Thursday, August 7, 2008

Harold & Kumar...




Just finished watching 'Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay' again... I saw it in the theater (same day I saw 'Iron Man' and 'Diary of the Dead'-- I never just watch ONE movie when I go to the theater), bought it as soon as it came out on DVD (didn't have to open any boxes this time either) and I have watched it several times since... love that movie-- love them both. If you enjoyed the first one, you will definitely enjoy the second. If you didn't enjoy the first one, you suck. If you haven't seen the first one yet, get your ass to the video store right now... NOW! Seriously, if you enjoy movies like 'American Pie' or 'Van Wilder', you'll get a kick out of the adventures of 'Harold & Kumar'.
This is a rare sequel that picks up RIGHT at the end of the first one. The directors/writers are the same guys who wrote the first one, and they kept the same quality (if quality is the right word) of the first...
The first film is mostly about the boys trying to get some food and the wacky shit that happens to them along the way, making it more of a road picture, complicating what should be a simple task. At the end, Harold finally connects with the girl of his dreams... just as she is leaving for Amsterdam-- part 2 picks up with the boys going to Amsterdam to find her, but again, the simple isn't so simple for them and they end up being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Gitmo... They manage to escape, and the movie becomes a chase picture as they try to get across the country to find help, the feds chasing them, and all the madcap hijinks they run into along the way including the KKK, a cyclops and the return of Neil Patrick Harris playing... Neil Patrick Harris. Beverly D'Angelo makes a memorable appearance as a madame, and you get a certain presidential figure in a way you've never seen him before. Nonstop fun, even managing to make things that shouldn't be funny (and wouldn't be funny at all in another picture) hilarious.
I know I am not doing a proper review for this film, but I don't want to give away too many plot points, and also there is so much from the first film you need to know to truly get this one... so watch both... soon..................... Watched them yet?

2 comments:

Booksteve said...

Caught the first one on cable. Loved the then still closeted Neil patrick Harris playing (to the hilt!) against type! Didn't like American Pie all that much but laughed like crazy at Van Wilder after a friend forced me to watch it. Now the problem is that my boss just raved about this movie to me...and his taste is completely different than mine...and yet you like it and we have similar tastes. Hmmm...It's on On Demand. I may actually have to try it in that spare time I never seem to find enough of.

Lisa_mynx said...

dude, if you like the first one, you'll like this one-- guaranteed