Sunday, July 29, 2018

Movie #471: The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter

The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter is, as the entirely overwrought title suggests, the sequel to The Neverending Story. It stars Jonathan Brandis, Kenny Morrison, Clarissa Burt, John Wesley Shipp, Martin Umbach, Thomas Hill, and Alexandra Johnes. It's pretty bad.

So, we seem to have ignored the end of the first movie entirely. Bastian (Brandis) has gotten like 4 years older and is now blond and cute but scared of jumping off the diving board. He goes back to see Koreander (Hill), the bookseller, and steals The Neverending Story again, but this time when he starts reading it, he's physically transported into it. The Nothing is gone, but the Emptiness is hollowing everything out, and it's controlled by an evil queen named Xayide (Burt) who is trying to bring order to Fantasia.

Anyway, Bastian still has the Orin (a magic necklace) and it lets him make wishes, but every one loses him a memory. He makes a bunch, but he's really bad at it, and the wishes never really make a difference, nor do the lost memory. In the end...I think he wishes to go home and jumps off a waterfall? I was honestly pretty bored by that point.

The movie is a mess, the plot is full of holes and shit that just doesn't pass a sniff test (like, Bastian's father [Shipp] tracks down Koreander and asks where the hell Bastian is, and he smiles creepily and gives him a response that wasn't literally "he's in my basement" but might as well have been, and dad just fucks off and reads the book). The special effects are pretty weak, but they're not really any worse than other movies of the day. The performances are god-awful, but then, the dialog doesn't leave them much to work with.

All in all, glad it's done.

My Grade: F
Rewatch Value: IINSIAIFWT