Review : Black Panther

“T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.”

At this point, Black Panther has done something not many movies can claim, and it’s not all the money it’s making, it’s that it has become more than just a movie, it’s become a movement. So much has been put on this movie because of its almost entirely black cast, and its African centric content. It’s gotten to the point where wether or not this movie is good as a movie is more or less irrelevant, and just like the movie itself, that’s good and bad. There are many areas where Black Panther really stands up as a movie and makes a statement, and there are things that let it down a bit. To start with this is definitely the most political comic book movie ever made, and it’s very bold in its subject matter. It tackles black issues from basically the beginning of Africa to current day, and it does so by mostly raising discussion, but it does also offer some words or wisdom if not answers about them. But this movie is still also a movie, and as a movie it has an entirely separate section of obligations to attend to. The cast here is really excellent, everyone does s great job at the personal and interpersonal relationships between characters, and the subtle things that make them all different. One of the biggest complaints lodged about MCU movies are the villains, and Michael B Jordan’s “Killmonger” is at the same time a break from their typical villain typecast, and yet even he shares some of the issues of those very characters. In many ways Killmonger is the antithesis of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa. They come from opposite side of the same tracks (a metaphor terned visual by the end) in their view of the world, but they still want similar ends, just by vastly different means. Killmonger also has very strong and very well motivated moral convictions, that force us and T’Challa to change how they look at the world, and in this manner he is successful, where that character breaks down, is in the inevitability of him become a Black Panther to fight Black Panther. In so many of these movies we get villains that are reduced to being a different colour or style of our hero, whereas all the really great villains of the MCU become more than that. That’s all not to say I didn’t like his character or Jordan’s portrayal of him, Killmonger was always truly poignant and decisive in his actions, but I can’t not see that he still added to that trend of MCU villains. I see any criticism of this film has been treated as a strike against all the great things this movie can mean and create, and I wish it only success, but this is s movie review, and when I see issues I have to raise them. Outside of what this movie brings politically and culturally, the thing that this movie is missing to be at the level of say the top 5 movies of it kind is that it’s missing that real stand out moment that will have the average viewer wanting to rewatch this movie. Black Panther is a great movie, and it’s a mold breaker in many ways, but it’s not a mold breaker just as a movie. I feel very much about this movie as I did about the first Guardians of the Galaxy, that it’s something we haven’t seen before in many ways, but it’s still has some of the pitfalls that can plague movies like this. Black Panther has the pressure on it of having to be great movie, a great political piece, and a great comic book movie. And honestly, it should be commended for what’s its done in all of those arenas, but some that pressure and those expectations are a blessing and a curse. Everyone should see this movie for its messages. Anyone who’s a fan of these movies should see it also. Wether this movie should be judged just on its merits as a film, or on something more isn’t for me to say, but I have tried my best to explain how it made me feel, and the enjoyment I certainly had with it.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

There are also two end credit scenes just a FYI.

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Review : Thor Ragnarok


“Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.”

First of all, I must say how continually impressed I am with Marvels ability to keep a lot of the reveals in their movies a secret, and just how much money they are clearly willing to spend to keep them secret. I won’t spoil any of them here, but let’s just say, they paid probably millions of dollars to allow things to be in the trailer, but not in their final forms. The second thing I want to address is the MCU debut of Taika Waititi, who comes in bringing his personal brand and style of movie making, that both fit and doesn’t fit in the MCU. Prior to Ragnarok, Thor had been, and had been used as the MCU’s Shakespearean elements. This iteration of the character however, is so much more comedic and light hearted, that even thought a lot of previous incidental humor is used here, the characters themselves take themselves so much less seriously. This movie is a blast though, and from its opening, which might be one of the best opening scenes in any comic book movie, to its rip roaring end, Ragnarok is an action adventure roller coaster of laughs. They’re so many new characters here, and there’s also a bit of character house cleaning, that would streamline the Thor household going forward. The biggest stand out of all of these though, is Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, and her final outfit is honestly some of the most stunning costuming I’ve ever seen. Her character ads both depth to the Thor mythos, while also adding a strong female of colour that we don’t get too much off in these kinds of movies. She also allows for one of the best scenes in the entire movie, and I’d probably cosplay as her if I wouldn’t have to shave my beard off. The new look, new attitude Thor here is also really good, as Chris Hemsworth as an actor has great comedic timing, and being able to flex those muscles a bit was very entertaining. Like most all MCU movies, this one also has some villain problems, and while Cate Blanchett brings an amazing presence and gravitas to Hela, the conseit of making her character the way it was, meant there couldn’t truly be a satisfying conclusion for her storyline. The movie itself does sacrifice some of the substance of other MCU movies, but it definitely sacrificed it for entertainment, and a mass appeal this franchise never was able to attain. Scoring this movie by itself , and as a part of the MCU, are two different things, and that’s maybe the only plaice this movie truly falls down. All in all, Thor Ragnarok is the most fun you’re going to have in a cinema for a while, it just doesn’t reach as deep down as some of the movies we praise as the absolute best of the MCU.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

