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Plot: Tim Avery, an aspiring cartoonist, finds himself in a predicament when his dog stumbles upon the mask of Loki. Then after conceiving an infant son "born of the mask", he discovers just how looney child raising can be. Runtime: 94 mins Release Date: 18 Feb 2005
I went into this movie not quite sure if it could live up to its predecessor: The Mask. When I left the cinema i had my answer...it did live up to the original and even improved on it.The acting in this film is top notch along with the witty script and great lightning effects. Its a shame this didn't come out a couple of months earlier to compete for best film, best actor and best director in the Oscars.But not to worry, maybe this is a good thing as it will make it more art-house and it will grow a cult following. I give this a 10 out of 10 on all levels and advise people to see it.
Brilliant (by Will_91)
This movie can be summarizes in one word: brilliant. I walked into the cinema not expecting much and I can safely say it blew my expectations away. The acting was great, Jamie Kennedy pulling off the performance of his career. Son of the Mask had one of the most realistic looking CGI babies I've even seen, and this baby was just hilarious. It had one of the best plots to come out of America in a while and I can not thank Hollywood enough for this movie. I wouldn't want to spoil the movie for anyone so I wont say much more. So to finish off, the person who directed this is a legend, <more>
and should make many more movies!!!! I would give this a 11/10 if it were possible but I'll have to settle for 10/10. I highly recommend this movie for anyone and hope they make a mask 3, 4 and 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and and 6th one if they want to!
This is amazing thats all I can say about it, if anyone says different then they have got no sense of humour, or they just don't like cartoons because thats all it is, no way is it going to be as funny as the first mask, that was more of an adult film. This is a kids film all the way no question about it it just like watching a huge CGI cartoon!! If you have read any bad reviews about it then just ignore them and go and see it for yourself instead of letting other people decide for you, very very very funny film 10/10. Also don't be put off by the fact that it is a kids film, I went <more>
and there were loads of kids there and they loved it as much as I did! Go and see it, you will regret not doing so.
Am I from a different planet? Maybe I should conjure Odin (by BrandtSponseller)
Series note: As this is not a direct, chapter-like continuation of The Mask 1994 , one can easily watch either film first.If I ever needed proof that I'm looking for something different in a film than most folks, here it is. While I don't think Son of the Mask is flawless, the only flaw I can really see is that the flow of the story doesn't quite make it as enrapturing or emotionally impactful as, say, Schindler's List 1993 or The Shawshank Redemption 1994 . Two factors mitigate that lack. One, Son of the Mask isn't shooting for the same compelling emotional intensity <more>
as a film like Schindler's List. Two, Son of the Mask's other outstanding artistic qualities enable it to largely transcend any problems it has with achieving a spellbinding plot.Of course, related to point one above, it's not that every film needs to have a paradigm-shattering plot to succeed. The Godfrey Reggio/Philip Glass trilogy of Koyaanisqatsi 1983 , Powaqqatsi 1988 and Naqoyqatsi 2002 all receive scores of 9 or 10 from me, and debatably they have no plots, even if they make many cogent, often philosophical, "arguments" about culture.But it's not that Son of the Mask's story isn't good. The plot is set in the same location--the fictional Edge City--as the first Mask as well as John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke's comic books, upon which both films are based . The story could take place either before or after the beloved Jim Carrey film. Tim Avery Jamie Kennedy lives in the bucolic countryside that's ironically only two miles outside of Edge City it seems almost like a northeastern New Jersey, Westchester County or southwestern Connecticut joke . The mask of Loki, the "God of mischief" in Norse mythology, comes floating down a stream, to be found by Tim's dog, Otis in an alliterative reference to Odin, Loki's father, and a pun on Milo and Otis . Tim puts it on just in time for a Halloween party, which enables him to get in the good graces of both his boss, played by comedian Steven Wright, and his wife, Tonya Traylor Howard . Prior to this, Tim was having trouble at work as a struggling animator relegated to giving studio tours dressed up as a giant tortoise, and his wife was nagging him about having a baby.Meanwhile, we get to meet Loki himself played by Alan Cumming in a fabulous prologue set in a museum. It seems that he's lost his mask of course and Odin an almost unrecognizable Bob Hoskins is nagging him to find it. Tim's masked persona enables him to get a promotion and procreate, but the baby just may metaphysically be the son of Loki, and Loki exploits this fact to try to find his mask.Although it sounds complex, perhaps, that's a more than attractive story to me. It actually trumps the first Mask film in a way by bringing the source of the mask into the proceedings. It's highly fantastical and surreal, and it enables a great number of deeper themes and subtexts. To a large extent, Son of the Mask is a film about fatherhood. It explores the fears and foibles that