Monster Hunter (2020) movie review
Based on the Capcom video game by Kaname Fujioka, Monster Hunter follows a group of soldiers who find themselves trapped in another world full of giant monsters. The adaptation is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who has been known for several video game adaptations. Which I assure you, is still a low bar. The film premiered this weekend to predominately poor reviews so far, however its box office reception will determine this film’s success in kickstarting a series.
I made a mock Top 10 Worst Movies of 2020 list last week to see how many I had, and I absolutely left a space for Monster Hunter. I think those low expectations helped me to not utterly hate this movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no good. But it’s not the worst. I mean it has some good effects, action, a few chuckles, and the quite comradery between Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa (the only good performance present) was enjoyable.
Having the two protagonists work together while dealing with a language barrier was probably the most interesting aspect of the movie. Plus it leads to a few moments of build-up that don’t pay off in the way I expected. So every once in a while, it’s not not smart. But by the end it quickly devolves into Bayhem to a very silly degree. So for the rest of this review, I’m going to be speaking this movies language…
Big monsters! Raaaaawr! Military peoples go Pew Pew! Military people say lines, but lines boring. Only pew pew exciting! Editing go cut cut cut cut, but big swords and pew pew mean movie good! (Okay that’s about all of that I can handle right now.)
Look this is the easiest review I’ve had to do in a while. Maybe I’m just thinking about my review for Mando (2019-), but I don’t feel like working too hard right now. Do you like the big pew pew? Military people run from big dino monster? Well you could honestly do worse. But it’s not good, and I could and should name a dozen reasons why. I’m not going to, because that means I’ll have to think. And if I didn’t think from start to finish of this big dumb movie, I’m definitely not going to think while writing about it. 4/10.
So Pacific Stargate? Did you see it? What did you think? And what is your favorite Big Pew Pew? Be sure to leave comment and let know. Sorry, movie hurts mind. Mind stuck in action movie mode. Anyway yeah, enjoy Monster Hunter. Or don’t. It’s every monster movie.
-review by Ryan Prince