A francophone S.Q. officer and an anglophone O.P.P officer reunite to investigate a large car theft ring led by an Italian mobster.
Why was I not told a sequel was made to this movie?! I loved the first movie (review) so yeah, I was pretty darn excited for this. Got this movie in blu-ray for Christmas last year so yeah, watched it we did 😛
Okay, I didn’t quite get a sense of what the movie was wholly about from the traler and even after reading the brief description but regardless I knew we were in for a treat. Bigger budget, clearer resolutions, reflective of our modern society now compared to what we had a decade ago…but Bouchard and Ward are still the Bouchard and Ward we met in the first movie. They’re older, definitely, and you kind of wonder how they’re still able to do some of the things they’re doing, but they’re still out there doing their jobs, cracking cases…albeit in different departments now. The case they’re thrown in together is larger, but you’re not sure how, which made watching it all the more fun.
What’s great about this movie is that it doesn’t wholly rely on the first movie in terms of repeating certain moments from the first movie to death; there are definitely some throwbacks, but I thought they were done subtly enough that the whole movie wasn’t just one big homage/repeat of the first movie. What’s also wonderful about this movie is that because we already know about these characters–who they are, their backstories, what troubled them then, their ambitions, their faults–this story allows their characters to expand and explore new stories, some of which was surprisingly heartbreaking. But despite the years since working together in the first movie and the obvious differences in approach to any given situation, their friendship is once again front and centre and it was just wonderful to watch them team up once again.
In the end Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 was an enjoyable film. Did we need the sequel? Not really, but it was fun revisiting these characters again. Cultural differences between French Canada and English Canada clashing wasn’t so much a highlight this time compared to the perception of Canada from the Americans’ perspective, particularly how French Canada is perceived (to toe-curling effect–gives Patrick Huard a lot of facial expressions to convey though, haha). I also could not figure out what the antagonist’s goal in this film was until it was revealed, so that was also a surprise. Anyway, glad to have watched it and that it didn’t wholly slip by my radar!