mixed on this one - by default, it's better than almost all contemporary action-oriented hollywood event pictures, simply because it has a lot more color and SLIME. there's a lot of great moments in this: damon and pedro pascal doing some crazy parkour bullfighting thing, or damon and jing tian running up a pagoda filled with rainbow-tinted stained glass that reflects on to their faces and shatters beautifully. not to mention those WAR DRUMS. on the other hand, it's still…
"so this is how liberty dies: with thunderous applause." // "is this what you call sport?" "no milady, this is not sport. this is politic."
less PWSA's Titanic and more his Star Wars prequels: a doomed, tragic, cross-class romance between a slave and a princess, a republic on the cusp of becomig an evil empire. spectacle as politics, painterly CGI. and, like the prequels, you already know how it ends before it even begins, but the final image still takes your breath away anyway.