Spiderman: Homecoming: Film Review

Who knew a Spider-Man film could be so much fun. I only wished they’d stop making new Iron Man movies.


Writer: Jonathan Goldstein (plus) Director: Jon Watts Runtime: 2h13m, Cast and Crew

First And foremost, Can Marvel stop making new instalments to Iron man and just give him a new movie. If you go back to Avengers: AoU, Ultron is based on the personality of Tony. Dr. Strange felt too similar, again in personality(I don’t recall many similarities in the comics Certainly doesn’t read that way). I would even put money on the line when it was said: doing the right thing when it benefitted Strange, was an echo to Stark (though it works great in the film). Now this film, I feel like whatever formula is out there that made Tony Starks first (and second) outing as popular as they were/are.

On the flip side, it’s the perfect background story to reinforce the hero’s motto: “With great power, comes Responsibility”. The entire movie harbours on the question ‘What would Tony NOT do?’ With that in mind, we see someone who has all the potential in the world to be like Tony Stark but has to be willing not to, so that he can grow into his own man. I thought that was a interesting running theme especially when you get to the party sequence. You start to see familiarities to Iron Man 2, with respect to the party scene in that film. Amongst all the high school drama and super hero expected moments, Homecoming’s use of the Tony Stark angle mixed in with how Peter deals with becoming a “man” in the Spidey suit very compelling. It was Marvel’s way to reinvigorate life into a rather ‘Been there, done that’ series. If you really look at the story through that lens, it gets the audience to recall why Uncle Ben’s death is important without ever showing it. Which is something we didn’t need to see again. Much like Batman’s parents.

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The film is set in high school and not just some a few moments, as seen in previous instalments. What’s interesting about that is that it didn’t feel forced. Well Minus Flash Thompson. In every way I disliked what they did to Flash Thompson. He just didn’t come off believable for 98% of his scenes for me. Aside from that, we got a great diverse cast, that one could only imagine is reflective of New York’s schools today. It was hard not to see the genre homages to other films relating to high school (namely Back to the future). Of all the stories for this character on the big screen, this may be the strongest one.

If you needed any other clear indicator that this film was essentially copying Iron Man, I i think its important to point out there was a darn press conference at the end of both of these films. both with the same idea that a public question was gonna be answered publicly.

Michael Keaton was a surprise casting in my opinion. From his first scene to his last, I felt he was perfectly casted as the Vulture. What got me was how well he can go from nice to aggressive, yet smooth. Some of his best scenes were: his introductory scene (it also looked amazing), the ride to prom scene(probably the only time I felt a genuine concern for the superhero in a film) and every other time he was on screen. There wasn’t many times one could dislike what he was doing. Only real complaint, was that we didn’t get enough of him. Personally, if you don’t give me a means to why, or build on it, why a villain hates/wants to do something then well, you lost the effect. Theres only so much run time for a movie, sadly. I loved his juxtaposition to Peter and even (yet again) tony stark. A regular guy who wanted a chance at getting ahead but get thwarted by the big conglomerate “suit” folk (I hope you see what I did there).

Spider-Man #33Tom Holland, thus far is the only actor to get both Peter and Spider-man right. The two previous actors(Maguire & Garfield) didn’t do wrong. One, got Peter right. The other got Spidey right respectively. I wouldn’t even blame the talent, rather the directors writers, and the studios in the era of time. Tobey was more of a classical ‘Reeves’ approach whereas The latter became more of a millennial story that wanted more Spidey. Holland found a way to channel his emotions in all the right ways. The story even found a great way to bring one of his more iconic moment from Spider-Man #33. That was his best scene, followed by the same ride to prom. I’m amazed that he is British and able to hide it so well. One thing that I wish we got was more practical looking Spider-Man as opposed to the over use of cgi elements.

Though used in every possible advertisement, Downey is maybe 7% of the film which I am thankful for. As much as i love both the actor and character he plays, I can’t stand the reliance on him for everything in the MCU. That said, Spidey’s supporting cast was great where they needed to be. Aunt May having youth is a smart idea and something I’m sure will be part of the development of the story as it moves along in coming chapters. Though Ned Leeds is a villain in the comics the character played by Jacob Batalon here is welcoming in the sense that it pulls more from the Ultimate Comics line than it does anything else. He adds humour and helps connect you to the world. The stand out star was Zendaya (as Michelle Jones in film). Her sarcastic nature added so much in an unexpected nature. Hope she becomes more intwined with the story like one Liz Allen did.

