A good sequel to the first, continuing the over-the-top comic-book style (of its source material) with more of the same action sequences, a smattering of humour and touching moments. Although much of the process is two-dimensional and everybody gets there in the nick of time (as usual, but it is an action/thriller/comedy) it keeps you engaged and – more importantly – entertained throughout the runtime. Despite being ‘Stateside’, it didn’t feel that the ‘Britishness’ had been sucked out of it and Elton John was, well, Elton and the linking of music in the movie to action sequences backed with the same movie accentuated the comic nature of the movie. I hope they continue the franchise with another movie, though saving the world again might be a tough story to spin.
I enjoyed this movie. Despite running similar themes to Episodes V and VI, it managed to diverge sufficiently to add new elements into the Star Wars universe that gave it something fresh. New tech, new characters, new creatures. All good. Storywise, it was relatively predictable in its good vs evil progression with one or two good exceptions (I will say no more).
However, as with the blockbusters, I do find that the principal characters are somehow unassailable and survive explosions that turn everything else around them to cinders without a scratch. For example, Poe gets blown back through a door from the midst of an explosion on a rebel base that trashes the entire room and the people in it, only to bounce off the wall and sit up, dazed, covered in soot then carry on with the story. And Finn and Rose survive the explosion in a First Order hanger where every machine, ship and stormtrooper around is turned to toast and they get up covered in soot. And don’t get me started on Leia’s god-like abilities which seem more like a plot device to marvel at rather than have any consistency in their application. Enough of my grumbling!
Overall, not a great film in terms of mental stimulation, but a good movie in terms of entertainment and taking the Star Wars universe forward.
Gorgeous and colourful, though sadly relatively pedestrian, moving from set piece to set piece. It felt like it kind of assumed we had read the graphic novels, and if you hadn’t it boiled down to another trope of man’s ignorance and arrogance. Relevant, if nothing new.
Pop comics. Worked in Ant-man, though this felt like it was a parody of Thor et al; a sort-of Thor does Fifth Element. All the meat of the story glossed over. Pretty, but not much else. Sorry guys.
Despite mixed reviews, I decided to watch this sequel in the franchise. Having watched all the other films along the way, it was good to see how the team had integrated elements from every film since the original, even recreating some scenes with CGI, yet managed to add yet another timeline into the mix.
Well, started much as a CG cut-scene might in a video game. Then carried on, so I gave up. There wasn’t anything to grab you in this movie unless watching video games is your thing. I may have persevered a few years ago but my films need to show more intelligence and finesse.
This movie followed the same tone as the first but seemed to want to beat the first movie’s premise and outdo itself in as many ways possible. Still bright and shiny and peppered with humour, this outing started to feel like Marvel were just trying to up the problem stakes to interstellar levels. We all know Thanos is around the corner so, I guess, we have to see the teams up against seismic odds beforehand. But is there a time that a movie can be too like its comic book origin and start to fall flat?
Too much CGI for my liking. Suffering from the “getting too big for its boots” syndrome where reality is suspended and the lives of mortals are set aside for the sake of the set pieces and the world-spanning drama that ensues. In my most humble of opinions, such threats should be sandboxed elsewhere and not on Earth as it’s too familiar. Star Wars destroyed planets but kept the story human. Marvel is (or at least some studios producing their films are) drifting into one out of two.
When a franchise loses its numerical references we can start to get lost as to where we are in the extended plot arcs. Here, we find ourselves on yet another mission of the team. It’s a continuation of what went before and sets us up towards what will come as the agents near retirement and hand over to the new crew. The story was better than I had expected and hinted at players behind the scenes orchestrating global events like master chess players many steps ahead of the team. A good action movie with some intelligent twists which actually made it less just ‘mission impossible’ and more leaning towards a stronger spy franchise premise such as James Bond.