Not quite as strong on rewatch.
First viewing, I was irked by Bruce Willis's lack of meaningful activity following JGL's arrival at the farmhouse, and that only stood out more this time around. He simply has nothing to do. Find two kids that we the audience know (even on first viewing) are not The Rainmaker? Not very enthralling.
I also think that Rian Johnson dropped the ball in a few areas where he could have milked some more meaning and…
There are few perfect films. Terminator 2 is one of them.
What separates this from lesser action films is its attention to character and - most importantly - character-driven action. While the action scenes are shot impeccably well, creative, well-paced, and large in scale, they are also - most importantly - large in emotion.
Most Hollywood movies get this wrong. Action scenes should not be a break from the plot or the character development, and nor should the character stuff…