Summary: Run of the mill alien invasion (imagine that). Goldblum trademark "manic" is strained to breaking point. He has a very unlikely ex-wife in a very unlikely job. He has a comedy sidekick that is just plain tedious. He takes his Dad along to be horrified every couple of minutes by his son's actions. Explosions are loud and colourful. Will Smith is a badass that kicks a lot of alien butt with all the character depth of the sheet of A4 the plot must have come on.
Summary: Independence Day zips along at a fun pace with plenty of one-liners and some physical humor from the unlikely pairing of Smith and Goldblum. The effects are impressive, too, including the alien destruction sequences and a foray into an alien ship.
Excerpt: Devlin and Emmerich are hardly known for their sophistication and subtlety, and this big budget B-movie certainly won't change any minds on that score. It follows the summer blockbuster formula to the letter, but it is done with enough tongue in cheek humour to make it a hugely enjoyable experience.