mitch2610’s review published on Letterboxd:
First of all, this movie is an awesome theatre experience. Already wins major points there.
This second part is another amazing exercise in tension. John Krasinski is flexing it even more behind the camera. Super effective opening, more incredible use of sound and it moves by pretty fast. So fast that when the movie is done, i thought we still had 30 minutes left. It's kinda abrupt but i dig it.
It might feel familiar at points and now that we know what to expect, it lacks that same impact. But that is well balanced, cause now we have way more amazing monster action. Sure, you can nitpick with some story aspects but this is all about the experience and the thrills. And those are perfectly done.
All the actors returning do as good of a job and Cillian Murphy is always a W. I feared they could go a certain route with him but glad that wasn't the case. Felt he had Joel vibes from Last of Us. Great addition to the cast.
With some tweaks here and there and a more balanced pacing, this could be even better than the first one. As it stands, it's a minor stepdown but it's another great effort from everyone involved, from the tension to the action and the characters. A very worthy sequel and i can't wait for what comes next.