The sentimentality and mawkishness that undermine many “heartbreaking” YA romances is kept at bay.
The way in which it is presented by first-time feature director Lara Jean Gallagher is slow, awkward, and pretentious.
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.
This remake is not only worse than the first film, but worse to the point of unwatchability.
This example of prepackaged horror is so by-the-numbers that even the jump-scares don’t cause much of a jump.
Despite being blessed with well-designed period sets and top-tier acting, this collaboration between writer Julian Fellowes and director Michael Engler is dramatically inert.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-03-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Torture, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Rupert Wyatt
A weird cross between "District 9" and "The Battle of Algiers" that doesn’t do either of those apparent inspirations justice.
There’s plenty of visual pizzazz and action but the movie is geared more for those interested in getting their MCU fix than being fully immersed in a unique superhero experience.
The gallows humor is pervasive, giving the production, which sometimes crosses over a line into outright parody, a quirky tone.