Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Hal Needham
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed
AVAILABLE FROM Universal Studios

It’s been a few years since Cletus and the Bandit made their famous 28-hour run to Texas for a few cases of Coors. Bandit is now a washed-up has-been living in the past, until Big Enos and Little Enos make him another offer: Transport a live Elephant across country in 3 days or less.

Following a fun movie like Smokey and the Bandit isn’t an easy task for a sequel, but Smokey and the Bandit II does alright for for what it is. It is perhaps best to try not to compare it to the original too much. All in all, a childishly fun revisiting of the characters and story.As much as I liked the first movie, I find that I don’t really like the second film near as much. While the film had it’s moments, especially with Jackie Gleason as Buford T. Justice, there really wasn’t much to redeem this film. Everything about the film seemed rather contrived, especially the comedy. The comedy seemed to be forced most of the time. While I can watch the first film over and over and it never seems to get old for me, the second film wore out its welcome almost right away. I don’t know, but maybe if they hadn’t tried so hard with the second film to measure up to the first film it would have been better.

So, obviously, instead of a good ole’ boy movie like the first, we have a cartoon-like environment with humans! See Jackie Gleason utter sombitch a million times! You could turn it into a drinking game but you’d probably get alcohol poisoning soon into it. The rest is pretty by the numbers as most sequels from this time can be, but I don’t find nothing here too offense or bad, just not very good or memorable either. So, go into it at your own risk and just know we are far away from the original. It still looks good on Blu-ray here, but you won’t be finding any extras unfortunately.


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Quality of Transfer: 93%

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