(This review may contain spoilers).
I’ve often found that the sequel to a film is rarely as good as the original. I really loved the first Paul Blart movie… and although I did want to see the sequel, I was somewhat hesitant. Some franchises are good… others just seem to revisit the same plot again.
I found it interesting that this film was not only set in a hotel, but it was at a convention for security guards. I’m not sure if that actually exists in reality… but it was pretty cool to see all of the different equipment that was for sale and the different security guards who were at the convention.
I did think this film was a bit slow-moving at first. It seemed to take a while to get into the story. I did feel sorry for Blart at the beginning of the movie, especially considering he lost everyone but his daughter. At the same time, I also felt really sorry for his daughter. She came across as a bigger character in this movie than in the first one and it was good to see her growing up and becoming her own person.
Once the movie picked up, it drew me in much quicker. I didn’t laugh quite as much as I did in the first movie, but there were a lot of amusing moments in this. I also found a lot of the supporting characters to be fairly intriguing and it would have been nice to see a bit more of them.
I particularly liked the fact that Maya was shown to be a really resourceful young girl. I could definitely see why she was accepted into UCLA.
There were some quite intense moments in this movie along with the humour. There weren’t really any twists, but it was good there were link-ins to the previous film. I also liked the ending and it was good to see that there was the potential set-up for a third film.
Blart might not be a conventional hero, but I still enjoyed watching this movie and it was entertaining and quite amusing in a lot of places. I’m sure I would watch this again at some point in the future.