Trailer of the Week! Comic Con Edition!

So I know gave you guys a trailer(s) of the week already, but with all the extra stuff this week, I also decided to give you my pick, for what was the best of all the trailers out of Comic con. The Comic con best trailer goes to…

Thor Ragnarok (Comic con Trailer)

Talk about money shots, this trailer has everything. This trailer does so many things, and it does them all amazingly. To start, we get the full brunt of the new tone for this franchise (Thor movies that is), and in that new tone, we get a perfect blend of the quirky and witty humor of Taika Waititi, blended perfectly and seamlessly with the over the top astral combat that a movie like Thor allows for.

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We also get a much better look at all the main characters here, and a slightly better look at their individual roles. This movie sees the addition of a host of new characters, new both to Thor, and the MCU on a whole. This new team of Thor, Hulk, Loki, and Valkyrie, has to team up against the likes of Hela, Skurge, The Grandmaster, and even the fire lord Surtur. This trailer really give us an idea of just how epic of adventure this movie is set to take us on.

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The visuals look stunning. The costuming and effects are out of this world. The acting on show here is also incredible, especially from the new additions to the Thor cast, and all of these things together give this trailer an amazing base, that when it hits us with those amazing shots and reveals, each one bigger than the last, that theres no way to watch this trailer and not get hyped up. So what do you think? Agree with my choice for the pick of the litter of the comic con trailers, and did you have another one in mind?

Review : Spider-Man Homecoming

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“Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.”

While I do think that Spider-Man 2 is still the best Spider-Man movie ever made (just barely really), this movie is the next one up. Spider-Man Homecoming takes us through our first look at a Spider-Man movie that has the influence of Marvel Studios, and not just Sony, and it really shows. This movie gives us 100% the most comically accurate Spider-Man/Peter Parker that we’ve ever seen on screen. For the first time, we genuinely get a well done and fully believable high school aged and set Spider-Man story. Between the physical stature, the rest of the cast, and the genuine young age of Tom Holland, everything works out perfectly to make the perfect Spider-Man. That gives the movie a real sense of fun, but also with purpose, it feels like when the movie ramps things up, that there are genuinely stakes. This movie is also full of surprises, and I mean really full of them, some that I figured, but some I didn’t seeing coming at all. There is a large cast here also, but unless you were really dead set on some particular actor’s role, all the characters here do get either enough time to shine, or you see the roots they have set down for further movies. The movie maybe some could say is missing or lacking just one more action set piece, but I think thats neither here nor there really. This movie does connect to the wider MCU, but it also does a great job of both being its own film, and also setting down great roots for its later movies. All in all, Spider-Man Homecoming is almost the best Spider-Man movie ever made, but definitely the best Spider-Man/Peter Parker ever, and if nothing else, thats worth the price of admission.

Review Score: 9 out of 10

SpiderMan back in the MCU

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Yes, finally, the rumours have turned to truth. In a landmark move, Sony have decided to, while retaining the rights for, allow Marvel to use the character of SiperMan in their cinematic universe going forward. So yes from now on Marvel can use him when and where they like for the most part, but Sony will still retain his rights, in terms of creative control, financing and distribution. We also know that both companies plan on re-casting the role as well. So what does this really mean going forward? It means for one that fan boys across the world all just had to change their pants. It means certain story lines that we always wanted to see how they would be adapted, now don’t have to go through the major changes we would have expected. It means we could even see a different SpierMan, like a Miles Morales SpiderMan even. It also means that Sony and Marvel can have their cake and eat it too. sony can now piggy back on the good name of Marvel, but they can still make a butt load of money holding on to his rights, while Marvel will ALSO be able to ramp up their box office with the addition of the web slinger.