Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 superhero comedy film directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth. It is a very problematic, but still highly entertaining film.

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I’ve been falling… for 30 minutes!

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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This is not one film but two films stacked together. Even I can realize that and I have not read these comics. They put two storylines together – one about Hela and another set in Sakaar. That is why the film felt rushed even with a long runtime and it felt hastily put together and not as well connected. I do think that two movies instead of one would have been better.

But I did really like both of these stories. The Hela one is very dark and brutal which I did not expect and it was very entertaining and Marvel raised the stakes somewhat successfully there (I will talk about that later). And the whole Sakaar story was even more entertaining as it gave us a bunch of new memorable characters, fun action and good humor.

Thor is changed here and although I love seeing Chris Hemsworth be funny and more jokey and energetic for a change, they still changed him too much to the point of almost becoming a different character. Loki was honestly unnecessary in this film. It is sad to say that but he lost his edge entirely and he became very predictable and boring. Hiddleston’s performance is also lacking. They should have killed him honestly as he was very stale here, especially put up against other new and fresh characters.

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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Let’s talk about Hela. I absolutely adored her. Finally we get a great Marvel villain. Cate Blanchett excelled in the role as she obviously had a lot of fun playing her and it translated to the character herself who is very entertaining. She looks amazing with her fun goth look and she posed serious threat and never made a single mistake. I loved how they had to bring Ragnarok to basically destroy the entire planet and that was the only way to kill her. And she is also very much evil and she was never humanized which was so refreshing.

Heimdall is forgettable here and Skurge’s story is typical and he took too much of the screen time. Valkyrie is problematic in my opinion. She is meant too much to be cool and to me an alcoholic is not cool. She was overly cold and aggressive as this typically feminist character.

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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Grandmaster is awesome. He is simply hilarious with his over-the-top theatrics and various funny facial expressions and lines. Jeff Goldblum absolutely killed it in this role. Hulk is great and I loved seeing Mark Ruffalo again. He did a really good job as this torn man with a split personality and both Hulk and Bruce Banner are very well developed here. Odin should have been utilized more. Others are not all that important and I did not understand why they included Stephen Strange for just one scene. A total waste of a great character from my favorite superhero movie.

Thor: Ragnarok honestly has some pretty weak special effects, especially for this day and age. The imagery was fine, but the effects were lacking. The film is rushed, but entertaining from beginning to end and so well acted and also directed by talented Taika Waititi. It most certainly is a giant improvement over the previous film and even the original, but it is still far from the best MCU films because it has one inescapable problem.

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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And that problem is the film’s humor. It was forced at times in the vein of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ and even though some scenes and lines and facial expressions were hilarious, I did not laugh as much as I should have.

But the major problem is that the tone is all over the place. In this film we get to see Thor lose his hammer and his eye and we get to see Asgard totally destroyed. Those are some of the darkest scenes from any MCU film so far and I respected that they took those risks, but they only paid off to a certain extent because they were undone by jokes.

I do not understand how they could joke about something so horrible and serious and those darkest moments were thus mostly ruined. The film is still quite good and hugely entertaining, but not great as it was seriously hurt by its comedic approach and especially by that very unappealing first act. But at least the other two acts were great.

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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Thor: Ragnarok is a very good, but also very problematic movie and thus far from the best when it comes to the MCU. The first act is mostly quite unappealing and the film’s humor is good, but it can be forced at times. This movie should not have been a total comedy as it has some of the darkest scenes of any Marvel movie and those scenes that should have raised stakes and should have felt horrible were seriously offset by the obligatory upcoming jokes. Still, there is a lot to love here from the action which is a lot of fun to its two stories which are clumsily put together but are both excellent. Thor is funnier and more interesting here, Hulk is great, Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster is frequently hilarious and Hela is the best thing about the entire film. Cate Blanchett obviously had a lot of fun playing the role, she looks great, she is powerful and never made a single mistake and she is refreshingly purely evil and never humanized leading to Marvel’s very best villain so far.

My Rating – 4

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

Big Hero 6 Movie Review

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Big Hero 6 Movie Review

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 animated superhero film which is the 54th Disney animated feature film. It is one of the weaker Disney entries. Solid, but highly flawed.

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There are no red lights during car chases!

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Big Hero 6 Movie Review

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The story of a young robotics prodigy who forms a superhero team to fight a masked villain is pretty typical and not all that interesting. This is a basic superhero origin story which felt very rushed and abrupt in its execution. The film flies by quickly and its pacing is absolutely horrible and from it stem all of its biggest problems.

It is frenetic and hectic with too much action and not enough substance. Well, there is a big heart at its core, but all of those great emotional scenes were rushed in favor of the all that prolonged action. The assembling of the team was so incredibly rushed, the entire death of a brother felt unnecessary and your typical emotional manipulation from Disney and the twist at the end was another one of those by now typical Disney villain twists previously done much better in ‘Frozen’ and ‘Wreck-It Ralph’.

It may seem that I am trashing and hating on Big Hero 6 but I am not. The story is not bad, it is perfectly serviceable. It is the execution that is far from great. As for its characters, the main ones are great and the supporting ones are quite mediocre so let’s first talk about the good ones.

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Big Hero 6 Movie Review

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Hiro Hamada is excellent. What I liked about him the most is how he wanted to kill the villain for killing his brother. He had a moment of darkness in him which was excellent and realistic. He is a typical teenage modern geek, but at least he is very well portrayed, complex and quite likable.

Tadashi was so likable and even though I really disliked his death and how it was handled, at least he is a very strong brother character and the two share an awesome relationship. We got a strong brotherly bond for once without any petty arguments and fights which was fantastic.

Baymax is easily the heart and soul of the film and, needless to say, the standout character and overall aspect of the entire movie. His big marshmallow design is actually very original for a robot and I also really liked his fighting costume. He helped Hiro deal with all of his problems so wonderfully and all of their scenes were wonderful to behold. He is one of the best movie robots recently and maybe even of all time.

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Big Hero 6 Movie Review

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But now we come to the supporting players and they are all very weak. Again that stems from rushed and frenetic pacing as they had no time to be properly developed. They were fun as a team, but individually each one of them was underutilized.

Fred is the best of the bunch, but still a typical geek and hippie. GoGo is an awfully annoying, overly strong feminist character and Honey Lemon is likable, but too girly in my opinion. As for Wasabi, he is easily the most underdeveloped character in the movie and basically a token black character for the team. Krei was forgettable and Professor Callaghan’s reason for becoming a villain was fine, but he also was underutilized severely. He looked cool and had some great action scenes, but the twist reveal was disappointing. Aunt Cass, on the other hand, is very likable and endearing and I loved the portrayal of aunts as great, lovely parents.

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Big Hero 6 Movie Review

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Big Hero 6 is very well animated. The animation here is frequently exceptional and quite gorgeous. I loved the imagery and the flight sequences were the most beautiful for sure. The film is very modern as it revolves entirely in a giant city and the animation delivers as the city looks great with an excellent attention to detail and a great use of a darker color palette. The character design is also pretty strong and good across the board.

Now this film is Disney’s third attempt at basically making an anime film. I would say that it is obviously an improvement over ‘Atlantis’ and quite on par with ‘Treasure Planet’. But still they dropped a giant ball once again and did not deliver on the promise of a great superhero anime film.

San Fransokyo looks cool and I loved the mix of American and Asian in character design and aesthetics of the entire city. The mix was fine and definitely somewhat different for the studio, but still the characterization and the humor are never as strong as in anime counterparts.

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Big Hero 6 Movie Review

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I found the dialogue to be solid, but the humor is not all that great and was rather repetitive at times. The direction is weak and the film’s runtime is awfully short and this story needed two hours and not just an hour and a half. That is why the entire thing is so damn rushed in execution. The action sequences are actually very well executed, entertaining and quite clever at times and that is why it did not bother me too much that the movie was heavy in terms of action. The voice acting is excellent and the film is mostly well made with obvious care, but it still ended up being one of Disney’s weaker films.

Big Hero 6 has frequently gorgeous animation, very good voice acting, strong character design and imagery and actually stupendously executed action sequences. It also has a big heart at its core with a couple of highly emotional sequences. Hiro Hamada is a very strong protagonist and Baymax steals the show as the highlight of the film. However, all of the other supporting characters are almost entirely underutilized and underdeveloped, the film’s overall story with the tragedy, the twist and the origin story is very unoriginal and the film is just terribly rushed and abrupt in its execution. All of those problems stem from overly short runtime and thus this is by far the worst Disney Revival film.

My Rating – 3.5

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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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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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