I have no idea how I missed out on these movies all these years, because after watching “Boondock Saints” and the sequel “Boondock Saints: All Saints Day,” they are instant favorites of mine.
I guess it’s just one of those things that flew under my radar until I became a big fan of “The Walking Dead” and one of its stars, Norman Reedus. I had always heard good things about the Boondock movies, so I picked up the movies recently.
Holy shit. What a blast. I wouldn’t say that these are deep movies, for the most part, but they are fun and violent and badass. The interaction between the twin McManus brothers is fantastic and had us both cracking up several times. It’s meant to be over-the-top, and a lot of the violence is played for laughs. (For those who want to say “violence is never funny,” calm down. REAL LIFE violence is never funny. Movie violence sometimes is.)
Some friends said that the sequel wasn’t quite as good as the original, and I would probably agree with that, but I still loved it. There was one scene that made me laugh so hard I said, “Let’s play that again!” and we did. (That one wasn’t a violent scene...it was a drunken, funny one.)
They reminded me a lot of Tarantino movies in their combination of violence and humor and excess. I suppose some might call them “derivative” of Tarantino, and to those people I’d say, “Get off the cross, Mary, we need the wood!” It’s a fun ride. Just enjoy it and quit thinking so hard. Or as I said recently about something else, “Just shut up and dance.” Sometimes I don’t want to be wooed...I want you to show me a nasty good time. Both Boondock movies do that, and some serious eye candy with Norman and Sean Patrick Flanery doesn’t hurt, either! But I loved these for many other reasons than the eye candy, and I will watch these multiple times.
And guess what, guys? A quick search turned up news that a THIRD MOVIE might be in the works, and it might have something to do with the Boston Marathon bombing. Murphy and Connor take on terrorists? THIS MUST HAPPEN! As late as 2012, it looked like it wasn’t happening, or at least Norman and Sean (yes, I’m on a first name basis with them!) wouldn’t be a part of it...but more recent news says that it might be in the works. *GASP* That would definitely be a theater movie for me...no way I’d wait for the DVD to come out! It would sure be a good time to do it. “The Walking Dead” is super popular right now, and Daryl is absolutely a fan favorite...it sure seems like a good idea for Norman to capitalize on that.
But only if they don’t kill off Daryl so Norman can do the movie! Don’t do it, AMC! If he needs to be away for an extended time for movie shooting, have him get separated from the group or something and come back later, but pleeeeeze don’t kill him!
Wow, two MAJOR thumbs up for these movies. Like I said, instant favorites for me, ones that I’ll go back and watch many times. As I mentioned on Facebook, I almost feel cheated that I missed out on these for so many years. I could have been enjoying them all this time! AGH! I also said that they made me want to blast some Dropkick Murphys and bust some heads! (Hmm...are the Dropkick Murphys named after Murphy McManus? I will check into that. No, they were not. They formed three years before the first movie was released. So was Murphy McManus named for the Dropkick Murphys? Enquiring minds want to know!)
Here is the trailer for the first movie. Badass!