I would have normally written a review for this but my thoughts on TG would not fit into the structure of a review. So I have decided to have a discussion with myself (which is entirly normal BTW). I will be discussing the film in detail which means SPOILERS. Let’s get into this then, I will counter peoples points for this with my own thoughts, I may fall into rants so forgive me.
Let me start by saying I was not disappointed by this movie. after reading reviews for it I was a little worried as they all say it’s awful but I must of seen a different movie to the critics because it was awesome. Maybe I am biased because I actually like T3 and TS even with their flaws so you may say my standards are low but TG, as James Cameron says, is the natural follow up to T2.
There is certain movie magazine that I buy and read every month which I trust to get their reviews right. They absolutely ripped TG apart, they have done things like this before with other films. it’s like there is some other reason why they need to destroy certain movies in their reviews because I honestly can’t see why it needs to be destroyed. Obviously some of the points I can agree with namely the bad choice of casting Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese.
I think Kyle Reese is a great character often forgotten even though he has a huge role to play as without him there is no John Conner. Michael Biehn is perfect as Kyle getting the scarred on the inside as well as the outside personality down. He needs to be in serious pain from his life experience in the war and he wears this on his sleeve even though he is a strong soldier who dies for Sarah to protect her not just for John to survive but for his love he has for her. Now as for Jai Courtney he in my opinion was miscast and the only real criticism I have of the movie. I mean I could nitpick like everyone seems to be doing (even people who have not even seen the movie, this is a massive pet peeve of mine) but the movie as a whole is so good I can forgive these. But I cannot forgive JC he did not do his homework at all. He pulled dumb jock out way too much, which is not what Kyle is about. He had some depth sometimes when he opened up about his life or John but he needed more otherwise what is Sarah falling in love with she needs better.
Another thing people are saying is that T2 is better so this can’t be enjoyed. T2 is the absolute pinnacle in the Terminator franchise as we all know so I choose not to compare the follow ups with it as they will never beat it. But that does not mean they cannot be entertaining. In fact just saying “it’s not as good as T2” is such a lazy critique and redundant in my opinion because we must move on from that to keep the franchise interesting instead of just copying it (I’m looking at you T3).
Another thing that T3 got wrong was the humour, it didn’t always land well which TG is being accused of. I took it well it all seemed natural and funny. In the screening I saw everyone was laughing. One of the jokes that went well but critics are hating is when Arnies T-800 tries to smile which has been done before in T2 extended. It works within the context of the film and made everyone there laugh so I cannot see why critics are bashing this. just a note on Arnie he absoloutly kills it this time around. He is obviously more human as he has spent so much time around them, so that should not be put down as he is a learning computer (as per T2) and would learn to be more human.
Another annoying critique is that it falls apart when the plot jumps to 2017 due the complicated plot, It’s like this whole franchise isn’t based on a grandfather paradox. Terminator cannot be dumb, time travel and multiverse theory are complicated if you don’t pay attention, if you want a dumb action flick where you check your brain at the door terminator has never been the film for you. And why is leaving questions unanswered until the next film a lazy thing when every franchise does it, yes that includes the perfect MCU. I will be very annoyed only if they decide to not make the sequels as I want to know the answers.
Obviously the above is all my own opinion but all in all I really liked this movie and cannot wait for more. It is sad that these bad reviews have affected the box office results because this could kill the franchise, which once again in my opinion, want to see more of.
Sorry for the essay but needed to get some of that out of my brain