At its heart, the plot of the film is okay. It examines a social issue, and has an interesting message to say. Unfortunately, the whole film feels a bit underdeveloped. The ideas are presented in a half-baked way. There are quite a few elements in the film that were left unexplained, creating confusion, not mystery. The film also felt the need to use a melodramatic story to get across this message, and it is definitely over-the-top at times. The dialogue can be unnatural, often to the point of being laughable. It isn't awful, but there is a lot of exposition and overall cheesiness in the film. It feels like an episode of "Black Mirror" that is less intelligent. That being said, the film is still interesting as a whole. The characters are decently developed, and the cheesy parts are fun to laugh at.
Visually, I think the film succeeds. The production design is dystopian, but modern enough to feel like this could be in the near future. The cinematography is really fluid, as is the editing. The superimposition of graphics onto the screen works, and looks good, but some of the graphics that are show are humorously random. The acting in the film is good. Emma Watson is good in her leading role, fitting the character well. Tom Hanks and John Boyega both deliver good performances, but are sadly underused.
Overall, I think that "The Circle" was good, but it still could have been a lot better. Fans of dystopian science fiction may find some to like, but otherwise, it serves as a visually interesting and enjoyable film.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.