Bottomline: It’s not the best of all the Spidey films to date. But it is exactly what Marvel needed to bring this character to new heights. Personally, I feel like Magurie’s first to films as the Spidey were and still are the best ones. The settings make this film that much more enjoyable. Just wished their on location filming feel more like New York than what we got.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8.5 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Its cool in IMAX but it is really fun to watch whenever. I’d wait for the phase 2/3 box set that this will be in.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”.

Wonder Woman: Film Review

The DCEU* finally made a good superhero movie. Yes… seriously!


Writer: Allan Heinberg (Screenplay), Zack Snyder & Jason Fuchs (story), Director: Patty Jenkins , Runtime: 2h21mins, Cast & Crew.

Since Superman: The Movie came out, there has been a small truth to “comic” book movies. Richard Donner is the all-time king for making everyone wait some 45 minutes before even seeing the Boy Scout’s costume, underwear on the outside and all. Patty Jenkins pulls a lot from Donner’s Superman and I’m Thankful she did. Wonder Woman plays as its own beautiful film, all the while homaging Donner’s film, and subtly connecting to the tent pole Film; Justice League.

Right off the start, the film is already different from everything else WB has put out thus far. Right now, 2017, we are in a feminist age. Having a female director telling a woman story was the right move. Not to say that a man couldn’t do it, but women have a softer touch that men often lack. That said, Jenkins, as I don’t know her, seems to really know how to tell a story. It makes me wish she did Thor: The Dark World. Would have been a much better film, I’m sure. The origin of Wonder Woman could have been told visually, and though it is, it’s more orally in the same manner most stories would have been told (in ancient Greek/Roman times). It’s reminiscent of the MCU’s telling of how Peter Parker lost Uncle Ben, minus Robert as Tony Stark. I think that was rather strong use of the medium. Be that writing or direction, it was a smart move.

Mirroring the efforts from Donner’s film was a nice touch for both the pacing, respect of character and giving viewers a sense of familiarity. Gal Godats performance how ever leaves you both intimidated and aroused. I really believed her as Wonder Woman even more than I did in Batman V Superman. It has been said that women were placed on this earth to love man. I can t confirm or deny that so just roll with the idea for a second. Knowing that it’s a darn shame that women haven’t felt the same love from man for countless centuries if you look at history. That said women continue to thrive in their own way. It’s a testament to how strong they really are. They are constantly in a “man’s” world and have to constant fight to be heard and seen for more than just a means for sexual pleasure. That said as Wonder Woman sees humanity at it’s worst in the First World War, she seems to bring with her a light that just refuses to match the overall grey tones on early 1900s London. By the time she steps into being who she will ultimately be, she is sick and tired with how men have treated both themselves and they people around them.

Etta Candy: I’m Steve Trevor’s secretary.
Wonder Woman: What is a secretary?
E.C.: I go where he tells me to go, I do what he tells me to do.
W.W.: Where we come from, that’s called slavery.

When She finally debuts herself in costume, without any visual obstacle, it’s simply powerful. As powerful as any introduction a hero can make. She always had a reason to be in the war, but now she gets to defend the defenceless. that scene reminded me very much of that powerful scene in Hidden Figures

Other stand out talents includes, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and Lacy Davis. It’s interesting to see Pine act as he may be one dimensional, but it works here. It felt to me as if I was watching Captain Kirk vs. watching Steve Trevor. Robin is just badass. If you seen House of cards, you know that she brings both a remarkable talent and a undeniable sex appeal wrapped in this strong woman demeanour that can’t be ignored. I will gladly watch her in anything. It’s why I watched House of cards for as long as I did. Lucy Davis’ Etta Candy is arguably the great comedic co-star needed for most of these genre films. She’s so good with her timing and delivery, I almost want to see the pending sequel be about Diana and Etta taking on the town.

One of the more appreciated aspects of this film was how they developed the realm of Themyscira. From the fighting to the acting it felt spot on. There was elegance to how they fought yet very effective to what they were capable of. Surely if all the cards in the world were in the right spot, this is how you’d expect women to fight if you never seen one fight before. It was like watching ballet and figure skating as a form of a martial art that I don’t think has been done before in film.

