With less emphasis on balletic fight scenes and strong imagery, the second segment of Quentin Tarantino's revenge epic remains crammed with memorable moments whilst filling in more of the back story and continuing to pay homage to Kung-Fu classics and a range of other genres.
Without giving anything away for those who've yet to see the movie, the best scene has to be QT's glorious riff on Evil Dead, although this is almost rivalled by the inspired - for those of a certain age - Monkey-esque scene, where the Bride is schooled in martial arts by the venerable sage Pai Mei whose eyebrows seem to have a life of their own and whose presence lightens the mood of the film considerably, for a while at least.
We get to see the eponymous Bill at last, and discover the exact nature of his relationship with Uma Thurman's bride, whilst 80s film staple Daryl Hannah is brilliantly cast as a one-eyed assassin, who along with Michael Madsen's gone-to-seed hitman (and Bill's brother), tries to kill the vengeful bride before she gets to them.
Slick, fun, and occasionally macabre, Kill Bill Vol. 2 complements the first film nicely and in its own right stands as a classy piece of cinema.