TL;DR – While it has all the components for a good film, it feels like it is spending more of its time imitating than driving its own course.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
This is an interesting time for the action films, there are spaces where it is
showing brand new filmmaking techniques,
films that build tension as I have never
seen, or simply shots where you go, how did they get that? Unfortunately, today
I am not looking at a film like that, because today we review one of the most
paint-by-numbers films I have seen in a very long time.
So the set the scene, we open in Colombia where Pope (Oscar Isaac) works as an ‘independent
observer’ helping the local police take down one of the local drug cartels.
While there he becomes friendly with a local informant Yovanna (Adria Arjona)
who lets him know how to get to Gabriel Martin Lorez (Reynaldo Gallegos) the
local big bad. This is not a mission that he can pull off alone, nor does he
want to involve the locals because they might tip his hand. So instead, he goes
back to the States to recruit his old military Special Forces team. Redfly (Ben
Affleck) now sells condos … badly and can barely keep his head above water
after the divorce, Ironhead (Charlie Hunnam) spends all his time giving talks
to military trainees, and his brother Ben (Garrett Hedlund) is now an MMA fighter, and Catfish (Pedro Pascal) can
no longer fly planes after an incident. Together they go down to provide expert
reconnaissance, and maybe a bit more than just that.
TL;DR – “At one point a giant mech picks up a cargo ship to use as a cricket bat to take down a giant monster stomping its way through Hong Kong” you will probably know if this film is for you from that snippet alone.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
Back in the relatively calm year of 2013, how five years can change the world, there was this little gem of a film. It was a homage to the mecha and giant monster films of Japan and at the heart was the simple message that we should all work together. Well, it has been years since I have watched Guillermo del Toro’s monster epic, well at least his giant monster epic, and with the sequel coming out later this week, now is as good as time as ever to dive back into the world of Jaegers* and Kaijus*.
TL;DR – King Arthur is a fascinating film as long as you don’t care that much about the source material, though it does have more than a few lulls and awkward story moments
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
So this was a surprise, from all accounts, and my own expectations going in I was expecting a dumpster fire in movie form. Instead what I got was sure a flawed film in many respects but also a really interesting one as well. So today we are going to look out how this film approaches the legend, how the cast works, then the parts of the film that excel and the parts that really fall short. So let’s begin with how they approach the myth of King Arthur, and well it’s interesting.