Billy the Kid is back in this sequel to the surprise hit Young Guns.
Oct 23, 2009
The year is 1950 and a weathered old man talks to a reporter out in the middle of the desert. He wants to finally confess to his crimes that have been on his mind for over sixty years. This old dude claims to be William H. Bonney aka Billy the Kid. In disbelief and questioning the old man's reliability. he listens to the old man's story about the days of Pat Garrett (William Petersen), running a foul with John Chisum, having dinner with Governor Lewis Wallace and riding around the southwest with his crew of misfits such as Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh (Christian Slater), Hendry William French (Alan Ruck), Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland) and Jose Chavez y Chavez (L.D.P.). Is this story true? Was Billy the Kid a fun loving rascal with sociopathic tendencies? Who is Pat Garrett and why did he become sheriff? You'll have to find out for yourself when you watch Young Guns II.
The movie takes place a few years years after the first film. But this movie's plot contradicts the end to part one and ret-cons all of the characters epilogues (sans Billy the Kid). Surprisingly the sequel is more historically accurate than the preceding film (that's no great shakes because this one has it's own flaws and flubs). What I like about this film is that it's not only better than part one, but the direction, acting and writing is a notch above as well. Maybe it's because the film is a quasi remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid".
If you want to see the further exploits of Billy the Kid, then look no further than this one. Emilio Estevez is great as Billy and LDP and Kiefer Sutherland reprise their roles from the first film.