Movie reviews are an interesting thing because a review is ultimately only the opinion of a single writer. Here at CinemaBlend, we write reviews, but we also have a lot of other people who have seen the exact same movie and might have very different opinions compared to what gets expressed in the official review. Starting this week we're going to give everybody at CinemaBlend a chance to sound off on the major releases, beginning with The Meg.
First, we'll start with the official CinemaBlend response to the Jason Statham versus a prehistoric shark movie. Senior Movie Contributor Mike Reyes wrote our review and overall he didn't care for The Meg all that much, feeling that, while the film was as dumb as the premise implied, it wasn't nearly as much fun as it should have been.
For the most part, however, Mike is actually an outlier when it comes to The Meg. While Events Editor Eric Eisenberg admits that he found the film somewhat lacking, he overall did enjoy it, embracing it for the fun summer popcorn movie that it was.
From there, however, we get into the editors who fully enjoyed the movie without any exceptions. Staff reporter Conner Schwerdtfeger felt that The Meg's strength came from the fact that it doesn't try to be too ridiculous, but knows just how much it can get away with.
News Director Jessica Rawden also found plenty to enjoy in The Meg. While the premise absolutely feels like something out a B-movie, Jessica says it's one of the best B-movies out there.
Jessica's sentiments are largely echoed by Managing Director Sean O'Connell, who doesn't apologize, even a little, for enjoying The Meg completely. There are clearly differening opinions here about whether The Meg tries to be a serious action movie or an over-the-top spectacle. Sean argues that The Meg actually walks the line between the two with surprising deftness.
My own opinion probably falls most in line with Sean's. I loved how the movie took itself seriously, without forcing the audience to try and take the movie seriously. That's a difficult tone to reach which many summer blockbusters, even this year, have failed to achieve.
And so, while the CinemaBlend review gives The Meg 2.5 stars out of five, most of the rest of Team CinemaBlend appears have liked it more than that. It just goes to show that opinions always vary among people. You can form your opinion on The Meg in theaters now.