I hadn't seen the first Kill Bill movie until last week, when it was finally released on DVD. I like Tarantino a lot, so I decided to risk it and buy the movie without seeing it first. Yay me, it was a good choice.
So, when Kill Bill Volume 2 opened on Friday, I was ready for it. The first movie was so Tarantino it almost hurt, but I really like his style. I was pretty stoked for Volume 2.
And, as expected, I was not disappointed. They were definately two distinct movies - Volume 1 was a very action-packed vengeance movie, while Volume 2 was much more in-depth. The first one kind of warmed you up, got your blood pumping, and gave you an adrenaline rush. Then, in a stroke of genius, Tarantino let you calm down a bit between the incredible fights in Volume 2 while filling in an awful lot of blanks on the characters. You realize what happened, why it happened, and suddenly you know exactly why The Bride is so damned pissed.
That Tarantino dude is a helluva director. That Thurman chick is a pretty decent actress. Oh, and I've always liked Michael Madsen.
All in all, Volume 1 and 2 are two of the better movies I've seen in a while. Are they for everyone? Of course not - Tarantino has a very distinct, strange style. I happen to like it, you may not. If you do like his work, go see Kill Bill Volume 2 now. Not later. Now.
OK, I'll admit it - I've been waiting for this movie for months. Needless to say, I was like a little kid on Christmas Eve when I took my giddy ass to the box office this afternoon to purchase tickets ahead of time. The remaining hour of work was hell.
This movie was just plain fun. You have to be able to suspend reality for a couple of hours - a lot of imagination and creativity went into this movie. It makes me wonder how the actual comic book is - I've never seen it myself.
So, anyway, the plot was an interesting occult-mechanical-nazi-zombie-FBI guy sort of mix, with some pretty cool CGI monsters thrown in for variety. Selma Blair played a hot little number. Literally. She bursts into flames. Ron Perlman played Hellboy himself, and did a pretty good job. Some of his jokes tried a bit too hard, but I think he did well.
The plot didn't flow as well as I had hoped for, but I'm not complaining - I went to this movie to see a comic book flick, and I was very pleased. The effects were very good, and the sea-anenome-rottweiler things were pretty cool. No, I'm really not kidding.
Go see it! Don't go for a sappy little tearjerker chick-flick, don't go hoping to see the Drama Of The Year(tm), go to see some action and dry humor and outrageous CGI. You probably won't be disappointed.