The only reason I rented Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle a few weeks back is because of seeing the trailer for this, the sequel. The scenes on the plane looked pretty funny and the whole set-up seemed like a no-brainer, so my curiosity was piqued.
Anyway, I wanted to see the sequel, but I didn’t want to jump right in without having seen the original (even with a series like this I was worried I might not get some jokes and what-have-you without seeing the first film), so I rented Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. It almost felt like a chore. I thought I’d make it through the first one and then get to the main course, Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.
Well, it doesn’t happen all that often, but my expectations in this situation were basically flat out wrong. The first movie is about 75% funnier than the sequel.
While the first film had a riotous pace that assaulted the senses for its entire running time, the sequel goes through far too many down periods and none of the highs compare to the many comedy highlights of the first. Even scenes that should have been comedy gold felt flat here. It’s kind of funny at times, but is nowhere near as good as the original.