The people are right to be suspicious of the guy who walks around whistling the theme tune to The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of the main criticisms I've been seeing here is an overreliance on fan service. I have no problem with that for the most part, like call-backs and lampshading of scenes and lines of dialogue from the other two Ghostbusters films, as long as it's not cynical and calling what came before daft now, which too many late sequels or films on old properties rely on for comedy ("What's your name?" "Otto Octavius" *beat, music stops* "No seriously what's your…
Disney striking while the iron is frozen solid on Star Wars hype by having a barrage of bare-bones visual references and as much/little satire and lampshading that the boardroom decided was acceptable for their own property. Simpsons writers are capable of way better film parody than this muck.
Watching ten seconds of Principal Skinner having his mind blown over a box of Star Wars toys in 1994 was infinitely funnier that this.
Dementia is one of the most foul and cruel illnesses to curse mankind, and it's portrayed in a way that disorients without being too flashy or disrespectful to someone who may experience it. Anthony Hopkins snaps effortlessly from commanding and charismatic to scared and lost in seconds as our guide through this tragic journey.
This was the last of the 2021 Best Picture Oscar noms for me, and it sits on a three-way split for top pick along with Sound of Metal and Promising Young Woman, with Hopkins being my pick for Best Actor too.