Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a 2017 animated superhero comedy film from DreamWorks Animation. It is a solid, but still inherently flawed movie.

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Wow! That is an expensive door.

I had to cancel the arts and music program.

I think I made the right choice

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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The plot follows two imaginary friends who are pranksters in school and they hypnotize their mean principal into thinking he is their imaginary superhero and of course mayhem and hilarity ensues. This plot obviously caters to a younger audience and although not many adults can really enjoy this movie, I enjoyed it to a degree and I think it surely must be great for children and especially young boys. It is interesting that both DreamWorks releases of 2017 – Captain Underpants and ‘The Boss Baby’ cater to young boys. I find that interesting and a positive development as we haven’t really had animated films just for boys in a while now.

The problem in this film is sorely its second act which is so troublesome that it hurt the movie tremendously. Suddenly the movie ventured into full superhero action mode with extensive action after action and that honestly bored me a lot. It was overly frenetic and just dull and too bombastic.

But the ending is quite sweet and the first act is easily the standout one as it has a lot of the comedy and not too much action plus the characters are at their best there and the pacing is slower and the movie is much more enjoyable to watch and even a lot of fun.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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So Captain Underpants has in my opinion pretty solid characters. Their development is not the greatest, but they are fun and likable. So George and Harold truly share a wonderful friendship. This is where that catering to young boys kicks into full gear – they are real boys, pranksters, always looking to have fun and to laugh and that was very realistic to witness. Sure, I would have loved to have seen some distinction between the two, but as a couple, they are superb and the highlight of this movie. Even their more cheesy moments are not pathetic as they are presented in a comedic manner.

They are so well done that unfortunately others could not compete. I surely really liked Principal Krupp and he was a wonderful cartoon villain for these two, but I honestly found Captain Underpants himself very annoying and overly childish to the point that I as an adult could not find him amusing. Melvin is typical and Professor Poopypants is a ridiculous villain, but he works in the context of this movie.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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However, all of these characters are ruined by their voice actors. Along with the second act, the voice acting just ruined this movie for me. The casting in particular. The adults are fine, but the kids are voiced by Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch and they are just not a good fit for these two boys at all. They are grown men in their late thirties and why do they continue to cast older men in children’s roles in animation I do not understand. It would have been fine if they knew how to improvise a kids’ voice, but these two are so bad at that.

What Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie nails entirely right has to be its animation. This is such a wonderful example that I hoped others in the animation industry will follow. Its budget was just 38 million and still it looks splendid, especially awesome given that small budget so you see that enormous budgets are not really necessary all the time.

The film has such a wonderful style to it that I really loved watching every second of it. It is based on a children’s novel series and the animation is fittingly very much like a book and a comic strip with very interesting, old-fashioned and unique for CGI character designs and excellent backgrounds and a great use of color. Some scenes even employed a very interesting book style and a great narration choice. Polished and simplistic, it felt like a pleasant, old-fashioned cartoon for kids which is exactly what it is. A great choice.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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It is badly paced as I said above, but David Soren actually directed the movie quite well, certainly better than what he did with ‘Madagascar’ or ‘Turbo’. The movie has an immature toilet humor, but it actually works well for this type of film that is catered for a very young audience. It is a cartoon in every sense of that word and sometimes having a cartoon movie is just what you need.

Tremendously hurt by its overly bombastic and frenetic second act and terrible voice casting as the kids are voiced by older men and they sound like adults, Captain Underpants is still a pretty solid film which caters to young boys and should prove amazing for them as the central duo is excellent, the film is mostly a lot of fun and its animation is so good, particularly strong for its very small budget, with a wonderfully simplistic and unique style to it.

My Rating – 3.5

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 superhero film which is Marvel’s sixteenth film and the second Spider-Man reboot. It is the best Spider-Man film so far.

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I’m nothing without the suit!

If you’re nothing without the suit,

then you shouldn’t have it

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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Marvel was always the right place for this character and the Sony-Marvel co-production really led to a stellar film here. What I loved about it is how it is different. It is so original for a reboot, especially a second one, and the plot and even the characters are different than usual.

We did not get an origin story here and I was thankful again. Twice was enough, thank you very much. We were also spared from the family drama which was also great. The overall storyline isn’t great, but is pretty competent and the film flies by how fun it is.

The only problem is the high-school stuff. I was promised a movie in the vein of John Hughes teen flicks of the eighties and I never really got that and that bothered me. Surely some of its moments were good and the teenagers mostly felt more realistic than your usual movie teenagers, but mostly the film relied too little on that aspect and certainly not as much as I expected it would.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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Tom Holland kills it in this role which was expected from his caliber as he was amazing in ‘The Impossible’. He truly became both Spider-Man and Peter Parker and is undoubtedly the best incarnation of this superhero yet. But what I did not expect is the greatness of Vulture who turned out amazing. Finally we got a truly great, awesome MCU villain and I absolutely loved how creepy he was and his suit was also very interesting and creepy. The scene in the car where he interrogates Peter and realizes his identity is just absolutely brilliant in its intensity.

Happy is funny at times and MJ is interesting but sorely underutilized. Aunt May is a lot of fun and very charming whereas Tony Stark was used in the best way possible. He is quite restrained and not overused yet expectedly funny and arrogant. I loved the Pepper scene and I want her to return to the MCU soon. Flash is somewhat typical as Peter’s rival, but Ned is a solid comic relief, typical but solid and his nerdy lines were funny.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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Spider-Man: Homecoming has another fatal flaw apart from the high school stuff and that is the entire action finale. I really disliked it. I do get that Vulture flies and it was suitable that they fought in midair but it was weakly executed in action and in effects and it was just not at all exciting. But the rest of the movie thankfully featured very good, though not great, action scenes.

Which brings me to my next point – this Spider-Man is not cool. That was the decision that paid off with me as I sympathized and connected with him and he proved relatable to me but I do not know how others would like that. But he should be unprepared and clumsy as he’s a teenager who is just learning and beginning his superheroics. He was so clumsy, whiny and even incapable of anything that it was really a shock to see. He even did not beat the villain in the end and he never really succeeded in anything, but he kept trying and that was wonderful to witness.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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I also liked that he refused to join the Avengers even though he had a blast with them in ‘Civil War’. This movie features good dialogue, solid humor and pretty good score. It is fun and funny throughout and is in my opinion the best ever Spider-Man film. It is a proof that 2017 is the best ever year for superhero films. ‘Logan’ gave us emotion and realism, ‘Wonder Woman’ gave us the humanity and classical approach and Homecoming gives us the relatability. All three are such good movies and I loved each one of them. This one is also going to end up pretty high on my Marvel ranking list.

Spider-Man Homecoming is the best Spider-Man movie yet and it features the best incarnation yet with Tom Holland killing it in the role and basically becoming both Spidey and Peter Parker. The movie is not great as the last action scene was disappointing in my opinion and the film never really gave me the John Hughes teenage drama that I was promised, but it still features a pretty strong plot thankfully devoid of an origin story, different and interesting characters, a relatable hero, fun action and humor and the first truly great MCU villain in Vulture who is so incredible (the car sequence is brilliant in its intensity). It is another very strong superhero film in the best year ever for the genre.

My Rating – 4

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Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade: Trinity Movie Review

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Blade: Trinity Movie Review

Blade: Trinity is a 2004 superhero film directed by David S. Goyer and starring Wesley Snipes and Ryan Reynolds. It is a weak conclusion to the trilogy.

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Oh, fuck me sideways!

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Blade: Trinity Movie Review

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David Goyer’s inclusion of course led to the worst entry in the franchise as he is such an untalented individual. And surely not only ‘Blade II’ but also ‘Blade’ is much better than Trinity owing to much better action for instance.

The action here is pretty uninspired with only some scenes being okay but most are dull and not all that well executed and nowhere near as exciting as its predecessor’s. Definitely the direction is problematic here and I wish that they brought a different director.

I also found its plot and characterization as weak and as forgettable as is usual for this series but this time around it is even weaker than before as it is overly convoluted and not entertaining at all.

The film also doesn’t know what it wants to be as it is sometimes overly serious with too much gore and violence and sometimes it is ridiculously campy and silly. The tone surely is all  over the place in this one. Technically and script-wise, the film fails on every level.

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Blade: Trinity Movie Review

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But Blade: Trinity isn’t terrible and is mediocre as it has its fun scenes and mainly because of the welcome presence of Ryan Reynolds who is here nowhere near as memorable as he was in ‘Deadpool’, but he is similar to his role in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. He is energetic, fun and funny and he brought the necessary energy and humor to an otherwise bland movie which is easily the worst in the franchise and of course it killed the whole franchise with one punch.

