Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
THE GREEN KNIGHT
Dev Patel is a rock star. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood today, and he makes every film he is in better. Thankfully, he was in this movie, because it could have been pretty bad without him.
Based on the first film, it's hard to believe that this franchise has lasted for five films, but thanks to the end of the second film and all of the third and fourth films this has turned into a solid and compelling series.
Most animated kids movies have some quaint little takeaway that hits home at the end of the film. Something like, "family and love are more important than anything else." Then sometimes those films are successful enough to get the green light on a sequel. And then a few of those sequels take that tidy little takeaway from the first film and spend the entire 90 minutes trying to hammer it into your brain like a railroad spike.
This film is that hammer.
I really wish this would have been a better film. The first one was great, and this one has moments of greatness, but overall it is okay at best. There is nothing noteworthy, unique, or worthy of making the trek to see this in the theaters. Especially since there are plenty of family films available right now that are so much better than this one.
It does have a few good laughs and a couple of really fun action scenes, and there are a couple of throwbacks that fans of the first film will enjoy, so if you do end up seeing it, you won't be completely disappointed.
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
When you have nine of anything you are bound to have a couple of great ones and a couple of stinkers. And while this film doesn't fall low enough to be in the stinker category, it is still a long way from being a great film.
One of the things that has always been great about this franchise is that it avoids taking itself too seriously. Until now. This movie feels more like a soap opera than a FF film. It has way too many moments where the plot drags along, and way too many moments that feel like they were taken straight out of a General Hospital script.
The other downfall of this film is the ridiculousness of the action. It's always been crazy and over the top in these films, but this one takes the ridiculousness to a whole new level that makes you want to laugh out loud and roll your eyes at the same time. For example, taking out a plane as it is trying to take off? That is ridiculous and fun, but launching a Fierro into space? That's way over the top for most people.
This is the kind of movie that you should watch once if you are a big fan of the franchise. However, if you are just a casual observer, I would recommend skipping this one. It has a few great moments, but the overall story is pretty lame.
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters