Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter ★½

It baffles me how a director with more than 20 years of experience like Paul W. S. Anderson seems so lazy behind the camera. It feels like he has no idea of what he's doing. No rehearsal, no blocking or staging planning, no control over action setpieces, no nothing. He just makes up as he goes. Structurally, this film is atrocious. You spend the first hour watching characters fighting monsters and more than an hour in, the screenplay introduces a bunch of new characters and doesn't do anything with them. Just for more fighting. 90% of the film is action sequences. There is no worldbuilding, there's not even a glimpse of the life of those characters. Truly a horrible film that gives videogame adaptations a bad rep. Jordan Vogt-Robert said it the best, a good video-game film isn't an adaptation per se but one that embraces the structure and elements of video-games.