This may be the worst major animated film Disney has released in the past 40 years and its lack of creative energy doesn’t augur well for the immediate future.
Without offering more than dialogue, "Women Talking" has difficulty sustaining itself for 104 minutes.
The character interactions are often overly theatrical and the central figure turns out to be the second-least interesting individual in this five-person story.
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.