MatthewTy’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm still shivering picturing the bug kill. Definitely the most horrific kill of the franchise so far for me. Absolutely disgusting. I think that settles it - I won't be able to handle The Fly, so I'll just leave it.
The bug kill, along with most of the other kills, continue to make this series fun (and gross) and creative. I love the effects. The surreal imagery is still my favourite horror imagery ever. There's a moment near the end especially that looks great.
One of the problems I had with this film, is that the amazing imagery, isn't set up at all from a story perspective. Why can some stuff randomly harm Freddie now? New rules in a series have to be set up in some way, not just a random trick pulled out of nowhere.
My other problems were that the story and characters just weren't that interesting. To continue making films in this series, they clearly had to undo what they did in the previous film, which I dislike because I enjoyed the direction that one took. They also waste the few recurring characters in an off-hand, disrespectful way.
I mentioned that I liked the personalities of the characters in the third film, but the characters they're replaced with in this one have hardly any. I liked the little nerd girl, she was cute, and probably could have been a main player. The way they pass it on is lazy, and there's hardly any reason for Freddie to be killing them. Actually, there's a nice idea where the main character mirrors taking parts of people within them, but nothing is really done with it.
Overall, it was mostly just bland. All the kills were decent, some great, but there doesn't seem to be much effort in making the rest of it compelling besides getting from kill to kill.