An army of malevolent little monsters take over a high-tech corporate skyscraper when a cute and intelligent exotic pet is exposed to water. The Mogwai’s owner joins forces with the Trump-like head of the corporation to regain control.
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The pure, uncut heroin version of Joe Dante, working on a budget he'd never get again and using it to live out the most outrageous fantasies of an anarchic sugar-high live-action cartoon. There are some wickedly clever jokes here, but whether it tops the first one is a matter of academic taste. Me, I like the cohesion of the original more, and the soulfulness of Matinee trumps all. But you teach the controversy.
Much like "Aliens" or "Batman Returns," this is a sequel that doubles down on what made the original film so successful while wisely staking its own identity. In this 106-minute homage to Looney Tunes, Joe Dante himself proves just as unhinged as the gremlins; while the original film retained the feeling of an Amblin production, "Gremlins 2" is a singular, auteurist work from a far too under-appreciated filmmaker.
This film transcends being just a sequel and its one of the sole films from my childhood that's not only held up but earned the title of a real masterwork.Its one of the most unhinged 'everything but the kitchen sink' comedies. It's also a testament to Dante's true powers, what he's really capable of doing without restrictions and for my money this film is enough to put him in a room with the best of em. Great fun.