This was ambitious, technically well-executed, and tightly written. I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as I ultimately found it to be. The effects hold up quite remarkably well, the expository dialogue throughout is a necessary evil of any science-fiction project, but the screenwriters managed to sprinkle it throughout the picture to make it easier to digest.
John Williams’ score is absolutely derivative of his other work from the era, particularly Harry Potter and the Star Wars prequels, but is enjoyable nonetheless.
Steven Spielberg is the king of making two films in the same year, with Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park in 1993, War of the Worlds and Munich in 2005, The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse in 2011, and Catch Me If You Can and this film in 2002. I prefer this just slightly over the former.
This is the 20th Spielberg film I’ve seen.
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