: I wrote this review originally for my Journalism Class. We had to do a movie, music or restaurant review. Obviously I chose the movie review. My teacher encourages us to publish our work and get it out there so this is my attempt at that, since I am an introvert and a bit shy concerning my writing. This is my first movie review-ever- so feel free to drop pointers on what you liked, what could have been better, etc., but please be constructive with your criticisms. With that in mind, enjoy this review. :)
When my friend asked me if I wanted to see a movie, as a movie buff, I answered with an emphatic yes. I next cautiously asked him what movie he had in mind, knowing that there had been a string of Some Ol' Bullshit level movies the past couple of weeks, none of which I wanted to spend good money on without it being worth it (being a poor college student). It is at this point I find out that the chosen movie would be The Boondock Saints sequel, which made me breathe a sigh of relief as well as one of interest.
Okay, I'll admit it. I never saw the first movie. I know, an unforgiveable sin and yet not an uncommon one give the cult status of the first movie. Most people have not heard of The Boondock Saints or if they have didn't see the movie out of lack of interest. This is a shame if the first movie is anything like the second one, it is a movie worth seeing and worth the cult status and the fans it has. So, as I waited for my friend to pick me up to go, I did a quick look over of The Boondock Saint's Wikipedia page so I wouldn't be completely lost. For those of you unfamiliar with the story line as I was, I'll save you some typing and clicking.
The first Boondock Saints takes place in Boston, Massachusetts with fraternal twins Murphy and Connor Macmanus (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus respectively) who after killing two members of the Russian Mafia in self-defense decide to do the vigilante thing and get rid of the bad guys in their city. They are helped by their friend David Della Rocco (by the actor of the same name) in their quest all while Special Agent Paul Smecker (William Dafoe) searches for them and tries to decide if they are a force of good or merely another wrong in the pile of gangsters who have wronged the city.
The second movie opens as we see two wooly bearded unfamiliar men who look as though they are in their forties instead of the young heroes the fans know from the last movie. We watch the two men as they go through a day’s work on a farm in Ireland before settling down for dinner with an older grayer man who we realize is their father (Billy Connolly). It is at this point a man bursts in and tells them the news: A well known priest from their old hometown of Boston has been murdered. Most importantly the killer left two coins on the eyes of the victim; exactly the way the brothers would leave the guilty victims of their vigilante killing spree. It is at this point that the brothers decide to come out of hiding and put to justice whoever did this, kicking the story into high gear, with guns, blood, headshots and hysterical jokes galore.
The director Troy Duffy, who also directed the first movie, really took into consideration the crowd the movie would most appeal to and the original fans of the movie when he made the sequel. Each scene flows into the next and nothing seems out of place, even the new characters the mesh with the old while adding their own memorable lines and scenes to the mix. The action was high octane and has a mix of humor to add to it as well, making it the actions scenes familiar and yet new to the audience. A lot of the action is inventive, such as one scene involving a fork lifting vehicle and another in a massage parlor. And it’s these scenes that are the most important since the fans want these particular scenes to be violent, fast paced and memorable. These scenes leave a lasting impression simultaneously for their violence and amazing gun-slinging moves as well as for its comedy and bumbling mistakes.
This adds to the movie and the experience as the mistakes that are made are played for comedy, something usually not seen in the characters the twins play; that is the assassin/vigilante who is supposed to be the bad-ass guy who never makes mistakes and is always seen as “hard core”. These guys on the other hand are realistic; they get into arguments with each other and fight bitterly. They go and get drinks with allies, cracking jokes at one person’s expense as they go along. Most notably, they care deeply for their loved ones instead of being the cold distant justice fighter we are used to.
Despite the fact that I had little experience with the movie, I didn’t feel completely lost. It was very easy to pick it up and understand where it was going. Using the Spill rating system, I would give this a Full Price, because it kept me entertained, made sense plot and character wise, did not alienate the audience by changing the story line or adding something that didn’t make sense to it and movie goers won't regret paying full price to see this.
Rating: Full Price!