“Mortal Engines” (2018)

While this isn’t really a good film, it is nowhere near the train wreck it’s been made out to be. Most of the issues I have with it are a rather derivate feel, and not that many interesting characters, which, to be fair, are not minor problems. The film’s biggest strength is its visual look; creating a visually impressive and interesting steampunk environment. And for all the complaints people have about the story, it is a well-paced movie; the runtime doesn’t balloon out of control, and the plot progression is relatively smooth. So, while this is certainly a big movie, it never feels bloated, which to me, goes a long way. The film did marginally keep my interest, and I did want to know what was going to happen in the end. Also, Hera Hilmar is great in the lead role; I just hope she gets more opportunities to expand her acting prowess, and that this film isn’t too big of a stumbling block for her. This film was the biggest bomb of 2018, which is a shame, because this is a film that I feel deserves to find an audience. Could’ve been worse, and could’ve been better, Mortal Engines could’ve benefited from taking more risks, but is completely 100% serviceable.

Rating: 3/5

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