I'll start off by saying i loved the first Boondock Saints. It was a great little sleeper hit that was full of violence, bad language and stupid jokes but it had that spark that made it really enjoyable to watch, kind of like Tarantino's older stuff. This one, after watching a couple times just doesn't do it for me. I think Troy Duffy just waited to long to get it out there. It was almost like a bad indie film maker copying Troy Duffy copying Tarantino. It was just one scene after the next of him trying to recapture what the 1st had while missing each time. Remember how awesome the shootout at the mob hit-man's house was where Willam Dafoe just freaking got lost in his re-enactment and at the end was just spent, well every crime scene visit in this one tried to be like that just getting worse as they went along. And then there was their new side kick who they tried to make like a Mexican version of Rocco and failed. You know why Rocco was so great? Because he was probably just playing himself. Look at his IMDB page, there's only one other movie he's been in besides these two. He's like Jason Mewes with the Jay character. If he left Kevin Smith replacing him wouldn't work. This guy was just some moron who's only purpose was "comic" relief and the butt of non-stop racist jokes. And that brings me to the next thing that sucked about this movie: the dialogue. Good lord it was like some 12 year old who just learned what the F-word is wrote it. I'm pretty laid back when it comes to cursing, but when it's used improperly it just sounds like you are an idiot. You know how people say like randomly in sentences (which I do often), well replace "like" with the f-word mixed with some good old fashion misogyny and racism and you have every character's dialogue in this movie. The racial based jokes in this weren't even clever or funny. That's another thing I could really care less about in media because to me making jokes about stereo types and actually hating someone because of their race, gender, orientation, etc. are two totally different things, but you have to at least try to have some creativity and real humor to back it up. In the first one that joke Rocco told the mob boss and Ron Jeremy was an extremely bad joke but the scene stood out so well in the movie, the rapport and additional dialogue between them during the joke was just great and made it a very funny scene. This movie was pretty much everyone making stupid comments the whole time like the brothers calling the new guy their Mexican, the Italians making fun of the Irish and the sidekick being a walking stereotype in the way that makes you go, "wow this is really stupid."
When you ruin the action, humor, and charm that made the 1st one so great what is there left? Well actually the scenes with Rocco were pretty good. He's kind of half ghost, half guy that simultaneously speaks to the brothers in their dreams. It's so great because he seems somewhat on a higher level after dying... he wants his death to mean something, he still believes in the work of the Saints, but he is still a crazy SOB. He is like in between his worldly self and a higher plateau and it really works for the character and his are about the only watchable scenes in the movie.
As a fan of the 1st one is was worth a watch I guess? But I tried watching it a second time just to see if there was something I missed or if it would grow on me and I ended up just kind of dozing off in and out of it and feeling like a wasted another hour and a half on this movie.
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