Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel Movie Review

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Man of Steel Movie Review

Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon. It is a very solid first installment in the DCEU.

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You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards.

They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall.

But in time, they will join you in the sun, Kal.

In time, you will help them accomplish wonders

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Man of Steel Movie Review

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I like this film quite a bit, but I don’t love it. It’s perfectly solid, but it has the same problems that plague literally all DCEU films and that is its third act which is typically bombastic with a lot of special effects and needless, very repetitive action after action. It ruined an otherwise strong film for me and it was an unfortunate influence on the rest of the DCEU.

But the first two acts are actually pretty good. The film certainly lacks humor and is too dark. The romance between Lois and Superman is also lacking and almost non-existent which was frustrating to witness. But still the film is interesting for exploring its themes quite well and for presenting the origins of the character in a more realistic, alien arrival kind of way which was super cool, interesting and modern. I liked their approach here and it worked for me.

This Superman is okay, but Henry Cavill’s performance is very unappealing, flat and just weak thus ruining the character. He would be much better in ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Justice League’ later on, but here his performance is pretty disappointing. Amy Adams gives us a more modern, solid Lois Lane, but she was underutilized in my opinion way too much.

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Man of Steel Movie Review

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His parents are very likable and some of the moments between them are heartwarming. Russell Crowe is pretty good as Jor-El and Perry White is definitely quite memorable. As for the villains, Faora is actually a very competent, strong female villain. Underdeveloped, but definitely cool and badass. The same goes for General Zod who is very powerful and menacing. Michael Shannon has rarely been as memorable as in this film.

Man of Steel features pretty weak action sequences and, as critics have pinpointed, a thorough lack of wonder and excitement. It basically succeeds as a sci-fi film as the first half is very strong, but it fails as a superhero film as the third act is very weak, dull, overlong and with forgettable action sequences. Some fights are fine, but most are repetitive.

The direction and pacing are also problematic, but I have to say that the film’s special effects are easily the best of the entire DCEU. The film looks very good and especially the designs of the space suits, space ships and especially Krypton are excellent. I absolutely loved that first scene.

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Man of Steel Movie Review

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I also loved those calmer scenes, flashbacks and the film stated really well how humans would react to an alien coming to visit them and those reactions are all very grounded in reality. The film thus gave us a more serious take on the Superman mythos and it’s a shame that the whole movie was not like that and that we did not get awesome action as well.

This is where it all started and it is a good first film. It is actually the best DCEU film after ‘Wonder Woman’ in my opinion as all of the rest are not close to its quality. The film has a solid repeat value as well and I think the critics were a bit too harsh to it.

Man of Steel is undone by its disappointing, messy and typically bombastic third act that unfortunately influenced all of the future DCEU films in its wake. It has weak, repetitive action and too much spectacle. The romance is also non-existent. But the rest of the film is actually very competent as this more serious, interesting take on the Superman mythos and origin story with a cool sci-fi, modern angle to it, quite strong villains and an excellent beginning.

My Rating – 3.5

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Justice League (2017)

Justice League Movie Review

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Justice League Movie Review

Justice League is a 2017 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot among others. It is a very flawed, but pretty solid team movie.

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What are your superpowers again?

I’m rich

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Justice League Movie Review

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As DCEU’s fifth film and the culmination of all previous ones, Justice League obviously still came out too early and once again it would have been a better choice to see most of these characters in their own solo films first as this way they are pretty underdeveloped.

The film is extremely simplistic for better and for worse. On the one hand, it is so simple that it doesn’t have any surprises to it which is quite troublesome and it plays too much like a regular comic-book or a simple video game storyline. But on the other hand, that led to a much better crafted and much more entertaining film than usual for the DCEU.

Let’s talk about the characters. I liked seeing the Amazons once again and especially seeing the Atlanteans was a lot of fun and those underwater sequences stole the show. Alfred is still boring, Martha serves her purpose and Lois Lane is somewhat dull here. Amy Adams is underutilized way too much.

As for Steppenwolf, he is a pretty bad villain. He was competent and menacing enough, but he looked ridiculous with bad CGI on his face and no motion to the face whatsoever. The lips also did not move too well. The character is your typical superhero bad guy who wants to conquer the world.

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Justice League Movie Review

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Batman is pretty good once again and I like Ben Affleck in the role even though I did not expect it. He had too many comedic moments here which doesn’t suit the character, but otherwise he was quite good. Superman obviously came back from the dead which was typical, but at least he was memorable and him unleashing power and beating up the rest of the team was one of the action highlights.

