Tom has watched and thoroughly analyzed the three Crocodile Dundee films over eighty-one times. He is a so-called "expert" on the matter.
Why Did Critics Hate It So?
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles holds an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 37% on Metacritic, and a 4.8/10 on IMDB. People say this far-too-late return to the series lacks the charm and wit of its predecessors. Roger Ebert even gave it a measly two stars. But who is to say they're right? Because they aren't.
Reasons Why It's So Good
- The movie is a return to form after the second entry in the franchise strayed so far away from what made the first one the timeless classic that it is. People don't want to see ol' Mick fending off the Columbian drug cartel. They want to see him as the "fish out of water" in a big urban environment, which CD in LA has plenty of.
- It ends in a freeze frame, a staple of the series that even the weakest one (Crocodile Dundee 2) has. However, this time there is a special bonus. It freeze frames on newlywed Dundee and his mate, Jacko, just after a crocodile catches Linda Kozlowski's wedding bouquet as a cover of Men at Work's "Down Under" plays, making for one of the most powerful endings in cinema history. Just think of that. This is the only Dundee film to feature "Down Under," Australia's national anthem. Not even the 1986 original has it. That's only part of the reason why this one is so great.
- This one gives the fresh setting of LA for Mick to explore and interact with, giving way for some highly entertaining scenes such as Mick and his mate, Jacko, going to Wendy's, Mick causing a traffic jam on the highway, and Mick and his mate, Jacko, accidentally walking into a gay bar.
- There's a little Dundee in this one. Mick and Linda Kozlowski have a son together. He's a very well-rounded character. A lot like his dad. He even has his own subplot in which he incapacitates a mouse in his grade-school classroom.
What Ebert Got Wrong
While he is right about it being better than Joe Dirt and Freddy Got Fingered, he doesn't understand that the film IS brilliant. Not as good as the original, of course, but still perfect in every fathomable aspect.
Just Watch It!
Watch the film. A true must-see. It's masterfully humorous and a complete charm-fest.
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