2.5 stars. A touch too post-modern to be pure untrammelled infantile ID, but still a great puppetry showcase! "Everybody here gets to design their own gremlin." "So you mean, like, what if there was a brainy gremlin?" "You talking about a gremlin with glasses who can talk and sing 'New York New York'? That's brilliant - it's in the movie! Done!" (Key and Peele, ''Gremlins 2' Brainstorm' sketch)
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.
Fun and irreverent sequel that ups just about everything and delivers slapstick comedy and great effects. The somewhat "serious" tone from the first film is ditched completely and the focus is clearly on the gremlins and both Gizmo, Billy and Kate get to play second fiddle. So the human angle and grounding is largely missing which makes this less engaging than the first one.
Quizás uno de los ejemplos más divertidos y delirantes del cine posmoderno y autoconciente. Mis escenas favoritas: la discusión sobre lo absurdo de las reglas para mantener a los gremlins a raya, Leonard Maltin siendo atacado por las criaturas y, el momento cumbre, la proyección interrumpida por los gremlins y su continuación tras la advertencia de Hulk Hogan.
With apologies to Joe Adamson, G2 is a history of the Gremlins and a satire on the rest of the world. I love that the dystopia of this film is not an oppressive government or a post-apocalyptic hellscape; it's a relentlessly corporatized and consumerized skyscraper. But Gremlins 2 isn't limited to any one target or even one point of view. Dante throws every gag he can think of at the wall, and most of them stick.
One of the better sequels ever made. Larger in scope than the first film but the core cast members return (Gizmo, Cates, Galligan) and the comedy is smarter and funnier in this film. So many funny moments and what a performance by Tony Randall as the Brain Gremlin!
the story is self aware of its "sequelness" and its obvious marketability yet uses that knowledge to be more fun and entertaining than carrying the strange occurrence "twilight zone" tone of the original through a sequel would have been. the rick baker puppets and effects are truly amazing, gizmo is perplexingly alive, evil gremlin designs are amazingly heterogeneous, complex and imaginative.