Spider-Man: Homecoming review

Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can

MCU fans were mind blown when it was announced that Spiderman would be in Captain America Civil War. Like everyone I was excited. When we saw Civil War we were not disappointed. Tom Holland as Spider Man was great and we started to look forward to when he would get his own movie.

Tom Holland still shines as Peter Parker. His suit is still amazing and the scenes where he takes of the training wheels and finds out how much he can do is entertaining. This Peter Parker definitely feels more younger then Tobey and Andrew.

The Vulture is a surprisingly good villain. Micheal Keaton plays a lot of winged super figures. The design of his Vulture suit is great and the ways he uses it are creative. He also has a reason for what he is doing. Spoilers: Toomes turns out to be Liz’s (the girl Peter has a crush on) father. I remember watching this with my brother and he said before the reveal that he thinks he knows whats about to happen. When it’s revealed he laughed.

The supporting cast however is a hit or miss. Peter’s best friend Ned is very likable. Michelle while she’s not in it for much still gives some funny moments though is it me or is she a live action version of Janna from Star vs the Forces of Evil? Aunt May however feels very underwhelming because she’s not on screen as she should have and she doesn’t interact with Peter that much. Toome’s gang also feels weak and just there so that the Vulture can have a gang.

One problem I had though it is a very minor one was in the beginning Toomes decides to keep some of the alien equipment, it then shows text saying eight years later. I notice a error in the timeline. The Avengers took place in 2012 but this movie takes place in 2016 (2 months after Civil War) and it was clearly not eight years later. It’s mostly nitpicking though.

Michael Giacchino who is best known for composing The Incredibles composes the movie and his rendition of the old theme song is awesome. It has the epic feel that other superheroes movies have and it’s fun to listen to. 

Spider man Homecoming is very different kind of superhero movie. It’s different from the other adaptations of Spider man since it doesn’t deal with the same origin story of getting bitten by a spider and losing Uncle Ben. It’s also different from the other MCU movies. The stakes are lower, and even the villain doesn’t die in the end. This might even be my favorite Spider man movie and my favorite movie of the year so far.

Verdict:
+Tom Holland
+The Vulture
+Opening Theme
+/- Supporting cast
-Timeline error

Score: A

Despicable Me 3 review

The first Despicable Me film is one of my personal favorite animated movies, Despicable Me 2 and Minions however were disappointing. I’m noticing now that each movie has to do with Gru’s relationship with a different family member. The first one was about his relationship between him and his daughters Margo, Edith (my favorite), and Agnes. The second one was about him and his wife, and now this one is about him and his twin brother.

Well I can’t do a review of a Despicable Me movie unless I mention the mutated cheese puffs.The minions are ok in this one. They not that intricate to the story unlike Despicable Me 2. There funny at times but can get annoying too. Gru’s twin brother Dru is also just ok too. While he is annoying he’s not as annoying as it could’ve been. I do feel like I relate to Dru while my brother relates to Gru more.

The best thing about this movie is the villain. First off, Trey Parker the co-creator and voice of half the cast of South Park in a kids movies?! The design, the way he moves, and his accent make him very fun to watch. Though it’s odd hearing Trey Parker without other South Park co-creator Matt Stone.

The movie has problems. A big one is the all is lost moment. Dru get’s mad at Gru for deciding to return the diamond they stole from Bratt. The next scene is Gru about to leave when he finds out that Bratt was disguised as Lucy and kidnapped the girls. Gru then goes back to Dru, apologizes and go save the girls. It happens too fast and doesn’t leave much to feel for them. Another problem is had was that the movie gets rid of Dr. Nefario. It’s not like in Toy Story 3 where Bo Peep was mention to have been sold and its sad, this one just felt like it was used for a gag and not a funny one either.

Despicable Me 3 is better then 2 and Minions but not as good as the first one.

Verdict:
+Balthazar Bratt
-Rushed all is lost moment
-No Dr. Nefario
+/- Dru
+/- Minions

Score: C

Cars 3 review

Kachow!

The Cars movies are considered the worst of Pixar, though I kind of like them. Back in November 2016 Pixar released a teaser for Cars 3. It showed Lightning Mcqueen crashing in what might just be the darkest teaser for any Pixar movie. Still by seeing the trailers I could tell what was gonna happen. Lightning crashes and has to train with Cruz. It’s kind of predictable.

