Selected excerpts from reviews of Good news: Not only is the smart, sexy, sophisticated but still slambang sci-fi action-thriller not dead, it’s just gotten itself a potent shot in the arm by way of writer-director Rian Johnson.
is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a “very good” one, but a great one. The best advice is to not overthink
as Johnson’s already done that. Instead, just sit back and enjoy it. In short, for all its affectionate pastiche, is a humanist movie, and is all the better for it. If high-toned futuristic time-travel pictures with a splash of romance float your boat the way they do mine, you’ll have yourself a time. (Rian Johnson’s) grandly conceived, impressively mounted third feature shows a giddy, geeky interest in science-fiction, then forces it into the back seat and lets the multidimensional characters drive. It’s a science fiction film that gives you a lot of plot to chew on and some genuine moral dilemmas — about sacrifice, guilt, heinous crimes to protect the greater good and whatnot. Rian Johnson’s third and most ambitious feature keeps the action popping while sustaining interest in the long arc of a story about a man assigned to kill the 30-years-older version of himself. Stitched together with dynamism and precision
imagines a world just near enough to look familiar, and just futuristic enough to be chillingly askew.