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Son of the Mask
Review written on: September 8th, 2005

Son of the Mask Review

First of all, they never should have made a sequel to The Mask. That movie was classic. Jim Carrey is a comic genius. I felt bad for Jaime Kennedy having to attempt to fill those shoes.

As a sequel though, Son of the Mask wasn’t awful. Jaime Kennedy was decent as Tim Avery, a trained animator stuck working as a costumed tour guide at an animation studio. His wife is played by Traylor Howard, formerly of “Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place.” The baby is just plain creepy. Well, let me rephrase that. When the baby is the actual twin actor babies, it is adorable. When it is the CGI devil-child…it’s really creepy. See, the story is that Tim was wearing the mask when the baby was conceived…therefore the baby is “born of the mask” and does all kinds of weird things. Loki, originator of the mask, was told by his father Odin (god of everything in Norse mythology) he has to find the mask. Hence, Loki tries to track down the baby born of the mask in order to track down the mask. Follow? The story is a little weak, to say the least.

That being said, I think the first thing that would have made this movie better would have been Jason Lee playing Loki, but playing him as he played Azrael in Dogma. Alan Cumming did an okay job as Loki, but he kinda looked like a mix between a goth kid gone wrong and Pee Wee Herman.

A few fun parts of the movie include a reference to the Mel Gibson movie Ransom when Tim Avery, as the Mask, picks up a phone and yells “Gimme back my son!”. Another fun scene is when Tim and his wife are looking at the ultrasound of the baby and the baby starts to dance. The second song he dances to is the “chick chickee boom” song that Jim Carrey dances to with the police officers in the first movie. Also, appearances by Ben Stein and Steven Wright are interesting. Ben Stein reprises his role from the first movie and Stephen Wright plays Avery’s boss. Last, but definitely not least…my favorite inside joke in the movie. The dog in this movie is named Otis. The dog in the first movie was named Milo. Famous cat and dog movie from 1986 was “Milo & Otis”. Although seeing that the name connection between the dogs was possibly my favorite part of the movie, it’s not saying much for the movie.

Basically, the movie wasn’t a complete waste of time, but I wouldn’t be sad if I had never seen it.

 

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