many fathers and fathers-to-be experience. The resolution to the film's dilemmas--and director Lawrence Guterman adeptly maintains two primary dilemmas throughout--hinge on learning how to be a better father. But there are other important themes and subtexts, including the importance of personal assertiveness carried over from the themes of the first film , the quandaries of dual career families, "sibling" rivalry, child development issues, and maybe even the beginnings of an Oedipal complex.Not that this is primarily a serious film, but it's not meant to be only or primarily a laugh-out-loud comedy, either. Guterman is much more concerned with achieving a thoroughgoing surrealism than he is with trying to make you laugh. I love surrealism, so I'm a prime candidate to love this film. In fact, I can't imagine anyone with a taste for surrealism not appreciating the film, at least to an extent.The production design--including things like the sets, matte paintings, costumes, and the ubiquitous cgi--is simply amazing. The surreal action sequences are even better. Perhaps even more than the first film, Son of the Mask realizes a "live action" cartoon.Tex Avery is again a strong reference made obvious by Kennedy's character being named "Tim Avery" and working as an animator , as is classic Warner Brothers animation in general. A long section in the middle is a clever spoof on Chuck Jones' One Froggy Evening 1955 , and there is another long section that is straight out of the Roadrunner cartoons involving Otis first drawing up blueprints then trying to execute an elaborate, almost Rube Goldbergian "elimination contraption" .The funniest aspect of the movie for me, perhaps, was a kind of "suspended absurdity", made most clear when Tonya returns from her business trip and finds her home which was subtly modeled after cartoon homes circa the 1940s and 1950s still in shambles from the cartoonish events that preceded--the piano is still hanging from the top of the stairs, the giant boxing glove is still engaged, and so on.But the performers have many funny moments, too. Although Kennedy has a couple moments of Jim Carrey-like mannerisms when Tim is The Mask, and these underscore that Kennedy can't do Carrey like Carrey can of course , these are few and far between. Kennedy is Tim as Tim for most of the film, and funny at that. Alan Cumming was hilarious in his different disguises when he's searching for his mask, and entertaining otherwise--he's impressed me in all of his films I've seen. I also found the baby frequently funny, especially when more surreal.Giving Son of the Mask a 1 or 2 seems simply ridiculous to me, even if there are elements of the film you strongly dislike. Technically, at least, this is an exemplary work of art. It deserves to be reconsidered.
I Will Never Take The Ratings On This Site Seriously Again! (by soblessed)
I just watched this on DVD with my 35 yr. old son and 5 yr. old granddaughter and we all laughed from beginning to end. This is probably the funniest movie I have ever seen in my 55 years!I never had any desire to see this movie before because of the way it was trashed here.I'm so glad that I decided to check it out when I saw it at my library. It is soo much better than the first,and we enjoyed that one as well.To be put in the WORST Movie category on this site is incomprehensible!As far as I'm concerned IMDb might as well do away with the ratings here,because this is just one of <more>
many,many times the crazy,undeserved overrated and underrated ratings here have stunned me.If you like hilarious comedy, ignore the lousy ratings given here and check it out. I don't believe anyone with even a smidgen of a sense of humor could be disappointed.
I wonder if anything who has seen the movie get the in joke with this dog's name. His name is Otis and while The Mask's dog was Milo Milo and Otis that movie about a pug dog, Otis and an orange tabby cat, Milo..anyone get it Anyway, I saw a clip of Otis putting on the mask and as he puts it on, and being the same breed of dog, it is put on the same way...he twirls the same way and he drags it out and places his face and BAM! so the son of the mask does work...Meaning that Otis could be a descendant of Milo and when Jamie Kennedy puts on the mask, he gets a cleft chin, like Jim <more>
Carrey's character, and like in the cartoon, the car changes to some whacked out set of wheels.The mask must have some memory to give Kennedy's character, a butt chin, big teeth and hair, when it was on Dorian, he still had his hair. It also takes the user to clubs apparently
I don't care what the critics say, I really found this movie entertaining (by DarkVulcan29)
I was reading most of the reviews on the IMDb, And I know not everybody is gonna like this movie. I really didn't care for the first one to much. Watching this movie made me realized, how much I did not miss Jim Carrey from the first one. The effects are incredible, and the funny performances by Alan Cumming and Jamie Kennedy seem to make this movie worth wild. The story starts out with Tim Avery, an out of luck cartoonist who can't seem to catch a break, his dog finds the mysterious mask, and Tim thinks it is a Halloween mask, but when he puts on the mask. He becomes the life of the <more>
party, When he gets home, he then makes love to his wife, while still wearing the mask. The couple soon realize there gonna have a baby. And when the baby is born, the baby seems to possess incredible super powers. During this time, a mysterious god of mischief named Loki, is trailing the mask. Call me insane, but I like this movie.
