By Sean Williams/Staff writer

Quentin Tarantino’s movies are an escapade of dialogue, but each of his films are fashioned out of a film fanatic’s mind. The films breathe life into the characters and the careers of the long-forgotten actors who portray them (David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Sonny Chiba). “Kill Bill Vol. 2” has a completely eclectic array of influences, in particular the legendary director Sergio Leone.

It was also a good thought to separate the two “Kill Bill” films because of their disparate tones. While choreography and pop culture were the standouts in “Vol. 1,” “Vol. 2” showcases Tarantino’s technical skills and use of intense dialogue.

The use of more dialogue than action is the most noticeable difference between the two – “Vol. 1” overexaggerates bloodshed, but in “Vol. 2,” Tarantino gives us the idea the characters are much more important to the film than its director.

“Vol. 2” initially seems to peer into love and loss, but with the brutality of cold-blooded killers it’s also about loss and betrayal. The second volume to Tarantino’s violent epic is all about the downfalls of both the protagonist (Uma Thurman as The Bride) and antagonist (David Carradine as Bill), even when the film’s antagonist doesn’t quite seem to be as antagonizing as he first seems. This is where the novelizing of Tarantino’s films shines its brightest in the film, revealing a character’s truths to be quite untrue.

Where so many motion pictures these days overload on the same formulas, Tarantino has brought a sense of adventure to old motion picture formulas. With brilliant direction, fascinating scripting, dazzling acting and a tantalizing soundtrack, “Kill Bill Vol. 2” is a great apparition of a western, done only the way Quentin Tarantino could have done it.

I give “Kill Bill Vol. 2” four palettes out of five.

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