More relaxed and less of a homage film than the first chapter as it is full of long dialogue sequences that Tarantino love to write making this a total change of pace (and a good think that these films were split in two parts). Only a over-the-top and comical scene with a colorful mentor feels like a deleted scene from the first one. David Carradine steals the show by delivering his best acting gig in ages.
I wish it were better written - there really are no characters -, but the way in which tarantino plays with his knowledge of trash films is amazing. it's a great homage to grindhouse, but it really fails when it tries to go beyond just that. it's ok. it's not a classic, even if some lines forcefully try to make it be. go in expecting a comedy and you will not be disappointed at all.
Sure, it rambles and stutters since it's a Tarantino picture. And his dialogue is still showy often, but it isn't as irritating as his first two films since it tries for character more often (akin to what he did with Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction.) Volume: 2 also has some clever ideas, especially the effective flashback in a buried scene that expertly gives us a good reason for Thurman being able to escape her doom.
Volume 1 succeeded because it knew what it was, a Lady in the Snow Grindhouse movie. Volume 2 fails as it turns into this unfocused mishmash of schlock with a much more serious tone, which makes it cheesy in all the wrong places. I found the ending anticlimactic, and the little girl's acceptance of essentially a stranger, who just killed the only caretaker she's ever known, even more ridiculous than any fight scene.
Even better than the 1st volume. I feel a slightly difference between the two volumes, where I find this volume deeper in certain levels. The characters are so much more developed here than in the 1st volume. The final meeting with Bill is very breathtaking and it doesn't let you take your eyes from the screen until you know how it ends. Much better than Pulp Fiction, and, of course, Uma Thurman is amazing.
Volume 1 is more focused on being stylish and brutal, whereas Volume 2, while being toned darker, offers a little more depth to this tale. I happen to think that both halves are similiar in terms of quality - standing the two volumes in the highness state of average, with some remarkable moments.