premoh’s review published on Letterboxd:
I watched the trailer for this movie not long before it actually released and had no idea what to fully expect. I knew that the film had an all star cast with people like Holland, Pattinson and Skarsgård, which came as a surprise to me, seeing as how this is a very versatile bundle of actors that I didn't expect to work together.
That being said, the movie is solid. It does what it wants to do and that's fine. However, it has a lot of wasted potential. Personally I've never read the novel and I'm sure it's pretty alright, but because it's an adaptation, the pacing was very much sacrificed. For the first hour or so, you can see how much it drags and I found myself to be distracted for a good portion of the movie.
One thing I noticed was the narrator of this movie is the author of the novel, and I thought that was pretty neat, but it was also pretty unnecessary and didn't add anything to the movie. I'm starting to think that narration in most movies is why I give those same movies lower scores. Few movies use and utilize narration to give more depth and insight to its overall story. What MOST movies with narration do is tell you everything that's happening and what the characters are feeling. YES, I KNOW SHE FIRED OFF BLANKS; I DIDN'T NEED THE NARRATOR TO TELL ME THAT 2 MINUTES LATER.
The cinematography was pretty good. Every scene was well shot and the atmosphere represented everything that was going on well. The performances in this movie are, at the least, serviceable. Apart from the shotty southern accents from Holland and Pattinson, especially Pattinson, they were great for what they were given.
Overall, the movie is fine. If you wanna kill 2 hours, this isn't the worst way to do it. It's worth a watch but it doesn't do anything new or special. I'd say even though I haven't read the book, it probably is better than the movie and works a lot better. This one kind of disappointed me.