“Battleship” movie reviews are in – it’s great!

Psych!

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The review embargo seems to have expired for Universal‘s would-be blockbusterBattleship“, which is being unleashed on an unwitting Europe a month or so ahead of its Stateside release. Surprisingly, for a film based on a board game, the critical word is…not kind.  Go figure?

Empire’s two-star evisceration is typical of many reactions – “An event movie so lunk-headed – both in concept and execution  – that it’s hard not to suspect director Peter Berg of pulling a prank”.  

And SFX fairly damn it with distinctly faint praise by concluding “If you love military hardware, it’s a great naval gazing exercise. But as a blockbuster it’s all a bit half-mast.”  Hmm…I do see what they did there.

The kindest review that I’ve found is from my nerdy soul-mates at Den of Geek, who have at least found some modest, geeky thrills from a film which looks like some kind of meta-tribute to Michael Bay‘s recent, Hasbro inspired oeuvre.

Den of Geek’s viewBattleship eventually delivers the requisite salty charm and occasional ripples of excitement you’d expect from an expensive summer blockbuster”.

How bad can a movie based on a board game starring a pop star-turned-actress and a model really be?  Ahem…

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2 responses to ““Battleship” movie reviews are in – it’s great!

  1. After Real Steel ended up being liked by critics and audiences, I thought this might have a chance

    • Yeah – this looks like it should be fun, so I’m mildly nonplussed by reading reviews which suggests that it misses the mark.

      I’ll give it a chance, but I’m hoping it’s closer to the first “Transformers” than, say, “Battle: Los Angeles”.

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