As a sci-fi thriller, it does not disappoint but neither does it go above or beyond what one might reasonably expect based on the trailer.
This is an American tragedy. Although the participants may be famous, the demons they fight in their intimate moments are familiar and relatable.
U.S. Release Date: 2023-06-30
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, Thomas Kretschmann, John Rhys-Davies, Karen Allen, Ethann Bergua-Isidore
As an action-adventure film, this one is adequate but there is a sense that the production should be more special than “adequate.”
The film piques the intellect and feeds the bloodlust while offering an experience that only a Cronenberg can deliver.
A by-the-numbers chronicle of the rise and fall of Whitney Houston, the film struggles to find a reason to exist beyond providing an opportunity to listen to her music.
Scratches a particular Valentine’s Day itch in that it provides a dollop of romance to go along with a few laughs.
There’s a depressing predictability to nearly all the action scenes that saps tension and encourages boredom.
The high-energy musical numbers represent the motivation to stick with the movie when the narrative momentum flags.
A thoughtful, existential meditation about the meaning of life and what constitutes a life well-lived.
Kaufman once again reminds us that, without someone to shape the writer’s constructs, we’re destined to become stuck in a frustrating morass of eccentricity and self-indulgence.