The presence of pre-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds is quite welcome as he brought humor and energy to an otherwise bland and dull movie. Blade: Trinity has weak action, story and problematic tone and David Goyer definitely destroyed the film and the entire franchise.

My Rating – 2.5

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Blade II (2002)

 Blade II Review

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Blade II Movie Review

Blade II is a 2002 superhero horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Wesley Snipes. It is an improvement upon its predecessor.

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What do you really think?

They’re gonna fuck us the first chance they get

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Blade II Movie Review

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Yes, I definitely preferred Blade II over ‘Blade’. It certainly does have all of the problems of the original and surely enough, Wesley Snipes’ performance is as weak and mediocre as it was in the original and the plot is almost non-existent. Actually the plot is worse here as it is much more convoluted with too many characters and plot points.

I liked the villains, but overall the characters were quite weak. And the acting is nothing to write home about. The approach is actually kind of interesting. Whereas the original was all about action, this is also filled with action, but it definitely also has evident horror sensibilities as it is much more gory and disgusting this time around.

That is mostly because this is the product of Guillermo del Toro who has always preferred horror. And he is most definitely the sole reason why Blade II is an improvement as his direction definitely leads to a better put out and looking film. I liked the special effects and the film looks and sounds fine (though it relied too heavily on aggressive music but that fits the story for sure), but the action is just fantastic.

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Blade II Movie Review

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Blade II needs to be seen just for the action and nothing else because it is still a three-star movie to me, definitely a stronger three, but still I gave it that rating as the plot and characters are just so mediocre. But the action is actually stupendous and definitely worth a watch.

I loved the fighting style of Blade and all of his fights were excellent, beautifully choreographed and just a lot of fun. It certainly felt too much like a video game, but for gamers, this should prove a big treat. Some of the set pieces were excellent and some action scenes were so phenomenally executed and so entertaining that they could rival the work of the MCU.

Blade II still has very mediocre characterization, weak acting and the story is not only subpar but also way too convoluted this time around, but Guillermo del Toro’s involvement led to much better direction, special effects and mostly action which is actually terrific in its execution and a lot of fun leading to a sequel that trumps its predecessor.

My Rating – 3

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Blade (1998)

Blade Movie Review

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Blade Movie Review

Blade is a 1998 vampire superhero film starring Wesley Snipes. It is a fun, but typical superhero flick.

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I’m gonna be naughty!

I’m gonna be a naughty vampire god!

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Blade Movie Review

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The story here is your typical vampire storyline which wasn’t really well crafted or original in any way. I’ve seen this stuff many times before in different franchises, but I guess it was one of the first of its type as it was released all the way back in 1998. Still, it has no meaning to it, it has too many characters and it is a movie where you can just turn off your brain and enjoy the action on screen.

And the action is very good. The film is overly violent in my opinion and I have to say that the special effects are mediocre and some of it felt incredibly dated and unappealing, especially the gore. But the action is fun, the fights are all very well shot and executed and the film is entertaining for featuring a bunch of memorable set pieces and different fights.

Blade features Wesley Snipes at the height of his popularity and though he did sell his action scenes very well and he gave a good physical performance, his acting abilities are quite subpar. The same goes for the other actors. There are some memorable characters here, especially the villains, but the actors do not excel at playing them.

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Blade Movie Review

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So Blade is mostly a fun little film that serves its purpose if you turn off your brain and do not expect much apart from action and solid entertainment. It is two hours long, but mostly pretty engaging and entertaining and it does have solid cinematography and action that pleasantly reminded me of the comic book style. Really well done except for the effects. I wanted more from the superhero genre and less from the vampire one as I am not a fan of it, but it is a passable film which is good for a solid fun night and nothing more. Just as I expected from it to be honest. It fulfilled all my low expectations.

Blade is a fun film that features very good and entertaining action sequences and a good comic book style to it, but it has a regular vampire story, Wesley Snipes is memorable in the role but not a great actor and the VFX are admittedly very dated. It is an okay film that serves its purpose to entertain and nothing more than that.

My Rating – 3

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Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman Movie Review

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

Wonder Woman is a 2017 superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. It is such a good, unexpectedly competent movie.

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I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

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This movie is so good because it succeeds in various areas. It has a good backstory and fun action and thus succeeding as a pretty remarkable superhero flick which is wonderfully old-fashioned and traditional which I adored. It also surprisingly enough succeeds as an exceptionally strong romance film as the relationship between these two is simply fantastic. And in my opinion it is a pretty competent World War I picture in its own right. So you have three movies in here and all are very good.

