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Man, this movie was worse than the reviews (and the reviews were really bad). I thought that the first was bad enough, but when I saw this I was shocked. I can't even believe that someone could make a movie this bad, I mean I could probably make a better movie with a camera about shoelaces. This movie was a big waste of time and I sooooooo regret watching it. If only I could give it 0 out of 10. Good thing Matthew Broderick didn't sign up for this movie cause then he would be completely humiliated and considered a bad actor. The only reason I rented this movie was to see if it was worse than the first, which sucked. Anyways, I don't recommend this movie to anyone unless you're a 3 - year old idiot who eats his snot.
"Inspector Gadget 2" is possibly one of the worst sequels to dawn the
direct-to-DVD call tag at the bottom of the box. Using nothings from
the original film (not the same characters, not the same style, not the
same comic timing), this film is one that you have to watch alone, not
standing right next to the original Broderick vehicle. French Stewart
(he is always squinting ... why?), with the aid of director Alex Zamm
try to bring the original concept back the the series without any known
budget. Stewart brings a new Inspector to the film, a more arrogant,
snobbish, seems to be tormented by life, protagonist that cares nothing
for those surrounding him. He is a character that we cannot love, no
matter how many times we have to sit through one viewing of this film.
What is interesting about Stewart is that he is actually closer to the
the animated Gadget than the original. Zamm also tries to create a Dr.
Claw that is closer to the original but the trouble occurs with the
fact that the two share very little screen time and thus there is no
real chemistry between the two. Claw used to always monitor Gadget's
doings, in this one, there seems to be a haphazard care as to what
either is doing. Penny still doesn't have her book and Brain still
isn't getting anyone out of trouble. Where is the consistency here? Too
add to the mix, we are introduced to a new character "G2", the newest
upgrade to the Gadget line. Like anything this riddled with clichés,
there is an initial problem with the two of them, but eventually a
spark misfires and Gadget is introduced to yet another love interest.
Considering the problems anatomically with this couple, there is no
further spark between them. The only reason the two are put in a this
film are to be together, not for any other purpose. There is no sense
of individualism, just flimsy cause followed by an effect that could
have been predicted before the opening credits ended.
"Inspector Gadget 2" has not seen the best reviews, nor will it get a good one from me it tried, but ultimately it failed. There was no purpose to create this erroneous sequel. Disney was hoping to cash in on the Broderick fan base, the younger generation that knows no better , or just to make some extra dollars to pad their bottom line, but there was no reason to resurrect this already problematic series. I hated Elaine Hendrix's mesh between "Robocop" and "Judge Dredd". She was funny at parts that were not meant to be funny, and chokingly bad at parts that were meant to draw sympathy from the audience. Perhaps it was the writing, or the campy way that it was filmed, or the cheesy ploy to get audiences to laugh, but this sequel just left me out to dry. If I had to speak positively about this film in any way, I would have to comment on the CGI which did improve a bit with this lower-budget film. I thought the idea of "freezing-time" was a fun concept equal to what Claw would do, but again, we seemed to lack the spunk and originality of the cartoon. I would never consider this franchise a remake of the cartoon, but instead their own unoriginal spin-off.
I blame Disney a bit for this film because cutting corners and cost is not an excuse for making poor films. If Broderick or even the horrid Everett could not reprise their roles for this sequel, it should have just stopped there. Don't push a circular peg into a square hole, but instead we continued to push and found cheap replacements for the original. This is a very kid friendly moment that if I were 3, would probably find visually entertaining, but from a company that prides itself on making Oscar-worthy animation, I expect a higher level of distribution. French Stewart should stop working while he still is remembered for his humorous work on "Third Rock from the Sun", while the rest of this cast shouldn't even bother with another feature. I think it is bad enough that they couldn't even get Cheri Oteri back, cause, you know, she's expensive.
