I can’t believe this is the movie Guillermo del Toro is going to get his Oscars for.
This is a film with brief flashes of greatness but is, in the end, a story that has no purpose. The acting is poor (except DaFoe, who is good but given little to do), no character has a true arc, and the filmmaking is often amateurish. The film feels extremely long and the ending is one of the worst I have seen this year.
I guess we are at the point now where every other Spielberg movie (the ones made for adults, the ones he seems to care more about) is going to be a well-crafted story about adults making sacrifices or taking chances in the name of the greater good. They will all have stacked casts and I will like all of them. Dude elevates the grounded stories he makes and falters with spectacle, these days.