Diana Prince is simply great. I finally realized why so many people love this character as this movie showcases that brilliantly. She succeeds in large part thanks to Gal Gadot whose performance, although far from great, is actually pretty solid for an amateur actress. But her charm and evident charisma carries this entire movie through and she is so wonderful and with such an infectious smile. I loved her here, but the character development is superb for her. She learns throughout the movie the true nature of humans and how complex they are and thus becomes much more mature instead of idealistic and naive which she was before.

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

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Chris Pine is excellent, though obviously typecast, as Steve Trevor and is very funny and energetic in the role. Their romance develops naturally, it is sweet and playful and his eventual death is impactful and proves to be essential for her winning the battle against Ares. The power of love is here repeated in a similar fashion from Harry Potter, but it still works.

Robin Wright’s Antiope is tough and memorable, Doctor Poison is also pretty interesting and of the comic reliefs, all of them are typical, but solid nonetheless. I honestly thought that Ares was a solid villain in that old-fashioned sense and he was pretty competent and tough to beat which was great. But I do think that her realization that there was no Ares and that humans are responsible for the war was so fantastic that the movie would have been better had it stayed in that more realistic and character-driven territory. But that realization sequence still remains the best of the entire movie.

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

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So Wonder Woman is very well acted and superbly directed by Patty Jenkins who deserves everything she gets after this movie. Her direction is the reason why it is so good as she took the cues from previous superhero movies of the last century such as ‘Superman’ and made the movie feel old-fashioned, yet modern at its core.

Another problem besides the last bombastic act is the action. It would have been terrific had it not been for the extensive use of slow-motion which really got on my nerves. I guess some of it was cool, but it became overly abundant and annoying quickly and the action is otherwise so well executed that the choice to slow it down and make it “cool” hurt it in the long run.

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

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The score is absolutely amazing and her theme is brilliant. I thought the humor was excellent and the film made me laugh quite a number of times. I loved some of its hilarious lines and the playful, more innocent tone made it a winner in my book as most superhero films today are way too dark and serious. Its anti-war message is very strong, it makes use of a less popular war superbly and I just loved how emotional, human and ultimately powerful it was. It truly is the only worthy DCEU flick thus far that can for sure rival the best of the MCU.

Wonder Woman has more than a typical bombastic ending and the extensive use of annoying slow-motion really hurt the action in the long run, but other than that, this is such a great, stupendous superhero flick which I adored and which was hugely entertaining. Its playful, comedic tone is refreshing, it has a wonderfully old-fashioned approach to the genre, it is emotional and with a very strong anti-war statement, the music is simply fantastic with her theme being instantly recognizable, Gal Gadot is so charismatic and wonderful in the role and the movie succeeds as a superhero, World War I and even a strong romance film.

My Rating – 4

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Review

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Review

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 fantasy superhero film directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman. It is a satisfactory, improved sequel.

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We die and the world will be poorer for it

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Review

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Yes, I have to say that I liked this film much more than I liked its predecessor which was just an okay movie for me, but this one was quite solid although still far from the director’s best works. The reason why I liked it is because it is much lighter and less serious in tone and because it is basically a fantasy film in tone and setting.

It is a fun film which features a bunch of memorable set pieces. The visual effects are more than stellar and I agree with critics that the mix of old and new in their execution is actually quite interesting and pleasing. The score is forgettable, but del Toro’s direction is good and the film is visually dazzling enough to compensate for its many flaws.

One of Hellboy II’s flaws is naturally the character development. The acting is definitely very solid, but the characters are once again highly forgettable and overly abundant. Hellboy himself has some good moments, the rage parts being the best, but I thought that the rest of the characters never really got enough to do and some, such as Jeffrey Tambor’s character, were really shortened this time around.

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Review

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Hellboy II also features very odd pacing. I found the action scenes overwhelming and I was bored with them and I liked the fantastical parts much more as those were filled with fascinating creatures and highly memorable set pieces. But the first act was dull and the second act had its problems. The third is definitely the best part of the entire film as it is much more entertaining and memorable than the rest of the film.

It is weird but I would say it is almost too much taken from the comics. The style is great, but sometimes both of the films were even too stylish and although some scenes are pleasantly mysterious with great world building, they were offset by too much action in other scenes.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army still has overwhelming action and pretty weak character development, but it is ultimately an improvement over the original with a much more entertaining plot with a good fantasy angle to it and a lot of great set pieces, interesting creatures and great visuals.

