Most Wanted for Film Crimes
By Stevan Crary
What do “Toy Story,” “The Godfather,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” “Terminator,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” have in common? They are all super memorable films that most people could likely identify with, even if the film was made before they were born. Watching living toys and short people cross a fantasy land is memorable because they tell compelling stories by treating the audience as intellectuals.
Netflix’s “Red Notice,” starring Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, and Gal Gadot, is a complete failure because it holds the audience’s hand and believes that the sensationally attractive cast will save the story.  Additionally, they neglect adding the storytelling secret sauces that make any delicious recipe taste like a sunrise and ice cream had a baby on your tongue.
The first and most crucial secret sauce to a good story that “Red Notice” ignored is that audiences love being treated like the geniuses they are. Statista, a German statistics company that specializes in market and consumer data, reported that in “2020, U.S. adults spent 209 minutes (three hours and 29 minutes) per day watching TV video content, and 103 minutes (one hour and 43 minutes) per day watching digital video on devices.” 
People are video connoisseurs. This is primarily due to lots of exposure…thanks 21st century. This is the point where “Red Notice” beached their ship on the island of failure. Instead of letting the audience figure out the various twists in the movie, they allowed Mr. Smolder, Mr. Satire, and Wonder Woman explain each turn of the film. The twists could have been more satisfying if they were discovered instead of told. It took the fun of putting the puzzle pieces together. Most people appreciate being treated as enlightened connoisseurs.
Secondly, the story wasn’t original: “The Red Notice cocktail of Johnson, Gadot, and Reynolds may look delicious from a distance,” said the notable Rotten Tomatoes critic Tom Santilli, “but an ounce of originality is the missing ingredient that might have made it go down a bit smoother.”  A common saying in Hollywood basically states that there is no such thing as an original movie, but the same story can feel new with a unique twist. One could clearly see the hat being tilted towards “Indiana Jones” and “6 Underground.” Still, it lacked the freshness of a unique twist on those genres.
This movie belly flopped and lacked the secret ingredients passed down through 120 years of film history. With that said, it has Ryan Reynolds. That is all the secret sauce you’ll ever need.
- Thurber, R. (Director). (2021). Red Notice [Motion picture]. Netflix.
- Stoll, J. (2021, July 14). U.S. video consumption by device 2023. Statista. https://bit.ly/3kzaSVQ
- Review: ‘red notice’ mails it in. Movie Show Plus. (n.d.). https://bit.ly/3ohOAZG