“Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” stars Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, and Chandra Currelley. Released on October 20, 2017, the film has Madea and her friends going on another Halloween adventure when a mysterious entity starts terrorizing people.
The film is directed by Tyler Perry. It is a sequel to the 2016 film, Boo! A Madea Halloween, and the tenth film in the Madea film series. It’s unsurprising that they made another Madea movie due to the film series’ fanbase, but a sequel to last year’s Madea Halloween movie? That’s something that should be reconsidered. Despite its poor reception, A Madea Halloween became a modest success at the box office and thus, a sequel was born a year later. While I wasn’t extremely fond of the last Madea film, it did offer some pretty decent moments for me to recommend it to those who are familiar with some of Tyler Perry’s other works, especially the ones that involve his fictional character. So now we have what is possibly one of the most unnecessary sequels that Hollywood has created, and what better way to release it other than around Halloween? From the looks of the marketing, I already knew that it’s only targeting people who enjoyed Madea, but who knows? Maybe it might have something for others outside of that group as well?
If you guys are familiar with my review for Boo! A Madea Halloween, you should probably know that I stated that the film is for those who enjoy the other Madea films. The sequel is no different. It’s got its usual share of bantering, harsh language, and a whole lot of Madea moments that people are familiar with. But once again, it didn’t offer a whole lot more to impress those outside of its target audience. The story in the sequel follows the same routine as the first film (with some differences), with Brian’s (Perry) daughter, Tiffany (Diamond White), going to a Halloween party with the frat boys, which left him concerned for her safety, and Madea (Perry) and her friends setting off on a mission to find her. While it does serve as a continuation, it almost felt like that some of the characters haven’t learned a gosh darn thing from the first movie, especially Brian and Tiffany. Not only that, but the overall story lacks a certain purpose as to why it is being told unlike its predecessor. The important ingredient that made the other Madea films what they are is always the deliverance of the main messages. In here, however, Tyler Perry surprisingly threw that ingredient in the garbage can in favor of the characters’ never-ending bantering and its generic and predictable plot. In other words, the film is only made just for laughs and nothing else. While there were a few moments that made me laugh, I do feel that the rest of the humor was either forced or a bit too over-the-top, mostly from Uncle Joe. The only thing that I can give this film credit for, besides its effort in impressing the fan base, is Perry’s entertaining performance as Madea.
Overall, “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” plays off like an uninspired horror-comedy skit from Saturday Night Live rather than a Madea film. With its familiar and generic story, some forced humor, and its inability to develop some sort of message, this is, without a doubt, a major step backwards from its predecessor as well as the most disappointing film that Tyler Perry has ever created. My mom and I managed to have a good laugh over this, but sadly, it’s not enough for me to recommend it to everyone except the people who like the other Madea films.