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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Whoo, what a blast!
I read about the sequel on Wikipedia and decided that to watch it would tarnish the spectacular and awesome experience of the first movie. Then, someone I know got it and I decided to give it a shot.
Boy, was I not disappointed!
The original cast is back - which I was so relieved about - and are just as good and hilarious as ever (especially Tanya). They include some of the songs from the first one, but add in other ABBA songs which I had not heard before, and I really loved them. Some of the dance scenes looked and felt like they were trying to replicate some of the dancing scenes from the first movie and that made it feel a little lackluster at times, but it's only a minor complaint and something I only noticed in passing as I was completely engrossed.
I don't think that the flashbacks were necessary, but they were quite good and provided plenty of laughs (and cringes) and I don't think they impeded on the movie one bit.
It's quite emotional at times, and just as outrageous and preposterous as the original and I loved Cher's song sequence with the guy from Geostorm.
If you're a fan of outrageous comedies, you'll probably enjoy this.
Iron Man Three (2013)
I really love Iron Man. I hadn't watched a Marvel movie in a while, so had forgotten how good he was until I watched this and I was grinning from ear to ear in a lot of his scenes (and sometimes crying). Tony Stark is so brilliant and witty!
This movie is narrated by Tony Stark, which is interesting and different. The plot is awesome and has some surprising twists and turns. The animation and CGI is top notch as usual and the dialogue is great and the acting is perfect. It plays like a mystery thriller, specifically like a James Rollins novel, which was awesomely disturbing at times. The villains are interesting and not whom you expect. The climax is so, so, so tense and thrilling and very well-played - actually the whole movie is.
I also loved how this focuses solely on Tony Stark and shows him when he's a rock bottom with no-one and nothing, pressed into a corner with nowhere else to go. Downey really did an awesome job of capturing Tony Stark as he battles PTSD.
Recommend this if you are a fan of Iron Man, Marvel in general, or like a good mystery/thriller.
Awesome, awesome movie.
Toy Story 4 (2019)
When I heard there was a Toy Story 4 coming out, I had two reactions - excitement that we would get to play with our beloved toys once again and skepticism about a fourth one - I didn't think that it would work at all. So, I put off seeing it in theaters and decided to wait until it came out on DVD. I would have simply borrowed it, but one of my little brothers isn't feeling too well, and he loves Toy Story, so I thought that I would buy it for him as a surprise to make him feel better - especially since he wasn't aware there even was a fourth Toy Story beforehand.
Well, the surprise worked. He really brightened up, which made my day and made me in turn really excited to watch this movie with him.
I was surprised to find that it really works.
The animation is great and you can see how far it has progressed from the first Toy Story. The cast is all back - with some new additions - and are just as impressive as ever. Is it just me or does the cast, specifically the ones who play the original ones, seem to be upping their acting in this movie? The cast for the new additions are perfect and utterly hilarious.
Now, if you have watched the previous three movies in this franchise, you will go to this one thinking you know what message they are going to be trying to tell. Well, you'd be wrong. It completely (or at least almost entirely) defies everything we have been taught about this world. It takes what they taught us in the previous three movies and turns it on its head, expanding on it, creating a whole new world to explore. It brings new messages and themes and plot to the table and it works.
I have never cried or had the urge to cry with the other Toy Story movies, though I thoroughly enjoy them. But, I was surprised to find myself tearing up throughout this movie, particularly around the climax. It handles the climax really well and ties everything all down with a stupendous bow. It packs an emotional punch, and my heart felt like it was breaking at particular parts around the very end - especially with the final line in the movie spoken by Buzz and Woody. While some people may not be happy with how it ends, it's the perfect ending. It's the best decision, and I am happy with it. The movie on a whole - especially the climax - hits all the right notes and really delivers.
Just do me a favour Pixar - no more Toy Story movies. While I love Toy Story 4, I don't think a fifth one would work.
The Rescuers (1977)
The Rescuers has nice animation, great voice cast, awesome fantasy setting, great tension, awesome world building, and a great and underrated villain. Okay, Medusa at times felt like another Cruella De Ville, but I don't mean that as a criticism, but as a compliment. It is surprisingly dark in it's setting at times, and wasn't at all how I expected.
Oh my land!
This is an awesome, awesome conclusion to Season 2! Exciting, funny, tense, and intriguing, Brains Vs. Brawn is an epic finale and can't wait to start watching Season 3.
