Hey there, ladies and gents, how’s everyone feeling? There’s not much happening this weekend as far as wide releases, but I had to alert you to a significant entry. Read on so you don’t miss out!
Leading us gently towards the great season of Halloween is this long-awaited sequel to one of our most beloved horror classics. The unfortunate fact is that it doesn’t seem David Gordon Greene and Danny McBride have done justice to this remarkable franchise.
The story features a couple of idiot podcasters (Jefferson Hall, Rhian Rees) who interview the incarcerated Mike (Nick Castle/ James Jude Courtney) and bring him his mask for some dumb documentary they are doing. You know what happens next, and suddenly all that’s left between Mike and a new spree of killings is Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). Laurie for her part has estranged herself from her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) by her obsessive preparation for the day Mike returns. The third generation is represented by Karen’s daughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), and each of these women has a different take on Mike.
It’s a good follow up story to the original, but there are some big flaws in the execution. Laurie getting closure is a wonderful angle the filmmakers unfortunately ruin, partly due to them trying to show the viewpoints of all three female characters. Hence the resulting clash of themes. Watching the film, one gets the idea it’s a copy of the original—down to the arrangement of some of the scenes. And that’s fine, but there needs to be much more substance to it than just cute references to the original. Lastly, a good movie transports the audience into the scenes that are unfolding. That just isn’t the case here.
Still, it’s an engaging movie. The cast is excellent and the acting competent. Curtis gives a fine performance as a woman determined to triumph over her monster, and the featured female empowerment brings this franchise nicely into the present. But the most attractive part of the flick is, without doubt, its slasher sensibility: those sequences will absolutely thrill horror fans. It’s worth the theater ticket just for that reason alone. So if horror’s your genre of choice, take yourself to the theater for some thrills—Mike won’t disappoint you.
And here’s where I leave you. Have fun with Mike, and let me know how it goes!