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Decent movies but probably not as good as you remember them to be
on 11 December 2011
Wayne's World (1992)
There's not a lot of jokes in it and it hasn't really stood up to repeat viewings. It's dated to some extent, but not in a way that matters. My biggest problem with it is that the dramatic content, which is more important in comedies than most people think, is very weak. The stakes are low and problems occur, and are then solved by the next scene - Wayne and Garth fall out and two minutes later, about eight hours later in the film timeline, they make up straightaway without any recriminations. Also Cassandra wasn't having an affair with Rob Lowe so a lot of the plot was just something in Wayne's head. The movie was alright overall, maybe a little below average.
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
The jokes are a bit bigger and more silly and out there. Which was good and led to a few pretty big laughs. Many other jokes fail, such as the Jurassic Park sequence which was just a quote as there was no actual joke to go with it. There is also a slight hint of smugness to the film which the first one didn't have. The plot was a bit more front and centre which I liked. The dramatic stakes were also a bit higher than it was in the first film, although again it had a tendency to throw away subplots, such as the complete non-climax to the Kim Bassinger husband killing plotline. I enjoyed it more than the first film.