While the Mysterious Mr. C and I occasionally stop our television surfing on the SyFy Channel – typically for things like Ghost Hunters – it isn’t often our go-to station. As a result, we completely missed out on the original Sharknado last summer. Like much of the rest of the world, we didn’t become aware of the ridiculously campy B-movie homage until it had gone viral – taking the Twitterverse and work place, as well as television critics, by complete surprise. Though we caught the film a few weeks later during one of its many re-airings, and immediately understood what everyone was talking about, we had still missed out on the initial experience.
This year, when Sharknado 2: The Second One came around, we were prepared. So last night, at 9:00 pm, we joined about 3.9 million other people to watch the disaster unfold. And to be honest, I’m not entirely sure where to start with this one.
First of all, Sharknado 2 really is a terrible movie. Like the first film in the franchise (yes, it’s a franchise; they’ve already confirmed that there will be a Sharknado 3), the premise is silly, the dialogue is lacking, and the acting is rough. The special effects are also extremely low budget, but that is also a part of what makes it fun. It is even a part of what makes the movie, dare I say it, respectable?
True, the film is definitely not an Oscar contender, but it isn’t trying to be. Sharknado 2 is just an absurd story about sharks that get picked up out of the ocean by water spouts and deposited in New York City, where they wreak an appropriate amount of havoc. And though I can’t speak for the actors themselves, it seems pretty safe to say that they are in on the joke.
My one major complaint with the second installment concerns all of the different celebrity cameos and pop culture references that occurred. Sure, I loved the puns and homages to other disaster films like Jurassic Park and comedies like Airplane!, but it got to be a little much after awhile. I was also surprised by some of the people who were involved. Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath and Perez Hilton, sure, but Judd Hirsch, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker? All I can say is that I hope they were paid a lot of money for those scenes. Then again, maybe I wish they weren’t because that would just encourage more appearances in the third film.
All in all, if you didn’t see SyFy’s latest original movie, you probably weren’t missing much. I mean, it was definitely fun to watch the comments come in fast and furious on Twitter and to be a part of the collective event, but it is two hours of your life that you can’t get back. That said, if you really want to see what all of the buzz is about, this handy drinking game just might help you make it through to the end.