The first half of the movie is great all this considered. Where it gets weird on the viewer is towards the end. I kept asking myself “Why is this happening?”, “What is she doing?” For example:

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When she is so fed up with all that Ares has done she goes into the weird orange void and is being as kick ass as she can. I said “What the hell is happening?” at least four times. Also the writing seems to have escaped being reviewed at this point in whatever draft they were working off of. There’s a very silly line from Ares that takes you out of the moment and the legitimacy of his threat. That said, it doesn’t destroy the film just doesn’t make the film look good.

Speaking of looking good, the green screen-ery (new word, roll with it) is rather poor for a film like this. Again, the biggest problems are near the end/ climatic battle. Say what you will about MOS or BVS, but they had great harmony between what was real and what was faked. This is something I hope gets sorted out in later sequels or in later home release.

Something cool to listen out for, when Diana is training, listen to the musical score. As she’s training they play with her theme song and its very teasing in the manner it’s used. its like “Not yet, little grasshopper, but soon” it was a nice touch.

Bottom line: It’s the first film in the DCEU that will certainly be a hit among the hardcore and not so hardcore fans. If you look deeper, you can see why she’s called Wonder Woman. If you just want to eat popcorn and drink soda, you will still leave with a smile either which way. If you have a daughter, take her to see this film. Let her see how awesome women can be

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8.1 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? If you bought any of the other DCEU films

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”.

John Wick: Chapter 2: Film Review

They say that Chuck Norris was trained by John Wick into being Chuck Norris.

The sequel to a surprise hit, did good on being a decent follow-up. The opening sequence is how it ended
And set the stage adequately for what follows.


Writer: Derek Kolstad, Director: Chad Stahelski Runtime: 2h2m, Full cast

“John Wick is the guy you call the kill the boogie man.”

Keanu’s ability to do action movies well into his half-century young, body is one to celebrate. He has developed a character, which personifies what being a badass means. All the while giving you a man who wants to be left alone. But minutes after the first chapter’s respective end we are back on the horse doing everything again. This time around, the writers opted to test John Wicks’ word. Then, we the audience, sit back and bear witness to the man known as Mr. Wick.

This isn’t Terminator 2 good. But its certainly a worthy successor, in the soon to be trilogy franchise. The visuals almost copy the placement of the previous film. I mean did we really need the first major fight to be in another club setting, be it out doors or not? I didn’t think so. Visually speaking. The film is a coloured noir film not unlike the film “Drive.” The colour palette was pleasantly mouth watering with how the pop the colours were, the added depth and colour in a shadowy underworld. By the films end, the camera dept. did every impressive thing to capture the tactics of Mr. Wick. It’s not Matrix creative, but the simplicity in how shots are framed, and the amount of action crammed in to every shot, matched with varying degrees of intensity, is considerably well done. It’s cool to see almost a 2nd/3rd person angle in action films. To often Hollywood likes the use of close shots vs. a wide (or a wide enough) angle.

As far as mirror trickery goes, it stole the top spot from Enter The Dragon for use of mirrors. I just don’t know how they did multiple shots in that place without once seeing one screw up (like where the camera was or even a wire). That and the lead in for the hopeful/eventual third film were my favourite parts of this second instalment.

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Many films will bring in other talented celebrities (singers/models/porn stars… etc.) to fill in roles for any reasons, but it’s not always received well. Who would have thought Common would steal the show, if even for a moment, by almost matching Wick? It’s weird how well casted Common feels in that role. It was cool to see Reeves and Fishburne doing scenes together again. I just wish there was a bit more hidden in the dialogue when they eventually meet; like when Wick says I’m back in the last film. Ruby Rose,  I didn’t buy into much. Something about her felt unbelievable. Probably because wick just plows through everything and her frame didn’t help her much to be intimidating. But she adds to that “house of mirrors” in am elegant way. While watching that fight, both Reeves and Rose came off as two of the same coin. Yes I know I didn’t believer her role, but she felt like a contrast to the brutality that is Wicks style. She appeared to be more swift and elegant due to her natural look. It was cool to watch, hard to buy into.

