3.5 A fine line between shallow and deep and comedic and depressing. Entertaining, and even a little thought provoking. Once you’ve seen one you know what to expect, but sometimes you just don’t feel like working too hard at entertainment; this is the movie for that night.
I really responded to this one this time around. The banter is similar to the first film, with perhaps a bit more focused at times. There are a several really touching moments throughout as Coogan begins to question his life as he grows older. A bit existential at times for his characters. Brydon makes some big "mistakes" as well and begins to ponder what he thinks is important as well. Really enjoyed this sequel.
As with the first one, this was perfectly pleasant. The problem as I see it is that self-aware sequels do not escape the sequel trap by being self-aware. I'm not a foodie, so the first movie worked for me because of the dynamic between the two characters and the comic riffing (particularly the impersonations). I felt like this was mostly a rehash with character's roles reversed, and the impersonations were the same.
Though not as charming as the original, that is something that all remakes run the risk of being victim to. The characters return but are not kept stagnant, instead letting them grow naturally both from the events of the previous films and from external events. The film keeps the wit and freedom for the actors and sets it to a gorgeous backdrop. Not a must watch, but fun for someone who already enjoyed the first film
I felt the first one was about struggling to try to connect and this was about struggling to try to keep some things private. Friendship is a difficult balance that way and it's only with time and patience that it works. Something something poignant. Something something grandiloquent. Italy is gorgeous, which makes sense since it gave us Claudia Cardinale. My point is Claudia Cardinale is gorgeous. Thank you. *bows*