Tomorrow War – First Impressions

Tomorrow War – First Impressions

It will surprise none of you to learn that the 55% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes is utter bullshit.  

It’s better than a ton of films that have gotten a “fresh” rating.  If given a choice between Black Panther or Captain Marvel and The Tomorrow War, I’d take the latter any day of the week.  

The action surpasses either of the former films, and there is an actual character arc for the main protagonist, unlike Captain Marvel where she just became even more of a Mary Sue.  The effects are certainly much better than Black Panther (okay that isn’t saying much). 

The reason it’s getting dragged is because Chris Pratt is a White Christian and SJWs want his career to fail.

The Audience Rating of 81% is a much more accurate reflection of the film’s quality.  So, no, it’s not a great film but it is a good one. 

Its primary weaknesses stem from its director.  The director, Chris McKay has done a lot of work that I’ve enjoyed but it has all been stuff like Robot Chicken, Robot Chicken Star Wars, Titan Maximum, and Lego Batman.  He hasn’t worked with humans all that much.  While he did make good use of the creature effects, he created some problems with tone.  

When you do action, it needs to be like a roller coaster. You have climbs where you build tension, dives for excitement, and between the two you need some straightaways to let the riders rest before the next thrill.  The problem is that McKay defaulted to humor way too often because that is what he does.  It didn’t ruin the movie, but it kept it at an 8 when it could have been a 9. I will end up rating it at Recommends with Confidence.  And I’ll do a more in-depth review when my wrist has had a chance to mend.

Okay, I’m done for now.

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  • Star Tripper Reply

    I saw it because the SJWs hated it so I wanted to support Chris. Later I did notice the overly PoC supporting cast but there were no BLM flags so fine. Thinking later I realize the monsters are white but they didn’t have swastikas so fine. I liked the action and the fact that Pratt was focused on his family and his daughter when he says, “I just want to save my daughter. If I have to save the world to do it then I will.” And Chris even reconciles with his estranged father. Family values indeed. Oh and I am a sucker for a 4-prop C-130 to the rescue.

    July 7, 2021 at 8:17 pm
  • ElRojo Reply

    I liked the family theme of the film.

    But aside from the goofy time travel aspects…

    What I really had to turn my brain off for was the guns.
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    Seriously, you had an alien about twice the mass of a man, and in the film they literally used 5.56mm from shorty AR’s that would bounce off of the hard backplates on the creatures. The average viewer will never know the difference, but even the military has different types of guns…

    No GPMG’s, no grenade launchers, no grenades, at a minimum they should have been issued 7.62 AR’s… And no way images of the aliens wouldn’t be all over the place in the past.

    And about the goofy time travel aspects… The message from the future should have been to gear up, start getting busy with the baby making, and work with Russia to be there in overwhelming force when the “ships landed” in 30 years.

    It is very telling on how far the average hollywood film has fallen that this piece of logic bending lazy writing is actually quite good by comparison!

    July 8, 2021 at 12:38 am
    • Ryan Reply

      I’d echo this saying the one piece of advice I’d give to anyone who hasn’t watched it yet is “don’t think about it, just enjoy it.”

      July 8, 2021 at 3:31 pm
      • WOPR Reply

        It’s like Independence Day. If you expect a big, dumb summer popcorn flick, you’re fine with it. Will Smith has his quips. You get explosions, action, and rousing speeches. I don’t disagree with people who point out how flawed it is. I just think the start with the wrong premise for the film.

        July 9, 2021 at 6:01 pm
  • Michael Maier Reply

    I never hear anyone denigrating Pratt for being a Christian.

    The Colonel ruined it for me. Most brilliantest sciency grrrrrrrllllllll ever but she’s also as good as combat vet Pratt at shooting guns? This is beyond pathetic at this point.

    The time travel stuff seemed goofy and the nonsense of its fluxing mechanics seems off, big time.

    But the worst part of the story is that I cannot buy that Pratt would have come back the “first” time and blew off his family. That doesn’t begin to ring true at all, even if he watched (spoiler thing you can guess if you watched it) happen.

    July 8, 2021 at 12:48 am
    • Pete Reply

      Women can shoot guns just fine. It’s the 120-pound woman knocking out a 220-pound man with one punch that is more objectionable.

      July 12, 2021 at 5:07 pm
  • Fractal Rabbit Reply

    I enjoyed it for the big dumb fun it was. Pratt is likable as always and while some people complained about the third act, I liked it for the payoff due to the plot seeds planted in the first act. The aliens were genuinely menacing as well.

    It was like an inverted Terminator movie. Rather than going back to the past to save/wreck the future, they were pulling people from the past into the future.

    And were those hunter killer drones at the battle in the oil rig/sea base ring a Terminator easter egg? They sure looked like miniature versions of the Skynet weapons.

    July 8, 2021 at 1:17 am
  • WOPR Reply

    It is an enjoyable popcorn flick. Nothing was overtly* woke in it. The action scenes were good. There were actual characters in the movie. It was a good 7.5.

    Yes, there are some major holes in the plot. They did try to explain some things and I’ll give them credit for that. The script probably needed one more go through to clean up some of the holes and goofiness.

    Also, we are dealing with Hollywood battle scenes. That means the enemy is blazingly fast except when chasing our heroes. Tactical considerations are at the level of a 10 year old. More shooting is always preferable to effective shooting.

    * Yes they discretely had the global warming bit. But, they never say that and it is a plot point that they quickly move from.

    * They obviously rounded up every minor black actor they could find. Aliens looking at the movie would believe the world is 85% black. They did make them characters though and they weren’t spouting off about BLM or oppression. Asians and Hispanics are almost non-existent.

    July 8, 2021 at 11:03 am
  • Doc Reply

    It was enjoyable. Suffered from too many plot conveniences (which could easily have been remedied) beyond “We have already suspended our belief.”

    Pratt is likable. Good movie, could have been great. I’d recommend watching it. Much better than nearly everything else out today.

    July 8, 2021 at 1:17 pm
  • Brick Hardslab Reply

    Not bad but the reason they needed to conscript civilians was off. Even if 50% of people are unsuitable for time travel, there are still enough soldiers to cover the needs of the future. There’s no reason to take big lunchbox sized civilians and grandmothers Who have never seen a firearm.

    Even if they had to dip into the support units at least they would have been to basic.

    Other than that, I liked the movie. My grandson watched it to or three times

    July 8, 2021 at 3:45 pm
    • Fractal Rabbit Reply

      SPOILERS Below:

      Didn’t they choose the conscripts due to their lifespans being short enough that there was no chance of running into themselves in the future? And I thought they said they tried sending what military they could first (known death dates) and they were mostly annihilated and then instituted the draft of regular people. Maybe I misunderstood it.

      July 8, 2021 at 11:44 pm
      • The Dark Herald Reply

        All true. And all dumb. Aside from a few junior enlisted who get unlucky in one way or another, the vast majority of the military that is over forty are generals, colonels, Sergeant Majors. The military would be performing a decapitation strike on itself. And while I have frequently fantasized about this very thing when I was in, I can appreciate the downside. I’ll get to the rest of the problems with its time travel rules in my review.

        July 9, 2021 at 12:28 am

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