Wonder Woman is not as good as she was in her own movie, but she still did get a lot to do here and Gal Gadot is still quite charming in the role. As for the new characters, the highlight is Flash who is quite funny at times and should have been used much more. Ezra Miller was so well cast in this role. Cyborg has an interesting backstory, but is very underutilized unfortunately and overall forgettable. And Aquaman is your typical Jason Momoa character with some fun moments, but overall he’s forgettable.

Justice League has a very short runtime and it definitely needed more build up, but still we got here a couple of calmer moments and not every scene was an action scene which I appreciated. The scenes with the team members talking were the funniest and most impactful with some great lines of dialogue.

The film is definitely very comedic and too much like a Marvel film, but because it was at times quite funny, it worked and it brought a lot of charm and playfulness to the whole affair. The acting is mostly very good and I have to say that most of the action scenes are excellent and a lot of fun.

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Justice League Movie Review

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However, some are pretty bad and they reminded me too much of games. Couple that with very unfortunately visuals and you get a video game look here which is ridiculous for such a high budget. They poured so much money into this film and what we got is a video game movie with too many saturated colors in its third act (which is again bombastic and annoying in typical DCEU fashion) and too much use of CGI and a bad one at that. It truly was baffling to witness.

Justice League is baffling when it comes to its special effects. They poured enormous money into this production and the end result looks like a video game with too many saturated colors and an over-reliance on (bad) CGI. But it’s still a pretty solid team movie which is overly simplistic, but that also led to a much more entertaining than usual film. The villain is poor, but most of the action is a lot of fun, the humor is quite solid and in terms of characters Wonder Woman, Batman and especially Ezra Miller’s Flash stole the show.

My Rating – 3.5

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Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad Movie Review

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Suicide Squad Movie Review

Suicide Squad is a 2016 superhero film directed by David Ayer and starring Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Jared Leto among others. It is a frustratingly weak, though entertaining flick.

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Huh? What was that?

I should kill everyone and escape?

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Suicide Squad Movie Review

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Amanda Waller recruits a bunch of villains to save the world from a giant supernatural threat. And the constant use of the word “villain” meant that the film sounded childish and unsubtle. The overall story is of course just an excuse to feature major fights with all these famous characters, but it is serviceable as a superhero movie plot.

The bigger problem here are the characters. The characterization is so thin and actually rather poor for the most part and that was frustrating to witness. They had all these characters at their disposal and they couldn’t properly adapt them to the big screen. The film is rushed, it has too much action and not enough calmer moments and thus the characters struggled.

The only excellent characters here are Amanda Waller, Deadshot and Harley Quinn. Amanda Waller is a terrific, very serious and capable character and I loved that Viola Davis played her and she did give a very strong performance per usual. Deadshot is also excellent, well developed and very well acted by Will Smith.

Harley Quinn, however, is the standout one and the biggest reason to see this film as she is simply fantastic. She is faithfully adapted to the big screen from the source material and becomes a memorable movie character in her own right. Everybody loves her and for many obvious reasons.

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Suicide Squad Movie Review

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Margot Robbie killed it in the role and basically became Harley. Such a phenomenal, charismatic performance. Harley here is funny, sexy, childlike and unforgettable. Whenever she appeared on the screen, she stole the show with so many hilarious quirks and lines.

Joker is frustratingly underused which is a shame as Jared Leto’s Joker could have been the best live-action film version so far as he really excelled playing him and he is very memorable, creepy and crazy.

Rick Flag is entirely forgettable, the same goes for Captain Boomerang, El Diablo is somewhat better developed but with a weak, typical backstory, Killer Croc is memorable in looks but ultimately pointless, Slipknot is so forgettable and Katana is cool, but entirely underdeveloped. Enchantress is actually the worst character here as Cara Delevigne gave her worst performance yet in this role and the villain is just disposable, so annoying, not menacing at all and ultimately awful.

Suicide Squad is definitely very well scored and with many finely integrated musical cues. It is well acted for the most part and the action is most certainly good, though far from great. Some of the action scenes are highly memorable, but some took too much runtime.

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Suicide Squad Movie Review

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The direction from David Ayer is so bad that he ruined this material in my eye. They should have hired a different director and the movie would have been much better. Some of the humor and the dialogue are great, but then again some of the lines are overly unsubtle.

The film also features a typical DCEU problem which is of course the third act which is again a giant CGI mess with too bombastic fights and a bad villain. They continue to do this and it is really getting frustrating.

