A hyper, anti-corporate looney toon. A couple of things that really impressed me were just how committed the movie remains to its satire, and all the different angles it finds on corporate culture, even right up to its final breath ("This is what I've been looking for!). I actually think a number of its points hold remarkably well, even to this day, and that's usually the mark of solid satire.
A sequel that is bigger, funnier, more over-the-top and have a better supporting cast than the original (any film with both John Glover, Robert Picardo and Christopher Lee in roles is worth a visit). It also has more varied and interesting Gremlins and fanastic cameos by Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. The murder of film critic Leonard Maltin slamming the original film is the best self-parody I have ever seen in a film.
This is live action Looney Tunes. Dante went completely off the rails and made one of the craziest, off-the-wall, slapstick, strange films of the era. It is incredibly entertaining and fun, filled with tons of little easter eggs and visual gags. The special effects are mind-blowingly amazing. Maybe some of the best Stan Winston's team has ever created.
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.
Referential and self-referential sometimes to a fault, this lighter, more slapstick sequel finds the villains multiplying inside a NYC skyscraper.... Nowhere near as good as the first, but holds a mirror up to the absurdity of the situations (after all, isn't every part of the day after midnight?)... Watchable for a few turns if you're a fan of Joe Dante or comic Mayhem in general....
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.