I really wanted to like this movie. I enjoy the first film a lot and I love Jeff Goldblum. I was also excited because the film looked like it may have taken a less silly approach. While the film still proved to be enjoyable, it also proved to be even goofier than the original.
Once again, the writing of the film is its biggest problem. I missed the first five or so minutes of the film, however I was very easily able to follow the film, which is okay, but isn't necessarily a good thing, as it shows the simplicity of the film as a whole. The film is also even more far-fetched than the original. While the alien invasion plot is already unbelievable, this film also felt the need to add a subplot about alien AI, which was laughably silly. Family dynamics are also silly, such as the fact that families have time to reconcile as the world is ending. In hindsight, the film also hits a lot of the same beats as the first film (and pretty much every other disaster film). The visual effects of this film were impressive, however, improving along with the improvement of technology over two decades.
Similarly to the first film, the acting of the supporting actors was better than the acting of the main actors. Returning actors, such as Goldblum, Pullman, Hirsch, and Spiner, are all good, providing most of the film's comedic relief and/or emotional scenes. New actors are rather monotonous, unrealistic in most of the emotion that they show. The worst of the new actors is Jesse Usher, who gave one of the worst crying scenes since Matthew McConaughey looked like he was having a stroke in "Interstellar". Liam Hemsworth legitimately feels like he is trying to find a franchise in which he can compete with his brother since "The Hunger Games" is over. Maika Monroe is getting worse since her extremely strong performance in "It Follows", and while she could have acted with some of the same feistiness as she had in that performance, she gave a weak performance.
So overall, "Independence Day: Resurgence" is a good for some mindless action fun, however it is not a great film. The only reason that I rate it so highly is that it was enjoyable, as the poor writing would otherwise condemn it.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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