Image from the movie 'Predator'
Image from the movie 'Predator'

The Predator is a fearsome monster, but director Shane Black messed with an even bigger monster: not deciding on a tone.

I had suspicions about this movie right when Shane Black was announced as the director. As a director, he is best known for his buddy cop action comedies, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “The Nice Guys.” Both are great satires on the action genre, and really great movies. However, the most mainstream movie he’s made was 2013’s “Iron Man 3”.

Though Iron Man 3 was a solid movie, it suffered massively from overplaying comedy which hurt the underlying emotions. At its core, the film is about a superhero suffering from PTSD and an existential crisis, and him learning to overcome it. However, none of it is felt because Shane Black thought he could have equal parts comedy and drama throughout the entire movie.

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