Spoiler-Free Review of “Red Notice” on Netflix: Indiana Jones Rip-Off is Actually a lot of Fun

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“What are we stealing?”

Red Notice premiered on November 12th 2021 on Netflix. The action-comedy film stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. It runs for just under two hours.

An Interpol agent attempts to catch the world’s most notorious art thief, but quickly realizes this task is far from easy…

Here is the trailer:

Red Notice is basically Indiana Jones meets National Treasure in a lot of ways, but it does have a great cast and a lot of flashy effects to hold your attention. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

Images courtesy of Netflix

Fun banter between the cast.

I really liked the dynamic between all three characters in this film. I don’t think that any of the actors really strayed from their comfort zone, but that’s okay. The film was a lot of fun because of this dynamic and I can’t say enough good things about Gal Gadot’s wardrobe.

I’d love to raid her closet!

I was worried that this film would miss the mark in the humor department, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was actually laughing. The humor worked for me, which was something I struggled with when I tried to connect with Netflix’s Army of Thieves.

Images courtesy of Netflix

An entertaining heist.

Even though this film seemed like a rip-off of Indiana Jones, National Treasure and even Jungle Cruise in a lot of ways, it still had an interesting and fun heist at its core, which kept me invested in the movie.

The Cons:

Images courtesy of Netflix

I didn’t need all of the flashy effects…

It’s obvious that a lot of money went into these effects, but I honestly didn’t need them. The best part of the movie was the banter between the characters and the mystery behind the heist. Sure, there were some fun action sequences that kept up the pace, but the effects just felt cheesy and overdone.

Predictable.

I’ve seen this type of movie before and while I enjoyed it, it didn’t really do anything that original. It does throw a few curve balls our way (which I appreciated), but don’t expect to watch anything truly extraordinary here.

It was still entertaining though…

So am I in or out?

Images courtesy of Netflix

I’m in!

Even though I knew what to expect with this movie, I had a blast watching it. It was entertaining and actually really funny. I loved the dynamic between the characters and thoroughly enjoyed my watch.

If you’re looking for a quick comedy-action film to enjoy, you’re in the right place!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Red Notice in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

READ IF YOU DARE…

Dash and Seek is available here!

**If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

Spoiler-Free Review of “The Lost Symbol” on Peacock: Back to the Mystery

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“It’s buried out there somewhere…”

The Lost Symbol premiered on Peacock on September 16th 2021. There will be ten episodes in total airing weekly on the streaming service. The mystery thriller series stars Ashley Zukerman, Valorie Curry, Sumalee Montano and Rick Gonzalez. Each episode runs for approximately 45 minutes.

The Lost Symbol is a prequel to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code series as we follow Professor Robert Langdon at Harvard University. He must solve a series of puzzles and mysteries to rescue his kidnapped mentor, leading to plenty of conspiracy theories along the way. 

Here is the trailer:

The Lost Symbol brings us back into this mysterious world, but this is not the first prequel series we have seen based on a popular book and movie franchise. Does The Lost Symbol do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

Images courtesy of Peacock

Jumps right into things.

Series like this can usually take a while to get going with all of the set-up and world building, but I was pleasantly surprised that we really jumped right into things with the pilot episode. The pacing was done extremely well and I was invested in the mystery at the core.

Decent characters.

So far I like the character dynamics and I think that the cast is promising as well. There are some tropes going on already, but I think that we have the opportunity to really explore a young Langdon and see how things developed in the beginning.

The Cons:

Images courtesy of Peacock

Nothing truly extraordinary going on just yet.

That doesn’t mean that we won’t get there, but this show could easily lose steam and its audience if it doesn’t keep the plot exciting and fresh. The mystery is interesting but I’ve seen this type of show before and it needs to be careful about how it approaches the next episodes to keep us coming back for more.

So am I in or out?

Images courtesy of Peacock

I’m in about 75 percent…

This show was a lot better than I thought it would be. It has a National Treasure meets The Librarians feel which could pull in a new audience separate from fans of Dan Brown’s works. That being said, it needs to keep up the pacing and throw in plenty of curve balls along the way to keep things from becoming stale.

I’m in for now and excited to see what happens next.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Lost Symbol in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now!

Play if you dare…

Dash and Seek is available here!

**If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!