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Wayne's World 2

review by Zach B.

Rated PG-13

Studio: Paramount

Running Time: 94 minutes

Starring Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Christopher Walken, Ralph Brown

Written by Mike Meyers and Bonnie Turner & Terry Turner
Based on the characters created by Mike Meyers

Directed by Stephen Surjik

Retail Price: $24.99

Features: Audio Commentary with Director Stephen Surjik, Cast & Crew Interviews

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital English 5.1, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, Chapter Search (21 Chapters)

Released: July 10th, 2001
Also part of Wayne's World 1 & 2: The Complete Epic

A Saturday Night Live movie sequel? Uh-oh. That can't be good. But it's "Wayne's World", so it can't be that bad... can it? I mean, the first film was really good (and I still think it's the best SNL film) so a sequel can't be THAT bad... and it isn't. I think it's still five times better then a lot of other SNL movies out there. And how could there not be a sequel? The first film was incredibly successful (and all the other SNL films have pretty much bombed - not counting "The Blues Brothers" again) so a sequel seemed likely. And within less then two years of the first, "Wayne's World 2" debuted during December 1993.

The story this time has Wayne seeing a vision... a vision that involves Jim Morrison telling him to put on a concert (and when Garth's "Sports Illustrated" stuff is going to come). The concert's name? "Waynestock". From there, the film has Wayne trying to get the concert together, him winning Cassandra back and Garth falling in love.

I enjoyed "Wayne's World 2", but not as much as the first. Yes, it's a funny movie with a lot of inspired scenes, but it feels a bit different from the first one. While the original was a nice extension of the sketch, this one doesn't feel like an extension at all and not as true to the actual sketch. I'm surprised, considering Meyers and the Turners retrurned to write the sequel. Perhaps it's because Wayned moved out of his parents house? That it doesn't focus on the actual so much? I don't know, it seems like the stuff the characters would get into, but at the same time just a tiny bit out of place.

It's not all bad, I really did like the movie. There are a lot of funny new jokes this time around, but I didn't laugh as hard most of the time. While it doesn't stay as true to the original sketches, it does have returning things from the original, such as some characters and references which I was glad to see.

The acting in the film is quite good. Tia Carrere as Cassandra has a bigger role this time around, while Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey have excellent chemistry as Wayne and Garth. And yes, Christopher Walken himself is in this film as Bobby, Cassandra's producer. Anything with Walken is fine with me, though I felt he sort of underplayed his role. Kim Basinger also has a small role as one of Garth's love interests.

Still, some of the film is pretty pointless. I was disappointed to see that Wayne hardly talked directly to the camera in this one (and Garth didn't at all), and the film's tacked on morals at the end seem a bit weird. Garth getting a love interest is a good idea, but it could have been expanded on more. Still, it's a good and fun film. While it may not be the original, it's fine for what it is.

I was a bit disappointed with the transfer for "Wayne's World 2", but it's still good nonthenless. The image features a decent amount of grain at points, which I found a little bit distracting. Shimmering and some edge enhancment are present, and sometimes specks or blemishes appear but those aren't distracting. The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and in the end, looks pretty sharp.

"Wayne's World 2" has also been re-mixed into 5.1 like the original, and it sounds pretty spectacular. The surrounds come from the music oritented scenes, but I felt the scenes that had the most punch were the "Jurassic Park" parody and dubbed fight scene. Dialogue is crisp and clean and nothing gets in its way. Overall, like the original, it is pretty impressive for what it is. English and French Dolby Surround tracks are included, and you get English subtitles and English closed captions.

"Wayne's World 2" has a Audio Commentary with Director Stephen Surjik. Surjik sounds a bit neurotic and is pretty relaxed. He's pretty talkative too and gives some interesting insights about making the film and certain elements. Surjik is mainly a TV director and did a pretty good job directing the film. It's not the best track and it's not incredibly technical, but he has some good bits of info. Though sometimes he does drag things out which I found annoying.

And the only other feature is Extreme Close-Up, with another new batch of interviews. This also has some clips from the film and in full frame. Once again, Paramount includes subtitles for their supplements (woohoo!). Meyers, Michaels, Carvey, Carrere and Surjik sit down for interviews. They all basically go on making the sequel, why it came to be (success of the first one) and how things went between all of them. It's pretty interesting and lasts a mere fourteen minutes.

Like the first film, there also some creative menus like watching a television listing channel with clips from other Paramount stuff you can watch. Still, the theatrical trailers are not to be found on the disc, thought when you start up the main menu you see some of one of them. Hmm...

"Wayne's World 2" may not live up to the original, but it's still really enjoyable. Paramount has delivered a fine presentation for the film as well as some good extras. Party on again, DVD fans...

(4/5 - NOT included in final score)




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