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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.
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.
Nowhere near as good as the first one ; far too slapstick.
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.
One of the best sequels out there. It's funny, charming, and entertaining.
This movie is so awesome it's off the awesome meter! And one of the funniest, cleverest movies of all time, too!
Best film of all time
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.
I prefer the sequel to the original. Don't judge me!
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.