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Highly underrated sequel
It's a huge shame this movie didn't get more recognition than it did... and that people these days have never heard of Eddie and his cruisers. That would be my 23 year old roommate (as of 2010). To her, these older movies are like finding a diamond in a box of Cracker Jacks.
We already knew from the first movie that Eddie lived (shown at the very end). Even though I knew that fact, I found a profound sense of closure from this movie. We now get to see Joe/Eddie wrestle with his obsession for perfection and his love for music... with the music winning this time.
Joe plays both the teacher and the student as he comes to terms with his past. I truly enjoyed watching Hilton, the saxophonist, guide Joe along the correct path while Joe, in turn, shows Rick the nuances of good music and truly great music.
I think my favorite part is when Joe approaches Sal, to ask for his forgiveness. Or maybe when Hilton realizes who Joe really is? If you didn't see the first movie, a lot of this wouldn't make sense... but, that's how sequels work... right?
Both 'Eddie and the Cruisers I & II' are movies that I have watched many times in the past and will watch many more times in the future. The music is both inspiring and haunting, the story is classic self- realization and comeback.
I have to admit, at the end of the movie, I found the crowd's acceptance of Joe admitting he was truly Eddie Wilson to be a bit unrealistic.
Twinkies never sounded so good.
I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. Definitely had more than a few LOL moments. In contrast to the dry British humor of 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Zombieland' is much more in your face. Some one-liners that are destined to become classics. "Time to nut up or shut up!" The movie features lots of gore but not a lot of scares, and tons of action. Another plus is the many pop culture references from the last 20 years or so. Watch for the hilarious cameo by a very well known person, at least to us older folks. I love that the little girl didn't know who he was. Makes me feel so darn old.
I conclude this review with my Zombie Plan. When the zombie apocalypse comes my first move will be to head down to the marina, find a good size yacht that doesn't need a large crew, stock it with plenty of food, fuel and DVDs, and head out to sea. Hopefully, some day, find an island that is infection free. Still need to find a couple cute girls to accompany me. Any takers? It is our duty to rebuild the human race after all.
PS: Somebody really needs to write down the Zombieland Rules. Those could come in handy.