I'm being a bit harsh on this because of the utter disappointment I had when I watched this movie after reading the infinitely better book. One of the many issues I had with this movie is the number of plots and subplots left out from the book. The excuse "But it's a movie adaptation of a book, they can't put everything in, it would make it too long!". I can take that to an extent, but they leave too many of those moments, thus causing plotholes non-existant in the book. Although the actors were good, sometimes the characters felt a bit out of character. But that's really just a minor problem compared to this one. One of the worst problems is that it's just important part after important part after important part, it really feels like there's not a relaxing moment where you can connect to the characters. An excuse is that "It makes the movie more exciting!". But with only important plots, it feels like there's no depth to the movie whatsoever. It also spent too little time in their hometown, Flint. It was about 20-30 minutes long that the characters were there, so it felt really rushed. They even went as far as removing a character from the book called Rufus. I was really ticked off with that decision because I find him one of the more interesting characters. Mom felt more laid back when in the book, she was really strict. I liked her outrageous character in the book and removing that trait really ruined her character. Although I do like the black people fighting back, that wasn't enough to save this movie. And moments like when
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the church got bombed I wasn't terrified like I was in the book. It felt like they wanted to make it emotional, but failed horribly. I know this review was way too long and should have been a lot shorter, but I want to show how this movie is bad. It's fine if you like it, but you should consider reading the book first before saying that I'm hating on it for no reason. Overall, I was extremely disappointed. Read the book before watching this to have more of a detailed version of The Watsons.
This is one of the best movies to come out in the first half of 2018. The ending wasn't the generic "Oh everyone is saved, yay!", although it is very likely they will bring back Spiderman, Black Panther, and other characters that made a lot of money.