My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 tells the story of a Portokalos family secret that brings the beloved characters back back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.
Coming from a very Greek family growing up in Australia, these films portrayed my family life, if somewhat over the top at times. When I found out that there was a sequel to the much beloved original watched almost every year at Christmas, it was one film I was excited for even with a small sense of doubt that it might not live up to the unexpected hit of the original. It definitely had its moments but in others, it was a little awkward and flat.
This outing felt more like a romantic comedy with some Greek elements thrown in here and there. As for the structure, it was a bit of a miss as a lot of the points were heavily delayed with a film taking a little while to really get started. Because of this, some points were a bit rush because they didn’t have enough time to develop and in saying that, there was hardly enough of a main plot without much of a central character that we grew to love in the original. Neither Toula (Nia Vardalos) or her daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) took focus of the film. When the film started to drift from this Greek-centred film for more of a romantic comedy, often missed Greek jokes were thrown in to remind us of what kind of film that was really meant to be. You could tell that Vardalos really loved these characters as they represent so much of her family life and much of those Greek families like mine.
Even though this film often delved into the romantic comedy genre quite a bit, it was sporadic as there wasn’t exactly a steady flow of comedy or romance at that. This might be due to the fact that many people might not know that much or really understand a lot about the Greek culture. It can be a very “Greek” film at times with the characters mentalities and this might be an issue audiences will have issues with. Being Greek is actually what made this film funny, and these jokes were unfortunately not delivered by the three supposed leads of Vardalos, Kampouris, or John Corbett. Instead it was delivered by the A+ supporting cast who were actually funny unlike the leads who were trying too hard.
Although it was a bit ridiculous at times, had somewhat of a predictable plot, and hardly managed to capture as much magic as the original, it was still an enjoyable watch