Disney+ Bonus for December

Disney+ subscribers can enjoy a Christmas bonus with Wētā Workshop wizardry: the streamer is adding sci-fi thriller The Creator to its December line-up.

Starring John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson, Allison Janney and newcomer Madeleine Yuna Voyles, it’s set amid a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence. Reads the blurb:

Joshua (Washington), a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife (Chan), is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war … and mankind itself.

Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory, only to discover the world-ending weapon he’s been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child (Voyles).

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards wrote the screenplay with Rogue One collaborator Chris Weitz.

It averaged a 66% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which summed it up thus: “Visually stunning and packed with spectacular set pieces, The Creator serves up timely, well-acted sci-fi that satisfies in the moment even if it lacks substance.”

But in NZ, Flicks thought it “a slog, overly grim and sloppily assembled” while Stuff headlined its review, “Not much new to see here, gorgeous as it looks”.

“Go for the delectable cinematic experience – including the Hans Zimmer score – but keep other expectations under control,” was Newshub’s advice.

The Creator lands the same day as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which is garnering some of the best advance reviews yet for a Disney+ original.

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