If you can wade through the first third's disappointing jump scares, undefined style, and lurid pacing, the second half of Malignant delivers a few surprises, interesting ideas, and some gorily cool action.
Despite Kenneth Branagh's eye for image and two devoted lead performances, Sleuth begins as merely coarsely written in a coldly lifeless setting before going further off the rails in the third act losing all intent and comprehension.
Unable to decide whether it wants to do horror or comedy and ultimately deciding on neither, Wolf of Snow Hollow is left to rely on bizarre logic, fundamentally "off" dialogue, and an unlikable lead character, which can all sadly be attributed to Jim Cummings.
Gal Gadot still shines in the lead role and the rest of the cast does their best with what they're given but WW84's silly script, overly bright style, and ridiculous action that rarely excites is a heartbreaking downgrade from the first movie.
The Last Shift benefits from the chemistry of its leads and begins with plenty of warmth, but it quickly loses both as the film dissolves losing its purpose, focus, and likability, leaving many lingering questions and a cynical outlook.