Monday, 28 March 2016

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

It has been 14 or so years since the first film, but within the film's timeline it has been at least 18 (they have a 17-year-old-daughter). Forcing through some kind of plot to 'justify' the title, the film decides to have Toula's (Nia Vardalos) parents have a wedding after they discover their marriage was never made official (the priest didn't sign something or other). But to pad out the 90 minute runtime, we also have stuff to do with Toula's daughter moving on in life and her father trying to prove his connection to Alexander the Great. Nothing of any real interest, really.

The first film was, by any rom-com standards, a huge success upon its release thanks to its longevity (it never topped the box office in the US despite earning $240 million or so). And you'd think the film-makers would have tried to capitalise on the success by releasing a sequel released soon after. They didn't, instead choosing to make a sitcom based around it which died off pretty quickly. But now we have that sequel, one that I can only assume is being made out of desperation (for whatever reason) rather than any real need for a sequel this late.

There is no real purpose to the plot driving the film, so it awkwardly goes about trying to give itself an excuse to exist. At the end of the day, this is just a sitcom (which is only reinforced by the appearance of John Stamos). It's just about the family doing stuff, with the 'comedy' mainly based around mimicking the original, while various scenarios are forced their way and they all learn a lesson of some kind.

It wasn't the most engaging watch and the pointless foci of the film just make it drag that much more. It wasn't necessarily unlikeable, it's just a dull and very long 90 minutes (adding to the torture was all the Greek food making me feel hungry). That said, the film does occasionally throw up something humorous for your patience. Nothing advanced, but it lightens the mood. Though that didn't stop some audience members apparently behaving like it was the funniest thing they'd ever seen. Good for them. At least they were getting something from what is ultimately and needless, directionless, and forced film.

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