4 September 2008 | vchimpanzee
Mostly fun, dark toward end
When I saw this, I was not aware it was a sequel. It just so happens I saw "White Lightning" on the same TV station a week later, after I had found out this was a sequel. So now I can compare the two movies.
If I hadn't known Gator was a character from "White Lightning", I wouldn't have believed it. Gator in this movie was more like Burt Reynolds' "Smokey and the Bandit" character. In other words, Reynolds just being Reynolds, a smart aleck, though intelligent and charming.
This movie was more fun but not as high quality as "White Lightning". Nevertheless, it did have its dark side. Although it started out with a "Dukes of Hazzard" style chase but with boats, and it was mostly a comedy, the final scenes were not funny at all. It was a real shame.
Jerry Reed did a very good job; Bama did come across almost like J. R. in most of his scenes with Gator, though in a lot of his scenes Bama was hardly a J. R. Ewing type. He was just plain nasty, and that one scene that nearly spoiled the movie for me was the real proof of just how evil he was.
The standout performance came from Alice Ghostley as a woman who loved cats and once worked in the courthouse. Her former job meant she knew where to find information that could put Bama away--but because it was her former job, illegal tactics had to be employed. Of course they did! What fun would a movie like this be otherwise?
It's mostly a movie for the type people who enjoyed "Smokey and the Bandit". Too silly for Oscar, but entertaining.