There's a difference in being prudish about what kids are exposed to and just wishing it were done better.
Simple as the story is, it begins to fall in place when Hawkes is allowed to move inside the character.
"No reason to stay in this cycle"
"The two I was with enjoyed it with no amount of cynicism someone older might acquire with a larger history of horror films. If they weren't exactly scared, they were creeped out. There are a few jump scares, a few inevitable stalkings, an exorcism and and other things that go bump in the night. None of these are overdone, and it makes each more effective. "
If you miss the buddy movies of the 80's and 90's, wait no more. The trope is back and it's winning again.
"The producers consulted the Chinese Academy of Sciences, though what questions they asked is not immediately clear. I'd like to think I know at least as much as the average college graduate about the physical sciences, but they lost me when the Earth stopped rotating. "
"Brad Pitt has simply never been better. If he doesn't exactly expand his range to 12 Monkeys range, his portrayal is spot on. He's carries the load, quite literally. "
The film is likable in spite of the fact the gators show up where ever they need to be, like a submersible Michael Myers.
The film is not a work of genius. If you took away the leads, it'd be pretty boring. I loved every minute of it, and so did Em. I am not sure they could pull off another film with this gimmick, but I definitely think I will enjoy watching what each of these two do in the future of action comedy.
If you want to be unsettled by the horror of reality and have a laugh midway through, try this film out. Even if it's not perfect, it is a good to nearly great film. It's dedicated film-craft, and worthy of your support.