Review : Wonder Woman

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“Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.”

So just for full disclosure, I’ve had Wonder Woman’s theme as my phone ring tone, for like a year now, needless to say I have been nothing but super hyped waiting for this movie, and my expectations were super high. All that being said, this movie is pretty awesome. Gal Gadot, is honestly the greatest incarnation of the character we have ever gotten, and she brings everything to the role. She’s absolutely stunning, she brings the physicality, and she does excellent at playing both the strong, soft, and funny moments. However, she does have some help in here in a fantastically played secondary character in Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor. The two had a great chemistry and they played extremely well off of each other, especially in the softer more quiet moments in here. And even for all the great action in here, a lot of the best scene are honestly these soft, quiet, and subtle scenes between Chris and Gal (and some others with the other supporting cast). Like I said before though, the action in this movie is here, and its very well done. The film itself is also absolutely stunning when it needs and wants to be, doing a great job at juxtaposing the colour and vibrance of places like Themyscira, against the drab and dull world of man and of war. Wonder Woman is truly a film firing on all cylinders here, from acting, to action, and everything in-between. All in all, I think this movie will be a bit of a game changer, and come Monday, will likely be the most successful female directed and lead film we’ve ever seen. Go see it right now!

Review Score : 9 out of 10

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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“Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”

Guardians 2 takes us back to the most unique corner of the Marvel cinematic universe, and it does so with some style. This movie is very much like the movie before it, but its also somewhat of the complete opposite to the previous film. What I mean by that, is that Guardians 2 takes the team and the story line to a place where the first movie never went as far as character development, and the relationships between them. The movie here while it tells also a smaller story, it still tells one that has universal consequences. All the main characters are back here, plus some new team members that add a surprising amount of heart and life to the team, and movie, that could have felt a little flat in parts if we only had the original cast here. This is also most certainly the most isolated of all the Marvel movies, especially with the story told in this second movie, which is good and bad. On the one hand, it does help keep the story trim and tight, but it also makes the movie devoid of that extra spark that playing off of all the previous movies in the universe brings. All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, brings us another great soundtrack, some truly special and spectacular visual effects, and a real sense of family, but something about just seems to lack that little bit extra that the first movie had. Also, there are like 5 after/post/mid/during credit scenes here, so sit back relax and enjoy that.

Review Score: 7.5 out of 10

Review : Logan

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“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”

LOOOOOGGAANN! What a movie. So the aptly titled Logan is the final chapter in both the trilogy of Wolverine movies, and the supposed end to the characters portrayal by Hugh Jackman. After the first X-Men Origins Wolverine movie (which is trash) I didn’t have much hopes for the rest of the series, but The Wolverine actually got this franchise back on track, and now, we truly have a movie worthy of this beloved character. Logan is a real visceral, blood filled but yet surprisingly thoughtful movie that does a good job at touching on some complex issues in a very real world way. They also do well to setup a real beaten and broken down Logan, running from the exploits and legends of his past. They set him on a collision course for one last dive into the world of heroes for the former X-Man. This movie takes a lot of inspiration from classic westerns in more ways than one, and it does so subtly when they should be, and more overtly when it asks for it. Hugh Jackman has played this character for like 16 years or so, and honestly, he’s never been better, and that performance combined with Patrick Stewarts past his prime professor X, we get a real honest and unflattering representation of these characters like we’ve never seen before. I can’t personally go so far as to say this is the outright best X-Men movie ever made, but it damn well is up there. A real must see for anyone who’s a fan or even remotely interested in these characters.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review : Suicide Squad

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“A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.”

To address the Elephant in the room, no this movie isn’t as bad as all those early reviews said, but it isn’t amazing either. So this movie really is a mixed bag. On one hand, this is genuinely the first time we get to see these kind of adaptations of some fan favourite characters, and seeing that in itself is a great thing. They also don’t hold back on the weirdness and strangeness that make a lot of these characters so compelling. Most everyone here really does a good job with their individual characters, and through one way or another we get deeper looks into most of the cast, and why they may be the way they are. This movie however isn’t without problems or faults. The biggest of those being the storytelling, not the plot, but the way David Ayer seeks to tell the story itself. That narrative execution can get pretty messy at times, giving the movie a very cut and jump feeling at times, where some scenes seem to just come out of no where and just as quickly, are gone again. When the movie is set on its path its fine, it when it takes some of it detours that it can get sloppy, which is really a shame because it keeps this movie from truly living up to its full potential. All in all, its still worth a look, especially if you’re a fan of these characters and are interested in seeing them come to life on the biggest screen.

