|Because it's supposed to be funny|
It's a dusky summer morning. The sun is rising and the heat is already starting to frame, the camera following along with the truck.
rise from the road. Each frame of the movie is a piece of a big rig truck, starting with the smoke stacks, as the truck starts and moves off
The truck is on a long haul or so it would seem. The song "The Legend Of The Bandit" plays while the camera follows along with the truck all through the night. So, we were introduced to Smokey and the Bandit.
The idea behind the original movie was just one big chase scene, peppered with funny intriguing characters and a good script. We were introduced to Big and Little Enos, Frog, Cledus (Snowman) and of course Buford T. Justice and Junior.
Smokey and The Bandit was such a huge hit, the studio obviously wanted to make another movie and so we got Part 2. The idea behind this one, was Snowman and The Bandit transport an elephant from Florida to Texas.
Smokey and the Bandit 2 is a rehash of the first movie. The minor differences are, instead of Bandit showing up at Snowman's house, Snowman goes to Bandit to convince him to take the job, for a whole lot more money this time. Big Enos is running for governor of Texas and he wants to make a big impression with the GOP, after overhearing the out going governor yelling at an aid that there's a crate in Miami that needs to be delivered, on time and with care, to Texas. Enos decides that he will be the one to deliver the crate, which will endear him to the GOP.
The movie isn't really as much fun or exciting as the first movie. Sure we get Burt Reynolds throwing out quips left and right and Sally Field being cute and funny and Jackie Gleason, as always, being the loveable asshole Buford T. Justice.
The problems with this movie stem from the need to be bigger and better than the first one. Bigger car chases, bigger action pieces, more characters and less plot. Jackie Gleason plays three different roles as different Sheriff Justice's. Dom DeLuise joins the cast as a veterinarian and of course, Sally Field is back, once again running away from her wedding from Junior to help the Bandit.
We also get a training/sobering up montage before the Bandit can take the wheel again and begin his high-speed rampage across the southern states to win a bet against the Burdettes. Which is completely unnecessary.
The entire premise for Smokey and the Bandit 2 is pretty weak. We get some back story as to why he's become an alcoholic and why Frog left him, but it's uninteresting and dumb. We see that Bo and Cledus bought a new truck after the events of the first movie, giving rise to the idea that their double or nothing bet to get clam chowder from Boston for Big Enos Burdette was successful, but the charm and the fun of the first one are missing.
Hal Needham was on a streak, Cannonball Run, Smokey and The Bandit 1 and 2, Megaforce, and a bunch of other movies that starred Burt Reynolds and he struck gold a couple of times, but let's face it, the Smokey and the Band series hit a brick wall at 150 miles an hour with this movie.
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
PG | 1h 40min | Action, Comedy | 15 August 1980 (USA)
The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.
Director: Hal Needham
Writers: Hal Needham (characters created by), Robert L. Levy (characters created by)
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed