Comparing this to part 1 is a great litmus test for me. I think the superiority of this film comes from a genuine concern about the characters. Jackie Brown excluded, you don't usually get that in a Tarantino joint. Here is something moving, vicious at the right times and sad in all the right ways. I seriously doubt he'll be able to top this, or that we'll see anything like it ever again.
I hate the fact that Kill Bill is not seen as ONE film as it was intended. You cannot grade one higher than the other. Simply put, the two films combine create the coolest movie I've ever seen. The ultimate revenge film that only QT could deliver with equal parts Japanese Samurai and Spaghetti Western. A masterpiece that should be viewed together.
There's a literal essay about the movie's meaning written right into the dialogue. I think that says everything about the talkiness of this movie. This movie really foreshadows the way dialogue overwhelming plot would become a problem for Tarantino, later in his career.
'...I roared. And I rampaged. And I got bloody satisfaction. I've killed a hell of a lot of people to get to this point, but I have only one more....I am gonna kill Bill...' Volume 2 continues to fire all cylinders as the revenge continues; this multi-genre homage references spaghetti westerns, kung fu classics, film noir and hell even 'The Searchers' in its epic tale of payback. Carradine adds his swan song.
People usually ask which volume of Kill Bill you like more and I'm split. It's probably easier to watch volume 1 more, but I don't think I could ever imagine it without volume 2. The violence in volume 2 almost has a greater force behind it. We want our bride to get revenge.