The Two Jakes Reviews

  • Jun 07, 2020

    OK, so it's not as good as Chinatown. But does it need to be? Instead, let's put aside comparisons and just consider it on its own merits: Good, clean storytelling. Interesting characters played by some of the great actors of the era. Jack Nicholson acting and directing - incorporating the landscape and the times brilliantly. Overall an excellent film with themes and moments that linger.

    OK, so it's not as good as Chinatown. But does it need to be? Instead, let's put aside comparisons and just consider it on its own merits: Good, clean storytelling. Interesting characters played by some of the great actors of the era. Jack Nicholson acting and directing - incorporating the landscape and the times brilliantly. Overall an excellent film with themes and moments that linger.

  • Feb 23, 2020

    If The Two Jakes hadn't been the sequel to one of the great film noirs starring one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, it would have been far better received. Attempting to outdo its predecessor by incorporating a more convoluted plot, The Two Jakes fails to live up to the hype but provides enough to warrant a watch.

    If The Two Jakes hadn't been the sequel to one of the great film noirs starring one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, it would have been far better received. Attempting to outdo its predecessor by incorporating a more convoluted plot, The Two Jakes fails to live up to the hype but provides enough to warrant a watch.

  • Nov 25, 2019

    This sequel would be four stars if it was put out a few years after. It's 18 years later and the times had changed and Polanski was obviously not involved. Roman slowed down the scenes in Chinatown like Kubrick had done for film.

    This sequel would be four stars if it was put out a few years after. It's 18 years later and the times had changed and Polanski was obviously not involved. Roman slowed down the scenes in Chinatown like Kubrick had done for film.

  • May 06, 2019

    I quite enjoyed it actually. Harvey Keitel's final scenes are quite good.

    I quite enjoyed it actually. Harvey Keitel's final scenes are quite good.

  • Sep 01, 2018

    A clumsy, dreadful movie. So badly written and directed that it makes good actors awful. Best thing: they didn't call it Chinatown II.

    A clumsy, dreadful movie. So badly written and directed that it makes good actors awful. Best thing: they didn't call it Chinatown II.

  • Jan 06, 2018

    Typically well-acted and an admirable effort in the director's chair from Nicholson, it has its moments, but it simply can't capture the tone, style and magic that its predecessor, 'Chinatown', had in spades. The narrative certainly had potential with its mystery, but it gets a bit messy along the way and loses its thread for a while before coming together in a coherent, but somewhat unsatisfying ending. Being too long and in need of some editing doesn't help matters much, either. All in all, it's a mediocre film with some interesting stuff going on here and there, but doesn't feel like enough of a justification to bring the characters back for a second round.

    Typically well-acted and an admirable effort in the director's chair from Nicholson, it has its moments, but it simply can't capture the tone, style and magic that its predecessor, 'Chinatown', had in spades. The narrative certainly had potential with its mystery, but it gets a bit messy along the way and loses its thread for a while before coming together in a coherent, but somewhat unsatisfying ending. Being too long and in need of some editing doesn't help matters much, either. All in all, it's a mediocre film with some interesting stuff going on here and there, but doesn't feel like enough of a justification to bring the characters back for a second round.

  • Aug 29, 2016

    A bland and disappointing sequel to the classic Chinatown.

    A bland and disappointing sequel to the classic Chinatown.

  • May 06, 2015

    Not bad but not great...

    Not bad but not great...

  • Aug 23, 2014

    While both on the director's chair and reprising his role that'd became one of his best in his acting career, Jack Nicholson done this follow-up to noir masterpiece "Chinatown" with grace on the compelling direction, characterization and complexity, as well style and performance. But like how follow-ups to highly acclaimed films goes, it's doesn't have enough to go above or match the level of the original. The main flaw to that reason for this film is the convolution in the basic, understood direction. Although, it's overall a nice follow-up to a great film with the best star returned. (B+) (Full review coming soon)

    While both on the director's chair and reprising his role that'd became one of his best in his acting career, Jack Nicholson done this follow-up to noir masterpiece "Chinatown" with grace on the compelling direction, characterization and complexity, as well style and performance. But like how follow-ups to highly acclaimed films goes, it's doesn't have enough to go above or match the level of the original. The main flaw to that reason for this film is the convolution in the basic, understood direction. Although, it's overall a nice follow-up to a great film with the best star returned. (B+) (Full review coming soon)

  • Jun 11, 2014

    Not as polished as last time, this sequel to 'Chinatown' isn't as sleek, slick and sexy. This is down to a less focused and often convoluted script that can make first viewings trudgesome. However, we still have solid performances from another Grade A cast, as well as some excellent cinematography that still bears the same great use of colour as its predecessor.

    Not as polished as last time, this sequel to 'Chinatown' isn't as sleek, slick and sexy. This is down to a less focused and often convoluted script that can make first viewings trudgesome. However, we still have solid performances from another Grade A cast, as well as some excellent cinematography that still bears the same great use of colour as its predecessor.