A family secret brought the beloved characters of my family back together. Oh wait. It was the Portokalos family characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding. It just felt like my family!
I can’t believe we waited this long to revisit this amazing collection of characters. When the original movie came out, they were like a refreshing storm, giving us a funny but insightful look at close families, with enough commonalities to make us all laugh at ourselves. We could all relate to the large family dynamics of loud relatives, loneliness, love, and other themes. Like Listerine – don’t ask.
The family is back with a fresh spin that parallels the original and has multiple generations dealing with similar situations. Toula is back and she is still dealing with her parents’ proximity and meddling. She is also about to experience her own separation from a daughter that belongs to the new generation and might be overwhelmed by too much affection.
Greek Wedding 2 opens the door for a succession of jokes, one-liners, and some very funny situations. They might not have worked had it not been because the cast, though looking older, remains as charming as ever. They’re loud, and we love them for it.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a Greek movie, if we still didn’t have various traditions throughout and clash with the American counterparts. It’s not offensive, just like adding a different type of spice to the mix, and of course, there is a new wedding in the picture, and everyone is involved.
One of the freshest turns is Bess Meisier, as the great grandmother who is surprisingly old and funnier than ever, with her gestures. Check out her new look late in the movie. She has perfect comedic timing.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is everything a sequel should be. The script, directing and strong ensemble acting all remain true to the original characters that feel like our own loud family. Great running gags from the first film continue, while many of the new jokes and sight gags are laugh-out-loud funny. Although there’s a minor Gus-centered sub-plot that I could’ve done without, the multiple story lines are fresh and woven together wonderfully. This film isn’t perfect, but it’s as hilarious and has even more heart than its much-beloved inspiration.
Get together with your friends and family to enjoy the celebration. Be ready to smile, laugh out loud and have a great time. And don’t forget to pull your friends neck! “A”