Summer is the time of year when ridiculous movies are released. This year’s contender for most ridiculous film is The Meg, which is about a prehistoric shark out for vengeance. While The Meg might sound dumb on paper, it is easily the funniest B-movie I have seen in a long time. The fact that The Meg is self-aware and knows that it is absurd is the best part of the entire film. Keeping things light and silly instead of dark and serious is what makes The Meg a fun August film.
I was sold on The Meg when I saw it was about Jason Statham battling a prehistoric shark called a megalodon. Yes, it is crazy, but it’s a film that keeps on giving with amazingly cheesy one-liners and a shark that not only wants personal vengeance on Statham, but wants to eat anything that moves. What could go wrong when a megalodon escapes from the depths of the ocean floor? You name it, it happens in The Meg. At its core, this is a silly film that begs you to laugh at the craziness that occurs onscreen.
The Meg is pretty much the comedic version of Jaws. You are supposed to view the film as a comedy, otherwise it will seem dumb. The writers did a good job of keeping the script light and funny. With the surprising success of its opening weekend box office gross and how fun the film is, I can envision a whole franchise of Meg films much like the Sharknado series. The acting and dialogue are supposed to be cheesy and make you roll your eyes, but that’s also half the fun. If you go in with an open mind and low expectations, you will have a good time.
The only downfall of The Meg is that is tries to be serious a few times. The film fails when it wants to be serious because it’s not bad enough to be funny. Those scenes are left in a murky grey area. Also, Rainn Wilson was underused in the film and could have added a lot more to the cheesiness. However, if you have a good sense of humor and like ridiculous action films, then The Meg is for you. Statham is the perfect choice for this film and has the best unrealistic moments out of all the actors. The Meg is a fun end-of-summer film that should be appreciated for how ridiculous it is. It’s not great and it’s not bad, but it’s one of the better decent B-movies you will see this year.
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