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Matthew B. Demented’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Stuck in a hotel room in Indiana and this on HBO.
While the visual effects are spectacular, the glaring flaws really shine once you see it a second time. Terrible acting, underwritten characters, repetitive dialogue, and an incredibly forced romance.
Not to compare it to the book, but I’m going to anyway.
Why couldn’t the movie just be about obsessed losers that overcome the odds instead of lucky people who manage? They find the majority of their clues and answers with dumb luck and not the knowledge they possess.
Why didn’t any of the main characters die, that would’ve really added emotional weight and upped the stakes?
Why is Artemis the leader of an underground resistance? Like, seriously why?
Why are all the supposed outcasts not actual outcasts? They’re all casted as seemingly attractive or fair looking people and not fat nerds covered in zits.
AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK REFERENCE?! THAT WAS HOW THEY FOUND THE CRYSTAL KEY! BY SINGING THE SONG “3 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER” AND SPECIFICALLY SAYING “FAITH. HOPE. AND CHARITY.” I’m not mad. I’m just disappointed that Schoolhouse Rock wasn’t mentioned.
Nitpicking questions aside, The Shining sequence was still awesome and made me wish I was watching that movie.