★★★★★ Hall of Fame
The common problem with prequels is exemplified by the Star Wars series. You make a movie (or a series) where there’s a rich backstory. The backstory is so intriguing it demands being put to film. But you put it to film and the backstory itself has no backstory. A successful prequel ought to make you feel like you’d like to see a prequel to the prequel.
“The Many Saints of Newark” is a successful prequel.
A fitting finale. I’ll go to my grave arguing that Sam Mendes was not a good fit for Bond. Fukunaga is. A beautiful, wonderful opening sequence. A fairly cohesive story. Some of the action sequence devolve into video game likeness, but they are all shot well. It’s a long running time but it’s earned. (Ana de Armas nearly steals the show.)
Just preposterously dumb. One thing these movies always seem to cheat on is scale. Sometimes Kong seems like he’s maybe like 6 or 7 stories tall. Other times he’s as tall as a skyscraper. Maybe that’s just me?
Anyway, whatever you do, if you decide to watch this, don’t go into it thinking of it as a movie. A narrative that you sit back and enjoy and think about as a cohesive story unfolds. Think of it more like a…