My Rating – 3.5

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Unbreakable (2000)

Unbreakable Movie Review

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Unbreakable Movie Review

Unbreakable is a 2000 superhero thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Wright. It is a mediocrity.

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Do you know what the scariest thing is?

To not know your place in this world, to not know why you’re here.

That’s… that’s just an awful feeling

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Unbreakable Movie Review

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I really disliked this movie and it is the director’s most overrated films that thankfully never reached more than its mild cult status. The plot is such a mish-mash of ideas bundled together into an incoherent mess that it thoroughly annoyed me. I guess I am frustrated by superhero movies pretending to be something they are not and this one is certainly guilty of that.
It is some sort of a superhero film, but it also tries to be a drama and a thriller and it fails miserably in every one of those genres and tones. Yes, it is that weak. The story certainly had potential, but it was ruined by awful execution, bland characters and one of the most obvious twist endings ever.
The characters are so bland and dull that they got on my nerves. The performances are solid, but Jackson’s character is an obvious villain from the start, the wife is boring and the main character is entirely forgettable and almost like a non-existent entity and a shell of a person. The romantic scenes were thoroughly unnecessary and they just plodded an otherwise boring and slow movie.

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Unbreakable Movie Review

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Yes, Unbreakable is so slow that it bored me to death. Nothing ever happens in the first half and whenever it tries to be serious, it just manages to bore. It is a pretentious mess for which Shyamalan is certainly the one to blame as the script and dialogue are admittedly okay. I was bored and frustrated immensely by this movie and it is one of the worst films I’ve seen recently.

Unbreakable had potential as the premise and dialogue are admittedly okay, but the characters are ridiculously bland and dull, its twist ending is beyond obvious and it is such a pretentious and thoroughly unsuccessful mix of genres which was very slow and extremely boring to watch.

My Rating – 2.5

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor: The Dark World Review

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Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 superhero film starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston. It is one of Marvel’s weakest movies.

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Your brother isn’t coming, is he?

Loki is dead. Thank God… I’m so sorry

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Thor: The Dark World Review

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The major problem with this movie is that it is just way too silly to be taken seriously. The first half was okay, but the second half with all of that crazy action felt just ridiculous and sometimes it felt like watching some made-up nonsense. That was certainly disappointing having in mind that the first Thor movie was at least somewhat serious and well crafted in plot.

I liked Jane and Thor’s relationship. She was solid here and the two were good together. But Loki was the best here, albeit his conclusion felt ridiculous and not explained well at all. But Loki and Thor have a great relationship and their scenes together are very good. The villains are once again weak. The death of Frigga was tragic and well handled. As for the sidekicks, Darcy is as funny as usual, but Erik was a bit too goofy in my opinion. Way over-the-top.

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Thor: The Dark World Review

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Of course the film is well acted, but to me Chris Hemsworth was much weaker in comparison to Natalie Portman and especially Tom Hiddleston, both really good here. As for its other technicalities, they are weak. The direction is quite weak as is expected from a small director. The editing is also problematic and the film’s special effects are not particularly memorable.

Let’s talk about the action. Thor: The Dark World has some good action sequences, but most of it felt uninspired and typical. And certainly forgettable as it the entire film. Its fantasy elements disappointed me the most. Asgard is as good looking and as inviting as it was before, but everything with its villains and the physics in this movie was not only weakly explained and sort of thrown into the mix with no thought whatsoever, but some of it also felt ridiculous and genuinely laughable. Especially Jane’s role and that last fight on Earth was just too silly. It ruined the movie the most, that sequence in particular.

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Thor: The Dark World Review

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But the humor is solid and it is without any doubt the movie’s biggest strength. Darcy made me laugh and even Thor managed to bring a couple of memorable lines himself. Loki’s imitation of Captain America was surely hilarious, if out of place in this movie. The film is the kind of light, silly and comedic blockbuster that definitely will satisfy most of the masses, but to me it felt just overly ridiculous and so stupid and underdeveloped with a lack of focus, a hard to follow plot and an odd ending that it ended up being one of the weakest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It certainly isn’t ‘Iron Man 2’, but it also isn’t ‘Thor’ as that original movie was just so much better in almost every way.

