Justice League review

Let’s face it, considering the success of Marvel, the anticipation for the movie was low for me. But I saw it anyway because it’s cool to see Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg on the screen for the first time. Thank god, it also had a shorter running time.

I want to talk about the opening scene first since hey it is the opening of the movie of course. It starts off with Superman talking to some kids about is the S on his suit which stands for hope. It then cuts to after Superman’s death showing landmarks with his logo while “Everybody Knows” plays.  It’s a nice and tragic way to show how people reacted to his death. Is it just me or are the best parts of Zack Synder’s movies the opening credits?

Speaking of the best parts of movies. The best thing about Justice League is well the Justice League themselves. For a superhero movie like this I think the most important thing to get right is the heroes themselves. They all have variety in terms of powers and abilities, the actors were nicely picked and even the costumes look great too. Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot are still great as Batman and Wonder Woman. Aquaman was badass and funny and Cyborg was cool too though I see Cyborg more like a Teen Titan rather than a Justice League member. I think my favorite was the Flash. He’s awkward, funny, and the visual effects on his running are different from Quicksilver from Marvel. Even Superman was good in this even though he’s not in it that much. While the heroes do keep the film nicely together the villain however does not. Steppenwolf is just your generic destroy or concur the world or something like that I don’t care villain, he’s boring, he’s bland and who even knows who this guy is in the comic?

The story was clunky which honestly does not surprise me. Something about a cgi villain who was defeated by Amazons, Atlantians, humans and Green Lanturns (which was a nice touch) looking for three boxes that contain power or something. I also think the story was predictable because I knew that a villain would show up, Batman forms a team, Superman comes back to life, they fight and defeat the villain, The End. So yeah the story isn’t anything new. Fortunately the movie is a lot more lighthearted than the other DCEU movies. Sure it does look dark grey, but it has more light humor and is fun at times. I watched this with a full audience and a lot people were laughing at the jokes. It wasn’t Thor Ragnarok funny but it was a nice change of pace for DC. I remember people cheering when Superman showed up in his brightly colored suit at the end.

I am not sure whether this or Wonder Woman is better but there pretty neck to neck together. Justice League is proably the most fun of the DCEU movies and gives hope to the series.

Verdict:
+Lighthearted
+Opening
+The heroes themselves
-Clunky and predictable
-Steppenwolf

Score: B-

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Thor Ragnarok review

I’m Thor, you’re Thor? Well it hurt
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Thor Ragnarok is the third and final Thor movie and Marvel Cinematic Universe movie of 2017. Thor 3 is the very first MCU movie to have a main female antagonist Hela, so I’ll talk about her first. It is refreshing to see a main female antagonist in the Marvel movie and Cate Blanchett put a lot of effort and ham to make this character enjoyable. Doug Walker said in his review of this movie that every green MCU villain (Loki, Vulture, and Hela) are the good ones and he’s kind of right.

Sakaar is a really cool location. I like the design, the use of colors, the music, the costumes, The Grandmaster and Valkyrior are good additions and Korg steals the show whenever he’s on screen. The Incredible Hulk also steals the show and I like that he actually speaks clearly when he’s green. Pretty much anything on Sakaar is great. It’s a way better setting than the desert or Svartalfheim.

The comedy in the movie is really funny.  I think the first joke that really made me laugh my ass off was when Thor returns to Asgard and finds Loki “disguised as Odin” watching a play on Loki’s death (I won’t give away who plays Loki). Thor greets “Odin” and Odin replies “Oh Shit”. The way Anthony Hopkins delivers that line is hilarious. I don’t want to mention any more jokes because 1. I don’t want to spoil them, 2. If I were to talk about these jokes this would take too much time. Also Doctor Strange’s scene was great, just check it out.

While the movie is funny it does lead to my main problem with the movie. When I first heard about Thor Ragnarok it said that it was going to be darker and edgier. I was thinking it would be kind of like the Gravity Falls episode Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future, mostly void of humor and setting up the finale. This problem mostly out of expectation than what we got. Thor 3 at least take risks in changing the status quo. Spoiler Warning from here on: Odin dies, Thor’s hammer is destroyed, Thor loses his eye, Asgard is destroyed, and worse of all Thor’s hair gets cut. Curse you Stan Lee cameo! There no oh his hammer is fixed or Odin comes back to life scenarios that fix the status quo, everything is changed and I really like the risks it took in the end.