Scary and tense
Attack of the Reptiles is a remake of the old Thunderbirds episode "Attack of the Alligators". This one, though, is more tense, exciting, and has it's own twists and turns. Love the Jurassic Park similarities and the humour. The people were believable and the animation and voice acting awesome.
Grandma's on a mission
Funny episode with Grandma Tracy on a mission - which turns it into a blast! Interesting insights into Grandma and Grandpa Tracy's past. Great animation. But there are a few goofs and some sizing issues. Not the best, but not the worst. More meh.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
This is officially my top favourite musical movie of all time. I won't go into the plot as I suck at describing them. I wasn't even aware of that this existed until I read a post talking about the sequel, so decided that I would give the first one a shot.
The story is hilarious and well-written. I had never heard of ABBA before, so I concur with Mark Baker (a blogger), that if I hadn't known where the music had come from, I would have thought that they were written solely for this movie. They really fit this movie's storyline that perfectly - and I am now a big fan of ABBA music. And I also really loved how whenever someone burst out singing, it had me and my family cracking up laughing.
The cast was perfect for their roles - they really threw themselves into their roles and their singing scenes. I was surprised to find that they were all singing themselves - especially Pierce Brosnan. It's weird thinking that someone who played James Bond can sing, but he did and he did it very, very well. What's with the complaints about Brosnan singing? It's silly, like people complaining about Sean Connery's role in the third Indiana Jones movie. In fact, everyone who sang did it excellently.
The laughs were plenty and that's what made me enjoy this so much. I've never laughed so hard in my life.
I really, really, really love Donna's two besties - they are hilarious! They steal a lot of the scenes they are in and are the cause for plenty of laughs. I especially really love Tanya - don't mess with her as you'll be playing with fire (and you'll love her singing scene). The characters are all great and they really draw you in.
I love how it ends - it fits it. It's not weak, but a strong, fitting end for the movie. I highly recommend this movie to those who love musicals or to those who simply love a good laugh - which this movie will provide it bucket loads.
Storm Boy (2019)
Surprisingly enjoyable movie about a man who shares with his granddaughter the story of his childhood growing up isolated from the world with a pelican for a friend (sorry, that's a really bad plot description - it's a lot better than how I made it sound). I love how it's an Aussie film and sadly it is a largely unknown one (we Aussies aren't known for blockbusters). Everyone does a great job and I was surprised to find out that Jai Courtnay (did I spell that right?) is Aussie, too. He was really good and relatable.
You'll enjoy it.
This is one of those pursuing-your-dreams-with-big-obstacles type movies, so expect some cheesy and stupid parts. But it is also very hilarious and an uplifting and inspiring movie. I think the voice cast was great for the roles and really fit each character. Makes you want to sing and dance. Recommended.
A wonder to behold
A touching and emotional movie about a boy with a facial disorder trying to navigate his way through school and some family problems. The cast all do a fantastic job - specifically the boy (I've forgotten his name) who plays Auggie. Owen Wilson was great as usual and this is my favourite role of his to date. This is the first Julie (or is it Julia) Roberts movie that I liked her in and she is very real as the mother. The female who plays Auggie's sister is soos good and is a great actress. Look forward to watching more movies that star her.
This movie is very relatable on a lot of levels and will have you in tears. I like how it focuses on a lot of characters and their own personal journeys. It makes it more interesting.
You have to watch this!
James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic is timeless, moving, and a real visual splendor (though they could brush up on one or two CGI scenes). The attention to detail is stunning and breathtaking. It is perfectly written and perfectly cast - particularly with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as Jack and Rose. They both are extremely talented, top-notch actors.
You don't even notice how long it goes for. It grabs you and sucks you in. But it is also sad and a bit depressing knowing what will happen at the end. I haven't cried at a movie in a long time, so was surprised to find myself crying at this movie. I can relate in some respects to Rose and I really like the message about enjoying life.
A strongly recommended movie.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The best one
I was a bit uncertain about watching this after being somewhat disappointed with The Bourne Supremacy, but I was surprised to find that the third one is much better and the best one yet!
Very gripping, tense, somewhat emotional movie with stellar action scenes and great acting, particularly on Matt Damon's part. He should be commended - he really embraces every aspect of Jason Bourne and is really shines in this movie.
