I was eager to see another zombie movie with Bill Murray in it. However, the movie was not comparable to his other feature, “Zombieland.” The film is very slow paced. There are scenes that drag on and seem to intentionally show you things that the writers know the audience will either be bored about or won’t care about. Like, somehow they they thought that would be funny.
For example. A scene of three kids driving their car on a rural road and having an average or pointless conversation. This is like a five or ten minute scene, where we learn nothing valuable, other than yes, driving on rural roads is indeed boring. Another is where each of the town’s cops take a turn to go in the diner to view the dead bodies inside. We are shown the same footage of the bodies each time. Like, we didn’t need to see that over and over. We (the audience) could have stayed outside and listened to bystanders talking about the weather, and we would have been more entertained.
There aren’t any scary moments, no jolting scenes that make you jump out of your seat. The best moments are some lines spoken by the people, but then they take it too far and have the people say those lines over and over throughout the movie. The movie even attempts to break the fourth wall and talk about the movie script and director. Which fits fine, since the entire movie is kinda weird.
So, would I suggest seeing it? Hard to say. Its more a movie to watch at home, with a group of friends so you can make fun of it. Its nearly on the level of so bad, its good. Like Sharknado. Except the movie added in so much boring and repetitive stuff that you’ll run out of things to mock, so you’ll still end up bored.
This movie adds enough new content to be superior to most sequels. There are several story lines occurring at the same time, which will keep adult viewers engaged. There are cute moments, that will make you think, “my pet does that!” and of course outrageous things that will either earn an eye roll or a burst of laughter.
I’d suggest any fan of the first movie, go see this one. Kids in the theater with me were well entertained as well. The plot also had enough twists that I didn’t find it predictable. And there are some great one liners.
Pet lovers, should truly enjoy it.
First let me say, don’t stay after the movie and wait for the extra scene after the credits. There is none. For some reason my theater kept the lights dimmed until the credits were finished, making you think there something worth waiting for. There isn’t.
I think if these movies came out quicker, the fan base might still be there. But since they are so spread out, when other franchises are able to pump their sequels out in nearly yearly installments, we as fans are now spoiled and I think this movie suffered for that. I personally kept thinking of how the actors all look different than their original counterparts from the X-men in the first set of movies. I get it, the Xmen universe, comic book version, is known for having plenty of variations to their characters, so I tried not to get hung up on that.
But the emotional impact wasn’t there that the original cast brought. The actors just weren’t as good. They are kids, which I guess was the idea, but somehow it didn’t work right. Every time the movie looked like it was going to get good… it would stop, jerking you back to the slow pace of “everything is okay.”
For a movie with a lot of action, and a very large character development, it did it all with a fizzle. Everyone was holding themselves back, and it showed, in a not good way. Maybe its because we have so many other action movies out now, maybe it was the acting, I dunno, but I left the theater feeling very “meh” about a franchise of movies I used to be very excited about.
I expected this to be like “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Let me start with, it is not. This movie is very much a musical, but it doesn’t do it so much that I am irritated by it, like I was in “La La Land.” But the true life based movie, did take regular scenes and have characters burst into singing. It worked okay, but it might be what makes the movie lose a few awards when the time comes.
I wasn’t bored, and the film keeps a decent pace. Fans of Elton John should enjoy seeing a side of Elton’s past that most of us probably didn’t know this clearly. I did wonder if my fellow movie goers were truly prepared for what was unfolding on the stage, there is quite a bit of drug use and homosexual sex, as Elton spirals at his worst. But to me, it was done very tastefully and shouldn’t offend anyone, but its still there, so beware.
If you want to see some fun colors, listen to some tunes, and learn a bit about an icon, its worth seeing. I’m not sure its Academy award winning… but I could be wrong. Its close.