The Endless Summer II (1994)
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Critic Reviews for The Endless Summer II
Not as exciting as the first film, this one can't decide whether it's a tarvelogue, an adventure, or National Geographic documentary.
Had The Endless Summer II stuck to its subject, it would be a pleasant diversion. But it is weighed down with frivolous travel vignettes that are as dull as they are cute and contrived.
Pretty hard to sit through, because Brown's incessant beach boy prattle is endlessly irritating.
Although the movie runs 95 minutes, it contains nothing much in the way of information about surfing.
One of those rare bits of movie marginalia that are entirely without merit and, still, a pleasure to sit through.
Audience Reviews for The Endless Summer II
Some annoying narration and super-retarded set-ups (Oh NO, don't hit a vehicle because you are too stupid to drive on the correct side of the road in this foreign country. TWICE!) This is more than made up for in dazzling shots of gigantic waves tossing people around like rag dolls, and other shots of gigantic waves being made into a surfer's bitch. I don't necessarily care about surfing, but it's a travelogue with great footage, would love to see something like this now that our town got a flippin' IMAX screen.
While not as majestic as the original, "The Endless Summer 2" offers plenty of breathtaking visuals. Bruce Brown's camera not only captures some beautiful surf, but he takes us underneath the ocean and inside the waves. Brown was always game for hokey jokes in the original, some were funny some were not so funny. Judging from this film, however, his jokes have gotten even hokier. But no matter; most of the time Brown stays committed to capturing some beautiful surf. There might be a sense of adventure missing from this sequel, but it was still fun seeing this new generation of surfers take on the open waves.
All time favorite movie ever! Will inspire you to go out and see the world, meet new people, try new things. A must have DVD. Great documentary with a little bit of everything for everyone!
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