Film review: Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, The

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  • heather lowery
    Jan. 21, 2006 2:34 p.m.

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  • Adrian
    April 3, 2005 3:01 a.m.

    Personally, I dislike this film. It was horribly directed
    and felt so dead. I enjoyed the thrill of adventure i got
    from the first film, which the second film definately
    lacked. The only reason i give this film 2 stars instead of
    nothing is because I rather enjoyed the opening credits
    theme. The soundtrack is out of print, so darn. But hey,
    i'll keep looking, otherwise this film is garbage.

  • Atreyee Day
    Sept. 27, 2002 8:06 a.m.

    I would have to see the movie and read The Book for I am
    charmed !!!To think that all I came to search for was my
    namesake .. brave Atreyu ...!!!one really never knows what
    one gets at the end of the road ... for me .. much much
    more than I expected !!

  • Philip J. Zamora
    Jan. 14, 2002 2:25 p.m.

    The NeverEnding Story II has got to be one of the worst
    sequels of all time. From Jonathan Brandis (Bastian) over-
    emoting in every scene, to the irritating sidekicks (I just
    want to strangle that ugly bird-thing), to the laughable
    situations (tiny firecrackers blowing up giant, mucus
    producing baddies) and visual effects (i.e. the scene where
    Falkor and Bastian chase down the dragon, Smurg, is totally
    inept) . . . this film depresses me. For a film that
    preaches the power of imagination, this sure has very
    little of it. When all of the Fantasia creatures complain
    about things becoming hollow by the great "nothing," and
    when Xayide schemes to rob the boy of his memories, I feel
    I'm being warned by the filmmakers. It loudly warns me
    that this film is a hollow, visionless, waste of time and
    money, and that to watch any more than a minute of it will
    be a deteriment to the fond memories I have of the first
    film. It is. By all means, go out of your way to avoid
    this film. Even if you've never seen the first NeverEnding
    Story.

  • emmanuel
    Sept. 15, 2001 9:25 a.m.

    i like to see

  • Benjamin
    June 1, 2001 3:03 p.m.

    I begin to wonder what the intentions of those responsible
    for making this next chapter of The Neverending Story,
    really and truly were? Were they hoping to allow the
    story to develop into what it was written and designed to
    communicate, or were they just hoping to make a buck on an
    obviously workable plot they could throw around till it was
    all wrapped and packaged and going out onto the shelves for
    the inevitable discovery by the first generation of
    Neverending Story film fanatics. Given, I can understand
    that if someone HAD read the book before ever seeing the
    FIRST installment of this so called "next chapter", it
    might just be written off without so much as a sound,
    because they would have started with something more solid
    and unshakable. I say this because I realize that at the
    close of The Neverending Story, when Bastian's first wish
    appeared to resemble some reckless flight down a busy city
    street in pursuit of a few kids from elementary school, the
    unlimited possibilities regarding a sequel were suddenly
    limited to a certain degree. The film, in my opinion,
    takes its direction from the book in so many limited areas,
    that the story appears to be lost from sight at times.
    Those familiar with the real story will find disappointment
    as it fails to make a point to walk the fine line you might
    have hoped. I praise those who would take on such a task,
    but I would hope they could think it through so as to keep
    a little bit of that first glimpse of the dream, more
    clearly remembered by those of us who care.

  • April
    May 17, 2001 7:59 p.m.

    I give the movie a 1 star because it was such a let down
    from how the first one was built up to be. There could
    have
    been a much better sequal. Don't get me wrong...it was
    still
    good but didnt have the depth of the first one. The third
    one was even of poorer value. This trilogy has
    dissappointed
    me in several ways. There will never be another movie like
    NES, unless someone with the heart of a child and a
    imagination so out there makes the next sequal and suprize
    us all. Thank you.