Thor: The Dark World is funny at times, Loki is very good here and some scenes were memorable, but this was for the most part an overly ridiculous affair with such a silly third act that was just stupid in my opinion, a hard to follow plot that made no sense whatsoever and forgettable action sequences leading to what is inarguably one of the weakest MCU films.

My Rating – 3

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Logan (2017)

Logan Movie Review

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Logan Movie Review

Logan is a 2017 superhero film directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen. It is such a great, competent movie.

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This is what life looks like: people love each other.

You should take a moment…

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Logan Movie Review

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I really liked the story here. Yes, most of it was a regular road trip, crime drama flick, but the film delivers in so many memorable, powerful sequences. To me the first half was a bit better than the second one, but the second one is also very good with its fair share of moving and brutal scenes. And yes, the movie defies genre conventions as it cannot easily be classified. It is to me more a crime drama than a superhero film, but I liked that it was still at its core a superhero and X-Men movie and it never forgot that.

As for its R-rating, I definitely was appalled by some scenes and I generally dislike overly violent movies, but it did make the film feel more real and realistic plus most of those gross moments were thankfully very quick and did not last for too long. But what I liked most about its brutality is that it is raw and brutal in its emotion as it’s basically a tragedy with so many heartbreaking, truly horrific scenes and such a high death count.

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Logan Movie Review

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The character development is simply fantastic. Wolverine has never been better before and this is his ultimate and most important movie. He is here such a great character owing to the mix of pure animal and human emotion in his portrayal. Such a complex character. The same goes to Charles Xavier who was so great here, not only heartwarming, but also funny at times. The relationship between the two is so moving.

Let’s talk about Laura. So good. She also had some emotional moments near the end, but for the most part, she was such a badass female child character with genuine animalistic behavior and instincts. She was definitely the most memorable and fun addition here. Caliban wasn’t particularly memorable, but the villains are so good and of course X-24 is such a creepy, superb villain whom I just loved.

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Logan Movie Review

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The acting is top-notch. Dafne Keen is another strong child actor as there has been quite a few in recent years. She delivered such a strong, stupendous performance. But Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman are simply amazing. Stewart should definitely receive an Oscar nomination for this role and some of his speeches were so heartwarming and beautiful to hear. He sold all of those emotional moments. But we knew of his greatness, what I did not expect is the raw and moving work that Hugh Jackman put in his performance. He really delivered here and gave a perfect performance in his swansong for the series.

I loved the action in Logan. It was too detailed, realistic and brutal, but so well executed with such great camera movements and excellent fighting. The film was so entertaining and even riveting in its action and almost all of those scenes were perfectly executed.

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Logan Movie Review

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But the film is not just action. In fact, it is mostly a drama and it has a lot of slower and more subtle scenes which I loved. Of course its emotion is devastating and so strong. I thought the deaths were expected and although the final sequence was beautiful and so well made, I was much more moved by Charles’ death than Logan’s. That was mainly because that entire scene was just so original and unexpected that it was the highlight of the movie. I was honestly a bit scared watching X-24 and the scene not only had such a great, beautiful speech, but it was cut so unexpectedly by that baffling stab. It was quite unsettling, tragic and overall such a crazy scene that really worked.

Logan is very well made technically. I loved its spare usage of special effects, that was refreshing to witness. I liked its diverse genres and I loved the overall tone of the movie. It is so dark and tragic, but it manages to have some laughs in it as well. It is a surprisingly funny movie with its fair share of hilarious moments. Charles was particularly amusing with his smartass remarks. Watching a superhero movie that is both light and dark in almost equal measure just made my day.

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Logan Movie Review

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The dialogue is very strong, the script is smart and it has a couple of smart metaphors and observations. The running time is long, but it never felt boring and was in fact surprisingly well edited and structured. It tied in so well with the other X-Men films, but it still works so great as a standalone film. And even though ‘First Class’ and ‘Days of Future Past’ are still better in my opinion, Logan is just behind and that was a great achievement.

Although definitely too violent, Logan is a very realistic, moving and sometimes even genuinely tragic and heartbreaking movie. The character development is absolutely fantastic, the performances from Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman are so good, the humor is quite strong and the film’s action is so well executed, but also never overwhelming. It is such a well edited, clever and emotional film with a couple of truly moving and beautiful sequences that are hard to forget leading to such a phenomenal, genuinely different superhero outing that simultaneously works great as an X-Men and as a standalone movie.

My Rating – 4.5

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