Tarantino films have always been my favorites.
When Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 came out it gave me a charge to see a protagonist who was not only a powerful woman but also a mother.
Up until this point in Tarantino films, I was used to not getting an explanation of a central plot point
In Pulp Fiction, we never get to see what is in the suitcase.
In Reservoir Dogs, we never see the actual diamond robbery take place.
We begin the highly anticipated Vol. 2 in black and white. An explanation of the massacre at Two Pines Chapel.
We get a contrast of a sweet and salty exchange between two former lovers. Revenge is born from a man who has been scorned.
How can Bill think he is justified in attempting to kill our protagonist for breaking his heart?
To think by doing this he thinks he is not being sadistic, but masochistic?
The Bride goes on to exact her revenge on Budd and Elle.
Somehow, Budd seems to defeat her.
The Bride recalls her tutelage under her master Pai Mei and she is literally able to crawl her way back to exact her revenge on Budd with minimal effort.
Her confrontation with Elle Driver is extremely satisfying, almost as satisfying as Budd’s death by black mamba snake.
The Bride goes on to find Bill’s location from his father figure Esteban.
She is shocked and bewildered to find herself face to face with not only Bill, but also her daughter BB, who survived the trauma of her mother being shot in the head while carrying her.
This part of the movie is both the most endearing, but also the most painful to watch.
A mother meeting her four-year-old daughter for the first time, not knowing whether she will survive to see her again, let alone get to know her, after the next few hours.
After being shot with a truth serum dart and being compared to Superman masquerading as Clark Kent, The Bride goes on to chat with Bill about the assignment he sent her on. The day she was intercepted by another female assassin named Karen. She tells him how she begged her to walk away, so she could spare her daughter’s life.
In this moment she realizes she is now a mother and her only duty is to protect her unborn child.
Bill seems to have no sympathy for her and she tearfully realizes there is no love lost between them.
They begin a battle that ends with the Bride perfectly executing the five-point palm exploding heart technique and finishing Bill.
The most gut-wrenching moment of this film is its ending.
I had never been a fan of Uma Thurman or her performances until this movie.
But she conveys the heartbreak of an abused women who will stop at nothing to get her revenge on those who wronged her and her child.
She walks away with BB.
The next morning she is locked in her hotel bathroom, lying on the floor, crying with tears of joy and excited sobs.
She has won her revenge and a fruitful life of love with her daughter.
Kill Bill Vol. 2 is streaming on HBO Max