4 Icees (out of 5). I don’t mean to blow the suspense of what rating I’m giving this (and future) movies, but my web designer set up the left-side menu with a preview of the review and I thought the rating should be a part of that, so there it is.
Now, on to the movie itself. The professional critics hate this movie, but as my wonderful wife said, “They must be on crack”. This movie was fun. Did it go over the top as far as destruction goes, sure. Did it have really cornball/cheesy lines at times, sure. Did it have some problems with continuity, sure. Did it break the laws of physics, possibly but I never studied law. Was it fun to watch? Heck Yeah! If you loved the first one (and I did), then you’ll have no problem liking the second one. They do a decent job of saying what has happened to the major players in the last 20 years, with the exception of Jeff Goldblum’s ex-wife/romantic interest Margaret Colin, who played Constance Spano. There is no mention of her, which was kind of sad. They do vaguely allude to Goldblum’s character being difficult to be with, but that’s about it.
Anyway, this movie tells what happens 20 years after the aliens were defeated. We learn in more detail about what they were after and we learn about the effects of having mind-melding with them, if you’ll forgive the Trekian term. The movie’s main stars this time (besides Goldblum) are the son of Will Smith’s former character and the love interest of the previous president’s daughter (who also is a key character). I think they do a good job of incorporating them and a few other characters into the story.
The movie has a fair amount of flight/fight scenes, but focuses more on the overall story (and of course the destruction of a good portion of the planet). Overall though, it’s just fun to watch. The whole, “us against them” mentality, so to speak.
As I mentioned before, if you loved the first one, you’ll enjoy this one almost as much. There are no scenes after the credits (thank you aftercredits.com).