Parents' Guide to

Watch the Sky

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Clunky, awkward alien movie has peril, language.

Movie NR 2018 87 minutes
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part 2?

good need part 2

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This is a clinic on how not to make a movie. It's only 83 minutes long, but could easily be half that length. There are scenes that serve no discernible purpose. There's dialogue that's clunky and repetitive and does absolutely nothing to advance the story. Attempts at humor are awkward at best, excruciating at worst. With enough editing, the central story of two brothers bonding on an extraterrestrial adventure could have been something. Instead, that story gets lost in the morass of flat scenes that go on way too long.

And for kids expecting to see some aliens, the wait for that to happen, coupled with the amateurish slow pace of the movie, might have them literally watching the sky instead of the screen. Minutes of the movie are wasted getting to know minor characters when their introductions could be dispensed with in seconds. Instead, with the introduction of each new character, any story momentum comes to a screeching halt. The result is a plodding disappointment. But rest assured: The movie's Hunger Games franchise-style cliffhanger ending leaves no denying that a sequel is intended. Here's hoping that everyone involved with Watch the Sky learns from their mistakes.

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