We have seen a fair number of sequels (good as well as bad) come and go in 2018, with films like Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 capitalizing on rabid fanbases. Now it looks like we have another Josh Brolin-fronted sequel to look forward to, as Sicario: Day of the Soldado has finally screened for audiences, and reactions towards the follow-up to Denis Villeneuve's Sicario are largely positive at this point. In fact, CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg recently saw the film, and he noted that the film managed to rise above a few issues and satisfy in a significant way. In his response, Eric wrote:
So, it looks like the switch away from Emily Blunt's Kate Macer (who could be set up to return in Sicario 3) has paid off for Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Eric's take on the movie is that, while there are some issues that bog it down, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro deliver all of the gritty and violent awesomeness that we were hoping to see.
Eric is not alone in his take on Sicario: Day of the Soldado. In fact, Uproxx writer Mike Ryan similarly took to Twitter after his screening of the film to note that the sequel is surprising in terms of how good it is when compared to the film that preceded it. Mike wrote:
Praise for Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro seems to be popping up all over the web, as IndieWire's Anne Thompson also addressed the strength of their chemistry and the depth of their roles in her praise of Day of the Soldado. On social media, Anne wrote:
That said, there's praise to be thrown around for far more than just the film's two lead actors. In fact, Collider's Steven Weintraub also addressed the screenplay by Taylor Sheridan (who is on fire with recent critical hits like Hell or High Water and Wind River) as one of the most substantial elements of the movie. Steven wrote:
Finally, we come to Collider's Jeff Sneider. In his reaction to the film, he noted that it's not quite as good as the original, but it's still a worthy successor, and a truly visceral and "fucked up" viewing experience. Jeff wrote:
So those are the early reactions to Sicario: Day of the Soldado, but we will bring you more information related to the film as it becomes available to us. Day of the Soldado will debut in theaters on June 29, so make sure to check it out when it finally premieres!