The relatively straightforward bio-pic trajectory feels more like a Victorian/Edwardian era soap opera than the chronicle of a scientific pioneer.
As a franchise and a brand, Peanuts undoubtedly has value, but this particular chapter is hermetically sealed in the 1970s.
Is too long by at least a half-hour for the surprisingly slight tale it has to tell.
At times moves too slowly for its own good but the climax is as rousing as that of any Western made during the decade when the genre was at its peak.
Spy action-thrillers are supposed to be fun on some level but this one is too much of a chore to properly entertain.
Eastwood has crafted an engaging (albeit fictionalized) account of the triumph of ordinary men over the establishment.
With its grim tone and sickening content, this gruesome gore-fest is an unwatchable piece of excrement.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Grisly Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Cast: Samara Weaving, Elyse Levesque, Nicky Guadagni, Kristian Bruun, Melanie Scrofano, Andie MacDowell, Henry Czernay, Mark O’Brien, Adam Brody, John Ralston
The film’s low profile makes it one of the summer’s best hidden surprises and it should please those who revel in the horror/comedy genre.
Although the movie will be embraced by the singer’s fans, it has something to offer those with no more than a casual appreciation of the man’s music.