Let’s not be mistaken. If there’s one thing that Skyscraper definitely is, it’s the perfect popcorn flick. Skyscraper is meant to be enjoyed with buttery popcorn, your favorite candy, and a theater full of people that will laugh and gasp alongside you. Laughter, for the slight inconsistences in the movie and the movie’s apparent love of duct tape and, gasps, for the genuinely heart-pounding and shocking moments in the film.
Skyscraper is not a bad movie, albeit a little silly. Honestly, I would say Skyscraper is a surprisingly good movie, despite its silliness and lack of basic physics and logic. Skyscraper is an endearing, summer blockbuster that delivers all the shocks and gasps of an action movie. The film made good use of the big screen and the spectacle of the stunts and action sequences. There were inventive set pieces constructed by the director and writer Rawson Marshall Thurber.
But if there’s one thing Rawson Marshall Thurber needs, it’s a co-writer. While Thurber is surprisingly good at constructing set pieces, action scenes, and fight scenes, the clunky dialogue and the lack of logic in the film is very hard to ignore, along with the similarity to movies like The Towering Inferno and Die Hard. While the movie tried to differentiate itself from similar movies before it, the thought of Die Hard is something that weighed the movie down.
Something shocking that the movie accomplished was the vulnerability of Dwayne Johnson’s character, Will Sawyer. It is a credit to Johnson that someone with as big of a stature as him, still came off as vulnerable, both physically and emotionally. The fact that Johnson’s character was an amputee was something that was integrated into the film and it was great the Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell portrayed an ex-military couple. It was realistic how they found each other and their relationship with each other and their children was very sweet.
Also, the Hong Kong setting of the movie was captivating and the use of Chinese supporting characters instead of just Chinese extras brought a breath of fresh air that the movie need.
In conclusion, I would describe Skyscraper as a fun popcorn movie that is a thrill ride and worth a trip to the cinema, maybe as a matinee.