There isn’t a whole lot of story, but the dark and stormy tone is well-set, and the pacing is fast enough to keep your mind off the fact that you’re really just watching battle-porn (albeit sober and war-weary battle-porn).
This was a fun conclusion of a epic saga. It had some bothersome plot holes and internal contradictions, but the fact that they were able to keep things together and bring all the myriad stories to a fairly satisfying culmination is frankly amazing.
There were a few times where I wish they had painted with a gentler brush instead of beating us over the head with metaphor, however those moments were vastly outnumbered by the unexpected humor—probably the secret ingredient that makes these Marvel movies so special. Well that and the money.
Attn: Directors of this movie: Maybe this sounds harsh, but nobody cares about Joe-Muggle and Marilyn-Monroe-with-magic.
Harry Potter isn’t successful because of Rowling’s deep, interesting characters. It’s successful because she created a fascinating world for them to live in that we love learning more and more about.
Fantastic Beasts is popular because it shows us other times and places and history from that universe—stick to that.
Brave has a fair share of the little moments of brilliance that we've come to expect from Pixar, and wanders through a spectacularly-imagined scenery that rivals WALL-E for beauty.
But despite its headstrong and identifiable female lead, it still manages to feel like a typical Disney-Princess movie, rushing from start to climactic finish without ever really taking the time to explore the themes being presented.
The clever Pixar wit is still there and makes the movie enjoyable, but the philosophical wisdom is missing, leaving us with only empty movie-calories.