Entertainingly watchable and diverting, with fine young actors across the board and a decent (if hardly revolutionary) soundtrack.
Unfortunately it ultimately all rings hollow. The characters are all unbelievably beautiful, charming quip machines and don't ever feel like real people, while any half-assed attempts at critiquing their behaviour / actions are just spoken out loud at certain points, rather than woven into the story in any meaningful way. After the beautifully realised Boyhood and of course its spiritual predecessor Dazed and Confused, this feels like Linklater slumming it.
Ludicrously entertaining. Another great Shane Black script and he's managed to find actors just as much on his wavelength as Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer were in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Both stars are superb and Angourie Rice is a real find. Add that to genuinely thrilling set pieces and some of the best slapstick action since Sam Raimi first got behind a camera and you've got easily one of 2016's best films.
Can we have a modern-day sequel where they're all really old but still just as terrible at their jobs?
Harsh, brutal, uncompromising, beautiful.
I'm not interested in the Oscar talk for Leo (truth be told, the best performances in this are Tom Hardy and Domnhall Gleeson. Leo is definitely due one but in this he is basically just reacting to being hurled around) but Inarritu has taken the flash and technical brilliance of Birdman and added some actual substance and a proper theme to it, resulting in a much more satisfying picture.