Big screen shark movie, The Meg arrives in cinemas tomorrow promising plenty of underwater action, some gruesome deaths and plenty of Jason Statham. Perfect summer blockbuster viewing then, right?
But will The Meg float like Deep Blue Sea (1999) and The Shallows (2016) or sink like Jaws: The Revenge (1987). Let’s find out…
Here’s what the critics have said:
- Mike McCahill of The Guardian awarded The Meg three stars (out of five) and said: “Nonsense science and monster-movie cliches pile up in the latest marauding-shark thriller – but it’s lots of fun, too.” He added: “Not quite killer, but it’s rare to see a 21st-century blockbuster having this much fun – right through to its sign-off – with its own premise.”
- Robbie Collin of The Telegraph also awarded The Meg three stars (out of five) noting it’s “not a giant crock” but commenting: “As trashy cinema goes, it all feels a little too well behaved.”
- Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly awarded The Meg a B- and said: “The Meg isn’t nearly as good (or as white-knuckle gory) as the movie I had imagined in my head. The CGI is mediocre at best, and a romantic subplot with a single-mom scientist (Li Bingbing) is sentimental hooey. But it is ridiculous, cheesy popcorn fun. And Statham, God bless him, knows exactly what kind of guilty pleasure he’s signed on for — Sharknado with a bigger budget and a much bigger monster.”
- Owen Gleiberman of Variety called The Meg “Jaws on dumbed-down steroids, and proud of it.” He added: “Is it fun? That depends on your definition of fun.”
- And finally, Chris Hewitt of Empire awarded The Meg two stars (out of five) and said: “This could have been the summer’s greatest guilty pleasure. Instead, it’s further proof you can’t make a silk purse out of a shark’s fin.”
So, the general feel is that it’s a middle-of-the-road monster movie which isn’t great, but so long as you know what you’re in for you might enjoy it. Pure popcorn fodder then.
For more review round-ups and reactions to recent releases, check out past editions of The Great Stampede which have focused on Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Mission: Impossible – Fallout Skyscraper, Whitney, The First Purge, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Incredibles 2, Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Hereditary, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool 2, Batman Ninja, Avengers: Infinity War, Rampage, A Quiet Place, Isle of Dogs, Tomb Raider, Ready Player One, Love, Simon, A Wrinkle in Time, Annihilation, The Shape of Water and Black Panther.