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-

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+

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review

Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga,Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga (repeat)

Guardians of the Galaxy was my favorite movie of 2014. I still remember watching it in Valencia California (we were going to Six Flags Magic Mountain). The review contains Spoilers so be warned.

This sequel manages to be just as fun as the original. The Sovereign’s battle ships are controlled like playing arcade games, they even have the same arcade sounds. The movie is also very colorful.  The monsters that the guardians fight at the beginning vomits rainbows. Even the locations are really colorful, for example, the planet Contraxia looks incredible. I love the combination of a snowy planet with neon lights, it just looks so creative.

Some of the best stuff in this movie are the characters. The Guardians get a lot of character development and feel like a team more here then the first one. Every character feels like there important to the story and keep it flowing. Rocket and Yondu are definitely the best characters of the movie which is ironic because they both have a lot of scenes together. There’s a big connection between the two and makes for some good chemistry. Spoiler Alert: Even the villain Ego is one of the better ones in the MCU and leads to one of the best third halfs or climaxes in the MCU. If you look closely you can see Ego’s face on the planet. The fight between Peter and Ego is like something out of Dragonball Z. Yondu’s sacrifice at the end is very emotional and a great sendoff for an enjoyable character.

My main problem with the movie is the post credit scenes. Not that there bad but there did not need to be 5 of them. Only two build up to the next movie, the rest are mostly gag scenes. The first one deals with Kraglin messing with Yondu’s arrow and accidentally hitting Drax. This just came after ending where the Guardians and ravagers give a send off to there fallen hero.

I think Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is fun addition to the MCU and is just as great as the first one.

Verdict:
+The characters
+Fun moments
+Visually great
+Third Half
– Post credit scenes

Score: A

The Fate of the Furious review

Warning there are spoilers in this review so don’t be furious (wink).

I’m not a fan of this series but watching the trailer made me want to know why Dom was betraying his family. Thankfully this movie gave Dom a actually good reason. Spoiler Alert: While Letty was missing Dom dated Elena until Letty returned. It turns out that Elena had a baby and now Cipher is keeping her and her baby hostage so that Dom can do her bidding. The scene where Dom meets his baby boy for the first time is heartbreaking.

Ever had one of those villains that you really wanted to be defeated just by how vile they are? That’s where Cipher comes in. Charlize Theron is wonderful as Cipher. She’s smart, threatening, and able to control an army of zombie cars. There’s something so evil about villains using blackmail on heroes to betray friends or family. I also liked how the villain was also the one who employed Owen Shaw and Jakande, connecting those films together. It reminded me of Spectre. Cipher might be the best villain of the year so far. 

The highlight for me was the last half of the movie. Not just the submarine chase but also how Dom manages to defeat Cipher. Earlier Dom shoots Deckard but it turns out that he’s still alive. Dom gets the help of Deckard, his brother Owen, their mother, and Tego and Rico from a previous film. He even gets the help of the guy who raced Dom at the beginning of the film which ties together perfectly. It’s incredible that Dom manages to plan out all this and showing that’s he’s as smart as he is at driving.

The only flaws I can find are that the movie is over the top at times. There’s a scene at the end where Dom’s gang shield Dom from the submarine explosion. Still The Fate of the Furious is very fun and action packed.

Verdict:
+Cipher
+Dom’s reason
+The action
+The third half
-Too over the top and unrealistic

Score: B+

Smurfs The Lost Village review

Even from watching the trailers I could tell this was gonna be better than the first two Smurfs movies even if I thankfully never saw those movies. The animation is a lot better and looks just like the cartoon and comics. Gargamel is thankfully animated instead of live action though did they have to give him a bird henchmen when he already has the cat?

I think the positive stuff I found in this movie were from the characters. Team Smurf which consists of Smurfette, Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy do share a really nice friendship and work on each other very well. I also liked some of the female smurfs when they get to the lost village. Smurf Blossom is enjoyable and Smurf Storm is pretty badass.

The negatives however were definitely in the last half of the movie. The third half also feels rushed. Gargamel captures the smurfs (why am I not surprised?) and Smurfette decides to pledge her loyalty to him as a trick because she can absorb his magic. It goes by very quick and doesn’t leave an impact. Than comes the cliche death cop out. Smurfette returns back to her clay form. I thought she would return a few seconds later but there’s literally a scene where they take her body back to the village and they all hold hands and weep for her. She does come back to life (again not surprised) by the power of friendship. I felt that is should have happened back at Gargamel’s lair instead and we all have seen that scene where the hero dies but turns out to be okay so many times.

Throughout the movie there are pop songs that are really distracting. An example is when the smurfs are hanging out at the lost village. The pop song used is “I’m Blue”. I like the song but it’s only used just because the smurfs are blue.

All I can say is that it’s better then the other Smurfs movies but that doesn’t say much. The bright side is that I did get to see a teaser for My Little Pony Friendship is Magic the Movie.

Verdict:
+Better animation
+Team Smurf
+Female smurfs
-Pop songs
-Rushed third half
-Cliche death cop out

Score: C

Beauty and the Beast 2017 review

So before watching this movie I watched the original 1991 version. I thought it still holds up very well. A week later I saw the 2017 version and…after the original this was pretty underwhelming.

I thought the casting had good choices but also meh choices too. Emma Watson just doesnt have the charm of Paige O’Hara as Belle from 1991. Dan Stevens as the beast doesn’t have the intimidation of the original or the likability. There were some good casting choices like Kevin Kline as Maurice who plays him very different from the orignal. Josh Gard was also good as Lefou.

There are some really good things though. One of the things I liked that they added was that the castle has become very broken down due to the curse. Whenever a rose pedal falls part of the castle breaks. Another thing that I really liked was that the servants become more like the objects they turn into. A great scene in the end is where the last pedal falls and the servants become lifeless objects. It’s really sad  and gives them much more sympathy and higher stakes. I just noticed that the good stuff has to do with the curse itself.

I think the narrative structure of the movie is not as good as the 1991 version. An example would be in the original when the “Be Our Guest” song ends Belle asks for a tour of the castle which leads to her seeing the west wing. In this version the song number  literally cuts to black and then shows Belle randomly talking to Mrs. Potts then sees the west wing. The original seems to flow much better from scene to scene.

Now I will talk about a major issue with this movie and it’s the book scene. The enchantress gave the Beast a magical book that can teleport people. Belle and Beast uses it to teleport to Paris where she see’s her original home before she moved. This is a problem because why doesn’t Belle use the book to teleport back to the town and back before Gaston got to the castle? Also the book is never brought up again after that scene. So that makes it completely pointless.

I’ll be honest, I knew this would be good but I also thought, your not gonna beat the original either. My mom really liked it though. I’d say this was better then Cinderella 2015 but not as good as The Jungle Book 2016.

Verdict:
+/-Casting
+Supporting cast sympathy
+The Castle
-Narrative
-The book scene

Score: C+