This movie was not made for me. I am very clear on that fact. It was made for the people clapping and hollering in my theater. Good for them.
There is nothing I can tell you in this blog that you can’t figure out by watching the trailer. Angel, baby, save the world, battle blah blah blah. That’s the meat right there. There is an Angel and a baby that will save the world from a vengeful God. Some how that is dragged to fill 140 minutes.
I’m going to break it down into pros and cons, pros first:
*The cinematography and the direction were interesting. I liked the way it was shot.
*Paul Bettany is adorable and can act. I’m glad he can spread his wings (pun pun pun!) and do something actiony. I’m sure Creation isn’t raking in the big bucks. But he may do well to continue playing Darwin esque characters as I’m not sure I bought him as one of God’s minions.
Sadly, I think that’s it for pros. The cons list is going to be substantially longer. But I will preface it by saying again, I know this film was not made for me. Here comes the cons:
*The acting and dialogue was atrocious.
*There was far too much down time. I don’t want to hear a bunch of undeveloped characters prattle on.
*There was far too little action. See above, but it would have been forgivable if the quiet times were used to make us care about these people. Instead you get Tyrese delivering an empty speech on when he “was a shorty”.
*Where were all the demon/angels? That’s the hook of this film; Doug Jones’ ice cream man and the little old lady. I wish we could have gotten a few more crazy characters.
*The man who will save us all is named Jeep. Just think about that for a while.
If you go and see Legion, I hope you enjoy it. I didn’t. It could have been like The Mist. Instead it was trite.
(edit to include the following: I JUST realized why “Jeep” was so G-D familiar! He was Caleb Temple in American Gothic! Damn, wish I had known that going in, may have liked it more…)