The characters of Tyler Perry’s Madea universe have endeared audiences over the course of 10 movies, and it looks as if the comic has managed to stretch the boundaries of their ridiculousness with every passing film. Nevertheless, together with his newest tackle the spookiest of holidays, it has change into abundantly clear that they could have reached their restrict. Written, directed, produced, and acted thrice over by Perry himself, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is a profoundly depressing low level for the Madea franchise as an entire.
Going down one 12 months after the occasions of the primary Madea-inspired Halloween journey (there is a stunning quantity of continuity shared between the 2 movies), Boo 2! A Madea Halloween opens on Brian (Tyler Perry) attempting to carry onto Tiffany’s (Diamond White) childhood on Halloween/her 18th birthday. Nevertheless, Brian’s skill to maintain Tiffany protected and sheltered will get referred to as into query when his ex-wife Deborah (Taja V. Simpson) offers Tiffany the automotive she has all the time wished and lets her go to a Halloween-themed frat celebration on the supposedly haunted Lake Derrick. In the meantime, Madea (Perry), Joe (additionally Perry), Hattie (Patrice Pretty), and Bam (Cassi Davis) discover themselves taken for a scary trip once they see themselves misplaced on the exact same again roads that result in the ill-fated celebration.
Proper off the bat, it is price mentioning that Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween feels much less like a film and extra like a sequence of insulated skits centered on a spooky motif. Your entire first act of the film is mainly only one or two scenes to set the stage for the principle celebration, and as soon as the solar goes down and the festivities start, it is only a sequence of slicing backwards and forwards between the Simmons household driving on the again street and mysterious slasher escapades that happen round our youthful characters. There is a stunning lack of ahead momentum to drive Boo 2!‘s story ahead, and when the movie lastly involves its pretty predictable conclusion, the private realizations made by these characters do not ring even remotely true.
Once more, I actually can not stress sufficient simply how bonkers this film is on a structural stage. At one level, Perry even places the whole movie on pause for a pseudo music video section wherein Rae Sremmurd “Black Beatles” performs nearly in its entirety.
That stated, I perceive that reviewing a comedy comes with its personal share of pitfalls. Humor typically does not translate properly from individual to individual, so that you’re mileage could differ with how a lot Boo 2! A Madea Halloween makes you snigger. Nevertheless, how unfunny this movie certainly is appears nothing wanting stunning. From Joe’s fixed (and creepy) advances on youthful feminine characters, to the goofy and cartoonish faces of the frat boys as they ogle the younger ladies on the celebration, to Madea operating whereas screaming “assist me, Jesus” after supposedly seeing a demon baby, the entire humor operates on probably the most base stage. Just about nothing in Tyler Perry’s world will get approached with a way of subtlety or nuance, and the outcome is among the most immature and rushed broad comedies in latest reminiscence.
That drawback feels totally exacerbated by the truth that there are mainly no characters within the film that really feel like residing, respiratory human beings. Other than Brian (who does not get a lot scream time as a consequence of Perry’s commitments elsewhere within the movie), everyone seems to be a stereotype or a screaming caricature. From Madea’s fixed reminiscing about turning tips to pay for her first automotive to the (unreasonably creepy) sexual advances of the 20-something school guys, nearly each single character who inhabits this movie is constantly gearing up for the following dangerous joke, and it seldom works.
Keep in mind, even the Soar Road and Neighbors franchises had the foresight to provide their frat boy characters some semblances of humanity. With out a real emotional throughline to hold any of those people by the story, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween just about simply devolves right into a sequence of scenes wherein folks we do not care about run round screaming.
Oddly sufficient, the funniest side of Boo 2! A Madea Halloween has seemingly nothing to do with the performances, the writing, or the general course. It is the unreasonably poor ADR work that received the largest laughs out of me. At a number of factors all through the movie, Madea very clearly makes use of foul language, however the phrase that comes out of her mouth typically does not match the motion of her lips. Tyler Perry lately instructed CinemaBlend that he needed to reduce fairly a little bit of language from the movie to realize its PG-13 ranking, the overdubbing to take away a number of the much less savory swears delivers some legitimately hilarious moments. At the least we received one thing out of this, proper?
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is a plodding mess of a film. Neither humorous nor scary, its structural incoherency and lack of relatable characters make it practically unwatchable. That is the tenth installment in Madea’s long term of silver display adventures, and the shtick has undoubtedly begun to put on skinny.