West Is West Reviews
This has been marketed, for some reason, as a comedy. However this is nothing of the sort. There are some jokes and some funny situations but this is the portrait of a very dysfunctional family struggling to overcome the race and culture issues that are tearing them apart. This is especially true in Mr. Khan, a pakistani man that has been living abroad for so long that finds very difficult to reconcile past and present now that has to face the consequences of his decisions.
It is a good film but not an esay watch. It shows us problems that might be set in the 70s but that are still very valid today. It is been said that second parts don't tend to be as good as the original film, I don't believe this to be the case. It is a fair and just sequel dealing with the same problem but with a different perspective.
Loved the Pakistan connection, from Saeen Zahoor's vocal/music to the fact that the story depicts the richness of rural Pakistan's culture and even unfolds flaws in our family system due to scattered families living in different parts of the world ... !!
Acting wise the young Aqib Khan has a great, charming presence ... while Om Puri is just top notch as usual ...
The culture clash which gave the first movie its core subject matter is quickly brushed under the carpet, as Sajid all too swiftly acclimatises to his new surroundings. Whats left is all the emotion, with too little to break it up.
George goes back to his first wife, swiftly followed by Ella, and what follows is a collision of worlds in which more is left unsaid, eventually winding its way to an unsatisfying conclusion.
Hopefully George doesn't have any relatives in London, because on this form we do not want to be subjected to North is North!