Paramount // 1993 // 94 Minutes // Rated PG-13
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 18th, 2009
You'll laugh again! You'll cry again! You'll hurl again!
Wayne, Garth, Cassandra, Christopher Walken, Charlton Heston, a female version of Garth, and Aerosmith -- they're all in the house for the second and final chapter in the Wayne's World saga.
Following the events of the first film, Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers, Shrek) has moved into a loft where he and best friend Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) play hockey and stuff. One night, Wayne dreams of a partially nude Native American man bringing him to meet Jim Morrison, where he is then instructed to put together a musical festival called Waynestock.
His destiny in place, Wayne calls in his pals to make it happen, but shockingly, it's not the easiest thing to do. Worse, Wayne has to play defense on Cassandra (Tia Carrere), who's in the lustful crosshairs of a shady record producer (Walken).
Having recently run through the first Wayne's World, I noted how poorly it performed after all these years. The humor comes off as flat and antiquated, especially since we've been saturated in Mike Myers' schtick for so long. I wasn't enamored with it. The sequel, however, made me laugh.
X amount of years removed from watching both films, Wayne's World 2 stacks up far better. The gags are funnier and more random (Charlton Heston's cameo is terrific); the plot is less derivative; and, between Kim Basinger and Heather Locklear, the babes are more shwing-inducing. Though they play the same characters with the same quirks and mannerisms, I found Myers and Carvey much more endearing this go-round. This film seems to actively depart from the "let's-make-this-a-full-length-version-of-the-sketch" feel of the original and gives Wayne and Garth -- shallow as it may be -- some wiggle room to develop as characters.
I suppose I'm peering too deeply into the abyss. After all, this is a film where five minutes are devoted entirely to Kevin Pollak's pigment-free left eyeball. But those are some funny five minutes, and they're not the only ones. In the end, that's all that matters.
This is a fine-looking Blu-ray. The 1.85:1 high-def widescreen presentation is considerably improved. The resolution has been noticeably boosted, making for an exceptionally clean and clear visual upgrade. For a 16 year-old catalog release, with the technical improvements being the driving force of the disc's mass market appeal, this enhancement is a must. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track complements the picture quality nicely with a robust audio mix. Two recycled extras: Commentary from director Stephen Surjik, and a batch of interviews with the cast and crew.
The film is funnier than its predecessor and the Blu-ray looks surprisingly nice.
Not Guilty. Party on.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* TrueHD 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (French)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Spanish)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Release Year: 1993
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13