511. Young Guns II

Background info

511-young-guns-2Title: Young Guns II
Director: Geoff Murphy
Year: 1990
Run time: 1hr 44m

“Academy Award-nominated sequel to the smash western “Young Guns” reunites the original cast member Emilio Estevez as outlaw Billy the Kid with his fellow gang members. Newcomer Christian Slater joins the action as the young gunslingers find themselves heading towards a climactic showdown with Sheriff Pat Garret, Billy’s former friend. With original songs by rock superstar Jon Bon Jovi.”

Live blog

1:35 – Wait, BonBon Jovi did the music?
3:59 – If that’s Emilio, that’s some pretty good aging makeup.
7:54 – They do seem to waste a lot of bullets.
15:14 – You gots to have crazy fast reactions to survive the Wild West.
16:59 – “$500 cuts a lot of ties.”
22:40 – Love the three candles, two bullets trick. Genius.
29:24 – Fire must be devastating, not a lot of water and no fire crews.
34:44 – The ones with families don’t last long anyways. Drama, innit.
40:14 – The kid turned his gun and looked in the end of it? That’s not the best.
42:27 – Love Coburn’s voice.
46:00 – The variety of beards on display at this meeting is incredible.
51:52 – People paid money for human bones?
53:22 – The damage I would do myself with a double ended knife.
56:00 – “Bad types, politicians, bankers…”
1:04:43 – Oh my god, they shot the deputy. That’s not how the song goes.
1:10:49 – “Even their horses are crazy.”
1:18:23 – He’s kind of cowardly, as it goes.
1:23:53 – I can’t believe they would let the fool look after Billy the Kid.
1:37:57 – That rule about not stealing horses from someone you don’t like, what is the point of that?

Conclusions

I hadn’t particularly expected to like the first Young Guns film but I really did, and so was quite keen to see the sequel. It got off to a shaky start, because I wasn’t fond of the narration from Emilio as the old guy, it was really hard to understand. Thankfully, he only piped up every now and again.

When we were actually back with the gang again, it was good – very similar to the first, but with the added twist of them having to outrun someone who knows their every movement. It was interesting to see Billy’s mania ramped up every now and again, that cackling laugh proving how his grip on reality was drifting ever so slightly.

The music was much improved from the first film, less 80s, but it still didn’t quite seem to fit my image of a Western. Overall, not quite as good as the first, I’d say, but a solid sequel.

Rating: 3/5.

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