Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou
Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 2004. Miramax, A Band Apart, Super Cool ManChu. Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, based on the character The Bride created by Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman. Cinematography by Robert Richardson. Produced by Lawrence Bender. Music by Robert Rodriguez. Production Design by David Wasco. Costume Design by Kumiko Ogawa, Catherine Marie Thomas. Film Editing by Sally Menke. Golden Globe Awards 2004.
Did you think she wouldn’t come back for more? She’s only halfway done! With three people still left on her list of cold-blooded revenge, the Bride (Uma Thurman) travels to the wild, wild west to find the two remaining assassins (Michael Madsen and a scintillating Daryl Hannah) who took part in the massacre that claimed the lives of her friends and family and almost her own. These missions, plus a hair-raising near-death experience precede the final showdown with puppet master Bill (a scene-stealing David Carradine) and some restitution for herself. Quentin Tarantino continues to thrill and delight with this continuously marvelous adventure, one that is the antithesis of the first volume by being emotional where the last one was exciting, more dramatic and less humorous. Don’t worry, though; the tongue-in-cheek tributes to the exploitation genres of the seventies are still around in full supply. Thurman is still impressively dynamic, with the role opening up to allow her even more room to shine, both as a dramatic actress and action queen. A hugely satisfying epic that comes to a very welcome finish with finesse and style.