November 15, 2016
D2: The Mighty Ducks.
Review #869: D2: The Mighty Ducks.
Emilio Estevez (Gordon Bombay), Kathryn Erbe (Michelle McKay), Michael Tucker (Mr. Tibbles), Jan Rubes (Jan), Carsten Norgaard (Wolf "The Dentist" Stansson), Maria Ellingsen (Maria), Joshua Jackson (Charlie Conway, #96), Elden Henson (Fulton Reed, #44), Shaun Weiss (Greg Goldberg, #33), Matt Doherty (Les Averman, #4), Brandon Adams (Jesse Hall, #9), Garette Ratliff Henson (Guy Germaine, #00), and Marguerite Moreau (Connie Moreau, #18) Directed by Sam Weisman.
Though the first film isn't technically a great piece of film, it was at least (to me, anyway) a moderately entertaining movie that had some sort of charm to it, even among its hokey-ness. Maybe it was the hockey, or maybe it was just the way it flowed. But with the sequel (and its bizarre title), there doesn't seem to be as much faithful charm. It seems to be more a movie muddled it wants wants to be. There is nothing that seems convincing (in both characters and plot), with no real motivation to care about this team trying to win (the Junior Goodwill Games, of course). Norgaard is moderately entertaining as the villain (did you expect Iceland as the final opponent? Me either), fitting his nickname of "The Dentist" as well as one can. The slapstick and hockey don't really stand out from what you might expect, not really being entertaining enough to talk about (roping an opponent isn't as cool as it seems), going through the motions you'd expect. As a whole, it's a mediocre Disney film that would be good to watch once, but it isn't anything special enough to want to watch more than that.
Overall, I give it 6 out of 10 stars.