Friday, November 19, 2010

DVD--St Trinian's 2 & the Legend of Fritton's Gold

or: So gangsta.

One word to sum it up: Stupid.

What do you get when you put Rupert Everett taking on multiple roles (mainly as a woman), every young British actress playing a stereotypical teenage character, a story about brats in a school which is pretty far from reality, and some added 'star power' from Colin Firth and Gemma Arterton? St Trinian's 2 & the Legend of Fritton's Gold, of course! Oh probably didn't know there was another on the cards. Or you probably didn't even realize there was a first one in existence. But fear not, you haven't missed much. Only if you're a real fan of British comedies made about a whole lot of brats who attend a school which doesn't look like a school at all.

When Celia (Juno Temple) finds an old ring in the library at St. Trinian's, the girls all become very interested in it. It's then that they find out that the headmistress, Miss Fritton (Rupert Everett), is related to a famous pirate. The new head girl, Annabelle Fritton (Talulah Riley), leads the charge into finding treasure which could save their school. They follow riddles and clues until they can finally get to the mysterious treasure left behind by Captain Fritton (Rupert Everett). But they can't do this without the evil Lord Pomfrey (David Tennant) getting in the way.

St Trinian's 2, just like the first one, was an absolute hoot. Mainly because they are so stupid they are funny, and you can't help but laugh at the misfortune of some of these girls. The 'Posh Totties' and the 'Gangsta' kids were absolutely stripped of all dignity, and were given what an adult would presume teenagers like them are actually like. But hey, at least this film doesn't try and give an insight to a teenage girls life...because we all know how boring that is.

The film is extremely 2 dimensional. The story, the characters, even the actors, all sound and feel really 2 dimensional. But that isn't the worst part. The worst part is that this is a film which is basically a propaganda for feminism. And it's made mainly by men. From the girls trying to take down AD1 (a female hating organization) to the awful final 'twist' (I didn't know whether to laugh or smack myself on the head with a sledgehammer), everything about this film reeks of feminism. You may think that I would like that since I am a female, but this movie stretches that theme out to it's absolute breaking point. It also doesn't help that we have absolute brats representing the fairer sex, either.

Again, St Trinian's 2 adopts a lot of young British starlets and shoves them into this movie, which they don't require talent to do. Many of the original cast have left, leaving the admirably talented Talulah Riley and Tamsin Egerton to carry on the tradition. They can't save it, nor can Rupert, Colin or David Tennant. Gemma Arterton reprises her role briefly, but it's clear from the very beginning that she just wants to get out. No one is trying very hard, but that's okay because this movie doesn't ask for much. The excessive use of slow-mo doesn't exactly help their case, either. It kinda leaves the viewer behind to ponder at it's stupidity.

THE VERDICT: Has some awful scripting and a less than appropriate ending. Just forget it's serious and laugh at it's gets to be quite an entertaining yet extremely unnecessary sequel.


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