The ingredients are there for an atypical romantic comedy, one that tries to navigate the tricky landscape of a modern romance, which all at once celebrates the independence of singlehood but pines for the fantasy of the perfect relationship.
The movie wants to make it out like Summer is just a good kid who’s fallen in with a bad crowd, but it never invests enough in her character to make it seem like she’s anything more than a bad egg.
It's kind of interesting at first, but it's obvious that there isn't anything behind these visuals.
The movie's meager attempts at sentiment and character development don't really work out.
This is a story of an abusive relationship that isn’t at all worth fighting for, but the film apparently can’t imagine happiness outside of the context of a relationship.
The film feels like it wanted to be more ambitious than what it turns out to be.
The movie doesn’t really seem eager to explore the consequences of the very premise of using a magic potion on someone.
The movie steers clear of sensationalizing that work as well, and so it is largely made up of scenes of people talking to other people, sometimes face-to-face, sometimes just over the phone.
The film makes a pretty big deal about how much more violent he is than other heroes, but it also makes clear that he is essentially a good guy, who is only taking on bad people.
It doesn't really attempt to capitalize on the potential of the genre mashup, the movie as a whole content with the lazy comedy inherent in seeing Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters wielding weapons against hordes of the undead.