Derek’s review published on Letterboxd:
I fear that Taika may be a one-trick pony after all.
A tonally-confused mess, which wastes a really amazing villain performance from Christian Bale in service of… the first out-and-out MCU comedy? Not really what this story deserves. Also this movie looks really bad, like surprisingly so—not sure how that happened but it appears to be a new trend. Maybe consider paying your VFX teams more fairly, Mr. Feige.
Overall, another massive dud for Phase IV. Marvel is in a major creative rut rn, and I’m now wondering how they’ll recover; obviously these movies always make a truckload of money but none appear to be critical successes as they were before. Is the bubble about to burst? Who can say—but I think my tolerance for Taika may be quickly slipping away.