In 2015, 捉妖记 (Monster Hunt) became the highest grossing film in China, only overtaken by Stephen Chow’s 美人鱼 the next year. With beautiful graphics, characters full of personality and a light-hearted plot, it was an excellent movie for the family.
After three long years of waiting, 捉妖记2 is finally hitting cinemas this Lunar New Year. Will it live up to all the hype? Should you watch it in cinemas? Here is my review of the movie 捉妖记2. (I will try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible)
Brief Plot Introduction
捉妖记2 starts off from where 捉妖记 left us off with. 胡巴 leaves our protagonists 宋天荫 and 霍小岚, to resettle with the other monsters. Due to some unfortunate events, 胡巴 returned to the human world where he continued to be hunted by humans.
While escaping, he met 屠四谷 (played by 梁朝伟), a gambling addict that was heavily in debt, and his monster assistant 笨笨. Together, the trio went through a series of misadventures.
After bidding farewell to 胡巴 in the last movie, our protagonists embarked on their journey to find 宋天荫’s father. They found some lead on what might have happened to him, but their search was cut short when 霍小岚 sensed that 胡巴 was in danger.
The family of three were reunited for a short moment, before the main antagonists snatched 胡巴 and tried to bring him back to the monster world. I will not go into details on the rest, but you might have already guessed what happened.
8K Guy’s Review
捉妖记2 is packed with light-hearted jokes and humor, like its predecessor, but there were more emotional moments in the new movie, bringing across the importance of a family.
It is difficult to deny that it is a nice message, but it hurts the joyful tone of the movie a little. Still, this is a movie that will make you laugh and go “awwww” at 胡巴’s cuteness and silly antics.
With 梁朝伟’s character taking the spotlight in 捉妖记2 trailers, I was worried that he would take over the lead row, leaving little screen time for our lovely protagonists couple. Thankfully, that proved to be wrong and we do see them a lot the new movie.
The actors did an excellent job at bringing the characters to live, but the plot seems at little simple and expected, especially towards the end. The rescue scene at the end felt too ideal, with everything leading up to the generic perfect ending.
With many questions still unanswered, it is very clear that a sequel is in the works. While I would consider 捉妖记2 to be a fantastic movie, I do hope that the directors will take more risks with its sequel and provide us with a fresher, bolder story.
Oh, and do stay for the credit scenes. It is super good.