Despite suffering from some third-act narrative problems, this high school rom-com goes down easily and boasts a strong, lived-in performance by Shannon Purser.
Although the production is too long and overreaches, it has a bizarre, crazy appeal that’s difficult to shrug off.
Retains the edge-of-the-seat and nihilistic qualities of its predecessor, but there are shifts to the overall tone, which is neither as stark nor as ominous.
Doesn’t hold up quite as well as it did during the late 1980s but it still generates suspense and O’Quinn’s performance has lost none of its power.
Director John Carney infuses the familiar framework of the “coming of age” story with songs and whimsy and a touch of romance.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Billie Lourd, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio Del Toro, Andy Serkis
Standout, signature scenes make for moments of great viewing power but can’t hide the flaws of an untidy, overlong story.
A perfect time capsule that gives a real sense of what it was like to breathe the air of a recognizable yet wholly different New York City.
Its challenging content and well-crafted visuals more than counterbalance any narrative unevenness.
An inspirational story based on a true event with long-shot Oscar aspirations.