This seems to be the perfect, lab-concocted Netflix “thriller-comedy-adventure movie:” Big stars, lots of action and exotic locations, all cooked up by the service with just enough entertainment value to keep folks from reaching too often for their phones.
It *kind of* works.
You will likely chuckle at the buddy-movie antics that Reynolds and Johnson offer. It’s similar to the schtick served in most of their action stuff from The Hitman’s Bodyguard to Central Intelligence. They could do this…
Damn… my copy of “Field Guide to Eternals” doesn’t arrive until next week. Oh well…
This movie looks and sounds fantastic (particularly in IMAX), and has a very talented cast doing just about everything Chloe Zhao asks them to do. It’s great that the lineup includes deaf and gay characters, many from different nationalities as well.
Yet… Zhao struggled with delivering a coherent story. It seems near impossible to me to be able to explain it to a friend…
If time travel doesn’t exist, one can experience a fairly vivid approximation in Todd Douglas Miller’s fantastic documentary Apollo 11. Created almost entirely from archival footage, it’s an absolute joy for any fan of the space program, or sixties history in general.
And that footage... Miller found reel upon reel of never-before-seen footage that was shot on 65mm negatives for a never-produced NASA documentary. The celluloid is jaw-dropping in its extreme clarity; it’s as if Miller hopped into a Delorean,…
You’re upside down, sir.
I know what you’re thinking. “This is one of this guy’s four favorite movies? Really?”
Perhaps it is from a disproportionately high exposure to The Three Stooges or Looney Tunes when I was a kid. Or Gilligan’s Island, for that matter. I’m not sure exactly how it all manifested itself over time, and the runner-ups are far, far too numerous and hilarious to mention, but this movie is my single favorite comedy.
There has to be…