Saturday, August 16, 2008

LOST BOYS 2 - A BADASS MOVIE REVIEW


There has been a lot of negative press on the Internet about this movie.


Every site that I go to that has a review on it rips it to shreds. They say it is stupid. They say it is contrived. They say it is a waste of time. They are disappointed in how the film turned out. They rail against Cory Feldman and Angus Sutherland.


I am here to set the record straight.


Lost Boys 2 The Tribe is a horrible film. It is ruined on almost all points. But what needs to be said here at the beginning of this review is that the original Lost Boys is too, a sucky movie.


People have their reasons for loving the Lost Boys. I have mine. It is fun. I was raised near "Santa Carla," and I know that area well. It is also set in the height of the 80s. Metal was in. Long hair was in. These vampires just looked too cool. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman were over the top, and it was a great way to have a few laughs and kill some time. Sure Jason Patric, Dianne Weist and Keifer Sutherland have all gone on to do better things, but originally, the movie was just some silly fun.


I posit that this movie is more of the same. It is stupid, silly fun for the next generation.


I had a blast watching this movie.


Initially, it seemed that the movie was taking itself too seriously, but when I saw a portly, shirtless man playing his saxophone, I knew I was in the right place.


This movie mocks itself, and mocks everything else around it. You know that these vampires are just punk kids, as you knew in the first one. In this one, the juvenile vampires like to disembowel each other for laughs. With guts hanging out at a party, one vampire yells that he could have gotten laid if this didn't happen. This is just as silly as the vampire punks walking into the video store on the Boardwalk and telling the girl at the counter that they are just there for "one thing."


Whatever to all of that.


When Corey Feldman takes the screen, it is over. He is still using the same overly-deep voice that he was using in the first one, except now he is almost 40 years old.


How can you not like this concept? The Frog Brothers are still in the game! Actually, the other brother is AWOL (Lost Boys 3?). But think of Edgar Frog on the Boardwalk in Santa Carla, and then moving into a trailer outside of some surf community in SOCAL with garlic and crucifixes all over. Think Edgar Frog still strapped in the 80s and you are there. He is still reading comics and still ready to kill anyone at the sign of vampiric activity.


That is all I need to tell you.


Lost Boys 1 sucked.


Lost Boys 2 sucks.


If you liked part 1, you shouldn't have a problem getting into part 2. It hits all of the same notes. The language is a little rougher, but it is the same thing. The sexual energy in this film is ramped up, but the obligatory sex scene is PG rated. Pop culture references are still intact, as they were on Corey Haim's wall. When Chris (the protagonist) forcibly leaves a "vampire party," one of the vampires yells at him to, "Stay the hell out of Malibu, Lebowski!" Also, the opening showdown with Tom Savini is there for people who are really in the know.


Corey Feldman should get an academy award for this thing. He is an actor mocking himself, and he knows he is doing just that. There is a trickster power in this that cannot be denied.


Overprotective siblings and out of touch elders are explored here as well. So are mild crushes and motorcycles. The only strikes against this film are budget constraints and the straight to DVD thing. I would posit however that every special effect in this film is as good if not better than the original.


Some people are complaining about Angus Sutherland and the way he speaks his lines. I would counter that his step-brother Keifer wasn't anything special in the first one. I distinctly recall him yelling the horribly written, "You're dead meat!" Bad lines or bad delivery? The point is still the same: There is a pretty boy vampire with a point he is trying to get across.


Take your serious hat off and enjoy this film. It shouldn't be hard, because your serious hat was off when you enjoyed the 1987 episode.