Caught this on the big screen for the first time, and it becomes way more obvious that this is a pretty competently made film! I was a bit surprised that it stood out as such, since in my small screen viewings it always seemed cheap. But, no. Technically, this film is put together nicely.
It falls apart in the sheer ridiculousness of Franco Nero as a ninja, his buddy who loves cockfights to an obsessive level, and the thugs that…
I wanted to rate this movie 4 stars, but I'm worried that I was just swept away by the excitement of seeing this on the big screen again. Gremlins 2 is either a pathetic, cynical, industry cash-grab, or it's a genius satirical skewering of corporate Hollywood. Depends how you watch it. Hell, you could argue that it's both of these things at once.
Either way, it manages to have moments of sheer joy...like any scene where we get to see Christopher Lee chewing scenery. Fans of camp won't be disappointed.
Even without having ever read the comic, I somehow feel that I can assure any fan that this is the best adaptation they will ever hope to see. The action is great, the conceit is superb, and it doesn't try to put on airs or be something it isn't. It's just a great action film, with some great characters.
Removed a star because, let's face it, that helmet is just a tad to big for Urban's head. That or his…