I hope the cast and crew know the third film will be arguably the most anticipated of the respective year it’s Green lit for and I hope they can do a something with bringing something new to the tactics. As fun as it was to watch Keanu’s stunt work, I did notice mid way through that cave/tunnel sequence how familiar his moves felt. For me, it comes off making the entire lure of the Wick franchise unworthy of my attention. I get that it’s real, practical action. I get in that it was close quarters combat. I even understand using your own momentum to counter your enemy and all, but it’s highly unlikely for this whole scenario to be happening in the first place. Having some theatrics wouldn’t hurt I’m sure.

Bottom line: Not all sequels are great. John Wick: Chapter 2 may not be great. But it would for sure be on a top 10 list. Only thing it was missing was something slightly different.  I wished they’d filmed them back to back as I am way to eager to see the third.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? own, but no judgement if you wanna just watch it on Netflix every so often

Logan: Film Review

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.” – Logan


Writer: James Mangold, Scott FrankMichael Green Director: James MangoldRun Time: 2h17m, Full Cast

To watch this film you don’t particularly need any of the franchises former film’s back-story. It works completely on its own as it doesn’t tie into other stories in great detail. It does pick small items from the solo and group films. Example: The an adamantium bullet was introduced in the first solo film (Origins). There were a few articles going in that said this isn’t in the same universe as the other films based on the merry mutant bunch.

It was established in the comics “Wolverine Origins“, that Logan is, at his core, a man who is both troubled, brings on trouble to those around him, and those he loves and cares about. In this film, we get the clearest view of who and what Logan is. He’s an animal who wants noting more than to be left alone. He also, under all his tough bravado, simply wants a place to belong and for once to be considered human. Being a mutant is no different than being black, gay, native or any other outsider/minority group. But, at this point, he’s come to terms with it all and just wants to ride off into the sunset.

But Kids always have a way of changing you. Enter Laura.

She represents a second chance at life Logan can never get back. He tried to fight the obligation he knows Charles will put on him. And does so for most of the movie. The film isn’t about how he vanquished evil, but how he beat himself into breaking the mold he made of/for himself.

The first act of this film is super strong.  It doesn’t try to load up on complicated plot beats; and even if something does go over your head, the simple idea of ‘little girl needs saving’ is more than enough to drive the story. The manner in which the film starts with Logan… was simply to let you know this isn’t the same Logan we have seen thus far. It doesn’t truly stop being that sort of high-octane film until you meet the nice rural family. Then there’s much needed peace and time to dispense some quality exposition. Those entire groups of scenes are my second favourite one succeeded by the entire final act (yes, the whole act). While suspended in disbelief, you almost buy into the idea this rural family moment is a perfect time to use the real-world washroom only to find out that Logan’s luck wasn’t far behind him. Then to find out that all the chaos was caused by X-24 (aka all of the violence in Logan, none of his self control or compassion… aka Sabertooth). It’s sad. Because though he has seemingly beat all the other villains before him in his heyday, he was never able to break that mold of what others always wanted him to be. A controlled, raging animal.

Again, enter Laura.

It was great to see Patrick Stewart play a strong, rational, old man. I’m sure everyone has an elder person in their life who knows they are nearing their end and as a result don’t care about the common etiquette they may have displayed in their more youthful years. Many disliked that He curses but, given the situation and whom he has to deal with, it was rightly justified. his demeanor helps to shape the world we enter. His realization of what he did in Winchester was some of the best acting he’s done in the whole mutant franchise.

Enter Laura.

From her first action sequence to her final moment before the credits, she was outstanding. She didn’t out act anyone. But she was a decent addition to the cast and I fully want to see her get her own movie or series on HBO one day, for this character. If not, she may just be able to be a fit in as a co-star. But she’s new. Time will tell how far she goes. It’s weird (read: scary) how good kids can be at being crazy sadistic violent beings.

What more can be said of a guy who became a break out star from this role? It’s unfortunate that he’s been in a lot of movies that bombed as the character: as it leaves a bad taste in your mouth as you recall your favourite moments from his time. But, except for “The Wolverine”(previous film), he acted tremendously in every outing he’s had. I think it was a cool idea to have Wolverine be the secret weapon against Logan. We are our own worst enemy after all. Though I might be reaching at straws here, but he decided he was done with the role after all.  I’m glad he was able to do this film and that they made it in the way that they did. It was a great send off for him.

