What a crying shame. To go to all the trouble to make a sequel to what was seriously one of the best films of this genre of all time, only to bugger it up so monumentally.
I must have rewatched the fight scenes from the original Crouching Possum, Hidden Wombat 50 times or more, particularly the one with Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi. These fight scenes are mechanical and boring. There's nothing particularly enjoyable here at all.
They even CHANGED the SWORD... The hilt is different. WTF.
So in summary:
No real story
no drama at all
no good fight scenes
Almost no character depth.
Michelle Yeoh did any heavy lifting at all that was managed for this blight on our culture.
My god. Such potential squandered. Looking at the paintings on the wall of T's office, one remembers the stellar performances of will smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with sad fondness, as this piece of garbage meanders along.
Agent M could have at least had the depth of character of Amy Pond - the little girl who saw too much of the universe - yet she was given zero to work with. A hat tip to the metoo movement was about it.
You could see the plot twist coming from MARS and none of the ideas had merit. Where is the cleverness of the original. "It was like something was wearin' Egar... Like an Egar suit..." Where are the actually slightly terrifying creatures?
Some of the humour here was so poor that it actually ruined the film as a whole. You wonder why things like the vomiting theme get dragged out for another go around. The girl's first airing as a group was so shithouse and then, as if by magic, they are kinda brilliant in the next scene. Sadly implausible. The judges for the competition were cast for Glee but turned up on this filmset instead and the film makers thought, "Fuck it, we'll use them anyway"...
A flash of brilliance in the Riff off scene, again made me think of Glee and wonder how their choice of music is so consistently bad where there is so much amazing music in the world.
Overall, I'm glad I didn't go to the theatre for this rubbish. Toula needs to go back to Fat Pizza where she was actually good.
Good lord. What happened to Jack Black after High Fidelity? Did he peak early? Was that moment so tasty, he decided that was the only character he was ever going to do?
Who cast this? Who did they have sex with to get all that talent into this mindless waste of celluloid? They even got Mike Doughty to provide a song? Ughh! Sacrilege!
JB is a muppet who should not be let near a starring role. He's only good as a sidekick and only then if you want a generic Jack Black type.
GODAWFULL film. Avoid.