The Meg (2018)

IMDB: [PG-13] After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.
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Rating: [10] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

Big. Ass. Shark. Movie. That’s honestly what you need to know about this movie before going into it. And it’s FIN-TASTIC! Look, I LOVE a good (read over-the-top) creature feature. Anaconda? Done! Deep Blue Sea? A favorite! The Meg? Hell. Yes.

This movie was so much better than I expected. I actually cared about characters, it made me laugh, the CGI was great, and it was FUN! One thing I try to do with reviews is rate them within their genre. This is a big-ass-animal-monster-movie. Within this genre it’s way ahead of the competition. Therefore it’s extremely undeserving of the high spat rating from Rotten Tomatoes (currently 45%). This movie is exactly what you want and MORE!

What I Loved:
What DIDN’T I love?! Oh, you’re saying we have a section for that? Alright then.. what I loved. The CGI was great. Groundbreaking? No. But it looked finished, polished, and pretty realistic considering the type of movie. The characters were great with big name actors. Sure, many of them end up as shark bait but I actually cared about a lot of them! I teared up at certain points. Yes, I got emotional during a shark movie. Don’t @ me. I laughed at quite a few of the jokes and funny moments. The story also flowed nicely. It’s no Deep Blue Sea (did I mention I genuinely adore that movie?) but it stands well on it’s own fins.

Bonus Round:
– Non-irritating child character
– Languages besides English spoken/written (set off the coast of China)
– Lots of moments where we said “Cool!”
– NO major strobe effects!!

What I Didn’t Love:
Really, there’s not much. Them referring to this thing as “the meg” gets a bit repetitive – like they gave it a nickname but didn’t acknowledge it. I also personally prefer the close and personal creature feature with fewer characters rather than mass carnage – which gets thrown in near the end.

Quote:
“Man versus Meg isn’t a fight. It’s a slaughter.”

Trope:
Look, it’s a giant shark movie. It’s all a trope.

Spoilers: Click to Reveal

Big shark. Big shark killed. Second big shark. Rich billionaire lies and says he alerted authorities. Gets eaten. Big fight. Second shark dead.

I laughed hard atΒ Jason Statham singing “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming…swimming…” while moving toward a megalodon to geotag its fin.