Ten years is a long time between movies. It gives a film maker too much time to over think what he’s going to do with his sequel. That’s a large part of the problem with Boondock 2. Too many openings to the film, too many endings. With so many choices, it takes a more discerning hand to make the best film possible.
Another issue is hype and the legend of the first film. How could it ever live up to expectations? This is what happened to me in the theatre. It was a disappointment. Now on DVD, it’s actually a little more enjoyable. While I still recognize all of it’s flaws, I can have a little more fun with the movie which does have a good number of enjoyable gags throughout and some interesting ideas. There are some ambitious visual elements that are being attempted here and the entire movie has a far more broad scope than the original and that becomes difficult for any film maker on a smaller budget.
Again, everything is clouded with the weight and expectation of the first film. Clifton Collins Jr. has a great scene in the movie where he’s introduced as a wicked bad-ass. During the fight scene you think that he’s maybe a little crazy, but you could take him seriously. Throughout the rest of the movie he becomes more and more comical as he takes over the third place in the Saints’ crew that Rocco occupied in the first one. Okay, not what I wanted out of this new character “Romeo”, but then to make matters worse, he brings back Rocco in a dream sequence! The dream sequence is great, but unnecessary. We don’t need two openers, we don’t need two endings and we don’t need two Rocco’s.
The special features are pretty good, outfitted with featurettes and multiple commentaries, but director Duffy seems to have learned his lessons from the first film about opening his mouth too much. He becomes very political compared to his uncensored behavior in the Boondock documentary “Overnight”. While I wouldn’t expect or want him to trash talk people, I was hoping for a more candid and open Duffy talking about his exile from Hollywood after Boondock one. Instead, there’s slot of glad handing the fans and being about as uninteresting or real as most film directors on publicity tours discussing how awesome their new movie is.
Lower your expectations and you could really enjoy Boondock II. Not because it’s complete crap but because of our memories of how good the first one was.