There was a moment watching this film where I asked, "Am I breathing?!". It is a wonderfully fun good time. A visually stunning film alive with action, drama and bits of humor.
It is a nostalgic person's dream. Nods to "Jurassic Park", "Chucky", "The Iron Giant", "Star Wars" among many more are ripe in the film. All of a sudden I wanted a Keroppi sweatshirt. Then there is the music. The initial reason why I was intrigued by the film came by listening to a cover of "Pure Imagination" in the trailer. I downloaded many of the songs used in the film to my playlist. Composer Alan Silvestri pulsates a score to drive this film. I grooved in my seat when "Can't Hide Love" by Earth, Wind & Fire, a song I already have on my playlist, started playing.
The film works well having new talent (Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Win Morisaki, Philip Zhao and Hannah John-Kamen) and established talent (Lena Waithe, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg) for a stellar cast. With a film containing so much action, I expected the storyline to not be quite there. While I was confused why the film was set in the future but had old Doritos labeled bags, I decided to play along with it. Otherwise, the film moves smoothly to keep you engaged in what will happen next. Playing into the conversations of social media, escape and its highs and consequences. Writer Zak Penn adapted the novel of the same name. Steven Spielberg further establishes how iconic of a director he is, with "The Post" as his last film to this film that boasts with colorful thrills.