Will Smith is known for being a hustler, appearing in multiple film projects every year. The 51 year-old actor recently celebrated the biggest box office success of his lengthy career, as Disney's Aladdin remake made a ton of money at the box office. Smith was the subject of a ton of CGI in the movie, as he was transformed into the magical genie. And now he's got another visual effects- heavy project in Ang Lee's Gemini Man, which sees Smith fighting a de-aged version of himself. Gemini Man has been hotly anticipated, and now the movie's reviews are rolling in.
Reactions to early screenings praised the movie's visual affects, and Ang Lee's ability to immerse audiences through stunning visuals, wide frames, and increasing the frame rate. But the reviews haven't been quite as kind, including CinemaBlend's official review by Mike Reyes. He gave the movie 3 stars, lamenting how Gemini Man's time in development hell was a downside to its story. As he put it:
Ang Lee might have been able to pull off some stunning visuals in Gemini Man, especially related to Will Smith's de-aging process, but it seems the story itself is lacking. This is what brings the film down in Mike Reyes' opinion, as the highly anticipated blockbuster doesn't have the foundation to support the bonkers action.
The concerns about Gemini Man's script and story was echoed by IndieWire's Ella Kemp, who graded Ang Lee's latest with a C+. She described the script's issues, saying:
While the script might leave something to be desired, Gemini Man has been getting a ton of attention over its visual effects. Will Smith battles a younger version of himself throughout the blockbuster, with CGI de-aging him decades until he resembles his humble roots on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But Variety's Peter Debruge did find some issues in the visuals, as he explained in his review:
The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton was especially disappointed in Gemini Man, claiming that the excitement of the movie's visuals will only temporarily excite moviegoers, and not enough to make up for Gemini Man's faults. As he put it:
These reviewed seem to be in stark juxtaposition to the reception for the film's early screenings. So it should be interesting to see how audiences response to Gemini Man. Will they be kinder than critics? Only time will tell.
Gemini Man's story seems to be the biggest point of contention among reviewers, despite the movie's cutting edge visual effects. The Wrap's Nicholas Barber criticized Ang Lee for not thinking out his story, seemingly focused on the visuals of the upcoming action flick instead. He said:
Gemini Man seems to be getting the most positive attention for its visuals, but not all critics are applauding the blockbuster's imagery. Screen Daily's Fionnuala Halligan had issues with the coloring of the movie, despite the groundbreaking CGI work that's present. She said:
Overall, it doesn't appear that Gemini Man is getting much love from critics. But the action blockbuster has an A-List star, and the visual effects have been helping anticipation steadily build. We'll just have to wait and see how audiences react, and if it differs from the movie's poor critical reception.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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