Saturday, September 9, 2023

The Umbrella Men: Escape from Robben Island, (2023) Toronto 2023

The sequel to one of the joys of 2022  is one of the joys of 2023.

Following up the events of THE UMBRELLA MEN this film follows the events of the first film. However things go side ways and Jerome and Morty end up in prison. The rest of the gang have to take matters into hands and rescue their friends and clear their name.

Beginning with what maybe my favorite opening of the year, it’s a musical number that is just a delight, the film drops us back into the lives of the characters we fell in love with last year. Not needing to set everyone one up, the film just pretty much goes, pulling us along and making us smile along the way. Sure this is a caper film, and we are interested in seeing how it comes out, but for the most part I didn’t really care. I was just having too good a time watching the interaction of all the characters I now call friends. It’s just a lot of fun as everyone cracks wise and plots a prison break.

In some ways I may like this film more than the first film. Part of it is that the film just goes and partly because the film is better. It’s as if the filmmakers took everything they learned from the first film and improved on it. Everything is just better.

If you saw and loved the first film, watch this one. If you haven’t seen the first one see this one anyway. It’s just so much fun. Besides, you’ll pick up everything you need to know along the way.

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