morons. They sort of ask me go forth and download, don't they?

[Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

April 26, 2004, 2:29

Tagged as film, kill bill, quentin tarantino, uma thurman.


Comment by d.w.: User icon

In the U.S., the MPAA runs these horrible things before many films. It makes me angry enough to spit — here I am, having spent somewhere north of $25 on two tickets and popcorn (or whatever), and these people have the nerve to lecture me about “piracy”! You c***s, I just handed you my money. Shut up!!!

April 26, 2004, 17:30

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