Scream 2

Scream 2 ★★★½

I agree with Randy, sequels are almost always worse than the original. I found the writing inconsistent; at times I felt the meta-conversation to be honed to perfection, while other times it felt awkwardly expository. The "super-human-ish villain popping up unexpectedly" was quite unbelievable at times, and the timing of multiple storylines together was hard to rationalize. The first two kills seem shoehorned it, though it was a wonderfully scary and engaging opening sequence.

Also, David Arquette is so hard to watch in this movie. The boyish charm is gone, and his performance seems so wooden. Courtney Cox, on the other hand, brings probably the strongest performance in the whole movie, and probably the series. Neve Campbell does a great job, as always, but I'm afraid she got some poor direction at times - I lost count of how many times she tried and failed to run away while at knifepoint, and tries to juke away from people throughout the film.

Also, while the soundtrack didn't feel quite as iconic as the original, it more than makes it up with a LOT of 2000's pop rock bangers.

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