Cert: 12A Runtime: 109 mins Director: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle,Steve Tom, Rachel Melvin and Kathleen Turner
There he is again. Almost two decades and he still comes
It’s been twenty years since I saw Dumb and Dumber for the first time, for me growing up it was one of my favourite comedies and still is. The Farrelly Brothers since then have had a wee slump after There is Something About Mary in my opinion. The fact that we were bound to get a sequel was it really necessary to wait such a long time? Carrey for me is one of the great diverse actors of our time. He is so free to move from comedy to drama it’s amazing. What is Dumb and Dumber To about? It’s been 20 years since Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) spoke to one another. They haven’t fallen out. It’s just that Lloyd has been playing a typically stupid prank with a very drawn-out idiotic punchline. But no matter. The dimwit duo are back together and they’re embarking on an important quest. Harry’s discovered that he has a long-lost daughter by Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner). What’s more, he needs a new kidney – which gives him another good reason for tracking her down. Trouble is that as soon as Lloyd claps eyes on a photo of Harry’s lovely daughter, he falls in love!
The premise is hardly any different. It mostly tackles the same formula of the first movie: the duo went on a road trip, they hold some valuable item, Lloyd is motivated by love, they’re being chased by two thugs who want them dead, and more recycled jokes so on. Their antics can still be outrageously amusing, but as far as their adventure goes, it easily loses the novelty. It also suffers in a dated environment, rather turning this supposedly real world that encounters weird idiots into a total cartoon. Sure, it wanted to retain the quality of the original, but it earns nothing but empty nostalgia.Overall it doesn’t bother adding up to this sequel. The only thing we know is they are all still here and could make another Dumb and Dumber movie even though it’s mostly the same, but it still feels lacking, unable to be witty or creatively dumb in their latest gags. The reason why these scenes are still funny because they’re delivered by the talents of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Obviously, they both still got it. Their enthusiasm to this repetitive nonsense is what keeping things alive and watchable. Dumb and Dumber To slowly loses the comedic momentum, this is mostly caused by the filmmakers’ lack of fresher and better ideas. All what they did is rehash the best ones from the original to remind us that the spirit is still alive.