Complicated feelings on this one. It’s visually arresting and still ahead of its time (this movie looks like it could have been made today) yet at the same time, I come out of it feeling confused, kinda disappointed, and of the mind that it’s a little overrated, actually. Which I don’t think I’ve ever had to reconcile with a movie that I’d say I loved?
The extremely meditative tone (this movie makes 2001 look dialogue heavy) both works pretty well for…
The script has some real clunkers (to be fair, alongside some of the series’ best humor yet), Simon Pegg is wasted, it’s not without a little weird pacing, but man, J.J. was born to direct movies like this — his style is so much more satisfying here than in something like Rise of Skywalker. The action set pieces are bonkers, PSH is a pitch-perfect menace, and despite how much she gets fridged in this movie, Michelle Monaghan’s arc teases out some…
- “I know I’m poor.”
- “I don’t care about that, Chicó! But if you at least had a degree!”
- “I’m a PhD in hidden sciences, dramatic philosophy, dogmatic biology, charlatanic perversion, electronic astrology.”
the first half of this film is a slapstick masterpiece, like an adult, live-action version of Looney Tunes or Emperor’s New Groove with religious undertones. the entire cast is colorful, magnetic, and impossible to hate, and familiar tropes are turned on their head brilliantly. and THEN the religious undertones…
Whose idea was it to call this a thriller? There’s not a single thrill to be found here — instead, get ready for Charlie Kaufman bitching about how much everyone and everything sucks in spades, plus a constant barrage of quasi-highbrow cinematic and literary references. Like buying a ticket to a rollercoaster only to find out it stays flat on the ground and goes straight ahead at five miles an hour. A legendary disappointment.