The Predator (2018)

IMDB: [R]Β When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.
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What an unexpected JOY! Assuming you know anything about me or have seen the movies I watch, I’ve got a big soft spot for creature features and scifi. I enjoy a good summer monster flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And yet, this one went above and beyond what I expected. The writing kept me smiling, laughing, and saying, “Oh COOL!”Β 

What I Loved:
The humor in this one really knocked it out of the park. It’s unexpectedly hilarious. It’s a combination of not taking itself overly seriouslyΒ while also speaking to audience thoughts and tropes. There’s a freshness to the writing. Plus there are some comedy actors involved as well!

Next, the creature design and fight choreography. Wow do they still find some cool new ways to create a bloodbath! There were a lot of gasps at the gruesome details. And of course it’s over the top, being a Predator movie and everything. But the action sets are still killer – literally. They don’t just hand wave over strategy or reality too much.

The characters are fantastic. Everyone feels real. Their interactions are like they would be with a group of friends. And together, they’re fighting for survival.

What I Didn’t Love:
I would always enjoy just a little more Predator closeups. Afterall it’s a beautifully designed classic creature and the movies often use practical effects and costumes. Really being able to revel in new designs throughout would have added a bit more visual depth to the Predator character.

There is also a lack of sensitivity at points- often for humor – at some non-neurotypical characters. It’s done in a way that feels realistic. Many of us out there with impairments often use them for humor as they are a fact of life. However there can be a line of neurotypical or non disabled people playing these roles that can be a bit uncomfortable. It touched on these subjects in a more informed way than others that I have seen though.

Trope:
MegaweaponΒ deus ex machina – what perfect and deadly timing!

Quote:
“A predator kills its prey to survive. I mean, what you’re describing is more like a bass fisherman.”

Spoilers: Click to Reveal

Not much to spoil here in terms of a review! Really, just go watch it!

You’ll get to see some awesome space dogs and a real big boy.