The gods must really be crazy at times, but at least that means they have a sense of humour. The question as to why man would become so obsessed with his technological achievements that he forgets how to survive in nature remains a mystery. For Xixo, who have already had an encounter with white and black people (the fat people) in the past, the small Bushman’s adventures are not over yet. Beyond the edges of the Kalahari desert is another world, but this time around people are entering his territory and they have no idea what they’ve let themselves into. When a New York lawyer, a game ranger, two ivory poachers, a Cuban and a Unita soldier find themselves stranded in the Kalahari, Xixo – who is in search of his two children – often runs into them and this time around there are more laughs, more tears and even a survival trick or two to learn.
The Gods Must Be Crazy 2 is the popular sequel to the critically acclaimed The Gods Must Be Crazy, which tells a story about how the indigenous people of the Kalahari need to survive the intrusion from the outside world. Xixo’s children find the two ivory poachers’ truck and curious about it, they climb onto it, only to find themselves stuck as soon as the truck starts driving off. Meanwhile, a female New York lawyer and a game ranger are trying to get to a meeting via a glider plane, but unfortunately they quickly find themselves in trouble in the desert and after they become split up, Dr Ann Taylor meets up with the Cuban soldier and Unitas soldier who are trying to capture one another. Xixo meets up with them from time to time, trying to keep them alive as he searches for his kids.
It’s a fun film, that once again keeps true to the franchise, whilst being original as well. There are some hilarious parts, that’ll give the audiences enough entertainment in itself, but it also goes on to show the love between a father and his children, what friendship means and how at the end of the day, even love can be found in the Kalahari.
Reprising his role as Xixo, N!xau is accompanied by Lena Farugia and Hans Strydom and the film is once again written and directed by Jamie Uys.
It’s one heck of a ride and a good sequel as well. The Gods Must Be Crazy 2 is also better visually and the sound is much better as well, but all those things aside, it’s yet another look into how diverse the people in South Africa is and how we unite under a common threat. Metaphorically looking at the film, it’s gold and this classic tale certainly has family value quality to it. It’s a definitive must-have.
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