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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

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This inevitable sequel finds Jim Carrey reprising his role as the world's greatest pet detective. His latest case, the disappearance of a rare African white bat, draws him out of his spiritual retreat at a Tibetan monastery following the tragic outcome … see full wiki

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Miles Better Than The First

  • Feb 21, 2009
Jim Carrey is a man who accentuates physical comedy and other than "The Mask", no film has better utilised his talents both as an actor and a comedian. The crazy hair, quirky one liners and over the top facial expressions are pulled together from all his comedic experiences to delight audiences by bringing this fantastic character alive. I was never crazy over the first film. It was something that I just did not enjoy on the same level as most others did; so a sequel for me was bound to be much of the same, but I was very wrong indeed.

The story starts off as a parody of Cliffhanger where Ace is trying to save a stranded Racoon, but accidentally loses grip allowing the Racoon to plunge to its death. A few years later we encounter explorer Fulton Greenwall (Ian McNeice) employing the services of Ace to find a sacred white bat of the ancient Wachati and Wachootoo Tribes to prevent them going to war. His employer is the remarkably snooty and suspicious Vincent Cadby (Simon Callow) and the ancient bat is called Shikaka which has the tribe members bowing at every mention of the name(you can imagine the fun Ace has with these two.)

Character definition isn't something you would really associate with comedies of this kind, but the characterisation is something very important that helps drive the plot along. The character of Cadby is transparent from the start, but is defined to a point that you don't trust him from the beginning and that's the way it should be. He's the main protagonist and Callow does a good job of making sure you know who's the slimey one in this film. Carrey is obviously brilliant in his role reprisal of Ventura and carries the character forward into legendary status with grace and confidence. We are, however, given a treat in this film as we see Ace deal with the one animal he truly hates and that's a bat. The interractions with Ace and the bat scenes are utterly fantastic and take full advantage of his physical comedy skill.

Obviously the supporting cast play just as an important role as Carrey himself, especially the return of his spider monkey companion Spike. I still want one by the way. The setting of an African jungle is somewhat a surprise and a delight; the surprise being that a Pet Detective would be less strange in the setting of an African jungle, and a delight in that it places Ace in his element and doesn't focus on the weirdness that a Pet Detective would create much like in the first film. Taking that weird factor away for a cheap laugh allows for a broader range of comedy. You do still have the weird reactions towards the man from the pompous upper class friends of Cadby, but they aren't so apparent as to become the main comedy movemement of the film.

The usual catchphrases make a return and are welcomed back as they again are not overused, and when are used, they are well placed and appear to be quite witty. I would eagerly place this on the table of any of my friends and order them to watch it, knowing full well they would enjoy it and too end up on the brink of wetting their pants with laughter. The only unfortunate thing about the Ace Ventura series is it has now been soiled by satan himself David Evans, who has decided to bring back the character in the form of a fat child. It is one of those movies that takes a fondly remembered Carrey character and destroys it with a terrible make prequel, sequel or alternative angle.

Steer clear from the third film; instead remember the character fondly by viewing this and the first incarnation.

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