A movie that parents can watch with the kids (by mormino)
FAMILY MOVIE. Please read my entire comment: Yes, this isn't serious theater, which is fairly obvious given it's overall low rating. But it's something fun to watch with the kids. It's actually very well acted Alan Cumming, less so Jamie Kennedy , the effects are fairly cool, and overall, the plot and gags are fun. The special effects are awesome. Mom and dad both can watch this along with the little and big kids. Everyone will be entertained. A few drinks won't hurt mom and dad only, please . Even the dog will like it, especially given the doggie sound effects and <more>
doggie funnies. The movie is definitely worth a watch. It is lighthearted and doesn't take itself too seriously, unlike many of the people who voted on this film.
The Story: Tim Avery Jamie Kennedey is a struggling cartoonist who has a run-in with the infamous Mask which leads to him and his wife Tonya Traylor Howard having a bouncing baby boy Ryan and Liam Falconer who can, in fact, bounce via his inheritance of the Mask's amazing powers. Meanwhile, Loki Alan Cumming , Norse god of mischief, has been charged by papa Odin Bob Hoskins to retrieve the Mask before it can cause any more trouble on Earth.Wacky hijinks ensue.The Good: HILARIOUS! There were several several laugh out loud points in this movie. There was the great possibility that <more>
this would be one of those movies where the only funny parts were shown in the previews baby Alvey Avery saying "Mother" in a deep voice still makes me crack up just thinking about it , but such was fortunately not the case here. This movie took the flavor of all the old cartoons I and a few generations before me watched growing up - like the Flintstones and Looney Tunes, both of which are cameoed in the film - and ran headlong with it. Virtually every joke was pulled straight from the cartoon old school, which was just as it should be.The acting is, for the most part, superb. Cumming does a great job playing the crazified Loki, and Hoskins is a convincing grumpy old man-god go figure, ha ha . The gem of the film, however, is the main man himself, Jamie Kennedey. His tour as the frizzed out, completely at the end of his rope father is played to the hilt, and it's great fun to watch him gradually go crazy as his son happily drives him there.With one exception which I'll elaborate on in a moment , the special effects are also spectacular. The Cats & Dogs crew may not be on the top of the visual effects heap in Hollywood, but for this movie, they don't really have to be. It actually helps that you can tell that the characters are animated when they're doing crazy things, because they're supposed to be doing things that only animated characters can do. If some super-snazzy ILM-like group had come in and made everything up super-realistic, THAT I would have complained about.The Bad: Now, Mr. Kennedey was great and awesome and wonderful as Tim Avery, but . . . well, as soon as the Mask was slapped onto him, something bad went wrong. It's almost as if the people applying the latex to his face did it incorrectly, and it kept him with almost the exact same facial expression the whole time. It's a big detraction when his face bends and contorts better when he's supposed to be a regular guy than it does when he's supposed to be a cartoon character.While this is a good movie, I think it's sadly before its time. Son of the Mask really feels less like a direct sequel and more like the end of a trilogy. I believe New Line would have done a good deal better if they'd made a different Mask movie in between this one and the first one.Finally, there's a short period where Loki loses his powers. I won't go into the details, since I don't wanna be a spoiler, but the duration of this powerlessness is disappointingly short, and not much was really done with it. Which is a shame, since there were several different things that they COULD have done with it . . . ah, well.The Deal: Overall, I thought this was a very satisfying movie. Sure, it isn't complete brilliance or movie genius or whatever. It isn't going to win any awards or change anyone's life. It's just a series of quick, side-splitting laughs strung together with funny animations. But that's all it really NEEDS to be!So just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride, neh?