I’ve enjoyed the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek movies, but ‘Beyond’ is a real return to classic form for this franchise… optimistic, character driven, and fun…. proving that even after 50 years, there’s still plenty of quality stories to tell and I’ll be watching them until I finally croak… long before Star Trek ever will.
If I never saw this movie, I would die eventually without regrets. Since I did see the movie… I’m still not regretting. This is fluff… cotton candy… forgettable and harmless.
Not Ghostbusters ’84 good, but perhaps Ghostbusters 2 good. Not The Real Ghostbusters good, but way better than Extreme Ghostbusters.
I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a horrible movie because, honestly, even if it is a hollow shell of its predecessor, it still has some fun action and special effects sequences and does have some interesting world-building going on. That’s the problem, though… the world building looked a lot more interesting than the world-exploding.
Sure, there’s a misstep with the moral of the film, but even that misstep, as forehead slappingly insensitive as it is, is at least forgivable.
Truth: It’s not a bad little flick. Gaudy and flawed, yes, but it has some definite strong points to it.
These are characters who care about each other and seem more real than the “edgy” characters that seem to keep getting pooped out into these movies. Not once did I think, “Oh, I hope that asshole dies” like I did in Sinister 2 or the last Paranormal Activity movie – it’s the Poltergeist effect. Make the audience love your characters and then make the characters go through Hell.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows sticks close to the source material, has no problem being a live-action cartoon and, when so many movies actually seem embarrassed by the source material… this is surprisingly refreshing and a sugar-induced joy.
As far as the X-Men pantheon goes, this is hardly a franchise-destroying disaster, but it is below the bar set by the recent movies.
The Angry Birds movie is a cash grab based on a gaming app, but the most surprising thing is how much it doesn’t suck.