I’ve never seen a movie in all my years that I really wished was in black and white. There’s countless scenes that are so great, in that photography composition way. I’m glad they are re-releasing a black and white version. It was also interesting how play like the scene was when Logan goes to give Xavier the pills in the fallen water tower. It was a well acted and directed scene.

The complaints I have was that it was too little too late. Hollywood ultimately ruined the entirety of the mutant universe. Wolverine shouldn’t have to be on the verge of a reboot in order to get what fans have been asking for since X2( where is his yellow and blue spandex?). I think, since we know most in these genre of films will eventually have a sequel, it’s a bit of a let down to know there’s going to be a new actor and creative team behind whatever is in store for the character. I do hope that they keep this version of Logan alive with his intensity and rage. And also that they develop a fighting style other than what looks to be arms flailing about. Lastly just more use of the word bub.

Bottom line: The perfect Swan song for Hugh Jackman (and Sir Patrick Stewart). He brought a lot of heart to a character that otherwise could have been reduced to some comedic muscle (read as hulk). It’s great however you wish to watch it. If there’s a classic list being made for super hero films, Logan is in the top 10 without question.

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  • Overall rating of the movie: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Not sure if I’d pay money to watch it at full price again. But on a Tuesday, the re-release would be a worthwhile watch if you have the time to kill. Definitely worthy of ownership but, only with the black and white version included. Otherwise, watch it on Netflix.

Fences: Film Review


Writer:August Wilson, Director: Denzel Washington, Runtime: 2h19m Full Cast & Crew
“How come you ain’t ever like me?”. What a thing to ask your father, I said to myself. Later, I caught wind of James Earl Jones doing the same scene. As he was in the play version many years ago. Then another video appeared with Leading Male, Denzel Washington, doing his version of the same play. What made it more interesting, was the audience was laughing. I couldn’t help but feel extremely perplexed by how such a scene could come off as comedic. So, I went and what I got was a film so distant to any film I’ve seen like it. Through the guise of spectacular acting, this motion picture felt more like a play than 24 frames rushing past your eyes.

What good editors will tell you, and I’m even sure this a quote from the Godfather’s editor, a cut should feel like a person blinking, more so than a cut for cuts sake. (Post Edit, its from Walter Murch). This was achieved here. The dialogue is so quick and cohesive that you don’t get to notice when the edits actually happen. That’s beautiful work in my eyes.

Denzel, Davis and co. Give such outstanding performances Watching the leads had me in such awe. The first half of the film belongs to Denzel. While the second is a humble share, if not impeccably dominated, by Viola. She steals scenes and she is the best in the business at doing so. I doubt she means to. But her hard work and talent that she’s has had over the years is simply being manifested into her performances. It’s hot actually.. My pick for best supporting actress at this year’s Oscars is without doubt,Stephen Henderson! (Jim Bono Character) He didn’t miss a beat and he had all the right emotion to match with the provided story. His first few scenes with Denzel, made Denzel better by providing someone grounded yet as crazy as Denzel’s character is.

The title is meant as an allegory that both works and doesn’t. Less the latter than the former. There’s so much happening with the people in the story, that the fence is benign. His Wife asks him to build it, however, it’s occurs so quickly, I nearly missed it. Each time it’s mentioned later, I barely cared as there was so much more going on(namely with his brother which had some of Denzel’s best acting for me, it added nothing to the story since there’s so much more happening that he can’t even build the fence. The fence is the least interesting part of the story.  Then you get to The confession and Viola Davis’ third, well-written act & tremendous performance. By that part, you have lost all interest in the fence. Maybe in the play it holds more of a meaningful presence. It then can be argued the cinematography or rather, the medium as a whole caused the fence to fall so far into the background. But that’s neither here nor there. Needless to say, the story being central to the fence is very misleading (even if it is apparent). Allegories shouldn’t be verbal in cinema, they should either be purely visible (through set pieces to cinematography) or simply acted out in body language/ actual deeds. Denzel and co dropped the ball on that in my eyes.

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Denzel deserves a nod for direction I feel as well. His choices with bringing the production to life were spectacular.

