A nobody is a creature from Kingdom Hearts controlled by Xemnas is also the nobody of Master Xehanort who was voiced by Christopher Lloyd who also played the father of Hutch Mansell aka a “nobody”. It all makes sense! Nobody is a action movie about a mild mannered family man who chickened out when his family was robbed. He becomes more tough and out for justice but ends up getting involved with the mob. The story about a mild father becoming a badass isn’t that new but that’s really the only problem I have.
Bob Odenkirk who is best known as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and the spinoff Better Call Saul is perfect as Hutch Mansell. He managed to play both a mild-mannered father and also a complete badass all in the same movie. While it’s a small role I also really enjoyed his father, David Mansell played by Christopher Lloyd. Honestly one of the reasons I saw this was because Christopher Lloyd who is best known for Doc Brown from Back to the Future and The Hacker from Cyberchase (best PBS show) is one of my favorite actors.
The action is both fun and suspenseful. The action scene on the bus is a great starter fight that ignites Hutch’s badassery, and the fight at Hutch’s home is thrilling. The climax is kind of like a bloodier and more extremely violent version of Home Alone because of all the creative traps Hutch makes. What also helps the action scenes is the editing. The movie’s editing is fast paced and well timed. There’s a great montage at the beginning that shows Hutch’s weekly schedule and it helps establish the struggling and boring life he has very well.
Fun trivia: my family including me work at a metal stop similar to the one Hutch works at so it’s kind of neat to see this location used for the final battle. Nobody is a small but fun and thrilling action movie that’s up there with John Wick. The movie may be called Nobody but Bob Odenkirk’s Hutch was certainly not your average nobody.
+ Bob Odenkirk
+ Christopher Lloyd
A dragon! A dragon! I swear I saw a dragon
Big spoilers so go see this in theaters or on Disney+. Raya and the Last Dragon is about a princess searching for the shattered pieces of the dragon orb and the last dragon Sisu in order to return peace to Kumandra which has been in conflict with each tribe. This is the first non-sequel movie in the Disney canon since Moana four years ago. This is also James Newton Howard’s fourth Disney movie he scored. He creates such great music in the movies he scored such as Atlantis the Lost Empire and Treasure Planet.
I really liked the worldbuilding of Kumandra. Each tribe is named after a part of a dragon and each land looks very unique from each other. It kind of reminds me a lot of Avatar the Last Airbender because of its Asian influence. The tribes also tie into the movie’s biggest theme of trust. Both Raya and Sisu learn a lot about when to and not when to trust someone. I really like in the climax that one member from each tribe helps put the pieces of the orb back together with the main villain Namaari being the one who saves everyone.
Speaking of villains, the villains were kind of a mix bag. For one thing I like that the main villain Namaari does have some development and even gets some redemption in the climax. On the other hand, the druun is just another Disney force of nature antagonist with not much to them. Another problem was that the modern humor can get annoying especially when it’s set in a fictional fantasy world. Most of modern humor comes from Sisu played by Awkwafina who feels like another famous celebrity doing a Disney character like Robin Williams or Eddie Murphy or Dwayne the Rock Johnson.
By the way the short that came with this Us Again was fantastic with great animation, great music and great emotional moments. For a Disney princess movie there are some tropes for those movies that are absent such as a romance, and songs which is kind of refreshing. Raya and the Last Dragon was a nice break from the Disney sequels full of action and great worldbuilding. Fun fact: my movie theater ticket for this cost $11 which is far les than $30 on Disney+. I am most certain this will be a world in a later Kingdom Hearts game.
+James Newton Howard’s score
+Theme of trust
Oh, a newlywed couple just moved to town. A regular husband and wife. Who left the big city to find a quiet life. WandaVision! She’s a magical gal in a small-town locale He’s a hubby who’s part machine. How will this duo fit in and fulfill all? By sharing a love like you’ve never seen. WandaVision!
Me reviewing a live action show? That’s new. Warning there are spoilers. WandaVision is the first miniseries from the MCU. The premise is about Wanda and Vision living a sitcom-like life after Avengers: Endgame. Each episode takes place in a different decade and the cliches and sitcoms referenced reflect the decade the episode takes place in. There are many references to sitcoms such as I Love Lucy, Full House, Malcom in the Middle, and Modern Family.
There’s a great sense of mystery in the first few episodes that makes you ask a lot of questions and gets you excited for the next episode. It’s kind of like watching Gravity Falls. It turns out to be an illusion created by Wanda as a way of coping with her grief and death of Vision. The reason for the sitcom is because Wanda used to watch these sitcoms with her family and it gave her happiness and comfort, at least until her parents died. It’s legit sad. You know what Wanda doing isn’t right and it hurt everyone around but you understand where she’s coming from.
Both Wanda played by Elizabeth Olsen and Vision played by Paul Bettany are at their best here. Both work wonderfully off each other and the chemistry is really sweet. It makes it a lot sadder in the end when she has to let go of him. It was also nice to see characters from other Marvel movies such as Darcy (Thor 1-2), Jimmy Woo (Ant Man and the Wasp), and even Maria’s daughter (Captain Marvel). Kathryn Hahn was terrific as the main villain Agatha Hawkness, both being menacing and hilarious, sort of like a Disney villain.
It’s really great that the MCU is giving the spotlight to the minor heroes in the MCU. This show was just to start for many MCU shows to come such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki. WandaVision showed that the MCU doesn’t only work in movie form and can shine on tv. WandaVision is a perfect swan song for the character of Vision while also being both mysterious, emotional and hilarious.