YMMV / Tom Yum Goong

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: No.2, Marrese Crump's character from the sequel. Critics were unanimous in that, badly used as the character could be, he was the best part of the film.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The first Tom Yum Goong was exciting and innovative enough to make the viewers forget about its rather shallow plot and its overall goofiness, but the sequel basically ran with the same problems and magnified them in an attempt to get the same reaction, which didn't happen a second time due to the audience being accustomed to the innovative action value which saved the first film.
  • Ham and Cheese: Let's say that RZA has a good time in the sequel playing LC.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: A common complain towards Tom Yum Goong 2 was its too similar, "Where is my elephant?"-driven premise.
  • Memetic Mutation: The famous Oner got a minor one with "Terry Yum Goong", which replaced all the audio with fighting game voice clips and sound effects (Tony Jaa being voiced by Terry Bogard.)
  • Narm:
    • The bad guys attacking Kham while riding motorcycles. They actually try to ram him jousting-style, happily ignoring the fact that they would probably kill themselves as well upon colliding.
    • Kham's opponents in the temple (the capoerista, the wushu fighter, and TK the wrestler) popping out one at once against him. The fights together just feel like a videogame level.
    • TK and the other giant bruisers tossing the elephant off the window.
    • Kham landing on Por Yai's tusks and somehow getting cushioned by their hard ivory.
  • Narm Charm: The silliness of the fights and premise is part of its charm. Many fans love the movie because of the ridiculousness, rather than in spite of it.
  • One-Scene Wonder. The capoeirista. Even though his fight scene was cut short due to an on-set injury, it is still one of the highlights of the movie, and the sheer craziness of the character stands out in a film already full of crazy people.
  • Sequelitis: While the first film was liked despite its goofiness, Tom Yum Goong 2 received universally harsh critics by fans and pundits. They cited its confusing plot, increased amounts of Narm, wasting of supporting talents, poor choreographies in comparison with Jaa's earlier films, and the fact that Jaa abandoned his wireless stunts in favour of less innovative action.
  • Special Effect Failure: It's painfully obvious that some stunts in the sequel are done in CGI and green screens.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Kham's breakdown upon seeing Por Yai's skeleton along with the flashbacks of the two of them living together is pretty heartbreaking.
    • Ping-ping from the sequel when she realizes her sister is dead.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In the sequel, Ping-ping and No.2. For the former's part, she practically has no weight as a character aside helping Kham occasionally and/or getting beaten down by any antagonist they are facing, and never really lives up to the deuteragonist role she seems meant to be. For the latter, his only shticks are that he is ridiculously hard to put down for good and that his fighting style is cooler than average, and doesn't get further characterization or depth, something which least important mooks like LC's lover do.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The reveal that Kham only fell to No.2 because he was incapacitated by Ping-ping's needle has no effect in the plot, and just undermines No.2's aura as an antagonist in exchange to protect Kham's status as a Boring Invincible Hero.

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