The way the critics slammed this one, I was prepared for disappointment, especially considering how much I enjoyed the first one, and gave that one a 9/10. Well, two words for this one: Fkn Awesome!
The story wasn't as great or unique as the first one, but I can't remember the last time we all laughed so hard, more than the first one. I'm shocked to hear how many critics didn't find it funny. For starters, every time (>90%) Reynolds, Jackson and Hayek opened their mouths, it was legitimately LOL moments, and many belly-ache in-tears laughs, especially a scene at the end where I lost count how many of us fell off our seats dying in laughter. I mean serious ROTFLMAO laughter. I wish I could remember the last time I alone have laughed so much or so hard, and that alone is all I needed to consider this film a huge success.
Either Reynolds or Jackson alone can entertain to that level of comedy, just by opening their mouths, but both together again, wow, I can't think of a better duo, and I hope to see them both together a lot more. Their chemistry is perfect, and their contradictory personalities priceless. Thank you both, and Hayek - who also killed it, for the best laughs in a VERY long time, I (and we) REALLY needed it!
The story this time around wasn't as great as the first one, but the amazing international sets, and the addition of Morgan Freeman (oh, and you will die of laughter when he makes his entrance!), Frank Grillo and Antonio Banderas as... get this, Aristotle Papdopolous, made up, and imo, exceeded the fun, for the lack of a great cohesive story the first one had.
Sure, this film was your typical fare of over-the-top action comedy formula of violent shootouts and crazy chases, all the while going after the evil crazy rich bad guy trying to destroy part of the world - nothing really new here (do we ever really get bored of that tho? Not me.), but with every other detail added to the equation, it pretty much created the perfect formula for for the perfect kind of senseless debauchery and mayhem that was also keenly and amusingly scripted, extremely funny, violent, vulgar, profane, well-acted, "turn your brain off and have a good time with it" perfect summer blockbuster.
The cinematography was excellent, and the score and soundtrack outstanding (lol Reynolds' obsession with that Culture Club song). The pacing was on point, and I wanted more minutes on top of the 100min runtime. I rate this one .5 better than the first one for a 9.5/10, and since my stomach still hurts from laughing, I'm rounding up to a 10/10! I'll be certainly watching this again, at least one more time. I can't wait for "The Hitman's Wife's Neighbor's Best Friend's Uncle's Bodyguard" next!