In my formerly skeptical, ready to be annoyed and disappointed view, yes.
I saw it Thursday night and was entertained all the way through. There are enough references to the earlier movies that you could organise a Saturday night drinking game, but it stands well enough on its own.
The machines are outrageous. The characters are grotesque. The stunts are hair raising.
One gripe: Tom Hardy’s accent, which to my ears sounded half Los Angeles and half Johannesburg. At least Mel sounded half Australian.