Ant-Man and the Wasp review

Ever since Avengers Infinity War people were asking where Ant Man (but mostly Hawkeye) were. Well he was off having a more small scaled adventure pun intended.

The cast is just as enjoyable as they were in the first one. Paul Rudd is still likeable as Scott Lang and when Janet van Dyne possesses his body it’s hilarious.  Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas as the Pym family are still really good too. I will admit that the romance between Scott and Hope is really underplayed. There’s not really that much chemistry between them and they feel more like action partners rather than a couple. Michael Peña is still great and funny as Luis and Ghost while not the strongest MCU villain does have understandable reasons for her actions. The comedy is also really funny. The way they use shrinking makes up for good jokes like the building suitcases or the hot wheels cars. It’s really creative and fun.

Marvel movies are known for having great actions scenes Ant Man and the Wasp’s action scenes seemed weak in comparison. The car scene was kind of cool but it felt more like something that would happen in the middle of the movie rather than near the end. The climax is also nothing compared to the first film’s climax which took place in Cassie’s room. I think another reasons the action is weak is due to the story being clunky at times. It felt like action set pieces put together in not the best in terms of structure. My brother also had a similar problem with the pacing.

The whole movie is more lighthearted and fun that is until the post credit scene. Spoilers: Scott heads into the quantum realm to gather quantum energy but ends up stranded because the Pym family disintegrating due to Thanos’s snap from Infinity War. Ever since I was Infinity War I predicted something like this would happen and I was right. It also raises questions like how are the Avengers going to meet with Ant Man or how will Scott get out of the quantum realm.

I’m not really surprised that Ant Man and the Wasp is my least favorite MCU movie of 2018, not that it’s bad, it’s more of in comparison. Ant Man and the Wasp is honestly the most fun compared to the other darker MCU movies of 2018. I think the first one is better but this was a fun sequel with a smaller scale again pun intended.

Verdict:
+ Comedy
+ Great performances
+ Port credit scene
– Clunky story
– Underused romance
– Weak action

Score: B+

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review

If you were to mention the words Universal Studios to me, what’s the first thing that comes to mine? If you said Minions your wrong. The answer is Jurassic Park one of my favorite movies of all time. Jurassic World while not as good as the first one, it was cool to see the park actually running. Now we have Fallen Kingdom.

Chris Pratt is just Chris Pratt. That’s not a bad thing since he still puts a lot of energy into playing Owen Grady even if sometimes he seems too similar to Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy. While the protagonist is good the villains however, not so much. Eli Mills is just your recycled greedy businessman villain and Ken Wheatley is just your basic mercenary villain. Even the new dinosaur the Indoraptor looks and acts like a smaller black version of the Indominus Rex which wasn’t even interesting in the previous film anyway.

Fallen Kingdom also marks the volcanic end for the main setting of the series Isla Nublar. There’s a great little scene when the characters escape the lava on a boat and look back and see a brachiosaurus (the first dinosaur seen in the series) looking at them and then disappears in the smoke. It’s really sad to see a location we’ve known for 25 years (compare it to seeing Hogwarts burn in lava). Isla Nublar may be gone but Lockwood Manor where the rest of the movie takes place is an interesting set piece. Having it surrounded by mostly forest and taking place at night helps give it a fun isolated and creepy atmosphere to it. However, as much as it is a cool location it is home to some problems with the movie.

Spoilers: Benjamin Lockwood’s granddaughter Maisie Lockwood turns out to actually be a lone of his deceased daughter. It’s a really odd plot twist. Adding cloned humans to the series feels like the series is jumping the shark. What’s also odd are some of the character’s choices especially at the end. Maisie decides to set the dinosaurs free into the country. The reason she does this is because of this line “I had to. They’re alive, like me.” She does realize that by setting the dinosaurs free could risk in damage and even death.

I wasn’t surprised that I found Fallen Kingdom not as good as Jurassic Park or the first Jurassic World movie (FYI I have not seen the other sequels). If you’re a fan you’ll like it fine. I’m not really interested in what happens next but hey, Jeff Goldblum once said “life finds a way”.

Verdict:
+ Bittersweet goodbye to Isla Nublar
+ Chris Pratt
+ Lockwood Manor
– Character choices
– Clone twist
– Generic villains

Score: C+

Bao review

I was going to talk about this short in my Incredibles 2 review but I had so much to say about that movie I didn’t have room to talk about Bao. Bao is about a woman who discovers a dumpling that comes alive and decides to raise him. The way the story is told and edited reminds me a lot of the Disney short Feast which told the life of a dog. The music is also good too.

Spoiler Warning: Near the end of the short the woman tries to prevent her dumpling son from leaving to the point of swallowing him. Most of the audience laughed at the absurdity while I covered my mouth in shock. It was such a shocking a moment that I didn’t see coming. It would have been funny when it fades to black it would roll the credits but let’s face it Disney and Pixar would never end on such a low note. It then turns out that the dumpling was a representation of her real son who returns to make amends. It’s very emotional and brilliant.

I think it makes sense that this was paired with Incredibles 2 because both the short and movie have a lot to do with family. Bao is definitely worthy of being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. I even say it’s worthy of winning.

Incredibles 2 review

I feel like Brad Bird is one of the directors that has not made one bad movie yet. It’s been 14 years since the first Incredibles and everyone including me has been looking forward to this. I was a little concerned after the first trailer but after watching this I was blown away.

The characters that we’ve known and loved from the first one are back and there still great. I feel like these characters are better used here than they were in the original. Elastigirl is the protagonist here while Mr. Incredible was the protagonist in the first one. I think that’s clever because it makes the whole series feel like it’s about the family instead of just Mr. Incredible. Violet’s character development really shows here and Dash’s new voice is really good too.  Frozone has more screen time and Edna and Jack Jack are a great comedic pair.

While the characters are great there’s one character that’s my main problem with the sequel, the villain. Spoiler alert: It’s another twist villain as usual and it’s predictably Evelyn Deavor. I knew Catherine Keener would be the villain back when she was announced in November, mostly because she just came from Get Out where she also played a hypnotist villain. To quote Mr. Kropp, “Coincidence? I think not!”. Her evil plan is not very interesting or memorable as Syndrome tough it is refreshing to have a main female antagonist in a Pixar movie.

The first Incredibles movie had an interesting visual style that reminded me a lot of 60’s James Bond. The colors really pop out and the architype of the houses and buildings are great. The movie opens up with a new retro version of the Disney logo and it’s wonderful and clever because it helps emerge you back into the world of the Incredibles. What also helps emerge you is Michael Giacchino’s amazing score which was already amazing in the first one. The end credits also have themes songs for the heroes, I’ll never get tired of Here Comes Elastigirl. The actions scenes are also great. The Underminor scene at the beginning helps reestablish the characters and world from the first one. The Jack Jack vs a raccoon fight was hilarious not only because it’s a baby fighting a raccoon but because a raccoon put up a better fight than Syndrome. Elastigirl’s action scenes are really fun too. I can’t think of one action scene that was bad.

Kind of like Finding Dory I think I like the sequel better than the first one. Maybe it’s because the older I get the more appreciation I have for Finding Nemo and The Incredibles and now I have now enjoy the sequels. Incredibles 2 is a worthy sequel and one of the most incredible movies of 2018 pun intended.

Verdict:
+ Action scenes
+ Characters
+ Michael Giacchino’s score
+ Visually great
– Villain

Score: A+

My Top 10 Favorite Loud House Sisters

The Loud House has finally returned with new episodes after being delayed multiple times (I thought Steven Universe had it bad). I thought I’d do my top 10 favorite Loud House sisters. I will not let episodes likes Brawl in the Family or No Such Luck affect the list.

10. Lily: Honestly I’m not really a fan of baby characters and Lily is just your basic baby character. Cute but basic.

9. Lori: Going from youngest to oldest. Much like Lily, Lori is just your basic teenage sister character. I actually do relate to her because I spend a lot of time on my phone.

8. Lola: The D.W. of the Loud House and yes she’s a prick and a demon. No Place Like Homeschool did make me respect her more.

7. Lynn: Her ego can get annoying thanks to NSL but I do like her when she’s more energetic, playful, and tomboyish like in Space Invader.

6. Luan: The comedian who’s ironically more annoying than funny. She can be a bit too much with the pranking especially on April fool’s Day. Head Poet’s Anxiety did make me like her more.

Intermission: If I were to rank Lincoln he’d ironically since he’s the middle child go in the middle of the list. Lincoln is sort of your basic 11 year old kid which helps because of the sisters’ personalities.

5. Luna: A lot of people’s favorite sister. She was the first sister to have her own episode. The reveal in L is For Love was also interesting and I’d really like to see where takes that reveal from now.

4. Lisa: Lara Jill Miller’s voice matches perfectly with Lisa’s stoic personality. Smart but also crazy at the same time and she’s four, imagine when she’s older.

3. Lana: Out of all the sisters in those two bad episodes I mentioned I think Lana was the least bad. Tomboyish but also adorable. I’ll take Lana over Lola any day.

2. Lucy: Lucy has my favorite design of the sisters, so cute! Her deadpan monotone really fits thanks to Jessica DiCicco’s performance. I still await the day I get to see her eyes.

1. Leni: Kind of like Ed from Ed Edd n Eddy she may be stupid but she’s incredibly sweet and kindhearted. She’s also the funniest of the sisters (eat your heart out Luan) and also the most adorable (suck it Lola!). Leni is not only my favorite Loud House sister but also my favorite character of the show.

 

 

2018 Recap part 2

Big news! I got my first job at Portland International Airport. Don’t worry I’ll still be around to work on my blog.

Movies:

A Wrinkle in Time: Nice effects aside the story is complicated and hard to follow. C-

Pacific Rim Uprising: A fun robot fighting movie. Though it is odd seeing Charlie Day as a villain since he was a good guy in the first one. B-

Ready Player One: Characters we’ve already seen but The Shining scene is worth seeing. A-

Isle of Dogs: A beautifully made movie by Wes Anderson. A

Avengers Infinity War: Epic, emotional, excellent. Avengers Infinity War is the best Marvel movie since the first movie. A+

Sherlock Gnomes: A sequel no one asked for with a generic mystery. D+

Deadpool 2: Just as funny if not better than the first Deadpool. A-

Solo: A Star Wars Story: A tame but still fun Star Wars movie. B+

TV Shows:

Final Space: A really good start. I like how each episode starts with Gary stuck in space. I also like the balance of comedy and drama.

Craig of the Creek: A cute new Cartoon Network show. It’s kind of a mix between Ed Edd n Eddy, Clarence and Steven Universe.

Star Vs the Forces of Evil Season 3: Great conclusion to season 3.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Season 8: My favorite episode of season 8 so far is The Break Up Breakdown

Steven Universe: A Single Pale Rose is one of the best episodes of the whole show!

Other: 

Hamilton: I finally got to see Hamilton. Really great acting and songs.

Solo: A Star Wars Story review

Solo is the origin of a lot of people’s favorite Star Wars character Han Solo. I was concerned about this since we didn’t see a single movie trailer till a few months before release and that the original directors were fired but I still had hope. Alden Ehrenreich does put effort into playing Han Solo while not being too much of a wink to the audience. He’s no Harrison Ford but it was better casting than Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker. Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian is the real stand out of the cast. He captures the same energy and likability as Billy Dee Williams from episode V and VI.

The new characters honestly were not that memorable. Beckett was just another mentor, Qi’ra was just another female Star Wars character and Dryden Vos was another mob boss villain. Beckett’s crew felt wasted since they die early in the movie and don’t leave an impact. Even Chewbacca felt like he was there just because he would become Han’s first mate. There’s only two new characters that I really liked. One is L3-37 who’s sort of like a female version of K-2SO (both badass). The other is Enfys Nest because I liked how it’s revealed that she’s a good guy fighting for the rebellion instead of another masked villain. I also like the chorus that plays whenever she’s onscreen.

Solo had some really good action but I think the best action scene was conveyex train heist on Vandor. I like the location (Star Wars really nails snowy planets), the design of the train, and the choreography. It’s a really fun action scene. The planet however is home to one of my main gripes with the movie. After the train heist fails they have to meet with Dryden Vos at his yacht which just so happen to be on the same planet. Han’s girlfriend who’s the reason Han was trying to get back to his home planet is also there too. Than when they have to find Lando for a ship it just so happens he’s on the same planet. It seems too coincidental that all these plot elements would be on the same planet.

Solo wasn’t the most necessary Star Wars movie that had to be made though it’s less unnecessary than a Boba Fett movie. It’s definitely not the strongest of the recent Star Wars movies. It’s still a fun movie about one of the best characters in the franchise.

Verdict:
+ Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo
+ Donald Glover as Lando
+ Train heist
– Plot conveniences
– Weak new characters

Score: B

And now, here are my top 10 favorite Star Wars movies.
10. Attack of the Clones
9. The Phantom Menace
8. Revenge of the Sith
7. Solo
6. Return of the Jedi
5. Rogue One
4. The Empire Strikes Back
3. The Last Jedi
2. The Force Awakens
1. A New Hope

Deadpool 2 review

Fun fact:One of the writers Rhett Reese wrote Clifford’s Really Big Movie. Deadpool is back and funnier than ever. Ryan Reynolds is still great and hilarious as Deadpool and I do like how his arc is more of trying to save a kid to prove he’s a good person. The comedy is still as great as in the first one. Some of the funniest moments include moments with Deadpool of course, the Celine Dion opening song, and the post credits scenes.

I said in my review of the first one that the villain was one of the weakest parts. In Deadpool 2 however there’s not really a clear main villain but more of characters with gray morals. Josh Brolin was a good choice as Cable and while we didn’t see much of the future he’s from we get enough to understand what he’s trying to do. Julian Dennison is likable as Russell and I do like how he enjoys being a thug or gangster. Both these character are the biggest threats but with understandable goals, Cable just wants to save the future while Russell is fueled by anger from abuse. The world of Deadpool is mostly populated by anti-heroes and anti-villains so this kind of fits.

Domino while not developed that much is still really cool. A lot of her comedy comes from how lucky she is. Her luck power also gives us some really cool action. Speaking of action the action sequences in this movie are much bigger and more epic. The best action scenes are probably the truck scene and moments with the Jugganaut who btw is better here than X-Men the Last Stand.

I do think Deadpool 2 does have problems with its story. Spoilers: In the end Deadpool sacrifices himself to save Russell but Cable saves him by going back in time. There are three reasons why I’m not a fan of this scene, reason one is that we all know Deadpool is going to live, reasons two is that there was no reasons for him to put on the collar, and three the part where we think he dies but still talks just go on longer than it should.  The only other flaw I have is no Stan Lee cameoL but too be fair he didn’t cameo in Logan anyway. Deadpool 2 is part two of his redemption from Wolverine Origins. It’s just as badass and funny if not better than the first.

Verdict:
+ Action
+ Comedy
+ Deadpool as usual
+ New characters
– Death fake-out

Score: A-

Steven Universe Can’t Go Back and A Single Pale Rose review

It’s ironic that Cartoon Network released giant spoilers of future episodes yet didn’t spoil these two. There are spoilers in this review.

Lets start with Can’t Go Back. It was nice to see what happened to Lapis Lazuli and her song was nice too. I will admit seeing Lapis leave again seemed a little predictable. I also think this episode was made just so we can see the shadow of Pearl with Rose’s sword. Can’t Go Back was small and mostly a bridge for the next episode but still good one though.

A Single Pale Rose was probably the biggest wham episode of the series since Jailbreak. We all knew Pearl knew something about Pink Diamond and the show has been building up to this.  I like how this episode just keeps building up to the big moment. Steven see’s Pearl shape shifted into Rose Quartz but then it turns out that Rose Quartz was actually Pink Diamond and that Pearl was Pink Diamond’s pearl. Eat your heart out “I am your Father”. I used to think Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond but after finding out she was “shattered” I thought my theory was wrong. It was such an amazing twist.

A Single Pale Rose is probably the best episode of season 5 and one of the best episodes of the whole show. I can’t wait to see what happens next and thank god there not skipping summer like last year. I wonder how Greg and Connie are going to react to this?

My Top 20 Favorite Characters of all Time

Happy Birthday to me again! I was originally going to post my favorite movies list but I didn’t have time to write it out so I decided to a list of my favorite characters of all time instead. These are the character that I either relate to, make me laugh, sympathize with, or are just so awesome. These are also my personal opinion. Enjoy!

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