Johnson has taken a property—one that by this point has so many characters, so much mythology and so many requirements—and given us an actual movie. . . . His movie has a sense of humor about itself and a sense of joy, but its emotional generosity, even in the midst of all the extravagant green-screen work, is its best special effect. He’s taken Disney’s money and given the audience all the things money can’t buy: Instead of selling to us, he’s speaking to us. You can feel the difference.
December 13, 2017