Even though it was widely criticized for encouraging drugs among youngsters, Honey Bee was a winner in the box office mainly because of the humor in its writing. Our characters in that movie was running for their lives and the unintentional comedies and that instant thriller feel made Honey Bee a popcorn entertainer. In the second outing with the franchise, Lal Jr Jean Paul Lal has completely removed some of the key factors which worked for the film and in Honey Bee 2 we are in the middle of an exaggerated emotional dilemma of Seban. And with all the build up around this lacking the kind of humor quotient we would expect, Honey Bee 2 is more of a chaos than celebration.
So after running away from the Punyalans and finally getting the green signal from them to marry Angel, the next thing in Seban’s list is the wedding. For the conventional wedding the presence and consent of Seban’s parents was necessary and Seban who knows his family that values only studious and dignified people was quite sure that things won’t go easy. The film apparently deals with that issue of lack of chemistry between the families and how that thought bothers Seban.
The fundamental problem here is why there is a conflict. The character of Seban is an outspoken one and he is clearly not the easily obeying type. When it comes to Honey Bee 2, this guy suddenly becomes so concerned about his parents. He plans a skit to fool them to make the wedding look a typical arranged marriage, and then he is getting mad at other people for screwing it. The irritation we feel on digesting this idea is the main villain here. And the sequel of a fun film gets narrowed down in to a family drama. Lal Jr. tries desperately to create humor and we do laugh for some of those Harishree Ashokan jokes, but in the end all those scenes just makes the movie more chaotic rather than fun.
Like I said in the beginning, the things that made Honey Bee a winner was the dialogue humor, unintentional comedies that happen while they are running for their lives and also the rapport between the gang. But this time all these elements are missing. A major portion of the runtime is spent on the equation between Seban, his father, mother and Michael Punyalan. If you don’t give space for Ambro, Berno, Abu and Angel in this film the chances of you connecting with the audience is quite less. Honey Bee 2 also shows the desperate addition of jokes. Just like Nadirsha, Lal Jr. also tries to include many Kalabhavan artists just for the sake of comedy and that didn’t work the way it was meant to. Deepak Dev’s music has his typical touch. The background score was fine. Alby’s cinematography and Ratheesh Raj’s editing are okay.
Asif Ali as the confused Seban was nice. Lal depicts a calmer version of Michael Punyalan. Sreenivasan portrays the role of Seban’s father and Lena plays the character of his mother. Both actors were good. Just like I mentioned earlier the space given to Ambro, Berno, Abu and Angel in the movie was very less and because of that the performances of Balu, Baburaj, Sreenath Bhasi and Bhavana aren’t as memorable as the previous film. The list of actors in the entire film is really long.
So to conclude I would say Honey Bee 2 is a disappointment. The plot here looks stuck over something that doesn’t look or feel like a major issue. And with elements that made the previous film a witty one time watch missing here, the chances of Honey Bee 2 satisfying you is less.
With elements that made the previous film a witty one time watch missing here, the chances of Honey Bee 2 satisfying you is less.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended