Monday night’s screening at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles was, appropriately enough, poolside at the Beverly Hilton. Among those in attendance: Chuck Barney, critic for the Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area newspapers.
While the sequel features just slightly better production values, it is louder and splashier. In short, there’s more bite for the buck – and more chain saws.
Also, more people have joined the campy fun. Sharknado 2 is stuffed with cameo appearances including Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan and Robert Klein, to name a few. And as the horror mounts, Today show partners Al Roker and Matt Lauer provide breathless, straight-faced updates.
Barney also notes that the plot is “razor-thin.” Ha ha. Thanks to the sequel’s NYC setting and plethora of Midtown media types, expect the Twitter trending storm to be even more acute this time around.