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Subj: Sword and Sorcery review #17: Beastmaster 2: Through the portal of Time (OT)
Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 at 04:43:07 pm EDT (Viewed 75 times)

This one was a bit late for the board's timeframe (1991) but since I reviewed the first one here, I hope no one minds.

9 years after the first successful Beastmaster film, this tongue-in-cheek sequel was made. Marc Singer comes back as Dar, looking older and much buffer. In the first he was muscular and lean, here he looks more like an Arnold wannabe.

The basic premise behind Dar as the friend of animals is still there and the opening sequence is much like the original, but the tone shift dramatically when they introduce the baddie, Dar's unknown half brother as the main baddie, Arklon. Arklon employs a witch who teleports him to modern (1991) Los Angeles to gain a powerful weapon, a neutron bomb.

A spoiled rich red-head named Jackie Trent accidentally drives her sportscar through the portal (followed by cops who were chasing her) into Dar's world. She meets up with Dar and they go to LA to catch Arklon.

It has lots of the Crockodile Dundee fish out of water sequences of comedy. The girl playing Jackie is a cute teenager (Wikipedia says she was on MTV) but a poor actress. She makes for a strange love interest for Dar, but hey in he last movie he was making out with his cousin. It never really goes beyond TV movie territory. The whole film screams direct to video. There's very little fighting and not a lot of sorcery.

Its worth a few laughs and Marc Singer is having fun with the parody, but the tonal shift from the comparative seriousness of the first one means that fans of that film would find this one silly, I fear.

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