Some surprising twists and turns and some very unexpected chain of events. I regret not entirely taking a shine to the second Bourne movie as I discovered the second is a build up to this utterly fantastic movie and some of the stuff in the second movie tie into this third one in a very critical way. If the Bourne movies had remained a trilogy, The Bourne Ultimatum would have been an immensely satisfying ending to it.
Trust me, this movie is so worth seeing. In fact, the entire franchise is. Hats off to the movie makers and cast!
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Nowhere near as good as the original
Honestly, while I enjoyed this movie because it's Bourne, it actually felt like an excuse to bring Bourne back. I know there are several books, but the ending to the original felt like that's where they should have left it.
The movie's good, and I think there may be some small contradictions to the first, I think (could be wrong, though). The acting is great - Damon is excellent, as per usual. Some surprising twists and turns.
A completely unnecessary movie sequel that I more or less enjoyed.
Broken Arrow (1996)
Somewhat generic but still very entertaining
I am now a fan of John Woo movies. This is the second one I've seen and it's still very, very good fun entertaining movie and I am now officially a fan of Woo and am going to look at other movies of his. There's a certain grounded in reality feel to this movie - like in Woo's other movie I've seen - and I really love it. Broken Arrow is violent, but not overly-violent and certainly not in the cringe-worthy, can't-watch way - quite a lot is kept off camera with a conveniently placed object.
John Travolta is absolutely excellent as the movie's villain. A brilliant but insane, sick, sadistic person and Travolta totally captures it to a T.
Christian Slater is great as ever as the movie's protagonist. Samantha Mathis is great as Terry Carmichael, the park ranger and, of course, Slater's character's love interest, something you can tell is going to happen as soon as they meet.
This movie's plot is fast-paced, gripping, and very entertaining - but somewhat generic and predictable, but it doesn't prevent you from thoroughly enjoying the movie.
Not a movie for everyone, but still I recommend it.
Even better than the original
A solid sequel with top-notch acting and impressive special effects (improvise on the first one quite a bit with some scenes). Perfectly cast, builds on the world set up in the first Hunger Games and even builds on the book material so, so, so well!
Interesting twists and turns. Great suspension and emotion - I think it's worthy to note that even though I have read all the books and knew what was going to happen, I was sitting on the proverbial edge of my seat with the tension, suspense, and the mystery. And the emotion is excellent - I felt like crying at several strongly emotional scenes and I had a strong urge to jump up and cheer at certain important moments which I will not spoil.
A very, very excellent movie that I strongly recommend.
The Hunger Games (2012)
A faithful (but somewhat more family friendly) adaption
I finally sat down and watched the much-acclaimed adaption of Suzanne Collins hugely popular book The Hunger Games. And I must say I quite enjoyed it.
The movie starts with explaining straight away the situation in North America - where North America is divided into 12 Districts, which are all run by the Capitol. There used to be a thirteenth, but it rebelled and was nuked by the Capitol. To punish the rest of the districts, and to try and quell and other rebellious notions, the Capitol have instigated the Hunger Games - a game which is basically like the Coliseum in Rome where 24 teenagers (two from each district) are gathered together to fight to the death until there is only one still alive. The film then goes to the Reaping, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), her best friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss' sister Primrose (Willow Shields), Katniss and Prim's mother Mrs Everdeen (Paula Malcomson) and the rest of District 12's citizens all gather in the public square where their names are gathered together in two bowls - one for the females aged from 12-18 and the other for the males aged from 12-18 - and one is picked at random from each bowl by Citizen employee Effie Trinket.
Against Katniss' prayers, her little sister's name is picked, so she volunteers to take her place. Then the male tribute's name is picked and it's Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). They are then taken to the Capitol where they begin training for the Hunger Games as well as sussing out the competition and trying to win sponsors that will provide them with supplies during the Games to have a better chance at staying alive. Once the Games start, it is a race for survival. (Sorry for the bad plot description).
While I am no way a purist when it comes to book-to-film adaptions and am generally not bothered by changes (big or small) in film adaptions of books I really love, I really did appreciate this time around how the film is overall the same as the book. There are, of course, some minor changes here and there, but not glaring or in any way bad. One of the changes I rather appreciated was Katniss' hallucination scene when she is stung by multiple Trackerjackers. In the book, she had some rather disturbing hallucinations, but in the movie they change it to memories of her father's death, which actually added a thoughtful touch to the movie. Another change the movie made is with the timing of something in the climax (which I will not spoil). Trust me, you will truly appreciate that change if you've read the book, but haven't yet seen the movie. It makes it MUCH more watchable and enjoyable.
