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:: The Kings Of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2

Fans of the original ‘Wog Boy’ (dir: Aleksi Vellis) movie beware. You are in for a different ride the second time around. The comedy is more mature and there is an under current of seriousness that may lift the film a little but does diminish the quirky ‘wog’ humour of the first film.

Thanks to Tony The Yugoslav (Costas Kilias), “wog boy” Steve Karamitsis (Nick Giannopoulos) has had all his assets (including his beloved car) impounded by the Federal Police. He then receives a phone call from Mykonos telling him he has inheritated a beach; however he also has both the local government and property developer, Mihali (Alex Dimitriades) standing in his way of claiming it. With best mate (and fellow “wog boy”), Frank (Vince Colosimo) in tow, Steve hits Mykonos to fight for what is his. Throw in a couple of love interests in the form of Greek nightclub singer, Zoe (Zeta Makrypoulia) and the mysterious ‘Miss Italy’ (Cosima Coppola), and you’ve got a nice story bubbling along.

One person that can’t be faulted with this film is director, Peter Andrikidis who manages to capture the true beauty of Mykonos – the scenery is spectacular and lifts the film even when the story lets it down occasionally. Script wise the film hits some highs and lows. When the film explores the notion that Greek-Australians have no sense of identity when they return to Greece it works really well (especially the scene where Steve’s relatives can’t understand why he accepts the name ‘wog’ when it is an insult), but I would be lying if I didn’t say that the film doesn’t have the laugh out-loud comedy that the first one did, It also clearly misses some of the characters of the first, although the way Tony The Yugoslav is brought into the film is a stroke of genius.

Nick Giannopoulos again plays the lovable “wog boy” well and there are times when you genuinely do feel for him. The introduction of Zeta Makrypoulia and Cosima Coppola are also highlights. However, knowing how good Vince Colosimo is as an action you can’t help but feel he is under-used here.

The Kings Of Mykonos’ does lack the humour of the first film, but its stroke of seriousness does add a new element. Enjoyable but could have been better.