Pretty self-indulgent but then what Tarentino film isn't? Very funny in places and held my attention despite the slower pacing. As mentioned by others, the set-pieces are more concise in this second part as it is far more dialogue heavy/driven. A tonal shift that I think would have been more noticeable had they trimmed it to a single film . Nicely off-kilter conclusion.
I consider Kill Bill to be one movie, as watching both movies in one sitting works way better, but if I had to pick one to watch, the first one is clearly superior, but nonetheless, this is still a very strong sequel in the history of movie sequels. It's hard to top Bill's Superman monologue.
The slowly winding tension makes this a better film than the first. It has the confidence to rely on its characters and dialogue, and these carry the film through with ease. The fight scenes are made more concise and more personal, and are all the better for it. Beautiful style and physicality.
Could be one of my favorite Tarantino films. The drama is potent, the action scenes concise, and the dialogue a thrilling, driving mechanism. I really prefer the “slow burn” of this volume. And what a strange, wonderful moment — a family scene! In the film’s final act, these dualing hitmen have surprising heart and humane trust in one another; it’s just rude to slaughter your spouse before the kid has been tucked in!
Every cinephile has that film that reminds them of why they fell in love with the movies: this is mine. Tarantino is the ultimate "bricoleur" of the western, Kung fu, samurai,and historical period piece---elevating them to pop cultural icons that will not pop anytime soon! Oh yeah, and Uma Thurman's smile in this is worth a million Mona Lisas. And the ending---fucking epic!
In Kill Bill: Vol. 2, the "cool factor" was absent from a lot of the movie that I loved so much in Vol. 1. I just didn't care as much as I wanted to during this film, and it honestly felt a little overlong. I think this movie, with a few adjustments, would have been better served as a standalone film. The tone and feel of this movie contrasts with Vol. 1 so much that it feels out of place.
The issue with wanting to combine the two halves of Kill Bill is the drastic tone and story shifts between the two. While the first part is ridiculous violence, the second part is rife with the Tarantino dialogue we've come to expect; speaking rather than doing and letting subtlety occur. The revenge story has more room to breathe and take shape beyond pure bloodshed, and that's why the finale works better as a film.
Better than the first one, because it wasn't just non-stop fight scenes. Still, watching them both in one sitting like I did is an exercise in masochism for someone who doesn't like violence/action films. I probably never would have watched it if it hadn't been shown on Mubi. It would be refreshing to me to see this much money($60 Million budget?), time and top name actors, director, spent on an erotic/sex/porn film.