Way better than expected and very entertaining, although I think you have to be a gamer to pick up on all the jokes. Reynolds is funny but in a kind of fresh way. The story is told well and makes sense. Solid entertainment!
SO DISAPPOINTED. Its like David Chase delivered a full season of episodes to HBO and they edited it down to a two hour compilation of random scenes. That's how it flows- like a bad youtube edit of scenes from an unreleased season. No buildup, no exposition, no logical continuity, just odd scenes strung together forcing you to guess at the deeper story. Most of the acting is phoned in, which makes Michael Gandolfini look like a natural. He's actually very good as young Tony, and Vera Farmiga does a good job as Livia. It would have been better if the story centered on that relationship anyway. I'm a huge Bernthal fan but yikes he was cardboard in this. The rest of the cast was trying to do a Sopranos tribute/parody. After about an hour I had the overwhelming urge to fast forward. Swing and a miss, HBO.
Oof. The only thing that saves this moronic spectacle is knowing that none of the stars really took it seriously and will be cashing big Disney checks. Its a movie based on a theme park ride for crying out loud. This movie is for kids who have never seen Goonies, Indiana Jones, Maverick, Romancing the Stone, Pirates of the Caribbean and all the other movies blatantly ripped off to cobble this thing together. Oh, and throw in the usual Disney social justice sermonizing as well, because we all know 1914 was the height of progressive ideas.
A little funny in some scenes. It may have been better if not trying to be a comedy. The chemistry between Carell and Byrne was tough to watch. Even worse with Carell and Davis. Yikes. It seems neither Carell or Stewart know how to do romance. As a political story it works a little better. You get the feeling a better movie was in there somewhere but it got subverted into a smarmy comedy. Too bad. The main plot twist was a great idea.