Review Score : 7 out of 10

BvS THE ULTIMATE EDITION

First of all, a lot of people owe Zack Snyder an apology. Secondly, never have I seen a directors or ultimate cut of a movie, that makes such a big difference in final product of a film. This cut, of Batman v Superman gives us so much more connective tissue, and such a better flow of an experience that I seriously can’t see how all of what was cut out of the theatrical version, was cut. And poor Lex Luthor, I thin his character most of all was robbed of so much of his true genius and sinister nature. We lost some of Batman being Batman in a really cool way. We even lost a really big chunk of the Superman character arch, and why he does certain things he does. To be clear, I was already a fan of the original cut, but so many of the things I had to connect for myself, were not only connected here on film, but they was even more that I hadn’t even caught when I saw the theatrical cut. The entire beginning of this movie is totally changed. The entire Africa sequence and plot line was so, so, SO short changed and rushed in the original cut, that when you see what was really meant to be seen, it boggles the mind how anyone could cut those scenes out and expect viewers to connect all the dots that this cut connects. I think that honestly, however you felt about the original cut of BvS, this version, will take your opinion about 25% higher guaranteed, if not higher. I can’t recommend enough that people get a hold of this cut and give this movie another look.

Review: X-Men Apocalypse

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“With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.”

All trilogies face a very difficult proposition. They are always meant to build from the first to the last, getting better and better as we go. However, most times the final movie in trilogies tends to be a let down, and the question now is… is X-Men apocalypse one of those? Yes and no. To just get over it from the start, this movie is not as good as Days of future past, but that was an incredibly high bar to try and overcome. It does do a good job at trying to get there though. This movie does live up to his name however, on delivering on both the character Apocalypse, and giving us an actual Apocalyptic event which raises the stakes from the last two movies. That being said, thats not to say this isn’t a good movie, but it does lack the lustre of its last two counterparts. The movie does give us some nice set pieces and it really does deliver in the emotional components, but it just seems to be lacking something. The shine of the past two movies does get a bit dulled here, amidst some scenes that were supremely well done in an overall movie that I do like a lot, but for some reason it just can’t reach that peak of potential. The casting here is also really well done, its nice to see a new lease on life for characters like Jean Grey and Cyclops, whom haven’t always had the best goes at it. This all might sound like a lot of gloom and doom, but I really need to reiterate how much I do like this movie. All in all, I think X-Men Apocalypse is one of those movies that I like now, but will like more as time goes by, and even if it won’t get to the Days of Future Past level, I do think it warrants this trilogy’s legitimacy in the best of what this genre has to offer.

Review Score: 8 out of 10

Captain America vs Batman

Now that the much anticipated Captain America: Civil War is out, it got me thinking about what will eventually go down as the best comic book movie trilogy of all time. For the longest time, the Nolan Batman trilogy has pretty much been the undisputed heavy weight champion of the world when it comes to this idea, but now, we truly have a contender to the belt (and a soon to be third possible contender when we get to see X-Men Apocalypse later this month). Now that we have finally seen the full realisation of the Captain America trilogy we can really get into a full comparison of the two. Lets look at the numbers first:

Batman Begins: 48 Million opening weekend (US) and a 374 Million worldwide total earning.

The Dark Knight: 158 Million opening weekend (US) and 1 Billion worldwide total earning.

The Dark Knight Rises: 160 Million opening weekend (US) and 1.1 Billion worldwide total earning.

That gives the Batman trilogy a total of 2.4 Billion earned, with an average opening weekend total of 122 Million.

Captain America The first Avenger: 65 Million opening weekend (US) and 370 Million worldwide total earning.

Captain America The Winter Soldier: 95 Million opening weekend (US) and 714 Million worldwide total earning.

Captain America Civil War: 179 Million opening weekend (US) and currently 767 Million worldwide at current date.

That gives the Captain America trilogy a total of 1.8 Billion currently, with Civil War still having a substantial run in cinemas to complete, and an average opening weekend total of 113 Million.

The movies are pretty close when it comes to dollars, and I fully expect that by the time Civil War is done its cinematic run, the total numbers I referenced above will be much, much closer. Another way we can look at these movies is to compare their relative ratings, and I’ve decided to use what I think most people use and respect as an good rating standard, in there Rottentomatoes scores.

 

Batman                                                                    Captain America

Batman Begins: 85%                                             The First Avenger: 80%

The Dark Knight: 94%                                          The Winter Soldier: 89%

The Dark Knight Rises: 87%                               Civil War: 90%currently

That gives the Batman trilogy an average rating of 89% and the Captain America movies at 86% (baring a big jump in the current rating for Civil War).

So now that you’ve seen all the numbers and stats, do you think the Batman Trilogy still reigns supreme, or has the usurper Captain America taken over?