With Roland Emmerich’s ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ about to hit cinemas, the first reviews have emerged.
Critics had noted the lack of press and multimedia screenings for the upcoming summer blockbuster both here in the UK and across the pond in the US. That led some to believe that the studio behind it (that’s Twentieth Century Fox) were attempting to bury the movie, implying they weren’t overly confident in a positive audience reaction.
However, while the majority of critics and bloggers were left wanting for the Jeff Goldblum and Liam Hemsworth-led sequel, some reviews have begun to trickle through from some of the bigger outlets.
The Guardian gave it a lowly 1-star review, summarising it rather bluntly: “Not even Jeff Goldblum and Charlotte Gainsbourg stationed on a militarised moon can save us from the joyless tedium of this mind-crushing movie.”
Empire’s review was far more positive, with Dan Join awarding it 4 stars, saying: “As spectacular as you’d hope. You’ll enjoy yourself enough that you won’t even miss Will Smith.”
Lucy O’Brien at IGN gave it a mixed write-up, declaring: “A silly, cheesy, spectacle-driven blockbuster with heart, Independence Day: Resurgence is a refreshing antidote to the grim and the serious sentiment we’ve seen trending in sci-fi flicks of recent years.”
Currently, ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is at 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is getting less love than its predecessor (which sits at 61%) from 20 years ago.
Regardless of critic reviews, the feeling was (and still is) that the epic alien follow-up will do well when it reaches cinemas in the States and here in the UK. The restrictions that prevented more critics from seeing the movie probably hasn’t worked to its favour, but don’t be surprised if it makes a tidy few hundred million dollars over the summer.
With Will Smith’s a notable absence for the sequel there are some other returning faces, such as Goldblum and Bill Pullman, along with the likes of Hemsworth and ‘It Follows’ star Maika Monroe making up the new faces. In short, it should still do some solid business this summer, especially after its relentlessly strong marketing campaign.
‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is in UK cinemas from 23 June, 2016.
Picture credit: Twentieth Century Fox