Red 2 delivered on being just as ridiculous and over the top as I expected it to be. Sure some may have been expecting something story driven, but I think by now when something is labelled as an action-comedy, you shouldn’t expect so much of it to be blown away. That would separate those who enjoyed it from those who felt disappointed. The biggest difference I saw in this film was the tone. The first film was a lot more dramatic, this one is a bit more serious since the stakes are actually higher. Surely their lives were in danger before, but this time they were very much on the receiving end of the action. Like the description said, they were outgunned, out-manned, having only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process. That is what we saw and that kind of situation brought out the best in each of them.
The story I found to be well laid out. Of course it could be better, wouldn’t say it was perfect, but for what it was it was decent enough. Every character had their motivations, and it did keep you guessing as to who the real threat was till the very end. No cliche at all because what I find is unique is that they are all killers with a deep connection, and the question is raised as how you can really get to what is basically a family of contract killers, agents, and so forth.
The casting is what I liked most because of their dynamic. They are all fun in their own way and the actors do look like they have fun playing their characters. Some may believe that age is detrimental to pull off this level of comedy, but they’d surely find themselves wrong. The dialogue between Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) and Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) was well done because you have Frank who is very serious about the situation and Sarah who is just having the time of her life because it’s not a world she’s accustomed to and thrilling. Between Marvin Boggs’ (John Malkovich) paranoid nature, Victoria (Helen Mirren) just being kick ass which is what I expected from her going into the film, and Han Cho-Bai (Lee Byung-hun) who’s vendetta with Frank I thought was very convincing. Again the casting is the best part of this film and they were all given time to stand out amongst each other while also playing off each other.
Overall this film was a popcorn flick and didn’t try to be anything more. You can’t get excited for a film like this expecting it to be something grand. The humor really stuck. I actually found myself laughing because they honestly weren’t trying too hard. So what if it didn’t outdo the previous film, I still found it to be a fun experience and at the end it made me laugh. If it made you laugh then it did its job. Personally I’m glad as well that there will even be a third to come.