Independence Day: Resurgence ★½

Yes it's a big dumb fun summer blockbuster, but that's no excuse for bad writing, incomprehensible editing, and more side characters than anyone knew what to do with. Many of the side characters feel like they're in this film for fan service (because they were in the first film) and many others are there for diversity sake (not that diversity is bad, but when it's obviously shoehorned in...). But even after factoring in those kinds characters, there's still a few more completely inconsequential side characters. All of these characters lift out of the film without impacting the story whatsoever. And had they pulled at least a handful of them they wouldn't have had to haphazardly edit the film into such an incomprehensible cluster ____.

But when it really comes down to it, this is a bad retread of the first film with none of the swagger. That fact is made worse by an ending that sets up a third film that sounds far more interesting than this one. Too bad this one flopped so hard, we may never get that third film after all. Or we might just have to wait another 20 years...