There's no John Williams score to rave about, but Mark Rylance follows up his Oscar-winning performance in Bridge of Spies with his charming take on the title character, and with Ruby Barnhill's steadfast Sophie in hot pursuit it's hard not to see the appeal of this colourful movie for all the family. It hits hard at the niche market and stays put.
August is deep into summer school holidays and although another superhero film has filled the slot occupied by Fantastic Four last year, the casting and trailers for DC Comics' Suicide Squad makes it clear that another Fantastic Four-style disappointment is not on the cards, and it could easily eclipse Batman V Superman to become the DC film 2016 is remembered for.
How does cinema follow a year like 2015? Three of the top 10 grossing films of all time in the UK were released within a seven month period and two of them became only the third and fourth films in history to cross the £90m mark. Add to that two of the biggest animated titles of all time, and it's clear that 2016 has a tough act to follow.
How does it rank against the other three films? Well it's possibly the best TF movie since the 2007 original. Long, yes; occasionally incoherent, (Mark Wahlberg seems to ignore full stops in his script), and it features some awful CGI - the enemy robots are made from gravity-defying blocks that appear to have no weight or heft, making them look like a bad video game cut scene.
The question is, where has he gone? These words don't come easy, but Martin Scorsese, at this current juncture in cinematic history, has disappeared. Once a maestro film-maker who advocated anarchy of the soul - see De Niro's Johnny Boy in Mean Streets or Joe Pesci in GoodFellas - Scorsese delighted in holding up a mirror to America's underbelly, and he did so with that most subversive of narrative tools: humour.
With the internet threatening to alter the fundamental act of distribution that has laid dormant since the advent of home video, it requires a glance all the way back to the late 1960s to find a time when Hollywood's tried and tested means of dominating the film business was so similarly threatened.