After having a bout of nostalgia, I just finished watching a Gremlins 2-pack DVD set tonight.
I have to say, I thought the first one holds up fairly well.
However, the sequel sadly does not. I'm really quite surprised at the high number of positive reviews here.
This film is terrible.
Don't get me wrong, I love Joe Dante and I can see where he was coming from. He knew it was a totally unnecessary sequel, so he wanted to spoof the whole thing and just have a good time.
He really should've stayed home. This is quite possibly the most self-indulgent, stupid, shallow mess of a film I've ever seen.
There's virtually no plot to speak of. The supposed "main" characters run around like morons amongst a barrage of childish Gremlin gags. Most of which, are plain idiotic and verging on embarrassing.
I felt for the actors here, as they really gave it their all.
I know Dante is obsessed with Warner Bros cartoons, but including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in this film was totally unjustified and insipid. Their scene couldn't have been less funny and I can't believe Dante got away with it.
In fact, I can't believe he got away with the whole movie.
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