Lightning McQueen has become more character development in this one. He has to deal with retirement. Cruz Ramirez is also a fun character and her arc about becoming a racer is great. Jackson Storm however is incredible bland and forgettable. He’s just there so that Lightning can have a rival and he’s not even in the movie as much as you’d think he be. His fate is also ambiguous because the last time we see him was when he crossed the finish line and we don’t even see him again.

The movie’s theme about old vs new is handle very well. Especially in the opening scene. It starts when Lightning racing with some of his friendly rivals, but then we’re introduced to Jackson Storm and then more new rookies. More old cars start retiring except Lightning to the point where he’s the only one racing until he crashes (surprisingly more intense then the promos). It’s kind of like the opening of Up or Inside Out and it helps establish how new technology is taking over. Heck, the last line of the whole movie which is in the end credtis scene is Mater saying frustratingly “technology”.

I should also talk about the Pixar short Lou. Lou was very cute. It had really fun and quick animation. The creature kind of reminds me of Hank the octopus from Finding Dory.

There are no references to Cars 2. Not one mention of Finn Mcmissle or Mater being a spy. You can just skip Cars 2 and not miss anything. Cars 3 in my opinion is the best Cars movie out. I would even call this the true Cars 2.

Verdict:
+Lightning’s arc
+Old vs new theme
+Cruz Ramirez
-Predictable
-Jackson Storm

Score: B-

Wonder Woman review

Sorry for delaying this review of Wonder Woman. I was gonna post this earlier but I’ve been very busy with my portfolio show for my college. Also an important note, I finally graduated college 🙂 This is a big deal for me because college was where and why I created a WordPress blog in the first place. I’d like to thank everyone who has followed me on my blog.

When I was watching this I realized something. This film feels like a combination of Thor and Captain America the First Avenger. The story is about the Amazons which are from Greek Mythology is just like how Thor was from Norseology while also taking place in World War 1 just like Captain America taking place in World War 2.

The actors do a really good job. Gal Gadot manages to still be great as Wonder Woman which is why she was one of the highlights of Batman vs Superman. Chris Pine as Steven Trevor is also great and his chemistry with Wonder Woman is really nice. His death while heroic was also bittersweet.  Even the soldiers are very enjoyable. The villains however are just meh. Erich Ludendorff is just the Red Skull only in a DC movie and with skin. Ares is also just a standard doomsday villain. The twist was interesting even though the actor confirmed he was Ares already.

Another problem I have with this movie is the lesson it tried to teach about war. Wonder Woman thinks that by killing Erich Ludendorff who she thinks is Ares will end the war. But when she does the soldiers are still going. Steve tells her that just killing a leader doesn’t stop the war. However it turns out that Ares is real and she kills him thus stopping the war. It’s like The Lion King where Simba learns that even though he killed Mufasa it’s in the past, but it turns out that he actually didn’t kill his father anyway. I liked the lesson the movie was trying to teach but the reveal just throws the lesson away.

Wonder Woman is probably the first good superhero movie where the main character is a female. It also managed to be more lighthearted then Man of Steel or Batman vs Superman. This is probably the best DCEU movie out which really does help give the DCEU hope for the future.

Verdict:
+The actors
+More Lighthearted
– Average villains
+/-Ending war lesson

Score: B-

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie review

TRA-LA-LAAAAAAAAAAA!

I loved the Captain Underpants books as a kid. So after hearing that Dreamworks was gonna make this into a movie, I was both concerned due to Dreamworks latest movies but also very excited. This came out the same day as Wonder Woman so it wasn’t hard to decide which to see first.I was expecting to like it fine, but after watching it, it’s one of my favorite movies of the year so far.

For an adaption of a children’s book series this was surprisingly faithful. It’s not based on just one of the books, it’s a combination of the books. It features the origin of Captain Underpants from 1, the evil toilet from 2, CU getting powers from 3, and the villain Professor Poopypants from 4. It’s great because it’s doing a complete different story while still staying true to the book. The friendship between George and Harold is really nice and you feel bad for them when Mr.Krupp (who they made more sympathetic here then the books) has to split them up. It does however lead to an obvious all is lost moment when there actually put in separate classes. The scene is just there just so there can be an all is lost moment and it’s not focused on that much.

