Genre fans may perceive it as good enough to scratch an itch but no matter how well it incorporates the Jane Austen tropes, it’s hard to see this as more than obligatory and unnecessary.
At times frustrating and at times exuberant, the movie is effective in capturing both the triumph and tragedy of the title character’s life.
Brings back memories of when “horror” meant more than an assembled sequence of shocks and blood-soaked cliches.
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Derivative and forgettable; fitfully entertaining but ultimately lacking.
It features enough eye candy to keep most kids engaged and boasts just enough heft that adults won’t spend 100 minutes looking at their watches.
The screenplay, which effectively balances comedic moments with dramatic ones, has some uneven moments, but Thompson’s performance never wavers.
Although it functions as a warped, modern-day fairy tale, there’s more than a little bit of truth to be found just beneath the surface.
U.S. Release Date: 2022-06-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Dino Violence, Intense Action, Profanity)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Chris Pratt, BD Wong, Campbell Scott, Isabella Sermon, Mamoudou Athie, DeWanda Wise, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy
It’s a good thing the movie offers an overdose of nostalgia, because there’s precious little else to get excited about.
U.S. Release Date: 2022-05-27
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Intense Action)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jean Louisa Kelly, Glen Powell, Danny Ramirez, Jay Ellis, Lewis Pullman, Monica Barbaro, Charles Parnell, Jon Hamm, Bashir Salahuddin, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Ed Harris
Although relying on some of the alchemy that made the formula successful in 1986, the film’s awareness of cultural shifts makes for a more complete cinematic experience.
Despite the comedy, the screenplay poses some serious questions that can’t simply be brushed aside.