Classy and elegant, it successfully imitates the style of Agatha Christie and Poirot detectives, with their slower pace and exotic locales, only a bit harsher - the dynamic trio of main characters (seasoned wolf Viggo, always charming Kirsten and hungry-eyed Oscar Isaac) are decidedly grey and keep you guessing their next move up until the end titles.
Despite being competently shot and made, this in all areas underwhelming (despite three villains and 2,5h runtime) sequel confirms only one thing - there's still a huge difference between the Marvel licence holders (Sony, Fox & Marvel itself), and Sony seems to be the weakest link.
Regarding the future of the franchise - we are at that point where even I really don't care anymore (and Spider-Man used to be my favourite Marvel superhero).
ps. I would say that majority, if not all problems of the film came from the script.
Tough, gritty and quietly powerful, this film not only delivers great Guy Pearce and surprising Robert Pattinson performances, but also answers one of the most important questions out there - is Australia really the best place to be after the apocalypse? Definetely not!
With influences ranging from "Max Max" (the 1st one) to "High Plains Drifter", this is "The Road: Down Under". Highly recommended!
Continuing the estabilished trend, Bennet Miller's "Foxcatcher" is one of the most subtle, nuanced mainstream dramas of recent years and delivers powerhouse performances of all three male leads, especially from almost-unrecognizeable Carrell.
Follow this one, as the nominations are sure to follow.