Crocodile Dundee II Reviews
This film did well upon release but got bad reviews, I don't really see why to be honest. Sure the plot is a bit textbook, daft and over used, but the whole idea of the Aussie bushman still trying to find his way around the modern big city of New York with its cultural differences, lingo difficulties and his general ignorance of anything outside of the outback is still just about amusing.
Can't deny that there are moments when your thinking surely he's heard of that before! or seen one of those!. When Mick fails to pick up on a Richard Nixon impression and then admits he's never heard of Nixon...yeah OK you've been living in the wilds of Oz but SURELY you've heard of Nixon! come on!.
The main let down for this film is the stupid ass plot. Its basically your standard baddies kidnap Dundee's girl and he's gotta save her. This incorporates much silly nonsense involving kiddie street gangs dressed in awful 80's 'gangwear' helping Dundee out, its lame.
The second half of the plot (two halves just like the first film) sees Dundee and Jane...I mean 'Sue Charlton' back in native Oz hiding out from the bad guys who are now after them for revenge. All that way just for revenge? is it that important?. Anyway we are then given an overly long series of chase/hunt sequences where Dundee uses his bushman talents to defeat the bad guys one by one.
Kinda got the impression that the despite the fact the first film was a big success it didn't involve any violence or bad guys for Dundee to kill, and this is why we have this bog standard sequel storyline. First film was a nice romantic Prince Charming type story, this is Hollywood action time...Aussie style.
What's even more off putting is both Dundee and Sue are in mortal danger during this time from the drug dealers hunting them yet they treat it like some kind of happy camping trip with lots of hugs n kisses. The director can't decide what he wants, remain a lovey dovey romcom or venture into some proper jungle/desert killing action. Obviously it stays on the light side which equals some rather silly tame bad guy take downs which aren't really believable for the situation. The situation quite clearly shows that all the bad guys need to be killed off.
So yeah the story is crap and that's a shame because the franchise is fine for a sequel. There is just enough juice left in Mick Dundee to squeeze out another fun film. The visuals gags are still keeping afloat just about, Hogan still looks the part perfectly as do all other cast members (great continuity) and the imagery of wild Australia in all its glory with the adding of more Aboriginal folk is still very welcome and quite original. But most importantly, overall its still a fun film that just about delivers...by the skin of its teeth.
A very worthy sequel.
Now, having conquered the urban jungle, Mick and partner Sue land in trouble with a vicious drug dealer, and Mick is off to the rescue again! :-)
Some good moments, like the suicide guy where Mick is taking a stroll around the ledge and asks "Do you mind moving out the way?" which leads to a hilarious conversation between the doomed man and Mick who still doesn't quite understand that not everyone is as cheery and go lucky as us Aussies!
And the fight scene in the underground station with a killer, with the aid of two Japanese Tourists, to which one says to the other:
"You know who that was?? CLINT EASTWOOD!" :-)
Its when the trip back to the Oz bush is when the things start up well, and Mick shows why he's King of the Hill down under. :-)