The firefighting scenes are spectacular, but the special effects never dwarf the human relationships—and that's as it should be.
"If you can't fix what's broken..."
Fully satisfying as to theme, this is a throwback only in the sense that it reminds us of how much more thrilling stunts are than special effects. The choreography and editing is off-the-charts good...and a welcome relief to those of us weary of the uberfrenetic shot sequencing of Avengers and such.
This is essentially one long chase scene, but backstory and theme are interspersed, and it's the rare action movie that shows rather than…
Like good jazz, this revealed a bit more the second time around. Its themes were richer, and the execution is pretty remarkable. (I can't remember the last time I genuinely thought montage editing was used this much and to this good effect.)
I am, admittedly, conflicted about the epilogue. Yes, it is a showstopper and a virtuoso bit of filming. And yes, it is consistent with the jazz-like structure of the storytelling in the way it repeats with variation. But…