I was kind of concerned about the casting choices but the actors put a lot of effort into the characters. Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch do a great job as the duo. The comedy is one of the highlights of the movie. This movie is incredibly funny, I was even laughing at a lot of these jokes. There’s fourth wall jokes, toilet humor,  even background jokes, one of my favorite background jokes is that there are two seats outside Mr.Krupp’s office that say reserved George and Harold.

Captain Underpants is probably the funniest and most fun movie of the year so far, which is great because this is the 20th anniversary of the book series. This is also the best Dreamworks animated movie since Kung Fu Panda 3. Fans and even people who haven’t read the books will enjoy this movie.

Verdict:
+George and Harold’s friendship
+Voice acting
+Faithful
+Funny
-All is lost moment

Score: A-

Spring recap

Movies:

The Smurfs the Lost Village: The friendship between the four smurfs was nice but that’s about it. C

Fate of the Furious: The best villain of 2017 so far. B+

The Iron Giant: This was showing at Mt Hood theater. I’ll take any opportunity to see a 2D animated movie in theaters. The animation, and story really hold up today. A

Gaurdians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Fun, emotional, and great tunes. A

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell no Tales: Too similar but fun. C+

TV:

Samurai Jack Season 5: Great season, nothing else to say. A+

Steven Bomb 6: Great cliffhanger and plot progression I’ve been looking forward to.

Steven Universe Wanted: Great way to start season 5. I wonder who shattered Pink Diamond?

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review

Yo Ho Yo Ho A pirate’s life for me

I said in my birthday post weeks ago that I love the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The Curse of the Black Pearl is probably a better made movie, Dead Men’s Chest has a special place in my heart.  The ending where we see Barbossa alive and on our side was mind blowing,. Fun fact, my cousin and her husband were in Las Vegas and they got to see this movie at Cinemacon, he said it was really good.

However, I think this one is just OK. There are still some good stuff in them. Jack Sparrow still gives this character life even after five movies. Why else do you think Johnny Depp was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing this character? The location of the climax of the movie is really cool. It takes place at the bottom of the ocean. It reminds me a lot of the parting of the red sea from Ten Commandments or Prince of Egypt.

The story is a lot more simple then the other sequels. A bunch a evil pirates want to break a curse. However this does feel too similar to the first movie. Even the new characters seem like repeats from the first one. Henry is just Will Turner (ironic since he is Will Turner’s son), Carina is Elizabeth, and the villain Captain Salamander  is just Barbossa, come to think it, he’s also like Davy Jones. Man, most of the villains in these movies are just cursed pirates. On there own there not bad but The Curse of the Black Pearl exist they feel like copies.

I think Pirates 5 might be better then Stranger’s Tides and maybe At World’s End, but I think the first one and Dead Men’s Chest are still the best in the series. The end credits song “He’s a Pirates” is one of the best end credits themes ever. What better way to end a movie review then to talk about the end credits.

Verdict:
+ Jack Sparrow
+ Climax location
– New characters
+/- Simple though familiar plot

Score: C+

Steven Universe Wanted review

Steven Universe just had it’s season 5 premiere and boy did it start off with a bang. Here are my opinions of each episode.

Stuck Together: My least favorite mostly because I’ve already saw it online weeks ago. I like that they conclude that Lars was  still on the ship since we didn’t him escape in the last episode. Topaz’s almost redemption was cool though her voice does seem unfitting but I guess that’s the idea.

The Trial: My favorite episode of the special and one of my top 10 favorite episodes of the show now. Amy Sedaris as Zircons (lawyers of Homeworld) is great. Steven getting to meet the gems face to face is great. The whole last scene where Blue Zircon starts explaining the flaws in Rose shattering Pink Diamond and that it probably didn’t happened was great. It got me actually questioning who could have done it.

Off Colors: A Jurassic Park reference for the win. Rutile Twins are a really cool deisgn and work well with each other’s heads. Rhodonite might be my least favorite but shows promise. Padparadscha is my favorite of the off colors, the joke that she can predict what already happened is hilarious. Fluorite has my favorite design, she looks like a mix between a giant caterpiller and a Grandmother.

Lars’ Head: I like that the status quo has changed since Lars has to stay on homeworld until they find a way home. We now know that lion was probably just a regular lion that got injured and Rose healed. Some much for my Pink Diamond pearl being lion theory.