This is definitely my favorite Thor movie and maybe my favorite Marvel movie of 2017. It’s one of the most fun and hilarious Marvel movies and a great conclusion to the Thor trilogy.

Verdict:
+Hela
+Sakaar
+Status quo change
+The humor
-Lack of dark tone

Score: A

My Little Pony The Movie review

I’m back from Orlando! Had a great time and now I getting ready to write my top 20 favorite Orlando rides. It will take me some time to think it out but it’ll be worth it. For now I want to review a movie that I’ve waited to see since I left home.

I was excited for this not just because MLP FIM is one of my favorite cartoons, but also because it’s a 2d animated movie. The last fully 2d animated movie I remember seeing was Winnie the Pooh which was in 2011 (Sponge Out of Water had live action). Watching a 2d movie in the theater now is like watching one of those once every 100 years comets. I’ve always been excited when movies based on cartoons like the Nickelodeon movies came to theaters. If it was all computer animated then I wouldn’t have been excited.

The animation is really good. Though Canterlot does look a bit odd compared to the one in the TV show. At first I thought the character designs of the Mane 6 looked a bit too cutesy but they still had good expressions and smooth animation. Though is it me or does the animation style seem similar to Penn Zero Part Time Hero? Still, I wasn’t really bothered by the animation because it was just nice to see 2d on the big screen again.

The new characters do have good designs and actors that put their best into their roles. Voice and design aside however they are kind of weak. The Storm King only shows up for a stupid skype joke and the 3rd half of the movie. The new characters the Mane 6 come across in one scene and then come together in the climax, it doesn’t give us enough time to get to know them, and Songbird was just Sia as a pony. I think Tempest was the strongest new character.

The songs were also kind of weak. I went to the bathroom during a few of the songs because they weren’t that catchy or memorable. The only song I think was good was Open your eyes mostly because it did tell Tempest backstory and had an epic feel to it. Come to think of it, Tempest Shadow is one of the strongest things about this movie. I like that she has a broken horn (it must be really painful to break one).

A problem I do have which is also a problem I have with the two-parters in the show is that the supporting characters such as the Cutie Mark crusaders, Starlight Glimmer and others are only background characters. The Two-parters only focus on the Mane 6, Spike, the princesses, and the villain. This is a movie based on a cartoon with many characters, they could have had some of them play a role in the story but to be fair a lot of supporting characters do get cameos. Still did they really have to exclude Discord?!

If you’re wondering yes I do think this is better than all of the Equestria Girls movies. I do think the film is just ok but too be fair most movies based on cartoons are just ok too.  I would recommend this obviously for bronies and fans of the show.

Verdict:
+Animation
+Tempest Shadow
+/- New characters
-Weak Songs
-Show characters

Score: B-

 

Kingsman the Golden Circle review

Manners Make it Man

Kingsman the Secret Service was one of my favorite movies of 2015. It has action, humor, swearing, and exploding heads. Kingsman the Golden Circle is the sequel. I do admit the film is a lot more silly and over the top which can be distracting. Considering the first one was a lot more grounded. This movie has robot dogs, a meat grinder, the ability to heal someone from a bullet shot, and Elton John!

Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong are still fantastic as Eggsy, Harry, and Merlin and still have a lot of heart to there roles. The main villain Poppy does feel like a retread of Valentine and her death felt anti-climatic, but I will admit Poppyland was a really awesome villain lair. While the Statesman are interesting there not really in the movie that much except for Whiskey who was a badass. Ginger was fine, Champagne was just Jeff Bridges in a cowboy hat and Tequila felt like he was just here to build him up for the third one. Elton John was also entertaining and funny. So yeah the new characters were kind of a mix bag.

The action scenes are very fun. Though my main gripes with the action is that there are not a lot of them (I think there are only five of them) and that there similar to the ones in the first one like the bar scene. Still, there very entertaining and violent. There’s also a great variety in the locations where these action scenes take place. The car chase at the beginning helps set up the movie. The climax is also entertaining though I think it goes through different stages. First it’s fighting the henchmen, then Charlie and the dogs, and when Whiskey.

This is where I get into Spoilers. Poppy’s evil plan is that she contaminated the drugs she sells. He holds America hostage saying that she has an antidote and that if the President legalizes drugs and end the drug war she will give the antidote. However the President decides to not go with it so that the drug users would die. There’s a scene where all of the frozen drug users are stored in a stadium and it is chilling.  Agent Whiskey also turns out to be working for the president though he has his own reasons. His wife and unborn child were killed by drug users so he also wants drug users to die. I’m kind of a sucker for gray morality in media.