Bottomline: If you want to see a film that has tremendous acting and editing, see this one. It deserves all the nominations for those sort of categories. But it certainly doesn’t deserve a win for best picture(the nomination is fair). It should be nominated for set design or production coordination editing and of course any and all for acting.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8.7 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 10 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Not a bad pick up if you wish to buy it, but this is more a Netflix stream than anything.

Hidden Figures: Film Review

So for the viewers at home and the millions around the world, who don’t know me…. yet! One of the most special  things I.., we have is, space. It’s kinda like a giant Unifier. For what surrounds all of us.. is space. After creating the “greatest” weapon at the time, in the Atom Bomb, we sent a man to reach the star spectacled, black ocean. We flew a mortal to the heavens and then in to the beyond we had so little information about. I’m sorry, but as far as true heroes and the concept of human achievement/advancement, that is the chief of all time achievement.
This film is about the people who had a big hand in making it all happen. As a proud black man, I can say that thanks to black minds, the greatest human achievement happened.


Writers:Allison SchroederTheodore Melfi, Director: Theodore Melfi, Full cast and crew Runtime: 2h7m

I’m calling this the movie of the year whether they win or not.
The entire cast was immeasurably believable in each of their roles. For me however, I felt the best talents were Tarjai p, Octavia Spencer, Dunst and Costner. Not to single out anyone as being bad. Just these roles resonated.  P. Henson has been hard at work with her roles. Her stand out moment has to be when she has to use the restroom and she gets called out for “taking longer breaks”. The promotion she gets should, one would think, lead her above the hate that was so prevalent in that era of time. It didn’t. The hate took a toll on her and she snapped. And it was amazing to watch. People were so attached to their hate that in so many ways they were jeopardizing their goal, Their jobs, and what would be their future and our present. But thankfully Harrison(Costner) saw that to be as stupid as it is now, then.

“HERE AT NASA WE ALL PEE THE SAME COLOUR”

Few play that old southern American better than Costner. He has a way of bringing something rich and new to the role, even if he is typed casted for it. I liked that he came off as a man of ambition. He wasn’t going to let his or anyone else’s discomfort for something different or anyone’s ego prevent him from reaching his goal. Costner is still a strong performer. be it in leading roles or supporting.
Outside of playing Mary Jane in Spider-man, and even then, I’ve never been a fan of Ms. Dunst. But in this role. I didn’t see Dunst. I saw her as the embodiment of white privilege. She was either directed well or did the right prep as an actor (perhaps both) and it’s hard to ignore how well she performed on screen. Her best scenes come from the denials of the supervisor position to Dorothy Vaughan. Vaughan felt like the mom of the group. When you have kids, you do everything you can to succeed in part for yourself, but more importantly for your children. And in this film she did that. She ensured the advancement of her “babies” by a adapting to the changes that could have very well been the end to her tenure at NASA. I was rather intrigued by her character right from the jump. She looked like she had no business being under that car hood, but there she was. Controlling her on “fate”. To me, outside of P. Henson, she was the strongest female in the film. It’s no wonder that both my favourite scenes come when she explains to her kids the library book; and how she led the group of girls to higher ground.

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That scene, was by far the strongest. It’s brief, if you blink you’ll miss it. It did so much for so little. Women of colour were advancing they were climbing their way out of the basement, and into a position of being seen. In a position of being needed. How they built up that scene from the start was great. Vaughan looked out for herself and her cubs at the same time.

 

I haven’t seen such a well acted cast like this in some time. From the opening moments, to last words in the credits, It was, in all aspects, an immaculate production. They brought to life that feeling of having to do the most just to have a chance that many people of colour.  All while showing how that to reach new heights, the height of space. They would have to unite themselves to a goal and put their differences aside.

A film about black women who are smart, beautiful (even while being dressed from head to toe), motherly, funny and ambitious. I can’t name many films like this one made recently. There wasn’t a set of man drama, there wasn’t a set of slackness and bacchanal. Even when they introduce the male love interest, they didn’t over saturate his role in their lives. The focus of the film is the women. It makes the film stronger because of it. I did feel like Janelle’s Mary Johnson was swept over some. Be it for time or just tell story trying to be told. Her story, and in no way is this meant as an insult, felt more “What you see, is what you get” as opposed to the other two women’s story. Which could be arguably called an allegory for so many things, chief among them, unity.

