This movie surprisingly gets a solid 3 Icees.  I thought the first movie was “ok” and since generally sequels are worse, I had very low expectations for this film.  It really did surprise me in that it wasn’t bad at all.  It had some cheesy lines, sure… but it also had unexpected plot twists (and a few expected ones).

John Boyega (Star Wars movies) is obviously the star and pulls it off pretty well, despite the fact that sometimes his humor misses. Cailee Spaeny plays a teenager (of course, she’s not one, she’s 20) and does a serviceable job.  Let’s face it, the actors really aren’t the story here… it’s the Jaegers and the Kaijus, and those scenes really save the movie.  I guess that’s not 100% true.  The acting does rise up in spots and some good speeches or lines are delivered.  If there is any doubt that Scott Eastwood would take after his father (Clint), those are quickly squashed as he plays a brooding, slow-talking pretty boy (just like his good ol’ dad).  In fact, if you listen to his voice, you can hear Clint talking.

Okay, enough of that.  The plot seems pretty straight-forward and then a twist or two comes in that you don’t expect and I like that. Predictability is really bad for a film, and although you expect the final outcome, it’s the surprises that are really nice.

If you liked the first movie, you’ll enjoy this one just as much, if not more.  For me, if I was doing reviews back then, I probably would have given the original 2.5 Icees, whereas this one is better, even if by just a smidge.

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