Saturday, 7 July 2018

BAD SANTA 2

Teabags and Happy Endings!
As always, the sequal is never gonna' be as good as the original. Nearly always, as previously discussed. But it ain't bad. As before, the show is carried by the amazing Billy Bob Thornton, who seems to be able to turn his hand to any role thrown at him. This is true of other actors, of course, but he just seems to have a real talent of switching it on in such a broad way. From nasty, dark, evil psycho to drunken slob, to serious politician or family man.

This film, like the first one, is all about timing and gross, foul and revolting behaviour and dark humour, with a sub-plot going on about ripping off a store (or in this case, organisation) at Christmas. The team is mostly back together with Kathy Bates thrown in for good measure, who is actually very funny as Billy Bob's mum!

There are genuinely rib-tickling, laugh-out-loud moments in the film with most of it relying on a beautifully crafted script which runs like a stand-up routine at times, sit-com at others and it works really well. The one-liners and revoltingness is trowelled on in equal measure from the main players though Billy Bob is certainly less drunk in this outing than he was in the last.

There's innuendo galore and gross-out sexual deviance delivered like Christmas soup in ladels with slapstick and physical violence sprinkled like crutons. The supporting cast grab their lines and roles with gusto, giving the impression that this was as much fun to make as it is to watch.

As I say, maybe not as tight and constructed as the first film, but the slightly different approach creates a laid-back atmosphere which plays out very nicely. I'm finding it hard to find fault, to be honest, when it's approached by the viewer in the right way - likely after the pub on a Friday night, in December, tonsils lubricated. At last, it's dropped into Amazon Prime to save a tenner! If you liked the first one, you'll like the second. Enjoy :-)

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