In Review: The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

The Sharknado movie series finally comes to a conclusion with a bonkers mix of time travel with extra bite. 

Synopsis: Fin has to go back in time to rejoin his shark-battling friends to stop the first Sharknado and save humanity.

Review: The Sharknado movie series finally comes to a conclusion with a bonkers mix of time travel with extra bite. Picking the story up from where things left off we find Fin in the prehistoric age where he is eventually joined by his extended family of April, Nova, Bryan and the rest of the gang.

As always the film relies on the audience’s ability to pretty much have an appreciation for the absurd and literally delivers absurdity with pretty much every action beat and time travel twist. The film goes from prehistory to King Arthurs court to the American Revolution and beyond into the far future and back again.

The Story

The film’s story is pretty basic in that Fin has to travel through time to link up with his son Gil and put a stop to the very first Sharknado attack.

We wind up having a lot of fun along the way as the movie riffs off of Back To The Future and other popular franchise films with a variety of funny gags and tacky one-liners, which the actors seem to deliver with absolute glee while amazingly keeping a straight face.

We have fun in Camelot where Fin sees of a Sharknado by using Excalibur, which looks surprisingly like a medieval chainsaw, or should that be sword? We also have some fantastic guest actors in this segment with ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’s’ Marina Sirtis playing Winter and the fantastic Neil deGrasse Tyson as Merlin.

From Camelot, we head to the American War of Independence and the British are coming, but they have sent an advance army of sharks, which they say they will use to their advantage. But their plans are still foiled by a combination of Fin and of course the French Blockade, which amazingly survives the Sharknado. I guess there must being something in that French fondness of frogs legs.

After helping win that battle. Fin and his friends head to the wild west and then to the 1970’s where Fin meets the folks. His mum looks suspiciously like Tori Spelling. And then to the far future where things get really wacky on the ‘Planet Of The April’s’

It’s fair to say that the time travel element is used to great effect in the fun and stupidly inventive ways that only a Sharknado film can.

The Acting

Ok. So you will have many of the more serious-minded folks commenting and calling this cast B-List and all. But I have to take my hat off to Ian Ziering for managing to retain a straight face throughout all of these films. In fact, all the cast deserve kudos for managing to deliver many of the cheesy one-liners and make the gags work without cracking up. I’d love to see the blooper reels for these movies some day.

Tara Reid was amazingly camp in her many roles throughout this film. And much like Ziering has some seriously funny material to work with.

CGI

I’m not sure if it is just me that thinks this. But having followed this series of movies from its beginning in 2013. I could swear that the CGI has improved.

Among favorite moments in the film is when we see the team flying around on a Pterrordactyl. I’d so love to fly one of those things and descend on the houses of parliament and take over our government. It would be such fun.

I also loved the futuristic robotic sharks we seen on ‘Planet Of The April’s’. Is it just me or could we end up with another franchise here?

Overall

Overall. This film does an excellent job of wrapping things up. And Fin and his family get to have their happily ever after. At least we hope so. Unless they wind up fighting some other bizarre threat that will tickle our funny bones.

 

9.1
The Last Sharknado: It's About Time
  • Story
    9.0
  • Acting
    9.5
  • CGI
    9.2
  • Incidental Music
    8.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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