Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What I thought of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Can we just get this out of the way first, Tom Cruise is immortal right? Okay, good, we're all on the same page.

Turn that page, and we may be of different opinions on this particular film.

No need to build up the suspense, I found it just "meh." I was underwhelmed. That's right, it underwhelmed me. I wasn't even just whelmed, I was underwhelmed.

Still, I'm going to recommend that you watch it. Especially if you enjoyed the first "Jack Reacher" film. If you are more inclined to like the books over the films though, I would recommend the opposite and steer clear. I think seeing this version would just make you angry, and then sad, and then angry again.

Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels, does make a cameo. It doesn't save the film though. Sorry, didn't mean to get your hopes up there.




If you reach my review on "John Wick: Chapter 2," then you will notice that I have a similar gripe here. My level of expectation. Again, not so much with the quality of the film, but with the feeling I got from discovering this character and this world for the first time. It was not something I was consciously expecting when I saw this, but I did notice it missing when the end credits started rolling.

I could get into a long list of items for which I take offense in this film, but instead I will narrow it down to the two that I think are the worst.

First, the expedited pacing. From the start, and I mean, from the beginning on the film, we are rushed through a sort of "courtship" that is supposed to be the basis of some kind of relationship? Really? That really offended me. Seriously, it did. I could not believe that I was thought so little of (as an audience member, and a fan) that they would do that and assume I was okay with accepting it for the rest of the film.

Secondly, the idea that you can introduce a kid out of nowhere, and then treat her like crap, only to pretend as if there was some strong bond there in the end after all. Oh please. Again, offensive. If you watch this, you will see what I mean, and more so, you will probably hear me in your head during the scene when the "kid" is introduced into the story line. I literally shouted, "Are you kidding me!?" when it happened, because at that moment, of how it happened. A piss-poor job of writing if you ask me.

Finally, I should reiterate that I think you should still watch this film. Yes, my gripes are valid and rather strong, but in the grand scheme of the franchise, it does not do justice to this character. Remember how everyone used to say that only the even numbered "Star Trek" films were the good ones, perhaps we have something similar going on here. Let's see where the next film goes, if anywhere at all, and take it just one at a time.

Then again, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you what my mother tells me, "you can always read the books!"