Young Guns 2
judge: “...and there be hanged by the neck till he be dead, dead, dead. Now, do you have anything to say, young man?”
Billy: “Yes I do, your honor. You can go to hell, hell, hell.”
release year: 1990
viewing setting: home DVD, 6/16/17 and 1/21/13
synopsis: After the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid and his companions continue to get into trouble.
impressions: Same old same old: Billy wants to live his life without care or worry, shooting whoever he thinks deserves it. That's okay, but he fails to realize that he's getting his good friends killed until they're all dead. There were a lot of good lines, and some "how the hell is he going to get out of this?" situations. This story is framed by the 1948 claim of Brushy Bill Roberts to actually be the living Bily the Kid, supposedly having laid low for almost seventy years.
Billy the Kid body count: 8
acting: Emilio Estevez picks up right where he left off, as a fearless and reckless young gunfighter who tends to get his companions killed over time. Lou Diamond Phillips and Kiefer Sutherland are his oldest companions, while Christian Slater is the brashest of the new ones, with a big mouth and bigger ambitions. William Petersen is Pat Garrett, who eventually turns on Billy. There are early appearances of Viggo Mortensen and Robert Knepper too.
final word: Entertaining historically-based Western with some good lines and situations.
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