This film deserves all the praise it can possibly get. It’s inspiring for men, women and children alike. It is power, sexy, and endearing. I haven’t left a movie theatre with such hope for the future, pride in self (racially), admiration for the past, and sense of wanting to cry. Ever!

Movie of the year. Easily. If ever there’s another pro women/Black Women film.. this should be the precedent to compare from(Genre specific).

hf-gallery-02-gallery-imageBottom line: To the entire cast and crew, this film is superb.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 10 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 9.9 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 10 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Bluray, Totally worthy of whatever it will cost when released.

Moonlight review 

Writer: Barry Jenkins (screenplay), Tarell Alvin McCraney (story), DirectorBarry Jenkins Run Time: 1h 51min, Full cast and crew.
Oscar contenders aren’t usually my thing. But I’m doing different things this year.

moonlight-poster-1Moonlight is an interesting story as it’s about *spoiler* a black man coming to terms with being a homosexual black male, all while juggling the hardships that come from that and the hood around him..  What got me interested in the film was the level of talent brought on to tell this tale, and of course how it was told.

The first act is Chiron as a child. Early on one can tell that there was a lot of thought process in the early workings of the picture. That opening shot was masterfully done. I’m a sucker for continuous shots. Those are the best way to see every department, every aspect, of what makes any film, a work of art in my opinion. God bless whoever made the steadicam. One of the cool things about this film is how well the colour helps aid the story. As a child the world is very colorful. The acting in the first act is captivating. As “Little” (Chiron)doesn’t talk. You really have to watch how he moves and his facial expressions react to the world around him. The Young actor’s performance is very loud. One just has to be willing to see. That doesn’t mean he’s not aided in his performance by his Co-stars. This act, more than any I wish had gone on a bit longer to to give me a bit more exposition to what follows.

The second act is the most desaturated of all the acts.. rightfully. It has the feeling of being lost, emotionally, for the Chiron. He’s constantly facing the question “What kind of man does he want to be?” Which hits all men if not everyone (change man to human) at some point. And that question isn’t to be taken lightly. As the kids are older so is the tone. I do wish he had more of a guide but, in the same breath, it strengthens “Little” as an independent person to make the choices “uninfluenced”.  The best scene in terms of love on screen, comes from Chiron & Kevin on that beach. Artistically, it’s one of the most powerful scenes I’ve seen in recent memory. The manner in which they captured that feeling of being high on some Mary J, and being with that person who loves to look out for you, that complete innocence of losing your virginity to someone you both truly love and admire, was outstanding. Again a tremendous team effort by the production team. That scene alone felt like how a good poem makes you feel. There was so much good about that scene. The act closes with both heart break and awe as you see how he decided to be the man he wanted to be. Never fear standing up for yourself (and your loved ones). That one action could mean the world for someone. I cheered a little.

The third act is adulthood and our Little Chiron isn’t so little now. I almost didn’t know who he was at first. Which was interesting. He took a pain, harboured it, and became a an alter ego all to bury it said pain. He didn’t just become big and tough, he was big and tough. He mimics the only male who has seemingly raised him. But everyone has a weak spot. His was Kevin. It’s been some time since high school and he instantly drops his big bad persona and reverts back to being Little. As the scene continues, the technique he uses to sheds his figurative armour is outstanding. When he confesses to only being with Kevin, the delivery of it hit me. Not in some kind of profound, inspired way. Rather the innocence of it. He easily could have been out there. His character was in the right place to do some more experimenting but he only had love for one person. In this day and age that loyalty is harder to get from romantic lovers. Muchless friends of even 3 years.

If you didn’t know the synopsis going in, you definitely get it after the two boys have their little wrestling match in act 1. It’s beautifully designed but it certainly makes one feel uneasy.. well me. But it reaffirms the point of the story as it’s loosely implied at this point. I can only imagine it did a great job in capturing what I’m sure many in the LGBTQ community go through early on, in their coming out stage. The scene out of context, comes off as two kids horsing around. If you look closely, you can tell the kids are just enjoying being  goofy in front of a camera and are genuinely happy kids. So it’s shot in a smart way to hide that. But immediately after the fight. The look on Little‘s face is in the blissful climax feeling that I’m sure many know exactly what I mean. It made me feel uncomfortable. Was that by design? I have no idea. But I do think it was very effective visual storytelling. This is after all, an art medium.

