August Keller

@WritesAugust

Often superficial yet dabbling in unexpectedly heartfelt moments, Blockers spends time being both a raunchy comedy & a platform for social awareness. Yes, the technical execution of this movie is generally lacking but proper praise must be given for its attempts at some actual themes while blending everything to a satisfactory level. Essentially, Blockers gets some broad strokes right but regrettably whiffs on a multitude of details.

For example, many performances by the cast are endearing (especially from the younger members) but the headliners were rather inconsistent in hitting their notes. Meanwhile, the writing touches on important subjects but uses many shortcuts to get its audience there, leaving moments unearned. There are fun sound & cinematic choices (I always love a good dolly zoom) but Blockers goes through bland motions as well (upfront montages feel tacky). Overall, Blockers does enough well yet so much wrong that it feelings like the definition of a mixed bag. Surprisingly redeeming yet far from a must see, Blockers is a toss up.

Writing: 4/10
Direction: 5/10
Cinematography: 5/10
Acting: 4/10
Editing: 4/10
Sound: 6/10
Score/Soundtrack: 5/10
Production Design: 5/10
Casting: 6/10
Effects: 6/10

Overall Score: 5.0/10