Mr. Bones 2: Back From the Past

2009-02-06 13:35
 


What it's about:

It's 1879 and the African kingdom of Kuvukiland is threatened by Redcoat soldiers, who are living off the fat of the land and hunting the sacred springbok. During the wedding ceremony of Hekule (Tongayi Chirisa) - the future king of Kuvukiland - he is given a gemstone by the dying Kunji Balanadin (Kaseran Pillay), one of the Redcoats' cooks. The stone is cursed and causes Hekule to become possessed by the spirit of this mischievous Indian chef. It is up to sangoma and advisor to the tribe, Bones (Leon Schuster), to get rid of this troublesome stone to cure his king.

What we thought of it:


Like death, taxes and politics, you know exactly what you're going to get from a Leon Schuster movie, and in this prequel to the wildly successful Mr. Bones (2001) - the cheap sight gags, over-the-top performances and juvenile references to "pee-pee", "kaka" and "poephol" - are all present and accounted for. And in many ways, these elements alone guarantees that Schuster will find a willing audience for his new movie.

It's almost pointless reviewing a Schuster movie as he seems Teflon-coated when it comes to the general dislike among critics for his brand of witless humour. He has never captured the kind of acclaim South African filmmakers such as Jamie Uys or Darrell Roodt have, and has never needed it.

As he has always said, he makes movies for his audiences, for the millions of South Africans out there who need to escape the mundanity of their daily lives to a world where people do stupid things for their entertainment. And, of course, it’s a winning formula that has seen Schuster rake in millions in box office takings.

With Mr. Bones 2, Schuster has set himself something of a challenge by including a time-travel element to the plot, where his character, the faithful white sangoma, is transported from 1879 to present-day Durban, along with his king Hekule who has been body-snatched by the "evil" spirit of an Indian cook.

Only thing is that this supposed baddie poses as much of a threat as a three-year-old with a water pistol - and poor aim. His various misdeeds include shoving a bunch of kids into a pit toilet, sticking his tongue out a lot, and basically behaving like a very naughty child.

Speaking of which, parents across the country will no doubt happily be leaving their young ones in the custody of Mr. Bones during the school holidays, despite Schuster's well-documented penchant for sexual humour. So be aware that, as fun and harmless as Mr. Bones may seem, he is not beyond toying with vibrators - or getting high.

In amongst the rampant farce and anally obsessed jokes is a movie striving towards meaning (no, really!) Mr. Bones is actually a lonely soul so when he meets the beautiful Reshmi (Leeanda Reddy), he gets a glimpse of the life he could have. And the conclusion of his ridiculous journey is actually sweeter than the 90 minutes leading up to it may have hinted at.

Yes, the quality of the gags are as pitiful as they come, the performances are negligible (although it's never a good thing when shoddy work by the extras is noticeable) and there are awkward jokes about baboons and primates, but Schuster's creation, with his mismatched eyes and wonky teeth, has an undeniable idiotic charm – just don't expect him to add any meaning to your life.


Crude humour, racial stereotyping and a story that just doesn’t fly. Looks like all the usual elements are in place for Leon Schuster’s new movie.

grant aubin 2008/12/13 9:14 AM
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Leon Schuster's worst film yet, this pile of crude, juvenile garbage has no redeeming factors what-so-ever. It's not even funny. Avoid like the plague.
shakes ntoke 2008/12/16 12:39 PM
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leon schuster we need u in botswana.
pheah 2008/12/31 10:27 AM
download
pheah 2008/12/31 10:28 AM
i love this movie"leon shuster
robert 2009/01/09 11:52 AM
no comments
joaquim 2009/01/21 6:28 PM
how can I buy the dvd mr bones of 2? respond to joaquimesquita@sapo.pt
yunus 2009/01/21 8:07 PM
can you send me Mrs Bone 2 on pc
osiris 2009/01/25 9:59 AM
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guess this is one of his better movies but a typical leon schuster's genre. gr8 south african family movie.
Corne Botha 2009/01/31 11:28 PM
Waar kan ek die movie koop,,,ek sit in Amerika!!!!! Help mense, ek moet die movie sien,,anders kom ek terug SA toe net om hom te kom kyk.
SIMANGELE 2009/02/04 1:54 AM
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It's a nice movie,u go Leon
metja 2009/04/09 5:32 PM
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mr bones rocks me big tym
Kruger Visser 2009/04/26 9:54 PM
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Schuster's worst film ever. Wished it over from start to end. Very disappointing!!!
chantel 2009/05/15 3:13 PM
i would like to warst this movie can i warst this mov on internet plaese inou it is a nice mov like the firsh one
JERRY 2009/07/10 2:19 PM
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it rocks mr bones ua superb
JERRY 2009/07/10 2:22 PM
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i think african actors have something to leatn from leon schuster he real act
BONANI 2010/04/03 6:48 PM
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LEON,YOU'VE LIFTED YOUR NAME UP PLZ KEEP IT UP WE CAN'T WAIT TO LAUGH AGAIN
joao pedro silva afria 2010/06/23 6:40 PM
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fix
busisiwe msibi 2011/04/18 4:54 PM
this movie is killing me i rly like it. leon you rock
caroline 2012/07/31 3:56 PM
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wooow ilike this movie im also interested to go to kuvukiland for holiday
MOLOI RANTLO 2013/05/16 11:08 AM
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I like your style bro u really rock, infact u are de best mr LEON
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