Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

Director: Troy Duffy

Writers: Troy Duffy, Taylor Duffy

Composer: Jeff Danna

Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz, Bob Marley, Brian Mahoney, David Ferry, David Della Rocco, Peter Fona, Daniel DeSanto, Gerard Parkes, Matthew Lemche, Robert Mauriell, Judd Nelson, Rob Wells, Willem Dafoe

More info: IMDb

Plot:  The MacManus brothers are living a quiet life in Ireland with their father, but when they learn that their beloved priest has been killed by mob forces, they go back to Boston to bring justice to those responsible and avenge the priest.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

I'd heard all kinds of shit about this one that I avoided it.  I liked THE BOONDOCK SAINTS (1999) enough but even after a couple of watches I still can't get behind calling it the classic so many people praise it to be.  I'm not going to give up on it because there's a lot to like about the first one just like this sequel.  The cast is fun and the pacing feels much faster than the first film.  Plus you get Rob Wells (Ricky from THE TRAILER PARK BOYS show) in a somewhat serious role.  That was neat.  I totally didn't see Peter Fonda under all that makeup.  There was something off about his character that I didn't like as in they should've gotten someone better.  He looked phony and now I know why.  The music is upbeat and fun and the two brothers have a great camaraderie between them that's fun to watch.  Billy Connolly should be in everything.  I love that guy.  Judd Nelson is fun, too.  What really had me scratching my head was Julie Benz and her outrageous Southern accent.  It only worked sometimes but when it didn't it was just awful.  I might watch this one again someday but not before I revisit the first one.  The ending was a lot of fun with a cameo that had me laughing with joy.  Duffy leaves the movie as if there could be a third one and I'm totally OK with that.  The Sony DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen print and the extras you get are a commentary track with Duffy and the three leads, another one with Duffy and Dafoe, a couple of deleted scenes, a behind the scenes featurette (26 minutes),  9 minutes of Duffy & Connolly shootin' the shit, and 14 trailers but not one for this film.

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