Production Quality: A
Positive Elements: D
Negative Elements: D
Comments: Some movies exist simply for the spectacle. Spectacle can be very entertaining, but it usually leaves the viewer with little more than a couple hour's rush and the momentary pleasure of seeing something new. If you enjoy spectacle, then I suppose it might be worth watching on that merit alone. For Wanted, there is little else that commends it. Eye-candy with nothing nutritious. Spectacle lovers above a junior high level of maturity who can handle stylized movie violence could be entertained for at most the length of the movie. It is a very violent, action movie, but it has presented itself all along as nothing more. The special effects are amazing. I might watch it again on DVD simply for the spectacle. But I won't expect more, and I wouldn't let my grammar age boys watch it.
Brings to mind a question some Christians would ask: Is mere spectacle, especially violent spectacle, with little else to commend it, wrong for a Christian to view? I do not propose to answer the question here, but many would answer with an unequivocal yes. I think the answer is much more complex and individual than that, but it is a question that needs to be asked nonetheless.