Yesterday I sat down to watch Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day after actually hearing someone say that they loved it. Truth be told I was pretty pleasantly surprised as I wasn't really hoping for much but at the same time the film does feel a little all over the place. There are a lot of nudges to the original and even though Julie Benz feels a little misplaced as the Wilem Dafoe substitute it's still an okay movie and worth the watch IMO. Now, I'm not crazy about it in it's entirety but it has some good parts. The ending was a real surprise to me and definitly sets up the stage for a possible sequel (which felt weird because I think I will probably enjoy that sequel a lot more than I enjoyed this one - trust me, when you get there you'll understand why).
As for new faces (and no, I'm not talking about Sean Patrick Flanery looking like a completely different actor after the the effects of time) this film adds the always entertaining Clifton Collins Jr. to the cast along side quite a large array of returning characters from the first film. One of the more interesting aspects of the film was the background story of Billy Connolly's character, which we never really saw in the first film. This takes as back to when he was a young boy and what lead to his imprisonment in the first place. It's not a major part of the movie and so I guess I would have wanted this part to get fleshed out a lot more.
Overall I found the film to be a bit silly at first (like it's trying to hard) but after a while it sort of cleared up and even felt like it was poking fun at itself every now and then. The bottom line I think is that there's not much new stuff going on here. It's a sequel but it's doomed to get repetitive. There are some good and interesting parts, yes, but it's also close to impossible to get the same unique storytelling flow as the original (especially without the brilliance of Wilem Dafoe).
So yeah, I don't know how to wrap things up really. If you're a big fan of the first one I think you owe it to yourself to atleast see this but don't expect to be hit with same impact. Also, I'm not holding my breath here but I definitely see the possibility of both a sequel and a prequel as there's still a whole lot I wanted to get see cleared up when they started rolling the credits.