(This review may contain spoilers).
It was really good to see the origin of the ongoing game of tag. I liked the opportunity to see each of the main characters in something of their lives outside of the game – but I would have liked more details of their lives outside of the game. For instance, Hoagie and Anna had children – but very little was shown about them.
I liked how the game of tag was shown to draw the friends together, but at the same time, the characters did come across as kind of jerks. Jerry was the worst with how he treated his friends, but the refusal to let others play kind of put me off the other main characters.
There were some really good elements of humour in this movie, but also some scenes that were really gross and disturbing – more a case of adult humour I felt was only included for the shock value.
I did think it was good to see that the characters had issues and problems, though it seemed like those problems were ignored or even made light of by the others in the movie. While that attitude did fit in with what was shown of the previous games, I would have liked to see more of the serious moments mixed with the humour. The characters were supposed to be close friends, but it didn’t really feel like that to me.
This movie was a lot of fun to watch and I especially enjoyed seeing Hoagie, the ‘master of disguise’, come up with different looks to try and trick the others.
While I didn’t like Jerry as much as the others, I did find it amusing to get inside his head at times – as by the end of the movie, he’d grown on me a whole lot more. I still didn’t like Susan, though.
This movie was good and heavy on the humour, but I felt like it fell short on the more serious aspects. I did enjoy watching it, but I’m not sure I’d rush to see it again in the future.