The camera work was certainly different. They did quite a lot of it with hand-held camera or "shaky" camera work as some have put it. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this, and while at times it certainly was "shaky", there were quite a few times where this type of camera technique really works - for this film, anyway. It really works for the first-person perspective scenes and generally just makes it feel more fraught and real (in some cases, anyway).
I also really liked how they didn't show much with regards to violence, blood and guts. They kept most of it off-camera, though they showed a little bit to let the viewer get an idea of what's happening, though don't think too much about the glimpse you get, otherwise you could find it a bit disturbing.
Jennifer Lawrence delivers an absolutely solid, emotional performance as the film's main protagonist Katniss Everdeen. She really brings Katniss to life and brings strength and sophistication to the character. I really loved her. Just as Robert Downey Jr. is the Iron Man/Tony Stark and Harrison Ford is the Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Jennifer Lawrence is the Katniss Everdeen. A real top-notch actress. Very talented.
Josh Hutcherson is absolutely brilliant as Peeta Mellark, the other District 12 tribute. Very talented actor and a solid performance.
Donald Sutherland is absolutely fabulous as the Capitol's leader President Snow. A really, really great and evil villain. While the film certainly has other "villains" that it focuses on, if you think about it, Snow is the villain of the movie as he is the leader of the Capitol and controls all the Hunger Games. Pity we didn't see as much of him as I would have liked, but that wasn't the point or focus of this movie. He was great in all the scenes he was in (as few as they were). But hopefully, he'll have more screen time/focus in the sequels!
Woody Harrelson is great as the drunken District 12 mentor Haymitch Abernethy, who just can't help but love. He brings a lot of sass, wit, and a devil-may-care attitude to the role - and I truly loved every minute he was on screen.
There are others I could mention, but these are the most notable and suffice to say that everyone does a great job in their roles - even if some didn't get as much screen time and focus as they possibly should have (such as the other tributes).
This film doesn't have many special effects, but when it does, they are very good, though some could use a little more polishing up.
I liked how the movie stayed true to the book's core values, themes, and messages and how thought-provoking the movie was. I also really enjoyed how The Hunger Games movie focused more on plot and character than action, though there was some awesome action scenes. The ending might be somewhat underwhelming, but it sets things up for the sequels in an excellent and intriguing way.
The Hunger Games is a overall faithful adaption of Suzanne Collins epic novel and is an awesome and enjoyable movie. Looking forward to watching the sequels!
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Just a load of fun
A solid and thoroughly entertaining to Marvel's Ant-Man. Packed with action, humour, romance, great special effects, and sci-fi elements, it is an awesome movie that I highly recommend.
Cute and catchy
I must confess that I was a bit unsure about watching Disney's version of the tale of Rapunzel - partially because I secretly enjoyed the original tale and was worried about what they would do with it and also partially due to the fact that I didn't think it would make that great a film. But, I decided to sit down and watch it, anyway.
I had grown used to Disney's new style of story telling - in movies such as Zootopia, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, and Big Hero 6, and Brave. I quite love this new style, which felt more...I don't know, real. So, when the movie started, I was quite surprised to find that Tangled wasn't like any of these movies, and was done in old Disney style with narrations, and immediately revealing who the villain is, and several other big reveals right at the start instead of being revealed later in the movie like they do now. It was like a mixture of old Disney classic story telling with a bit of Looney Tunes thrown in.
At first I was unsure how this would play out, but I actually quite enjoy how they told in the old Disney classic way. In fact, without the narration at the start, I don't think some parts of the film (particularly with Mother Gothel and Rapunzel at the start) would have made much sense.
The animation and attention to detail was quite good and very enjoyable. I rather like and appreciate some of the changes made to the story - such as instead of a prince, the movie makers make it a thief called Flynn Rider, a thief that you just can't help but love. Flynn is full of himself, witty, great at thieving, sly, and just a really likeable guy - oh, and Rapunzel's love interest. Zachary Levi does an excellent job with Flynn - made him quite funny. Mandy Moore does a great job as the main character Rapunzel. She is the perfect voice for the naive, outgoing, bubbly, fish-out-of-water character that Rapunzel is. But Rapunzel can also handle herself and her natural charm helps them out of bad situations in hilarious ways.
