Alan’s review published on Letterboxd:
"And God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you! That's flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of the character." - from Adaptation (2002)
Oh boy where do we start... from the narrator I guess. So narration in movies mostly doesn't work for me or in most cases I don't care about it but the narration in this one annoyed me so much like the narrator spelled everything out to us like we were kids. The most basic stuff like the character almost falling asleep was told us via narrator like yeah I have eyes I can see that he is tired you don't have to tell me ffs. And like Kaufman said any idiot can use narration to explain the thoughts of the characters to us so yeah I felt like this movie treated the audience like we were some kind of idiots, you could've cinematically showed it all to us instead of narrating it. There were multiple tense scenes interrupted by the narrator + he even spoilled it to us so the tension was gone and we knew what would happen, after that I didn't really care about it. Yeah the narration maybe works in the book but this is film and you need to adapt it, maybe lower the amount of narration and actually shows us something.
I also wasn't a big fan of the plot or rather the construction of it. We have like 5 main characters and we spend like 20 minutes with each of them which isn't enough for me to care about them or to actually remember their names and learn their motives. Reminded me of The Place Beyond the Pines but much messier and disjointed without any real purpose other than saying buhu religion is bad. Yeah we kinda got that after 2 religious characters being an absolute madmans and assholes.
Acting was solid with exception of Robert Pattison who had a cool opening monologue and shitty accent for the rest of the movie, it was like he was going for Vito Corleone but settled on something in between. Tom Holland shows after 45 minutes but then takes over the movie and is easily the best part of it, I wish he got more screentime. Bill Skarsgard was also really solid.
The movie is way too long for what it has to offer and I was bored multiple times, it doesn't really have anything new to add to the table other than some themes it didn't explore very well in my opinion. Don't think I'll rewatch this one ever again but now I'm interested in Tom Holland's career and what will he do next.