Starring: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Walken
Director: Stephen Surjik
Running Time: 95 mins
Wayne’s World 2 is an American film and the sequel to Wayne’s World. After seeing Jim Morrison in his dreams, Wayne, along with Garth, tries to set up Waynestock, a major music festival in Aurora with all the best bands in the world, but given the dealings of a dashing music producer working with Cassandra, it looks like nobody will turn up.
To be honest, I’ve never really got why Wayne’s World is so popular. The SNL sketch was fine, and the first film was fun and all, but nothing particularly outstanding. That’s pretty much the case with Wayne’s World 2, because it’s practically the exact same film again, and although it’s got a consistently decent level of humour, there’s not much more that really grabbed me.
However, the one thing that I will praise about this film is the comedy. The stupidity of all the characters is still as annoying as the first film, but there are a lot of jokes thrown around in Wayne’s World 2, and a good deal of them made me laugh, which, at the end of the day, is the point of this film. It sometimes attempts to emulate classics like Airplane and Blazing Saddles with its bizarre sense of humour, as the first film did, but it doesn’t quite manage to pull it off all the time.
Yes, as a silly, fun and brainless comedy, this does the job well, but it doesn’t deliver in giving big laugh out loud moments, nor does it keep you consistently entertained with its humour. It’s not the best comedy of all time by any means, however its light-hearted atmosphere means that you can look past it and still have as good a time as possible.
The biggest issue with Wayne’s World 2 is that it’s just not original. Comedy sequels have always been notoriously difficult, as you’ve got to keep the vibe that made the first so funny, but change it up enough to make it a worthwhile watch, which this movie doesn’t really do.
If you liked the first film, you’ll like the sequel all the same, because it’s almost identical. Wayne and Garth get up to all sorts of mad hijinks, breaking the fourth wall and bumping into endless celebrity cameos again, whilst Wayne’s love interest is targeted by a suave, better-looking Rob Lowe-ish bad guy (this time played by Christopher Walken). It’s the same movie again, and for that reason you can’t be too impressed with the writing.
Overall, Wayne’s World 2 is a fun film, and its light, easy comedy makes for a pleasant watch. I wouldn’t say I laughed a lot, but it was enough to keep me satisfied, although the story was unbelievably similar to the first film, which was disappointing to see, so that’s why I’m giving this a 7.1.