'Dumb and Dumber To' Movie Review
Like many Americans around my age (and, I am a 90's kid having lived through all of those years), I grew up with the original 'Dumb and Dumber'. I still appreciate that film as a work of art to this day. I have some doubt that most rational people would throw too much hate at it. But, we're not here to contemplate too much on the first film (although, it does help to set the mood). 'Dumb and Dumber To' is the long awaited sequel to the initial movie, and I have very mixed feelings about it. I am excited for some of the better and surprising parts of the film. However, I am also somewhat disappointed with some of the writing. I would like to additionally note that my bad taste for certain aspects of this film doesn't mean that I do not think that it is worth watching! It is better than average so far as blockbusters go.
The acting is honestly what would be expected from the wonderful abilities of Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey. These guys are fantastic. They are both very well known for their competence in the acting field, and the two of them typically give incredible performances. If there are any faults, it is (in my opinion) the faults primarily of the writers (and, there were a number of writers for this film). All of the other actors in the movie did fine jobs as well. I have no qualms at all with any of the performances in this film. It was kind of cool to see Rob Riggle in the sequel. One must pay some attention, but Bill Murray also plays a small role in it too.
I am very divided concerning this movie's writing. Some of the story is far too similar to that of the original film. This is perhaps my greatest qualm with the sequel. However, those aspects of the movie which are unique are also fantastic. There definitely exists multiple scenes of this work that are hilarious and awesome; there is no doubt of that. I loved many aspects of the story that I was not expecting. Regardless, it is the writing that is the main reason I cannot give this movie five stars. I have been debating in my head all day whether I should give it three or four stars. This film has been on my mind for a while. I would likely give the first film five stars for its unique originality and inclusion of a song by 'Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds'. However, 'Dumb and Dumber To' has neither of these virtues. The writing was, therefore, at times wonderful and at times too repetitive. I am aware that making sequels is rather difficult, but that fact will not increase the value of my rating.
'Dumb and Dumber To' is a great movie all in all. I honestly and truly did and do love it. I have viewed it more than once myself, and I think it has a kind of charm to it (much like the first film). The re-watch value is very good as compared to most movies. I would not watch every major film more than once. This good re-watch value adds to the overall value of the work itself. The plain enjoyability of the blockbuster is reason enough not to rate it too low.
Even though I absolutely love the first film, this sequel is not as good as it could have been. Still, it is far better than the average movie that is released. The repetitiveness of the original story line hurts the whole movie for me. I will thus be giving this film three stars; it is above average, but not as much as I had expected it to be.
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