Jean-Paul’s Rating: 2/5 stars
Bottom Line: Just like the original movie but with none of the charisma.
“Independence Day: Resurgence” answers the question; can Will Smith take a completely mediocre movie and make it a blockbuster success by sheer charm alone? No one was really asking that question, but the answer is indubitably yes. The two movies are almost interchangeable plot wise, but this sequel has all of the charm of a toaster with a fork stuck in it.
It is unclear how they got so many of the original stars to return to make this film. My only guess is boatloads of money. In some cases, even that appeared to be not enough. Case in point: Bill Pullman. I imagine the negotiations going somewhat like this:
Producers: Here’s the script, come on and do the sequel.
Pullman: *reads script and momentarily channels Will Smith* Aw, hell no!
Producers: Here is a boatload of money.
Pullman: Tempting, but not enough.
Producers: That’s all the money we have. We blew the rest on alcohol and drank ourselves stupid when we realized how crappy the script is. Is there anything else we can offer you? *holds out a can of PBR*
Pullman: *shotguns the PBR* Ok, I’ll do it, but I’m going to be drunk for the entire production!
You watch the movie and tell me I’m wrong.
Though I am loathe to admit it, I did still somewhat enjoy the movie. It required two things: 1) letting go of all of my critical thinking skills, 2) some really bad dialogue. First some set up. Generically Handsome Dude #1 (Liam “the lesser” Hemsworth) and Generically Beautiful Chick 1 (Maika Monroe) are in a generic relationship and GBC#1 wants GBD#1 to look at houses she has sent him but he hasn’t quite gotten around to it. Aliens then attack (spoiler!) and cause devastation the likes of which the Earth has never seen. While rushing off to fight the aliens, GBD#1 mentions that he looked at the houses and has picked the one they will buy together. How he has had the time to do this while not having a second of time to spare is beyond me. GBC#1 is all happy that her man has made this incredibly important decision for her. GBD#1 then says, “If it’s still there…” And they both have a good laugh. At this point, I whisper to my brother, “It’s funny because billions of people have just died.” And that’s how I learned to stop worrying and love ID:R.
I miss you Will Smith. Generic Black Dude #1 (Jessie T. Usher) could not replace you. Even the movie missed you as it showed your portrait on the wall and copious lines of dialogue were spilled about you to try to get your magic back. Alas, it was not to be. Thus, “Independence Day: Resurgence” will go down in history as the film that answered the question, yes, a single soul can save a relentlessly mediocre movie.