LOVED it. Now, I saw Volume 1 on opening day a few months ago, so my memory of it isn’t exactly perfect, but Volume 2 really does feel like a different movie than Volume 1. Where Volume 1 felt like an homage to Japanese Samurai movies, Volume 2 feels like an homage to the spaghetti western. The pacing is much more deliberate, and the fights are fewer and further between. And even then, the fights are shorter, and less gory.
In the past, Quentin Tarantino films have revived flagging careers – John Travolta (and to a lesser extent, Bruce Willis) received a boost in Pulp Fiction, and Pam Grier and Robert Forster both catapulted back into public consciousness (deservedly so) through Jackie Brown. Furthermore, each of those stars gave career-highlight performances. Well, Kill Bill is no different. David Carradine is so perfect as Bill, I can’t imagine casting anyone else. In fact, I don’t think any role could have been cast better. (The only change I would have, maybe, made was with Vivica A. Fox as Copperhead – I’m a total Angela Basset mark, so she’d probably have been my first choice for that role.)
I want to gush and rant about how great this movie was, but I really think that you should just go see it for yourselves.
I can’t wait for a Kill Bill box set.