Gareth Edwards has directed “one of the best films of the year”, according to initial reactions to his new movie.
The filmmaker, whose previous credits include Monsters and Godzilla, is on the cusp of releasing The Creator, a science-fiction thriller starring Tenet actor John David Washington and Gemma Chan.
The Creator, which also stars Ken Watanabe and Allison Janney, is set in a dystopian world in which the human race is in a war against artifical intelligence.
It follows Washington’s ex-special forces agent, Joshua, who is recruited to kill the creator of a mysterious weapon that has the power to end the war by destroying mankind.
On Monday (18 September), the film had its first screening for critics, who swiflty shared ther verdicts on X/Twitter.
That Hashtag Show's Hunter Bolding compared the film to sci-fi heavyweights Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Alien and Star Wars, stating: “Gareth Edwards doesn’t miss with The Creator. It’s easily among the best films of the year.”
Critic Courtney Howard called The Creator "profound on every level" and "one of the best original sci-fi epics in years", while Film Speak host Griffin Schiller described Edwards's film as "a masterful piece of original sc-fi".
Screen Rant writer Joseph Deckelmeier concurred that The Creator is "one of the year's best movies", also branding it "a masterpiece".
Find more reactions to the film below.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) September 19, 2023
#TheCreator is a massive feat for the sci-fi genre and the all-too-rare original blockbuster.
It's the culmination of Gareth Edwards' career so far, and it's the ultimate version of the type of movie he's been making since 2010's 'Monsters.'
More of this, please. pic.twitter.com/9gOnEpPa4K
— Brian Davids (@PickYourBrian) September 19, 2023
Gareth Edwards shows that he is BACK and better than ever. #TheCreator is a jaw-dropping, remarkable cinematic experience. A touching story with incredible visuals and a great cast. Definitely one of the best surprises of the year.
Full review coming next week. pic.twitter.com/AzCMoxzrgf
— The Hollywood Handle (@hollywoodhandle) September 19, 2023
The Creator, which Edwards co-wrote with Chris Weitz, is in cinemas on 29 September.
Edwards’s Rogue One is considered by many to be one of the best Star Wars spin-offs since Disney relaunched the franchise with JJ Abrams’s The Force Awakens in 2015.
Rogue One starred Felicity Jones and Diegu Luna, and grossed over $1bn in 2016.
Luna reprised his role of Cassian Andor for an standalone series, which was released to acclaim on Disney+ in 2022.