I come from a family of happy nerds, and on June 30th, we were sitting in theaters, ready for the midnight showing of Terminator: Genisys. My favorite Terminator movie is the second installment. The first was a fun slasher-style sci-fi with robots (and my favorite character dies. Again) but the second was deeper and better and more exciting and more emotional and more everything. As for the others, well – we don’t speak of those. I enjoyed Genisys as much as I enjoyed the second Terminator movie – although, if I’m being perfectly honest and objective, I would have probably enjoyed it less had two of my favorite actors (Jai Courtney, Byung-Hun Lee) and my girlcrush (Emilia Clarke) not been in it. Still, even then it was almost as good as the second Terminator movie, and I’m here to tell you why you should go see it.
Note: This is a spoiler-free post. There is nothing here to ruin your cinematic experience.
• Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not gonna lie – this is my favorite role of his, ever, and I love Arnold movies. They’re all campy, strangely thought-provoking, ridiculously unrealistic, and super fun, but his role as Pops beat out all his others. You will fall in love with this Terminator – even over the Terminator in #2. (He even made me cry a couple times. I kid you not.)
• Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. I love seeing Sarah as this tiny, tough, adorable, dangerous, gun-toting woman, and Emilia Clarke did a great job with her. Her relationship with Pops was freaking adorable, and I loved every second of it. She was a fun juxtaposition to Kyle – they had a bit of a Spock and McCoy vibe, with Sarah being the hard, logical, yet not unbendable one and Kyle being the emotional warrior.
• The special effects. They looked pretty bad in the trailer, but on the big screen they’re quite impressive – even the time-travelling Schwarzenegger Terminator was well done (and it looked terrible in the trailer).