Sunday, April 27, 2008

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Review

It takes the approach of throwing varied jokes at the audience rapid fire, some hit and some miss. The film is short and varied enough that the less amusing gags don't pull it down too much. Still there are decent sized stretches with few or, worse, no laughs. As in the first one Kal Penn and especially John Cho give surprisingly solid performances considering the material. It makes you wonder what could've been if some of the dumber gags were a bit refined. Neil Patrick Harris, as in the first, gets by far the biggest laughs here. There's something to be said for actors who aren't afraid to make fun of themselves and NPH is about as fearless as they come in this regard. If you loved the first one you'll enjoy this one too, otherwise it has its moments but is nothing special.

Overall Score: 5/10

1 comment:

dent424 said...

I'll be honest. I thought that the first movie was tolerable. It blatantly broke through some barriers making it for a mildly satisfying experience. This movie just sucked. The jokes were mostly flat (Except as you pointed out for NPH - who like William Shatner is always oddly entertaining) and the "political commentary" was just plain dumb. I doesn't matter whether you agree with it or not, this movie takes the concepts and themes of the first movie (Which were repeated over and over again in that movie mostly for comic effect) and completely bludgeoned them to death. I'd give it more like a 3 out of 10. Just sayin'