Despite its strong sense of atmosphere and an intense performance by lead actress Florence Pugh, "The Wonder" is strangely uninvolving.
What director Gina Prince-Bythewood provides is more than enough for a rousing motion picture filled with well-choreographed battle scenes effectively folded into stories of human interest.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-09-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Violence, Sexual Assault)
Director: Olivia Newman
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, David Strathairn, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer Jr., Logan Macrae, Garret Dillahunt, Jojo Regina
It's not without flaws but it draws the viewer into its specific time and place and offers an engaging two-hour escape into the life of a memorable individual.
This is no soulless cash-grab. Spielberg’s "West Side Story" is a resplendent entertainment.
The world-building is inadequate and the storyline is erratic. There are some good performances here, but the movie as a whole doesn’t work.
An example of something that can work well on the written page but loses a lot when condensed and brought to the screen.
All the ingredients seem to be in place for a rollicking violent time but the elements don’t gel.
For something based on a Clancy novel, it’s disappointingly lacking in the author’s trademark complexity and detail. This is pure disposable entertainment – nothing more, nothing less.
Falls short of its predecessor on a number of levels and suffers from many of the problems that plague superhero sequels.