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.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
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.