The songs were quite good and catchy - my personal favourite is I've got a dream. Very hilarious and old-fashioned Disney song. I also loved how Disney made a crack or two at themselves in the movie.
And because it's Disney, we can excuse the implausibility of some of the scenes and some of the all-around cheesy and silly parts - though there was one scene which I thought was a bit overdone and quite stupid. At first it was funny, but as it continued it began to feel stupid and pushed.
The climax was excellent and very tense and emotional. I couldn't help but notice similarities between Tangled and Frozen - such as with Rapunzel and Anna both being outgoing females who are isolated from the world and both going on an adventure and teaming up with rough diamonds like Flynn and Kristoff. Then there's the climax. I noticed quite a few similarities there. I thought it was interesting, considering the fan theory of Tangled and Frozen taking place in the same universe and Elsa, Anna, and Rapunzel being cousins.
Donna Murphy was very, very good as Mother Gothel - Disney's last classic villain. Very evil, conniving, dark villain. Overall it is a great movie - particularly due to the old-fashioned classic storytelling style it was told in. There was a very minor hiccup, but otherwise quite good and I love it. If you like classic Disney movies, then this movie is for you.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Great Historical Movie
Pretty much historically accurate movie about a lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) who is hired to defend captured KGB agent Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) in a court trial and ends up organizing an exchange for two captured Americas Powers and Pryor in exchange for Abel. (Bad plot description, sorry).
This is a great and very well-done movie. Spielberg does another awesome job with this movie. It has great themes and is thought-provoking at times. It has a great message about standing up for what is right, even if/when everyone else hates you for doing it.
This is Tom Hanks best role (that I've seen so far, anyway). He does a fantastic job as Donovan and literally embodies in every sense who the real Donovan was. Everyone does an awesome job, really. Their acting is very believable.
Definitely watch this!
The cheesiest one so far
I just finished watching this and I absolutely love it!
Steve Rogers is a short, skinny guy with several health issues - but he is desperate to get into the army and fight in World War 2. He tries several times, but is rejected due to his health issues and his shortness. Then, he is approached by Dr. Abraham Erskine, who works in the military, and is drafted. While he is nowhere near as fit as all the other soldiers, he turns out to be smarter and a bigger heart than all the rest. He is chosen to be the guinea pig, so to speak, of a serum that Erskine and Howard Stark created, that will make him bigger, more muscular, stronger, and his senses, bodily activities and abilities are at least 4 times more enhanced than a normal human. It is successful, and he becomes Captain America.
Instead of going on to fight in the war, he is simply used on TV to try and inspire Americans to fight against the Nazis - which isn't as successful as they would like. After the 107th is attacked by Germans, and most killed or captured, Rogers goes alone to one of the Hydra bases and rescues the survivors, among whom was his best friend Bucky Barnes.
Meanwhile, the movies villain, Schimdt (I think I'm spelling that correctly) or Red Skull, harnesses the Tessaract's power to power his weapons to take over the world. Catching wind of his plans, Captain America must try and stop him.
(Sorry for the soppy plot description).
This film is set in the 1940s, and I found it rather refreshing. It seems to be accurate with it's historical setting - the costumes, the vehicles, etc., etc. I like how the lighting effects reflects it's time setting. Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, and the woman who plays Peggy all do an awesome job in their roles as Cap, Bucky, and Peggy - well, everyone does, but they are the most notable, alongside Dominic something or other who plays Howard Stark, Tony's father. The saying like father, like son strongly applies with Howard and Tony, if you get my drift.
The action scenes are awesome and one-hundred-percent preposterous - but you'll still love it. You just have to laugh, though, at its unrealism and cheesiness.
Hugo Weaving does a stellar job as Red Skull, the villain. I like the Garden of Eden references and the Raiders of the Lost Ark parallels - particularly something in the climax, which I will not spoil. The mystical themes were quite an interesting addition, as well.
I totally enjoyed this vintage movie and am looking forward to watching the next film!
I had a hard time following this
This is a story of a young couple who lose their child and are trying to pick up the pieces of their relationship.
I honestly found this rather hard to understand and follow - partially due to the fact that the sound was poor on the dvd and there is no subtitles. The acting is okay, but nothing to speak of.
