Gremlins 2: The New Batch Reviews

  • May 06, 2019

    I don't think anyone would call Gremlins a masterpiece. It worked, often surprisingly well, as a chaotic blend of unrelated genres and unrestrained mayhem, and that was enough. Its sequel, arriving a full six years after the original, is both a spiritual successor and a tonal departure, if that makes any sense. It retains the wicked laughs and playful, no-holds-barred character that made the first so much fun to watch, but completely disregards any shred of nuance. Granted, there's nothing all that subtle about microwaving a slimy green monster until it bursts, a particularly memorable scene from the first film, but by comparison that brand of development seems sophisticated. Gremlins 2 is like a doomed sketch comedy show, all distracted energy and crazy ideas without much focus. We've got mutated Gremlins with only the loosest of explanations (example: a veggie monster who's sampled tomato DNA). There's an ultra-shallow satire of Donald Trump, an out-of-touch media mogul who somehow does an about-face to play one of the story's heroes. Hulk Hogan directly addresses the camera. Grandpa Munster leaves the set of his late-night movie marathon to conduct a live interview with the monsters' leader (this one sipped from a bottle of brain juice, granting him refined tastes, a revolutionary's vision and a British accent). It's just way, way too much; dozens of patches to cover for a rather simple, stupid script. One caveat: it's hidden behind the crush of outrageous ideas and unhinged madness, but the film boasts a sharp sense of humor that regularly caught me by surprise. There's some genuinely witty, laugh-worthy material here, and that merits mention. Otherwise, consider this a case study for unnecessary sequels. Underthought and over-budgeted.

    I don't think anyone would call Gremlins a masterpiece. It worked, often surprisingly well, as a chaotic blend of unrelated genres and unrestrained mayhem, and that was enough. Its sequel, arriving a full six years after the original, is both a spiritual successor and a tonal departure, if that makes any sense. It retains the wicked laughs and playful, no-holds-barred character that made the first so much fun to watch, but completely disregards any shred of nuance. Granted, there's nothing all that subtle about microwaving a slimy green monster until it bursts, a particularly memorable scene from the first film, but by comparison that brand of development seems sophisticated. Gremlins 2 is like a doomed sketch comedy show, all distracted energy and crazy ideas without much focus. We've got mutated Gremlins with only the loosest of explanations (example: a veggie monster who's sampled tomato DNA). There's an ultra-shallow satire of Donald Trump, an out-of-touch media mogul who somehow does an about-face to play one of the story's heroes. Hulk Hogan directly addresses the camera. Grandpa Munster leaves the set of his late-night movie marathon to conduct a live interview with the monsters' leader (this one sipped from a bottle of brain juice, granting him refined tastes, a revolutionary's vision and a British accent). It's just way, way too much; dozens of patches to cover for a rather simple, stupid script. One caveat: it's hidden behind the crush of outrageous ideas and unhinged madness, but the film boasts a sharp sense of humor that regularly caught me by surprise. There's some genuinely witty, laugh-worthy material here, and that merits mention. Otherwise, consider this a case study for unnecessary sequels. Underthought and over-budgeted.

  • Apr 29, 2019

    An absolute chore to get through. So childish and cartoon-y. Not even kids will like the sudden change of the creatures' background. "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" disrespects the original without warning its fans first. Better to prevent that this one never existed.

    An absolute chore to get through. So childish and cartoon-y. Not even kids will like the sudden change of the creatures' background. "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" disrespects the original without warning its fans first. Better to prevent that this one never existed.

  • Apr 28, 2019

    Nowhere near as good as the first one ; far too slapstick.

    Nowhere near as good as the first one ; far too slapstick.

  • Apr 04, 2019

    This is too silly, Too Wild and way Too DUMB. It takes what the orignal did perfectly and blew it way out of proportion. I was very excited for any crazy thing to come on screen, but I was very disappointed.

    This is too silly, Too Wild and way Too DUMB. It takes what the orignal did perfectly and blew it way out of proportion. I was very excited for any crazy thing to come on screen, but I was very disappointed.

  • Apr 01, 2019

    One of the best sequels out there. It's funny, charming, and entertaining.

    One of the best sequels out there. It's funny, charming, and entertaining.

  • Mar 04, 2019

    This movie is so awesome it's off the awesome meter! And one of the funniest, cleverest movies of all time, too!

    This movie is so awesome it's off the awesome meter! And one of the funniest, cleverest movies of all time, too!

  • Feb 26, 2019

    Best film of all time

    Best film of all time

  • Feb 13, 2019

    Gremlins 2 is a great sequel that takes the franchise in a completely different direction. Gremlins 1 is more of a horror comedy and this movie is straight up looney tunes comedy and i love it.

    Gremlins 2 is a great sequel that takes the franchise in a completely different direction. Gremlins 1 is more of a horror comedy and this movie is straight up looney tunes comedy and i love it.

  • Jan 04, 2019

    I prefer the sequel to the original. Don't judge me!

    I prefer the sequel to the original. Don't judge me!

  • Dec 18, 2018

    One of the extremely rare occurrences when a sequel is superior to its original. Many people wouldn't agree, but this film is a postmodern tongue-in-cheek satire, and a self-parodying joy throughout.

    One of the extremely rare occurrences when a sequel is superior to its original. Many people wouldn't agree, but this film is a postmodern tongue-in-cheek satire, and a self-parodying joy throughout.