Overall, I have to say that "Inspector Gadget 2" is a blunderment of a film, and the one star review that I am giving it is generous. There is no need for these types of films to enter into mainstream cinema. It dulls the senses for those hoping to find engrossing cinema out there, and proves that a mind isn't necessary to watch French in action. As a cinematic community, we have to put a stop to this. Zamm attempted to retain some of the originality of the cartoon, but couldn't compile a cast good enough to bring the humor, form, grace, and talent of the animated series to light. There was no chemistry between anyone, and when the clichés began to cause a horrid avalanche, I was caught with nowhere to hide. If I had to end with a thought in mind, it would be this Claw never showed his face, this can be learned from watching the pilot "Inspector Gadget" where he had a mustache, so you shouldn't be able to see his face in the films. It is simple. It would be like creating the Smurfs live-action where they were a shade of orange instead of blue. You just don't do it. So, when it comes to this film just don't do it. You will be happier, and no so bitter like myself.
Grade: * out of *****
Although IG2 is a bit sillier than the first movie, it's MUCH more
to the cartoon - once again Gadget says "wowsers!" (compared to "wowser"
the first one) and Dr. Claw (called both Claw and Dr. Claw) is faceless
again. There is also no "John Brown" - it's just Inspector Gadget.
although she has different hairstyles throughout the film, often wears her
hair in her trademark pigtails of the cartoon.
At first I thought that Elaine Hendrix would be awful as G2, but she proved me wrong. She played her part extremely well. Although French Stewart doesn't have the boyish charm of Matthew Broderick, he acts more like the Inspector Gadget of the cartoon. (And don't worry - he doesn't try to play Mr. Magoo!)
This movie is also amazingly cartoon-like. The best way I can describe it is a "live-action cartoon". It's live action, but with all the silly stunts of an animated cartoon. (Such as a scene involving Gadget getting his head stuck in a toilet.) Although the CGI wasn't as good as it could have been, it wasn't too awful.
If you're looking for a film that's true to the cartoon, IG2 is definitely worth seeing. Be warned, though, it's quite silly! :)
if u look at this movie and you are a fan of the cartoon you will notice
that this movie is very closer to the cartoon then the first one. that
it is just an avarage movie funny but too stupid and the lead actor French
Stewart is bad but to be honest makes a better gadget them matthew
broderick. claw is protrayed better by the director and writer.. for
in the cartoon you never see claws face and he always escapes...
all in all so bits of this movie should have been in the first one and if they had it would have turned the first one into a better movie... it is fun but dont watch it as a sequel watch it as another adventure.
The first film was a disappointing and mediocre film, but actually was
reasonably entertaining. There has been the general impression that the
sequel is better than the first film, but I can't agree. Yes, I accept
it was more faithful than the brilliant cartoon show, but I still think
it was a very poor sequel.
The script was very very weak, and even lower in laughs than the first film. I liked the idea of Dr Claw escaping from jail, but the pace of this film was way too fast, and lacked energy as well as felt rushed. And the editing was choppy, and the effects substandard.
The performances were pretty dire. French Stewart proves once again, like he did in the excrement that is Home Alone 4, that he falls well short of the charisma and energy of his character and came across as rather wooden. I didn't like Tony Martin's Dr Claw either. I much preferred Rupert Everett's suave take on the classic villain, and Martin hamming-up came close to embarrassing rather than entertaining. In fact, the only redeeming quality, and this is a slight one, is the talented Caitlin Wachs, who deserved better.
Overall, very poor, don't waste your time. 1/10 Bethany Cox
It was ok, I liked the 1st one better, I never like it when they go and change the characters, theres just something wrong with that...and some of the deleted scences on the DVD should have been in the movie, it would have made more sense to me, plus alot of those scences included penny which she was a main character solving the crime (like usual if you think back to the cartoon) but they hardly show her enough working with brain, just one scene. I rented it, but definatly not worth buying or copying/seeing at the theater...I just rented it.
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Wow. I had no idea a movie could be so awful. I mean I've seen the Ed Wood movie Plan 9 from Outer Space, but this was just one of those"Are you F*%king kidding me" movies. I mean why did they even bother making this if Matthew Broderick wouldn't come back. If Ferris Bueller won't do it, there's probably not to much promise in it. About the movie, why didn't any of the criminals just smash the G2 robot-thing, I mean how hard can it be to whack her in the head with a lead pipe and wrap her up with some chains then tear her apart with crow bars. Why did they need to replace Inspector Gadget anyway, oh yeah, so they could at least have something to make a sequel about. Bad story gone worse describes this whole thing.