Suicide Squad is such a missed opportunity for a cool, fun film. The film is still mostly entertaining, the score is very good, some of the action is memorable and the humor is solid. Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller is excellent, Will Smith’s Deadshot is very good and of course Margot Robbie steals the show in the role of Harley Quinn as the character is so fantastic that the film is worth seeing just for her alone. Jared Leto’s Joker is very interesting and memorable, but ridiculously underused. All of the other characters are unfortunately entirely disposable and underdeveloped owing to very poor characterization, the script is weak and once again DCEU has a problem delivering a strong third act: the action is bombastic, the CGI is messy and Enchantress simply is a horrible villain.

My Rating – 3

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Movie Review

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Movie Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. It is the most polarizing DCEU film.

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I bet your parents taught you that you mean something,

that you’re here for a reason.

My parents taught me a different lesson,

dying in the gutter for no reason at all…

They taught me the world only makes sense if you force it to

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Movie Review

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Firstly, I put off watching this film for almost two years because I thought it was action-heavy, overly dark and a bad film. However, I was mistaken and actually I am shocked to see how solid this film actually is. Never have I expected to like it, but I ended up liking it quite a bit and now I do think that it was harshly judged as it is certainly not a bad film, although definitely troublesome in more areas than one.

So let’s talk about the plot first. The problem with this movie is that it is overly ambitious. I probably liked it as much as I did because I watched the Director’s Cut which is three hours long and the Theatrical Cut is quite possibly much weaker. This cut is slower paced and long enough to develop its story solidly.

But still it remains overly ambitious and the film isn’t too long because it flies by how entertaining it is, but just the opposite – it is too short. This should have been two movies instead of one and it would have been much better that way. Not only did they mess up by not introducing Batman earlier as they did with Superman, but they also made this movie too early and stuffed everything together into an incoherent whole.

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The title plot is great as it is actually not too action-heavy and I was surprised to witness the first hour or so without any action scene whatsoever. The story was very involving and it was a very good sequel to ‘Man of Steel’ as the situation is morally complex. Superman did kill many people while trying to save others and now Batman is angry. That is the conflict here and I loved it as it is very complicated and mature.

But I wasn’t that big of a fan of the other story unfortunately. The introduction of Doomsday is again a typical problem for the DCEU. Just as they did with ‘Wonder Woman’, they here did the same mistake by introducing an action-heavy, spectacle and CGI monster finale and thus hurting the previously clever, deliberately paced and interesting film. I loved some of the action, but still the third act was too bombastic.

Let’s talk about the characters. I liked Batman quite a bit. Ben Affleck is not so great as Bruce Wayne but he is pretty good as Batman. He is good, but not great as again his story is rushed and he needed a full single movie previously. Superman is honestly a bit too vilified here. That was a problem as this conflict should have been in the grey zone, but they clearly painted Batman as more of a protagonist. I still liked Henry Cavill in the role, but the character is far from great.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Movie Review

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Lois Lane is solid and I always like Amy Adams so I liked her in this role once again. Perry White is amusing, but Alfred is too different and not in a good way. Wonder Woman was definitely awesome and Gal Gadot stole the show in some scenes. I loved how they built her up for her first feature film, really well done.

As for Lex Luthor, he is very polarizing for me. Some of his scenes are very interesting, but some are annoying. Jesse Eisenberg was clearly not the right choice for this role as Lex should be more manly and menacing which Eisenberg never is. His performance here is obviously messy as he tried to do too many things and failed at most of them.

My favorite scenes in the film are the following: the scene where Bruce realizes who Diana is was honestly terrific and fueled by her awesome signature theme; her arrival to the fight was kickass; the fight between Batman and Superman was so well executed and hugely entertaining and I really liked the ending though it was an obvious cop-out.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Movie Review

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Batman v Superman is weakly directed by Zack Snyder, well paced at first but later either rushed or prolonged plus the overall visuals aren’t great and are too dark. The film is thematically interesting, but definitely a downer to watch. The score is quote good and the dialogue is solid. It is messy, but still surprisingly solid.

Batman v Superman is such a surprising movie. Certainly it is a very messy experiment as they put two movies into one and obviously that action-heavy, CGI monster third act ruined the film. It is overly ambitious for sure and with too many characters. However, it is still a very solid and hugely entertaining film which is at first pleasant in its deliberate, action sparse approach with solid dialogue and a very interesting, morally complex conflict. It is also well scored and with a couple of instantly memorable action scenes. It is a highly flawed, but actually pretty solid film which is never as bad as most would say.

My Rating – 3.5

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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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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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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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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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