Movie Review: Red 2 Still retired, still hilarious
Its no secret Red is one of my favorite movies. My kid even bought me the DVD for Christmas last year. I was excited to see Red 2 and I hoped it lived up to my expectations. It did not disappoint.
Red 2 begins with Frank (Bruce Willis) and Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) in Costco in a weird holding pattern in their relationship. Frank seems to be really getting into the domestic lifestyle with Sarah is misses what attracted her to Frank in the first place, the danger and adventure. When Marvin (John Malkovich) visits and tells them someone is after them again, the gang is back in action once again.
Also returning is Victoria (Helen Mirren). Red 2 is really her opportunity to shine. She has some of the best scenes throughout the film and she’s highlighted often. Her romance with Ivan (Brian Cox) is still going strong. New to the group is Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) Russia counter-intelligence and Franks old girlfriend. The agent following behind Frank is Jack Horton (Neal McDonough). When multiple governments put out a hit on Frank and Marvin another player enters, Han (Byung-hun Lee) Someone Frank took down years ago who is now the best contract killer in the world. Rounding out the cast is Anthony Hopkins as Bailey.
A lot of Red 2 will look familiar, many of the events of the original are still in this. They didn’t try to re-invent the wheel here, they realized the formula worked and didn’t mess with it. They just changed the setting and the problem. In a way that’s why it still works. This is not a film you go to for the plot. There’s no character development or even background, Red 2 assumes you’ve seen the original and know why everyone is the way they are. Outside of several of Marvin’s character tracts repeated, they don’t take the time to catch you up. The comedy is just as high as the first time around. While there is a hand to hand battle between Frank and Han most of the heavy lifting is done by everyone else.
I really enjoyed this movie. It didn’t feel tired or repetitive to me it was funny and comical and its not afraid to laugh at itself. I give it a Full Price.
My Rating: Full Price
Director: Dean Parisot
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: July 19th, 2013
Run time: 116 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment