When Jason Statham quoted DORY... my scream probably permeated every square inch of the cinema. Not kidding. If you didn't have at least a bit of fun with this film - to quote my new fave child - you're crazy.
It seems uncool to say, but I loved this movie. The more I hear "it doesn't need to exist" makes me pretty fucking glad it exists. I had such a blast in the theater and it's one I can't wait to watch again for the mere thrill of the epic heists, chases, and banter without grandiose lightsaber battles and every storyline being devoted to saving the galaxy (those are the great tenets of Star Wars, but we don't need them…
It's still a damn shame that Jake Gyllenhaal was shut out at the Oscars after delivering such a transfixing, disturbing, and career-best performance in Nightcrawler.
Rene Russo isn't given nearly enough credit either for her contributions to the film, and I would've preferred a supporting nomination for her over Meryl Streep in Into the Woods.