A Sony Picture, Written by Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Directed by Jake Kasdan.
This is the follow up to one of recent years’ most unexpected smash hits, the 2017 brand revamp that took on Star Wars and nearly grossed a billion dollars. The sequel was therefore inevitable, and while it is inferior to Welcome to the Jungle, it is still an enjoyable ride.
The main change is that Danny DeVito and Danny Glover join the gang and become two of the avatars. This therefore gives Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart some great comedic opportunities, and they deliver as you would expect. Jack Black is also very funny here and new addition (and recent Golden Globe nominee) Awkwafina adds great energy to the second half of the film and more than holds her own against the huge stars.
However, the real stand out and the person who this time acts as the leader of the group, is Karen Gillan’s Ruby Roundhouse. Gillan not only looks incredible, but more than holds her own comedically while arguably outdoing her co-stars in the action scenes. She is now a big Hollywood star too, and she’s here to stay.
The film itself is fun and has a few surprisingly touching moments but mostly acts as a rehash of the previous film, without certain elements that made it as enjoyable as it was. However, the end credits promise a new status quo that offers hope the next film could be much different and improved (and potentially similar to the 1995 original).
Rating = 3/5