Letterboxd is hell.
Almost as good as the original, and even better in some ways. These movies feel so effortless, and there’s a tiny bit of a hangout vibe here that makes them all a bit special. Gibson and Glover really do have a special chemistry that makes them maybe the *best* on screen duo, and I get a chuckle out of the white supremacist bad guys here because this movie just makes you despise them a hundred times over. So many classic bits throughout, but nothing tops the surfboard to the head. Just a tremendous piece of 80s action and one of the best follow-ups ever made.
One of the all-time greats, not necessarily for its awesome Shane Black script alone (that was, I believe, rewritten to be “less dark”). It does see some occasional sloppiness in its plotting, but features instantly iconic performances and chemistry between Gibson and Glover, as well as the unwavering hand with which Donner directs. The best thing about this movie is how unabashedly violent it is, where even our heroes are addled by PTSD to the point where slipping back into…
I was 14 when this came out, and while I liked seeing Craven back doing Freddy things, I’ll be completely honest: the purpose of this one sailed right over my head.
In fact, watching it at 40 is when it starts to click. There’s so much happening here, from Craven’s philosophies about art as the savior of mankind (I’m watching this at a time when the world is on lockdown, the entire earth talking about the books/movies/shows they’re consuming in…