Can’t wait to see where this show goes.

Samurai Jack Season 5 review

Got to get back, back to the past, Samurai Jack

Just to get it out of the way, I was not the biggest fan of Samurai Jack when it was out back in 2001, I was too young back then and I wasn’t bothered by it’s cancellation. Then I heard that it was returning on Adult Swim and I decided to give it a try. I decided to wait to review it until the season ended.

The season takes place 50 years after the last season ended. Considering that it’s been 13 years since the show was cancelled, it makes sense to take place years later. Seven daughters of Aku are sent to kill Jack who has lost his sword and hope.  This season is a lot darker then the first four seasons. Airing the show on Adult Swim makes a lot more sense because it can take bigger risks and show more darker visuals and themes.

The first four seasons were mostly episodic and didn’t have an overarching story. Season 5 however has an overarching story which is really welcoming. Each episode doesn’t feel like filler or episodes that if you skipped nothing would change, each episode progresses to story. I also like that they showed cameos of previous characters from the past, therefore connecting those episodes to the whole story. The story is very well done and I got excited after each episode about what was gonna happen next. The animation is really good. Not only because the show had great animation to begin with but because the animation looks almost identical to the other seasons as if it was animated back in 2001. The animation also helps show great and fast paced action. Even the animation get’s dark in this season. The second episode actually shows Jack slicing the neck of one of the daughters of Aku.

The score I’m giving this season all depended on the finale. I heard people say it has flaws but honestly it didn’t disappoint me. It brought back so many characters from previous episodes like the Scotsman, the jumping monkeys, and Spartans. Ashi realizes that being Aku’s daughter gives her the same abilities as Aku and be able to make a time portal so that Jack can return to the past. Jack returns seconds after Aku send Jack into the future. Aku’s death is very satisfying considering we waited 13 years for it.  Someday somebody should upload the first episode and edit in the part where Jack and Ashi return LOL. Sadly Ashi erases from existence but Jack moves on with a better future. It’s bittersweet and a great way to end.

I can’t think of an episode that I would say is my favorite, there all great. The episodes are some of the best the show has ever done. I honestly have no problems with this season at all. Season 5 was an amazing final season to an amazing Cartoon Network show.

Verdict:
+ Great animation
+ Great action
+ Overarching story
+ The finale

Score: A+

Happy Birthday to Me!

It’s my birthday again and I’m here to celebrate it with a very personal list. I love Disneyland! I’ve been there so many times I haven’t kept track. There rides have some of the best theming of any ride I ever been on. I can’t wait to show you my top 10 favorite Disneyland rides.

Honorable Mention:
Indiana Jones Adventures: Great effects and a great queue too.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: My favorite Fantasy dark ride.

10. California Screamin’: I used to be afraid of loop de loop roller coasters until I was 13, while California Screamin’ is your standard loop de loop roller coaster its still fun.

9. Splash Mountain: Back then I’d always covered my eyes at the final drop. I enjoy the scenery and atmosphere.

8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: I like the design of the mountain and the train vehicle a lot. Your standard roller coaster but the western theme helps.

7. The Haunted Mansion: The only reason it’s low is because compared to Disney world this version is underwhelming. The effects used are still amazing even now and atmosphere is great.

6. Toy Story Mania: Midways games but without the competitiveness. The games are really fun and engaging.

5. Radiator Springs Racers: Cars Land looks just like the movie. The effects are wonderful and the animatronics are really impressive. It may be like Test Track but it’s still great.

4. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: The whole different destinations thing is creative and makes the it worth riding again and again. The theming also makes this one of the best simulator rides ever.

3. Soarin’ Over California: I know it’s now Soarin Around the World which I haven’t rode yet but it’s the same ride system so I’m counting it. The music is wonderful and the California scenery is great to look at.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: I love this ride! This has some of the best ride atmosphere I’ve ever seen. The music, animatornics, and theming are also some of Disney’s best and still hold up today. Even after adding Jack Sparrow I still enjoy this ride.

1. Space Mountain: This was one of the very first rides that I wasn’t scared of after riding it. The most perfect roller coaster ever! Everything from the vehicles, music, theming, and the ride itself is perfect. Which makes it my favorite ride at Disneyland

Hope you enjoy the list and leave a comment saying what your favorite Disneyland rides are.