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SteadmanSlick’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
A sequel made simply for the demand of it, that manages to have a couple moments where it recaptures whatever spark the original had, but is hampered by a retcon of their introduction into a finale, 8 years of radio silence, some horrible soundtrack decisions, a femme fatale with big heels to fill against Dafoe, a cavalcade of villains who can't decide when they wanna be threats or jesters, an extremely self-serving dream sequence, and a backstory that makes no sense for someone who didn't need it.
I wonder if all these issues can be sourced to Troy Duffy being given too much control to make his dream come true, or if he realized his mistakes with Miramax after the original was dropped mid-production and overcorrected. All I know is I'm not looking forward to this hypothetical third installment.