Movie Review: "Independence Day: Resurgence" - IT SOARS!

July 2, 2016

Independence Day: RESUUUUUUUURGANNNNNNCE!!!!

 

(I’m totally channelling my inner Oprah right now.)

 

The highly anticipated sequel has premiered...and it. Is. EVERYTHING.

 

First of all, the storyline, while fantastical, is believable. The writers did an excellent job of creating a world 20 years post the first Independence Day attack in 1996 (God, putting that year out there REALLY makes me feel like I’ve got some AGE). AND, given the “space travel vs. time” conundrum, it’s realistic that it would take the malevolent aliens two decades to return.

 

Visually, the film is absolutely stunning. I know the technology continues to improve with time, but IT WAS THE BEST 3D MOVIE I’VE EVER SEEN! (Ok, fine, maybe Gravity was better, but it’s debatable!) Even the non-3D special effects were killer. As the alien mothership landed on Earth, my eyes couldn’t stop dancing across the screen. Seriously, those graphic designers and art directors are LEGIT.

 

I also love that the filmmakers stayed true to the theme of the original Independence Day. I’m dating myself, AGAIN, but do you remember how corny the first film was? When it was released in ‘96, my younger brothers and I LOVED to quote its ridiculous over-the-top phrases (especially the scene where Will Smith drags the dead alien’s body across the salt flats towards Area 51). Well, Resurgence is just as corny as the first one! The non-stop melodramatic lines add to the overall entertainment value of the entire film.

 

Ok, I have one more thing to talk about...my favorite part of the movie! I found myself laughing, a lot. I usually giggle here and there when I watch action films (hence my love of corniness as stated above), but Resurgence was exceptionally funny. Part of that is due to the writing, of course, but I think most of the credit should go to the cast. Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch, both Independence Day veterans, SLAY. Their comedic timing is perfect. There is a moment, towards the end of the film that I won’t discuss because I don’t want to give anything away, that had me cackling so loudly that my husband had to elbow me in the ribs to get me to shut up.

 

Liam Hemsworth has some great lines too...but let’s face it. With a mug like that I was hanging on just about every word that came out of his mouth, regardless of how funny it really was.

 

From my perspective, there was only one major issue with the film. There was a moment when, (don’t worry, I’m not giving anything away), Hemsworth makes a decision to go pick up Goldblum, but we never learn the motivation behind that decision. All of the sudden, Hemsworth is defying orders. It wasn’t a HUGE deal, just something that didn’t flow well.

 

Overall, Independence Day: Resurgence was wildly entertaining. Was that film really two hours? I can honestly say that for the first time in years, I didn’t once think about the time.


See this film in the theaters and see it this weekend. It just might end up being your favorite movie of the summer.

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