Friday, September 5, 2014

Young Guns II (1990)

Director: Geoff Murphy

Writer: John Fusco

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, William Petersen, Alan Ruck, R.D. Call, James Coburn, Balthazar Getty, Jack Kehoe, Robert Knepper, Tom Kurlander, Viggo Mortensen, Tracey Walter

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Yoo-Hoo, I'll make ya famous!

Plot: Billy the Kid, along with his gang, heads for the Mexican border not knowing that his onetime friend now wears a badge and is out to get him.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Well, the story continues.  Estevez is a lot more giggly this time around.  Phillips has less to do so he's not as annoying with the bad acting (although it's there).  They traded Jack Palance for James Coburn...not a bad thing but, like Palance in the last one, his role is brief.  They hired a better composer.  That's a plus. The story is OK and never all that compelling.  In some ways it's a bit better than the first film but the narrative isn't as clear cut.   The Warner Bros. slipcase DVD has two extras, the theatrical trailer (formatted to fit the screen, no less) and a five minute fluff piece filmed when the movie was made.  It's a joke as half the short time is spent showing clips from the film and a lot of what's said in the interviews is ridiculous like "I get paid to chase Billy the Kid" type of stuff and "People coming into this film shouldn't expect Bambi.  It's a Western.".  Ya don't say?

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