The final 30 minutes of this would-be Hitchcockian caper film prove unable to deliver on the promise of the early acts.
Not a bad high-concept thriller but, as is often the case with movies hampered by undercooked storylines, something better could have resulted from the same basic plot points.
For the first two-thirds, it's an effecting and effective tale of female bonding; however, toward the end, melodramatic contrivances result in an unlikely climax and unsatisfying denouement.
An individual’s appreciation may rest on a previous love of the stage play; others are more likely to throw up a hairball than purr in contentment.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-12-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Colin Hanks, Nick Jonas, Rory McCann
Feels a little too much like a money grab and, although moderately entertaining on a popcorn level, there’s a sense of missed opportunity.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Thematic Elements, Profanity)
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, Archie Yates
Falls afoul of tonal inconsistencies which can be especially detrimental in a story with its roots so deeply embedded in an abhorrent historical episode.
If you liked "Zombieland," you’ll probably like "Zombieland: Double Tap," just not as much.
Can’t make up its mind whether it wants to be a popcorn thriller or something with an existential bent, and isn't fully satisfying as either.
Combining the two movies, there’s a clear beginning and ending, and if the latter isn’t as strong or promising as the former, at least the entire story is told.
Although competently made and appealing in an exaggerated soap opera-tinged fashion, it fails to make a strong case for its raison d’être.