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Wayne's World 2 (1993)

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Commentary 1: Director Stephen Surjik Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on August 10th, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
A rather low-key commentary from Stephen Surjik. A Canadian, like star Mike Myers, who has built a career in sketch comedy ("Kids in the Hall") and television. Apparently, Myers came to him years before the first "Wayne's World," in the hopes he would direct that feature two years earlier. Most of the track finds Stephen pontificating the essence of comedy, its' execution, and the relative importance of editing and lighting when it comes to pulling off funny fare. Not that Surjik abandons commenting on the "on-screen" action. I especially enjoyed his bemusement at Ralph Brown (essentially duplicating his character from"Withnail & I") and how astonishing Kim Basinger was in person. Largely due to the "crack team" of stylists and makeup crew that positioned every hair in perfect placement. Bits that were "ad-libbed" by Carvey and Myers are pointed out, but any "dirt" a listener may be looking for is in short supply. No tales about any "behind-the-scenes" squabbles between the two former "SNL" stars here. The director describes how the effects weren't chintzy enough, even for a satirical production (like a certain model airplane, which looked too convincing as a stock shot). Interesting anecdotes like these persist, and there's not too much "dead air." Surjik remarks towards the end of the track how fortunate they were to land appearances by Drew Barrymore (a huge star fresh from "Charlie's Angels"), Charlton Heston, and Christopher Walken. The Director suggest that these actors were at some sort of lull in their careers at this time. Describing Walken as "iconoclastic," when he probably means "iconic." Either way, Walken most definitely took the young helmers' suggestions in stride. When asked to deliver a certain line more menacingly, Walken assured him on the proper way to intimidate someone. Lesson learned, it seems. Or else he might have "beaten him to death with his own shoes." 6.5/10
Reviewed by Station51 on April 4th, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
Surjik is well meaning here and has potential but falls short in material covered. There are way too many gaps for my liking. What he does say is interesting and engaging for the most part. However he does pander to the actors and has nothing but nice things to say but that's because Surjik is obviously just a nice guy.
Not bad, not great. 5/10.