"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
- John Lennon
Just when you thought one healthy dose of Uma Thurman's jumpsuit-sporting assassin wasn't enough, Tribal Theatre proudly presents part two in the Kill Bill saga. After screenings of Vol. 1 wrap on October 12, Vol. 2 is screening for the next week, creating a cinematic experience that will make us wish Vol. 3 was happening earlier than 2014.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2, released the following year in 2004, continues on with the story of 'The Bride' as she creatively and ruthlessly bumps off each of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, of course saving Bill for last. At the point where 'Part 2' begins the 'Death List Five' is now the 'Death List Three', with the seemingly inevitable confrontations with Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) and Bill's brother Budd (Michael Madsen). But what seems like a continuation seems more like a story that stands on its own two feet, book-ending the story with a summary-like narration to the camera, breaking the fourth wall and of course the imminent resolution hinted at by the film's title.
Everything that happens in between is something of an adventure or a character drama rather than an action film. Much of the 136-minute running time is devoted to flashbacks and 'Peter-And-The-Wolf' style tales of Chinese kung-fu legend (the story of Pai Mei, The Bride's not-so-timid instructor). Although extremely interesting, it significantly slows down the pace in comparison to the action-packed 'Part 1', but at the same time fills in all the gaps and answers the 1001 questions that the first installment raises. Perhaps Tarantino realised this and decided to take his time to tell the story and give the audience a sense of journey on a rather epic scale. As a result of this, the body count and the blood loss is significantly less, but what it loses in violence, it makes up for in challenges and discovery.
To find and kill Bill, we knew it was never going to be an easy task, and as Tarantino's one and only sequel details coherently and engagingly The Bride's epic quest for fulfillment. We are both relieved and excited as we reach the end, and David Carradine's intimidating-yet-wholesome portrayal of the world's most dangerous man perfectly compliments the fiery Uma Thurman in a stand-off reminiscent of Superman and Lex Luthor (which Bill analyses in an intelligently inventive way).
***1/2 out of *****
From October 13 - 19, the epic 'conclusion' in the hunt to kill Bill is presented at the Tribal Theatre on George Street in its original 35mm print, so go along and be a part of the adventure.