Mishal Shuhaiber’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Un-godly terrible:
•Piers Morgans absolute ass of a face makes a cameo.
•Piers Morgan only appears for 5-7 seconds. (Which initially felt like 5-7 months, but I'll take what I can get)
•Tessa Thompson was.....fine.
•Chris Hemsworth is just far too good looking to hate on at this point.
•There are actually some sequences I found genuine enjoyment watching, in fact the 2nd act was actually a lot of fun at points. Some of the action is 'decent' & the chase sequences are amongst the more energetic points of the movie. It's also the only section of the movie where interesting things actually happen, so points for that.
The Bad, but not 'Piers Morgan' bad:
•The musical score is the equivalent of me picking up my cat and throwing her against a set of instruments.
•We see the dreaded return of that horrible Hollywood trend of shooting a freaking blue beam into the sky for no reason whatsoever other than to give off a sense of urgency. Which never, ever works. Ever. EVER.
•Considering the stakes, the narrative & overall vibe is largely quite low energy. This world has so much going for it, and everything that's 'on the line' is pretty surface level, never really going to that next level and as a result is something I just shrugged off.
•Whatever the antagonists were supposed to be. Seriously I can't even recall what they were in this movie to do aside from look pretty while the VFX artists CGI the hell out of them.
•Why did it feel like the 1st act was so rushed?
•Not a single joke landed with my audience, not sure about anyone else, but my screening was pretty dead silent. I heard more laughs during the trailers.
•His performance was fine, but Hemsworths character lags for a good portion of this movie & really takes a while to actually get some proper development out of in anyway.
•The 'rules' of this universe are played around with way too much, a lot of events seem incredibly inconsistent as they play out & clash with the ones that occur beforehand.
•Liam Neeson looked like he just woke up from a nap. A very long one in fact.