- Monster Hunter movie got first critics' reviews;
- There are both positive and negative opinions, but in the end it turns out that we will get at most an average production;
- The film's audiovisual side is praised, but pretty much everything else is criticized, beginning with dull plot.
Monster Hunter is yet another movie adaptation of a well-known video game series, which we have all been waiting for for some time. Admittedly, our enthusiasm has been cooled down a little bit by the trailers, which proved that we should be expecting a simple B-movie, full of American gags and spectacular shootouts rather than atmospheric and colorful fantasy. Until some point, however, we may have deluded ourselves, but today all doubts have been dispelled and the reviewers have spoken out - we got another average action flick for the holidays.
Selected reviews scores of Monster Hunter
- Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail - 75/100
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club - 67/100
- Peter Debruge, Variety - 60/100
- Pat Brown, Slant - 50/100
- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter - 40/100
- Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times - 30/100
- David Ehrlich, IndiaWire- 16/100
The average score on Metacritic is currently 44/100, based on 7 reviews and each of them has a completely different score. The most generous reviewer was definitely the journalist from The Globe and Mail, who evaluated the film very positively. At the other end of the spectrum we have the rating given by the IndieWire critic, who has torn Monster Hunter to ribbons.
We won't read too much from such vastly different ratings, to be honest, so let's take look at the specific opinions and arguments behind them. Let's start with the positives. The movie is supposed to look surprisingly good, and the monsters appearing on the screen are quite impressive. Also well-designed action scenes, offering pure, brainless entertainment, can be satisfying.
Unfortunately, fans of the game may experience a serious nervous breakdown during the screening, because apart from a few battles with giant beasts, the movie has little to do with the Monster Hunter series - both in terms of plot and atmosphere. The trailers were telling the truth - the creators focused mainly on a senseless fireworks, and forgot to keep everything together and engaging from beginning to end.
Monster Hunter movie will launch tomorrow, on December 18.
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