Kevin Durant’s movie officially opens tonight in select theaters. I don’t think we’re going to be talking about an “Avengers” level blockbuster here with lines to get into the theater, but it seems that the movie has created a decent amount of buzz. At least in Oklahoma City.
So far on Rotten Tomatoes, “Thunderstruck” is running at 17% on the Tomatometer. Which means it’s better than “The Watch” and almost as good as “Total Recall.” Only six reviews are in for “Thunderstruck,” but let’s see what the critics are saying:
“Sells itself on durable messages about strong work ethic, the importance of community relations and playing to one’s individual potential.” — Sean O’Connell, Washington Post
“This ‘Freaky Friday’ with basketball keeps throwing airballs.” — Nell Minow, Beliefnet
“Bland, feebly acted comedy, concentrating more on laughs and half-realized messages of adolescent responsibility than solidifying a truly bizarre premise.” — Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.net
“What should have otherwise been an easy layup of a film bounces off the backboard and rim, and misses its shot at being something special.” — Jim Judy, Screen It
“An innocuous boys’ wish-fulfillment fantasy…that would be more at home on a family-friendly cable channel….But boys of a certain age–and their sports-minded dads–probably won’t mind.” — Frank Swietek, One Guy’s Opinion
“‘Thunderstruck’ isn’t especially funny or exciting, and its muddled lesson is about as convincing as Marv Albert’s luxuriant russet wig. But it’s not terrible.” — Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Honestly, I think that should be the thing they plaster on all the commercials and DVD boxes and posters about the movie. “It’s not terrible.” Because we all know what this is. We all know what to expect. But the fact someone would say, “It’s not terrible” is a glowing review in my mind.
Hewitt also says this in his review though: “Mush-mouthed NBA star Kevin Durant’s performance isn’t very good in ‘Thunderstruck,’ but I bet he acts better than Anthony Hopkins sinks three-pointers.” So that’s not as glowing.
And there’s this review from 15-year-old Harrison Lott for the Oklahoma Gazette: “I wouldn’t recommend Thunderstruck to anyone, except maybe little boys ages 5 to 10. I still like KD and the Thunder the same, but the movie is boring and dumb. I don’t want to see Kevin Durant do another movie, because he’s better at basketball.”