I don’t think Kingsman the Golden Circle is as good the first one but it is still a fun continuation to a fun movie and I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here.

Verdict:
+Eggsy, Harry, and Merlin
+Gray morality
+/-New characters
+/-Action scenes
-Too silly

Score: A-

Baby Driver review

I wasn’t planning on reviewing this movie. But I heard that people have considered this to be one of the best movies of the year, so I thought about it and realized that I had a lot to say about it. Edgar Wright is considered to be a director that has not directed a bad film yet. Baby Driver is about a getaway driver named Baby who drives robbers from to heists, to pay off a debt from Doc.

Ansel Elgort as Baby is great. He has tinnitus due to a car accident that killed his parents and now he listens to music to block it out. Reminds me a lot of Peter Quill from Guardians of Galaxy. He also reminds me of Eggsy from Kingsman, I even thought it was the same actor. He’s a character that is doing a bad thing but is in it for the money to help his adoptive father. He has characters such as Debora and Joseph to keep him from going bad.

I think the story and narrative stand out to me. It starts out with already a great concept with a boy who is a getaway driver for robbers. Each heist shows a new character. I do think Doc asking Baby to come back for one more heist even though he let him go was a bit sudden and out of nowhere. On the final heist Baby decides he had enough of this and tries to escape. Bats and Buddy’s death are killed and Buddy vows revenge. After that it becomes more of a fugitive movie with Baby and Debora trying to escape the police and Buddy. Doc helps them escape though gets killed by Buddy in the process. They kill Buddy but Baby turns himself in. The story has a lot twist and turns and I had no idea what direction it was going.

One of the things that stood out to me was Buddy played by Jon Hamm. He doesn’t start off as the main villain or biggest threat (Doc or Bats seemed like they’d be the main threat) but when his wife is killed due to Baby he descends into vengeance and rage. The scene at the diner where Baby and Debora confront Buddy drinking coffee with the song “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up” by Barry White is chilling and probably my favorite scene in the movie.

If I had a problem with the movie is Griff played by Jon Bernthal. He’s not bad but he only appears in the begining and never shows up again. He has his own poster for god’s sake. Other then that Baby Driver is a creative and original film that is fun to watch.

Verdict:
+Ansel Elgort
+Buddy’s decent
+The story
-Doc’s sudden heist
-Griff

Score: B+

War for the Planet of the Apes review

Apes Together Strong

Sorry for not being active on this blog for a while. I’ve been busy hanging out with relatives, and painting at where my parents work. The reboot Planet of the Apes trilogy is one of the trilogies that is consistently good. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was your typical apes rising up against humans story while staying fresh. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes blurred the line between good and evil. showing that not all men are evil and not all apes are good. Now War for the Planet of the Apes concludes Caesar’s story.

Andy Serkis is great as Caesar. He comes off as a great leader who want’s to do what’s best for his people. He’s a very complex character that goes through lost and vengnece. His death while bittersweet shows peace and freedom to the people he cares about. Steve Zhan is also great as a new character in the trilogy named Bad Ape. He brings a lot of comedy and light to this dark and edgier movie. While on the subject of apes I have to say that the special effects on the apes gets better with each movie. Usually seeing only cgi characters for most of the movie could get tiresome but these characters look great. I could see this movie getting nominated at the Oscars for best visual effects.

The Colonel played by Woody Harrelson while acted well and intimidating, isn’t in the film as much as he should have. He’s not given much depth or reason to really feel bad for him.There’s also one scene in the movie that kind of pulls me out of it and that’s when one of the apes throws poo at one of the guards. Not a long scene but for a dark and edgier movie it doesn’t really fit.

The third movie in a trilogy is usually weaker then the previous two. War for the Planet of the Apes however is a rare example of the third movie be not only a strong conclusion but also the best movie in the trilogy.

Verdict:
+Caesar
+Visual Effects
+Bad ape
-Throwing poo scene
+/- The Colonel

Score: B

At one point I thought this was called War of the Planet of the Apes instead of War for the Planet of the Apes since the others were called Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes….You know it kind of becomes a hassle your movie has “of the” in the title twice. At least this one replaced one of the “of the’s” with “for the”.

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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