Mortal Engines is in theaters on December 14th, 2018.

Let me start off with answering one of the most asked questions in regards to movies: No, I didn't read the book. I haven't read a single book in the Mortal Engines Quartet so I guess that's why I had an open mind about this movie. I won't be able to provide a comparison in regards to the movie and the book, but I will be able to provide an outsiders perspective on it. The movie was visually captivating and seeing it in IMAX pushed that boundary even further. The visual appeal tried to mask what was missing in the story, and it worked a few times honestly.

The build up of the main character, Hester Shaw, was pretty much the only character build up there was. Just like any movie, there are character deaths as well as new beginnings. The movie didn't do a tremendous job at giving you enough motivation to want to see a character live based solely on their story, but more so on their personality and interactions. If you forget all of the little things and look through to the much bigger plot, then this is honestly a good movie.

It has some very direct jabs to the current political climate and really shows a bigger picture in a “what if" scenario. Not too many things mentioned are out of the question if things go south, so take Hester's advice: don't go down south. Could some things be better? Of course, but what movie is perfect? Did I like the movie? Yes, and I would absolutely recommend seeing it if you're not too picky on all the little things.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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