The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter 1991 PG CC

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In this sequel to the 1984 film, our young hero, again bored with the real world, returns to his storybook's magical land of Fantasia.

Starring:
Jonathan Brandis, Kenny Morrison
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Kids & Family
Director George Miller
Starring Jonathan Brandis, Kenny Morrison
Supporting actors Clarissa Burt, John Wesley Shipp, Martin Umbach, Alexandra Johnes, Thomas Hill, Helena Michell, Christopher Burton, Patricia Fugger, Birge Schade, Claudio Maniscalco, Andreas Borcherding, Ralf Weikinger, Colin Gilder, Rob Morton, Frank Lenart, Holger Dudla, Adolf Kraus, Karl Krebs
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

The first movie is the best movie, this one just can't compare.
Tabatha B.
Not anything like the first one, loved the story concept, this was just weird, did not finish watching it .
Mary L. Rolander
It came on time and it was a great movie to watch with kids love this movie thank you very much.
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99 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Grant on April 30, 2005
Format: DVD
The original NeverEnding Story movie was a masterpiece. A complete work of art. I remember watching that movie when I was a kid, it amazed me. I watch today, and it amazes me how it still draws me into that story so easily. In my opinion, it is a pure fantasy world with no flaws, in acting, in plot, in direction, in visuals; the characters are all wonderfully original and well played.

*sigh* Now...to the sequel.

Besides the fact that every single character was recast (aside from the bookkeeper?), and besides the fact that every character has a brand new personality which contradicts how they were in the first movie. Besides the fact that Bastian had brown hair in the first movie, and now all of a sudden he has blonde hair. Apart from the fact that Bastian's dad has quite the receding hairline in the first movie, and now, in the sequel, where'd that full head of hair come from? Aside from the fact that Falcor turned stupid for something reason. Apart from the fact that Atreyu, the brave warrior in the first movie, turns into a confused sidekick that can only speak broken english now...

*sigh* aside from all of that...

The thing that gets me the most, throughout the sequel they call the Empress, "The Child-like Empress"... *sigh*

...She is not child-like; she is, in fact, just a child! "Child-Empress"!!!

The magic that was the first movie disappeared in the second. I think the thing that sets the movies apart the most, a thing that hurts the sequel quite a bit, is the fact that we have to views of the story, in the original, Bastian's point of view as he reads the book, and then Atreyu's and the others view from inside the story.

With the NeverEnding Story II, there is no outside view.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Caleb McWilliams on June 21, 2002
Format: DVD
OK, let's admit it. This movie isn't half bad. You should all know that the first movie (The NeverEnding Story) is a ton better, and the third movie (The NeverEnding Story III - Escape From Fantasia) STINKS!!! But on the subject of this movie, I would say I enjoy watching it from time to time, and that in and of itself makes the movie worthwhile. Do I feel it is worthy of the being in league with the NeverEnding Story saga??? In a way. It somewhat follows the book after chapter M (#13), the second half. However, this movie has some obvious faults. For one, the atmosphere of the movie is close to neither the first movie (dark, depressing, but really good) nor the book (intelligent, witty, amazing). I liked Jonathan Brandis (Bastian) but not Kenny Morrison (Atreyu). The chick who played the Childlike Empress, in my mind, was not right for the part at all. On the plus side, I thought Xayide was excelently portrayed: Very sinister and evil but clever. The status of Bastian's relationship to his father was more prevalent, and made more sweet. (A[...])
This movie was my first NeverEnding Story "experience" and it was good enough to interest me in the first movie and on to the book.
By the way, do not waste your precious time in viewing the piece of crud known as The NeverEnding Story III - Escape From Fantasia. It stinks.
That is all. Thank you and fare well.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 8, 2006
Format: DVD
I am a huge Neverending Story fan. I have read the book many times and the movie is pretty good, too. The problem is that the first movie only tells half of the story. So imagine how excited I was to find that there was the second one! And imagine my disappointment to find out it really stunk! It had different characters, different story.. nothing was the same. Stick with the book and the first movie!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Hagen on March 8, 2002
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The first movie is a great movie that every child and any adult with a love for Tolkien, LeGuin, C.S. Lewis will feel compelled to see. The second movie has no chivalry, no mystery no romance, and I wish my children had not seen it, to interfere and dilute the powerful feelings and lessons of the first. The allegory of the first is far superior to the second. I understand the third is even worse.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cherubino on April 5, 2007
Format: DVD
I'm very fortunate that my mother actually took me to see The (original)Neverending Story when I was a child, when it was initially released in movie theaters. Especially fortunate, because I come from a family of five children, and there wasn't always extra money to treat us to a movie, etc. The fun part was that she only took me, and none of my other siblings. It was a special moment that I won't forget for the rest of my life.

The original film had true majestic sweep, and a beautiful film score. It accomplishes what any good fantasy film does, making you suspend disbelief, and get caught up in the storyline. Unfortunately, the special magic of the first film was not to be recreated for the second NES. It's too bad that the second installation couldn't have been made in conjunction with the first one.

If you have kids, they probably would get some enjoyment out of part two, but if you're an adult who has fond memories of the first film, spare yourself the disappointment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Irishbarc on December 27, 2001
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I admit I was overjoyed when I heard of a sequel being made because there was more to the book than the first movie, but my enthusiasm took a nosedive when I saw this movie. The child actors could not act, and basically in a nut shell, the whole movie seemed to lack heart and imagination. (Ironically enough) If you're a true fan of the first movie and the book, STAY AWAY. If you're into those cheap Disney sequels that are churned out just to make money, this movie is for you.
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