There’s two types of films director Paul W.S. Anderson loves to make these days: Video game movies and movie where he can cast his wife, Milla Jovovich in the lead.
Monster Hunter is a 2020 science fantasy action kaiju film produced, written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom. The film stars Anderson’s aforementioned wife Milla Jovovich in their fifth time working together as director and lead actor. The other cast members include Tony Jaa, Tip “T. I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung, and Ron Perlman.
Not that anyone who isn’t named Milla or Tony matters in this film anyways. Every other character is just there pretty much to be canon fodder for the large behemoth creatures that roam the land.
And let me just say the creatures in this film are pretty awesome looking. An argument can be made for a few poorly rendered CGI scenes but for the most part all the monsters look good. It’s the humans that are the problem in this film.
Milla Jovovich’s team of soldiers is quickly dispatched and Tony Jaa’s character who is a hunter of the inter dimensional lands doesn’t speak any English. So a lot of the film is yelling, grunts, and Milla’s character simply talking to herself. The only other English speaking character played by Ron Perlman isn’t even introduced formerly until the last 20 minutes of the damn film.
But at the end of the day this movie isn’t meant to have fully formed characters or interesting dialogue. It has big swords and big monsters instead. If you don’t mind just checking that out for two hours then this is the film for you!
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience gives Monster Hunter a very slight recommend.