This became way longer than I expected. I'm not even a hardcore Monster Hunter fan, I've only played Monster Hunter World (and Iceborne), and really liked it. But even I was really disappointed after watching this movie.
Going in my expectations were quite low, but this movie managed even to go below my expectations. I was hoping it would at least be entertaining to watch for the action and effects and such, but no, not even that. I'm usually fine with "bad" movies as long as they have some kind of charm to them, but this one definitely doesn't have that.
I knew from the trailers that this movie was going to jump between the Monster Hunter universe and our world. I thought it sounded like a bad idea, and it was. It's a terrible attempt at making a Monster Hunter movie. It's not even that good as just an action movie, it doesn't even deliver on that.
There's absolutely no focus on anything, it's all over the place. They were trying to make a movie that would cater to both Monster Hunter fans and people who don't even know what Monster Hunter is. But they end up with a movie that feels like it isn't made for the Monster Hunter fans or non-fans.
The look of the monsters (the few that were in there) and the weapons was pretty much the only thing they got right. The action scenes were made more like car chase scenes than fights with big monsters. They got a lot of things wrong in general. Like killing Rathalos with fire for example. And there's so many things in general that doesn't make sense, where I just asked: why! None of the environments looked like it was part of the Monster Hunter universe, imo.
Poor Tony Jaa, he had the best character in the movie and didn't even get to be the main character (Milla Jovovich character was). Ron Perlman (who I normally like as an actor) looks and acts like a bum version of the Admiral.
Paul W.S. Anderson claims in the extras on the disc that he is a big fan of the Monster Hunter games, but I call BS on that. Uwe Boll would've been proud of this movie.
Luckily I didn't pay much for my (blu-ray) copy of the movie.