Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

The Best Spider-Man Movie?

SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME

There’s probably a lot less at stake in Spider-Man: Far From Home than the last few MCU movies, but Spidey’s second solo MCU outing understands what most Marvel superhero movies don’t: that it takes a lot to beat a super-villain, physically, mentally, and emotionally. While the movie didn’t offer any concrete explanation, nor visual wizardry to illustrate just how Peter managed to look beyond Mysterio’s deception (he uses his Spider Sense, cheekily referred to in the movie as “Peter’s tingle”) at least the set-pieces are among the most exciting superheroic live-action-cum-CGI (maybe 100% CGI) Disney money can buy. Continue reading “Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)”

Captain Marvel (2019)

‘Captain Marvel’ Is A ’90s Remix Of Superhero Origin Movie

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Skimmed a few reviews: some says it’s good, some says mediocre. Checked its Rotten Tomatoes score (“relatively high”) before I went in and kept in mind that Marvel movies tends to get overpraised (i.e., Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Civil War) most of the time. How did it go? It’s middling. Just another Marvel movie: bland-looking, snarky and banter-heavy, therefore entertaining, a little short on character drama, and lots of incoherent and poorly done action scenes.

Carol “Vers” Danvers is a Kree, a race of “noble warrior heroes” who are at war with the shape-shifting Skrulls. She’s a member of the Starforce and during one of their missions, she’s captured by the Skrulls, who “messes with her head, her memories,” it seems. She eventually escapes her captors and crash-lands into planet C-53 Continue reading “Captain Marvel (2019)”

Ant-Man & the Wasp (2018)

Bigger But Not Better Than ‘Ant-Man’

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The first Ant-Man, though admittedly a “small” movie, box-office-wise, is actually one of the less problematic movies in MCU’s Phase Two. Ant-Man benefited from the groundwork laid down by Edgar Wright and what dramatic and comedic bits were added later on by its eventual director Peyton Reed and the other writers. Of course there’s the strong performances by Paul Rudd and the rest of the cast.

Ant-Man & the Wasp, with Evangiline Lilly’s character finally wearing the suit for the first time, is supposed to build on Ant-Man and the aftermath of Civil War. In short, it’s expected to tell a more compelling story than the first. And with Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne and Lawrence Fishbourne’s Bill Foster Continue reading “Ant-Man & the Wasp (2018)”

Aquaman (2018)

‘Aquaman’ Pulls Off Something Beautiful Out of DCEU’s Grim Dark Ass

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There’s a fair amount of cheese and a fair amount of fun to be had in Aquaman. Whether it’s characters shouting their silly names (Call me Ocean Master! I’m Black Manta!), or Jason Momoa seemingly just having fun almost the entire time, or director James Wan letting slip a few scenes where Amber Heard couldn’t even clearly say her lines, Aquaman is a movie that reminds the audience so often that “this is just a movie.” It doesn’t take itself too seriously. And if you’re thinking, since there are few pop songs that pop up in the movie—no, it’s not exactly like those Guardians of the Galaxy Continue reading “Aquaman (2018)”