I'm not going to lie. The similarities between "The Rise of Sir Longbottom" and the Harry Potter franchise go way beyond the occasional use of the words "Dark Lord." Calling this film a mix between the Potter and Spy Kids franchises would almost be a great comparison - if you also added the Sharknado films' cheese factor. There's no question that "Pocketman and Cargoboy 2" is a fun film - or that it doesn't embrace it's indie, low-budget nature. But at some point later in the movie, it does seem that it begins to take itself a little too seriously, and in doing so, does dampen the mood slightly. But only just and not for long. I had a good time watching this movie. Of that I'm sure.
In the film, our heroes of Section 62 face an ancient foe - Sir Longbottom. A man who has drank from the fountain of youth and gained immeasurable power - including the mastery of matter and even mind control. As Sir Longbottom begins defeating agents left, right, and center, eventually, it hits close to home. Pocketman and Cargoboy's home, that is. With the effortless defeat of Jayden - and the taking over of his mind, things are not looking good for Section 62... or the world in general. Sir Longbottom plans to rule, and it seems nobody can stop him. When evil Jayden gets hold of the Shatter stick, "The Rise of Sir Longbottom" shifts into time travel mode and what comes next... well... you'll simply have to watch to find out. Clay Moffatt presents a film that is not one hundred percent perfect but definitely grows on you as it plays through. The short and sweet of this review? If you go in expecting a fun, indie flick, you won't be disappointed. As a matter of fact? You may be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.
This is a sequel film to 2018's "Pocketman and Cargoboy," but don't worry if you haven't seen the original. It will all still make sense for the most part. This flick also happens to be an indie, and honestly, it's a pretty big adventure for such a shoestring budget. I can state that some of the performances are a little stiff, but that those same performances also add to the charm. It's also worth noting that like everything else in the movie, as the film progresses, things seem to get a lot better - and much more interesting than some homeschooling antics.
Another thing worth pointing out is some of the uneven fight sequences. Let me be clear; some of the action scenes in this film are very well done. The fighting looks excellent, and it makes you wonder why other scenes... don't quite hold up to the weight of what's good. I suppose, like anything else, some sequences are just better than others... I just wish there was more balance. Overall, however, so long as you don't expect the visuals and polish of a Marvel movie with a ridiculous budget, I think this film will most definitely do the trick. The fact it's a relatively quick film also doesn't hurt, as it just flies by.
For those who know exactly what they are going into, "The Rise of Sir Longbottom" should not only delight but do it in an action-packed kind of way. Moffatt's film is independent, low-budget done right, and an excellent reminder of why I love indie movies so much. If you're not a fan of the genre, this film will not win you over - but for me personally? This was a fun little diversion with far more to offer than you may at first think. An easy three and a half stars - to the cast and crew, well done.