The Lion King (1994)
A great classic
A fun, hilarious timeless movie for all ages. The 2D animation still looks good and the voice acting is fabulous. It's certainly more funny than the remake, but I still rather love the remake more - but that's not for this review.
It's rather tense, but also heartwarming, and emotional. It has a nice message. I wouldn't say it was one of Disney's best animated classics, but it certainly is a really great one.
This is one you will want to watch time and time again.
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
The worst of the trilogy
It's by far the worst and silliest of the trilogy, but still very good. It's got the same cliched, feel-good, cheesiness that we've grown to expect from this trilogy, but you'll still enjoy it. Just shut down your brain for a while as you watch it. Don't pick apart the minor contradictions and problems with this movie and never compare any of these sequels to the brilliance of the first one, because if you do, you'll wind up like my fussy family and hate both sequels.
The original cast from the first one is back - even the guy who played Hans and the woman who played Charlie's mother is back, which is a plus for me. Emilio Estevez is still here.
This movie moves in a different direction - the Ducks, who are back with a mighty roar, are sent to a school on scholarship while Bombay (Estevez) quits being the coach to go do something else (I've forgotten what) and hands the reigns over to Ted Orion (Jeffrey Nordling). The team struggle with this new coach, who isn't as lenient and pro-having fun as their old coach, Bombay. Charlie (Joshua Jackson) really chaffs at the bit with Orion, wanting things to remain the same and never change.
I really liked how the trilogy shifts focus from Bombay and passes the torch, so to speak, onto Charlie, giving him and the rest of the team more screen time. I really enjoyed watching Charlie struggle with losing his coach and best friend and learning to let go, grow up, and move on. Jackson is really solid in this movie and now is the glue of the movie. Estevez still is, but not as much as the original two.
The team is still as rambunctious as ever, which I was laughing at, sometimes cringing. They're being typical teenagers.
I really liked the new additions introduced in this film and the previous ones - except for Cowboy Dwayne. He's too spacey for my liking. Other than that, the rest are all good. The acting is fine, particularly on Jackson's part.
It's a coming-of-age movie and the message is really good and relevant. Estevez is still there in the movie, though not as much, still keeping an eye on things and helping Charlie (Jackson) by giving him a little nudge here and there when he needs it. He's still very much a father to Charlie. There is a real bond between them, which I really enjoyed watching, more so than in the previous two. Probably because I knew this was the last movie about the Ducks, which I was a bit sad about. I really felt for and understood Charlie's feelings regarding his old coach leaving - I felt the same way. But it was good and the movie thrived.
A great movie, sad and nostalgic and a nice conclusion to a great trilogy.
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
I'm probably the only person in my family to actually love this
The sequel to the great Champions/The Mighty Ducks isn't as good as the original and doesn't capture the fun and magic of it's predecessor.
But it's still a good sequel.
Bombay (Emilio Estevez) has an accident during a game and comes back to Minneapolis and reunites with the Ducks, who have all grown older, but not anymore sensible than they were in the first one. He and his team are offered a place in the Junior Goodwill Games in Los Angeles and he accepts. In Los Angeles, the Ducks, however, start to fall apart. They begin losing the games and forget how to have fun. Bombay tries to bring the team back to its former glory, but to do so, needs to remind of himself of what really counts.
It's slightly more serious than the first one. The kids get up to more shenanigans, which are somewhat painful to sit through. It may be stupid, but hey, that word applies to the first one, if you think about it. It's just as fun as the original and I quite agree with one of the reviewers - if you like the first one, I don't see why you won't like this one. It teaches a good lesson, and is just brainless fun and laughs.
Emilio Estevez is back as Gordon Bombay, which I am so glad about. It wouldn't be the same without him. He's a great actor in this and, to borrow a phrase used by another reviewer, he's the glue that holds it together in this movie along with Joshua Jackson, who plays Charlie Conway. This movie and its predecessor wouldn't be as good without Estevez.
Joshua Jackson - who plays Charlie - is better than in the original. He's older, more mature, but still the cheeky, fun-loving boy that stole our hearts and Bombay's in Champions/The Mighty Ducks.
Everyone does a good job.
The 'villains' - their opposing team, the Icelanders - leader is somewhat overdone. They make him laughably 'evil'. Didn't think it was necessary they way they did the leader of the Icelanders, but the movie was still good.
Same feel-good cliched ending, but I still love this sequel.