Inspector Gadget is back, well, kind of. French Stewart takes over the title role from Matthew Broderick, who appeared in the original live action film. In the first film, our beloved G took down arch enemy The Claw so this movie opens with G on top of the world. As a result of him being praised and awarded by the city, G has become a bit smug and too sure of himself. Therefore, he is soon arresting the police chief's MOTHER for driving 26 mph in a 25 zone. The crime is drag racing. Needless to say, G gets a chewing out from the chief (Mark Mitchell), his supervisor. Its true, G's bright niece Penny keeps her uncle more grounded, for she loves to catch criminals, too. Now, more changes occur. First, there is a new crime fighter on the force, a robot, G2, (Elaine Hendrix), who has just been invented and will be more reliable than G, whose gadgets sometimes go haywire. Although she is a mechanical being, G finds her very pretty! Then, The Claw (Tony Martin, not Rupert Everett) returns with a surefire plan to raid the Federal Reserve. All of a sudden, G lassos the mayor (Sigrid Thornton) accidentally, making her so upset that she kicks G off the force. Needing a new job, G tries his hand at everything from burger flipping to valet parking. But, can G2 truly stop The Claw on her own? Well, she is supposed to be perfect! First, I have adored French Stewart from his days on Third Rock from the Sun. He is instinctively very funny, no matter what the role, and this is one is no exception. Hendrix makes a perfect counterpoint for him while Mitchell does well as the chief. How funny to see Thornton, long after her young role in The Man from Snowy River, she is still quite beautiful! Martin has a rough voice that is hard to decipher sometimes but he makes a good villain. He gets away in the end, setting up other possible sequels. Then, the production is gorgeous, inventive, colorful and fun. Lastly, there are laughs galore for every one. Therefore, inspect this film up close by showing it to yourself or your close friends and relatives soon.
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I really enjoyed watching this. There are 2 Inspector Gadget movies, the first one was made in 1999. This is the second one, but it doesn't continue from the 1st since it is a different director and it was released straight to DVD. This film is an alternative to the second film. If you didn't like the first film and wanted it to be more like the cartoons, then this one is for you. I liked both IG movies. This film introduces a new robot - IG2. The movie has an entire different cast, and Dr Claw's face is hardly ever seen like in the cartoons Nice special effects too, with a cartoon-like "let's stop the bad guys" ending. I find it funny and enjoyable.
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This film is no masterpiece, but I didn't hate it either. In fact, many
a time did I watch it when I was younger - and I honestly enjoyed it.
It is a B-movie, with no cinema run, but is free from the clichés of
the genre - no cheesy sound or visual effects, no rubbishy acting and
no hideously contrived plot. I found this film hilariously funny - and
it actually conveys a sense of mystery - what did happen to Claw's
face? This film was obviously done on a high budget for a film of its
calibre - none of the effects look hideously cheap. The time-stopping
sequence may have been no Oscar contender, but it certainly was not the
worst I've seen. The movie is very predictable, but all movies are
these days - and Inspector Gadget 2 is about the gadgets and fun, and
on that scale, it delivers. When Gadget cleaned the toilets and was
thrown across the entire police station when his brush went erratic
ranks amongst the funniest things I have ever seen - and that's up
against some heavy competition.
The film does contain some original ideas - to have a female Gadget who was a huge rival to Inspector Gadget was a very good idea, and the main premise for the movie. It is fun trying to watch Inspector Gadget win her heart, and though there aren't any Oscar-worthy performances to be seen, there is some character in this film, and it is hugely funny. Another cracking idea was to have Claw's new base at a bowling centre - makes a change from the multi-million dollar headquarters in the first one. And another great idea was to have Inspector Gadget as a bit of a bumbling imbecile instead of the hero in the first one - it worked well, and actually added to his charm. He also got sacked in this one - it happens halfway through or so, but it doesn't take a genius to know that he's going to rise again. Which he does.
Though it is predictable and no masterpiece, Inspector Gadget 2 is an absolutely hilarious film and beats the first one hands down - it will have you in stitches. Good, but not quite spiffing - Inspector Gadget 2 is not a letdown, and certainly not a cheap, nasty looking one. (The gold deposit actually looked really convincing - but I'm sure they didn't have to spend $5,000,000,000,000 on it (as it said in the film) or even have to bother getting a real gold bar.) And on the visual scales alone, it delivers. A good film, and one that I strongly recommend if you have any sense of humour whatsoever. 8/10
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