The Meg (Yeah)
OPENED: August 10, 2018 LENGTH: 1 hour/ 53 minutes
Let me just get this out in the open: I am claustrophobic (see what I did there?). In The Meg, when folks aren't getting terrorized by prehistoric sea monsters, they're trapped inside a submarine or a plastic beach ball or a shark cage or a helicopter or being dragged to the bottom of the ocean.
I spent most of the almost two hours of The Meg trying my best to STAY CALM & NOT HYPERVENTILATE.
Page Kennedy is the only Black actor that spends more than a few moments on screen. He plays a wise-cracking scientist, and he definitely got a lot of laughs. The character was a little too close to a the cowardly Black-man-scared-of-everything stereotype for my liking, but it wasn't egregious.
On another note, there were a lot of very young children in the theater, which I found disturbing. Many people ignore movie ratings, but The Meg is aptly rated PG-13. I don't care if the movie has an adorable young actress in it, this is not a movie for kids. I rarely make exceptions about bringing young children to PG-13 movies. If we are going to sit our babies in front of a screen to just soak up every image and message, they must be positive- like Black Panther.