November 28th, 2009

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day review

And shepherds we shall be...

And shepherds we shall be…

Before we get into the review I just want to say that I’ve been waiting for this movie longer than any other movie. I saw the original back in 2003 (4 years after it came out) and finally 6 years later we get the sequel (10 years later for all you cool people who saw it in 99).

I discovered Boondock Saints the same way many of you did. You’re hanging out with friends talking about movies when someone says, “Dude, have you seen Boondock Saint’s.” When you answer, “no,” everyone who has seen the movie looks at you like you just got done graphically explaining every taboo carnal act you did with your sister when your were 5. So needless to say I felt like I stepped in it big time resulting in me going to rent the flick that night. Then I bought it the next night. Then I bought it again when the special edition came out. Then I bought it as a gift multiple times for people. And now I go to see the sequel on the opening night (opening for Portland because we got douched in the real release on October 30th like most of the country).

So I’m going to give you my honest response to probably the most anticipated sequel (to me at least). The beginning of the film didn’t hook me in. It wasn’t bad, I guess I just felt like it didn’t open as entertaining as the original. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad. All the reviews I’ve read so far have said that this flick surpasses the original, and I wasn’t convinced at first. Let me tell all of you…just give it time.

Once we start getting into the meat of the story the movie is definitely better. The plot in a nutshell is that the Saints have been chilling in Ireland for the last 8 years until someone kills a priest in Boston in the same way the Saints killed their victims. This pushes the Saints into coming back and searching for the copy cat killer. This leads them into a complex mafia web that not only aligns them with new allies but also goes into the past of their father, El Duce.

The movie has everything that’s needed in a good sequel. More of what you loved about the first with new stuff stacked on top of it. I also don’t think I’ve seen a better ending to movie in quite some time. Literally the theater (myself included) applauded into full cheer during one of the last scenes.

I don’t think I would say that this movie is better than the original but I definitely wouldn’t say it’s worse. I think I would put it on par. Duffy’s unique style of depicting action scenes improves making some scenes beautiful ballets of violence. I do think some of the dialogue could have been a little better, but it’s still better than 90% of the crap you’ll find being spoon fed to us. All the characters are back in great form (plus a few more golden people) and the story is taken to a great level that make me rabidly wanting part 3 now.

I’m struggling not to tell you to much about the flick because I want everyone to experience it with full surprise. If you’re favorite thing about the original was the humor, it’s here. If you loved the violence, it’s here. If you loved the style, it’s here. It’s back with a damn vengeance.

In my mind, Boondock Saint’s 2 joins the ranks of such sequels as T2, Superman 2, X-Men 2, The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back, and any other sequel that made you say, “Now that’s a damn sequel.” The wait was well worth it. I don’t have enough thumbs to express my positivity. Just go see it. And if you haven’t seen the original do it now then catch the sequel.


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P.S. The nerds are having a screening party for Broken Lizard’s new movie, Slammin’ Salmon on December 11th. There’s an event listing for it on our facebook page so check it out with us and join the fun. That will probably be our next review so come be a part of it and tell us what you think.

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