Terminator: Dark Fate Buzz: Best Film in the Franchise Since T2: Judgement Day
Today has been all about good early buzz. First came the news about how much journalists who saw some footage for The Mandalorian are loving Disney +’s upcoming new series, the first-ever live-action Star Wars show. Now, the initial reactions surrounding Tim Miller’s Terminator: Dark Fate have surfaced, and they, too, are really positive.
There are a few themes you’ll notice in the reactions. One is that Linda Hamilton’s return to the franchise is absolutely key to the success and joy of Dark Fate. Sarah Connor returns (as does Arnold Schwarzenegger as a grizzled, “retired” Terminator who goes by the name Carl) when a new threat arrives in the form of Gabriel Luna’s brutally efficient Terminator. Another theme you’ll notice is how thrilled people are about Mackenzie Davis’s Grace, a machine fighter who seems to be every bit as tough as Hamilton’s legendary Connor. Sarah Connor, Grace, and “Carl” team up to help Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), who is the target that Luna’s Terminator is out to destroy.
Let’s take a tour across Twitter for a spoiler-free look at the early reactions. Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on November 1, 2019.
Excited to report Terminator: Dark Fate is the best sequel in the franchise since T2. It’s a “return to basics” movie — reminiscent of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in that way — but the new heroes are fantastic, it’s great to see the legends kicking ass, and the action is great. pic.twitter.com/aAHSXhFyA4
— Evil Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) October 21, 2019
Is #TerminatorDarkFate the best since T2? Yup. Linda Hamilton’s return makes a BIG difference, Mackenzie Davis kicks all the ass, & Natalia Reyes is an excellent anchor. Gabriel Luna’s Rev-9 is a winner too. Physicality, VFX, fights – all spot on! Glad they gave this another go. pic.twitter.com/4Q1FNN49Hw
— Perri Nemiratu (@PNemiroff) October 21, 2019
Oh the film, you ask? It’s solid. Super well articulated action. Linda Hamilton is aces. Easily the best sequel since T2. #DarkFate takes The Force Awakens’ “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality to Cameron’s films and turns out it ain’t broke.
— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) October 21, 2019
So #TerminatorDarkFate is T1+T2 with a modern message. It quietly says a lot about the Latinx experience & who the future depends on. I have *small* issues w/ it but its action packed & a great reboot of the franchise. Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis & Natalia Reyes are QUEENS!
— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) October 21, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate is basically Terminator: The Force Awakens. A satisfying, exciting reboot that’s essentially the best parts of T1 & T2 in a blender. Davis, Reyes & Hamilton are excellent, the action wows & while it’s familiar, it’s easily the best T3 yet. Terminator is back pic.twitter.com/W1emrXIq5C
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) October 21, 2019
#TerminatorDarkFate is the best of the TERMINATOR sequels after T2. Easily among the year’s most entertaining action films, it’s thrilling, intense & non-stop, but also a sweet story about making things right. Arnold is great & Linda rules, but Mackenzie Davis THROWS DOWN pic.twitter.com/8TQ4Gpkkdr
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) October 21, 2019
Featured image: Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Conner in ‘Terminator: Dark Fate.’ Courtesy Paramount Pictures