  • Eric hull
    March 27, 2001 8:55 a.m.

    well i have to give it some credit. it was great to see a
    sequal to the first, but i think that they or you should of
    made it sooner after the first. at least keep the same
    acters and actresses. i loved the performance from
    everybody in the first. i wished the second one could of
    been more thought over and more interesting to the first.
    what i mean like have the plot of the movie being about
    people in our world losing their dreams and all the people
    in our world not reading books and that having the nothing
    coming back, and not so much the 2nd movie having a person
    taking bastians memories away. i guess that is all i have
    to say. wait i do have something to say, if any body agrees
    with me e-mail me i would love to hear from other fans of
    NES1. well GOd bless and keep on dreaming and wishing. most
    of all reading and fantazing. i know i made spelling
    mistakes. lol love sweetdreams

  • Meredith
    July 26, 2000 8:08 p.m.

    This movie was a travesty. I'd go so far as to call it the
    worst movie of all time. The first movie was my favorie
    movie of all time, hands down, and that's half the tragedy
    of NES 2.
    The actors in NES 2 were awful. Atreju lost his childlike
    beauty to be a teenager with bags under his eyes. Granted,
    Atreju was supposed to be Indian-like, but changing his
    ethicity for the second movie didn't work at all.
    Secondly, Falkor had all the same jokes, and they weren't
    at all funny this time.
    The first movie was criticized for being too heavy,
    although personally I think that's why it was such a hit
    with both old and young alike. Bastian's world was shown a
    few children's lives are depicted. It was far from a
    Candyland or a Disney movie. He missed his mother, was
    ignored by his father and was picked on by bullies. NES 2
    surprisingly is the 2nd half of the original book by
    Michael Ende, but you know what? I hated the idea of
    Bastian becoming evil, and I stopped reading the book at
    the point that the first movie ended.
    That's all I've got to say for now!

  • Avi Green
    June 15, 2000 5:12 a.m.

    15 years ago, when I was about 10 or 11 years old, I went
    with one of my schools to see the first NeverEnding Story,
    and it was very awesome and enjoyable, although to be sure,
    the Micheal Ende book from 1979 is much more engrossing.
    This alleged sequel, which is more like deja-vu,
    unfortunately, suffers from what is known as studio greed
    for money galore. It was surprisingly devoid of wit, the
    special effects here were dismal, and the action had all
    the entertainment value of a laundry dryer. Back in the
    mid-80's when Wolfgang Petersen was filming the first
    movie, author Ende had said that he disliked the way that
    it was done. Well, if he'd have seen how this clunker was
    written, he'd take back all his criticism of the first and
    slam this one instead. The lack of logic here is also a
    major letdown. Hence, the "sequel" lives up to it's name.
    As for the third movie, well, the less said about that
    straight to video dud, the better. It's a pity that the
    Bugs Bunny cartoon that preceded this goof in theaters
    didn't come with the version I saw. I might have just seen
    that and skipped this movie altogether.

  • Dawn
    May 24, 2000 12:46 a.m.

    I love dis movie.... itz sooo good.... and Jonathan Brandis
    acted pretty goood for a boy dat young. It brings back old
    memories for me and i really love the music, esp "Dreams We
    Dream". I can't seem to find where to get the NES2
    soundtrack ne where though... soo...yeah..datz it.

  • Dorothy
    April 4, 2000 3:51 p.m.

    The first movie was great- my all time favorite movie from
    when i was so young until forever. But the second one kinda
    put shame to the first. It was silly and basically stupid.
    I've seen worst, however (The Neverending Story 3- for
    example) If i were a movie writer, I would create the most
    wonderful film that combines the whole book, And it would
    be so amazing.... Keep your eyes open for it in about 10
    yrs.if anyone wants to talk about the NES- my screen name
    is Rhymes N Dreams.

  • just someone
    Jan. 28, 2000 8:30 p.m.

    The sequel to the Neverending story really sucked. If you
    have ever read the book, (which you should if you're a true
    fan) you'll know what I mean. The actors in this movie, if
    you can call them actors, were totally different from the
    originals-and whoever they got to play Atreyu must have
    some sort of mental problem or something....Thank you

  • David Moskowitz
    Jan. 23, 2000 11:39 p.m.

    My opinion the The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter
    Both NeverEnding Story I & II: The Next Chapter I give them
    both 4 stars I liked them both the same they both were very
    imaginative and they both are really good fantasy adventure
    movies. And I think they both should be re-released again
    on
    there anniversary for the new generation to see and
    experience it on the big screen.

    David