"WAYNE’S WORLD 2"
by Kevin Carr
|| MOVIE: **1/2 (out of 5 stars)
BLURAY EXPERIENCE: **1/2 (out of 5 stars)
Mike Myers as WAYNE CAMPBELL
Dana Carvey as GARTH ALGAR
Christopher Walken as BOBBY CAHN
Tia Carrere as CASSANDRA
Ralph Brown as DEL PRESTON
Directed by: Stephen Surjik
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With the success of “Wayne’s World,” Lorne Michaels and Mike Myers decided to strike while the iron was still hot. A mere year after the release of the first film, “Wayne’s World 2” hit theaters screens around the county. This imitative sequel sees Wayne Campbell (Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) attempting to put on a mega concert, which they call Waynestock. Following the advice of the ghost of Jim Morrison and a half-naked Indian, Myers risks his career, his love life and his street credibility to lure some of the greatest bands to play at his music festival.
WHAT I LIKED
For the die-hard fans of “Wayne’s World,” this was a definite coup. As the second “Wayne’s World” movie in as many years, this film was made more for the fans than the general audience. While I was a fan of the original SNL sketch and the first film, I never made it out to see “Wayne’s World 2” in its initial 1993 release.
Much of this sequel, like so many sequels before it, was a retread of the original. The same type of humor is employed, featuring Wayne breaking that fourth wall for narration, the plot descending into hyper-reality and the film offering up multiple endings. This was fresh in the first film but getting tired in this sequel. The movie plays better when separated from the first “Wayne’s World” so these call-backs seem like a continued joke rather than cheap imitation.
I did appreciate the fact that the writers took Wayne and Garth even farther out of the basement, giving Garth his own story with the delectable Miss Honey Horneé (Kim Basinger) as a potential love interest.
I’m not a huge music buff, so the stronger focus on an actual music festival was lost on me, but it served as Wayne’s storyline and that was at least consistent with the character.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
Like the first “Wayne’s World,” “Wayne’s World 2” was rife with pop culture references. If you weren’t alive – or aware of the pop culture of the day – in 1993, you will miss many of the jokes. In fact, this film was even more contemporary than the first, which referenced more classic jokes like “Laverne & Shirley” and “Scooby Doo.” In this sense, “Wayne’s World 2” did not stand the test of time as much as the first film did. However, it was always meant to be a sequel that would capitalize on the immediate success of its predecessor.
Even though story was never the strongest focus of the “Wayne’s World” movies, this one suffered more in that department. I’ve seen this plenty of time with movies that serve the high school and college demographics. Like the first two “American Pie” films, which went from a relatively decent story to the kids wanting to throw a giant party, the “Wayne’s World” sequel became more about an excuse to party. Sure, that fits Wayne Campbell’s style, but I was hoping for some more story, even if it was a bit silly.
Like the first film’s BluRay release, “Wayne’s World” features a director commentary with Stephen Surjik. There’s also another installment in the “Wayne’s World Extreme Close-Up” featurette. This short documentary includes interviews with the cast and crew of the film, looking back on making the sequel and how it led to other projects.
WHO’S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Anyone who wants to party on... again.