U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Cartoon Violence, Profanity, Mild Sexual Content)
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Mason Gussione
An improvement over the 1995 original, this quasi-sequel mixes adventure with humor, fun performances, and a canny understanding of late 1990s-style video games.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-11-17
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Comic Book Violence)
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Ciaran Hinds, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Connie Nielsen, Billy Crudup, Joe Morton
Succeeds in assembling the title team and getting the internal dynamic right but fails in crafting a memorable or imposing villain.
This is “more of the same” but, at least in this case, that’s a good thing.