The lack of Janelle Monae bothered me. She has a such a means of drawing attention toward herself on screen. Her character design was just grand. I really wanted to see more of her. the Story is better for the lack, but I wish she did more for Little &/or Chiron (act one or 2). I can admit to not knowing her music or really who she was prior. But I can confirm she’s well on my radar now. I really feel she’s a great actress and hope to see more of her. Aside from that, I feel act one’s cinematography was very spotty. A lot more shots felt out of focus unnecessarily. I’d be surprised if that was intended. Lastly the end shot… I wasn’t a fan. Maybe the reasoning flew over my head, but I didn’t like it.

Due to the nature of the script, it’s hard to select one key talent but the opening shot’s sequence deserve to be recognised for the every growing talent that is Mahershala Ali. He’s come a long way and I feel this was the film to put in in the public eye like never before.

Bottom line: It’s a great film. Tremendous art film, and deserve it’s praise.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 9 out of 10,
  • Acting: 10 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Bluray: it’s a cool film to talk about and to show friends. I’m mixed between it’s worth owning or to stream it if available, when available.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Film Review

I am one with force, the force is with me.

I would argue there are only a few things you’d never expect many Star wars fan to say. Chief among them being “The prequels were good”.  Well this was one hell of a amazing prequel.

Writers: Chris WeitzTony GilroyJohn Knoll & Gary Whitta (story). Director: Gareth Edwards. Runtime: 2h 13min.

I’m a firm believer in not seeing trailers for films I REALLY want to see. I’m glad I did that here. Everything about this film was great from start to finish. It’s easy to make comparisons to the format of this film. It does follow a format of the “Hero’s Journey”. It also could be argued that there’s some level of it being political. Though I feel the later stems from our own fears of each other rather than having real merit to the claim. But that feeling of it being one remains. With all that said I still loved everything about this film. I loved that it had all these different ways of receiving the motion picture. I think as far as films go this year, that are in the nerd/geek culture, it was the best of the year. I loved that we got to finally see a world were most if not all the hope was gone, where everyone felt like this could very well be the last day alive and in many ways, it was. People are willing to do almost anything to stop a tyrant. Throughout a bulk of the film the feeling of any optimism is lost. Nothing about the first half of the film feels hopeful. Which is fitting since the sequel to Rogue is called A New Hope. The highlight to this film is Vader.

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Vader is who he is. But if you’re strictly a fan of the “Original Saga”(OS)  then this was the film you have always wanted to see. In the OS, Vader was badass, but he never fought like one. Just kinda did stiff fencing moves. He was a Villain of the times and technology. But that’s also part of his charm in those films. I do think its safe to say that this movie got the one thing every Star Wars fan hoped for, right. A Vader worthy of his name’s reputation of why he is, and will always be, the greatest villain of all time. When He came on screen the 8 year old me was overjoyed. Every. Single. Time!

There is a lot of conceptual material for these Star Wars films generate that don’t get used as part of the overall narrative. Sometimes they show up in later mediums like shows, novels or comics. This film builds on that truth. SPOILER. That unnamed planet is indeed Mustafar. There’s a lot that film makers can build upon from what I’ve seen and read. However, that is for another day.

This film is refreshing for every aspect of what makes up a movie. They took our modern day look of tech and mixed it well with that old desperate look of the OS. The film achieved a happy cohesion between the actual Prequel Saga and the OS. Shout out to the production coordinator.

 

The few issues I have with this film were the timeline of events. For Instance the two trouble makers in A New Hope show up on an ill fated planet. Though this was annoying I did appreciate it as a fan. but as a critic and film buff it really just through me off. Additionally, I wanted more Vader. But what good thing hasn’t been the victim of someones greed?
I feel as though everyone was well casted minus Forrest W. He is a fine actor, but I feel like his contribution to the story was rather pointless. like that weird squid thing that he used on the rogue pilot… only to have him have NO effects of it later felt like a giant waste of about 30 mins. Definitely the most under developed in the film. I feel since he’s in both the rebels and Clone war cartoons, they used him hoping people knew about him. but I feel like that was a mistake on their part.

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With the recent passing of Carrie Fisher, the final 20 mins of the film felt like such a great way to send her off as. In no way was it meant to be that way, but it felt nice knowing and seeing her in the manner we do in the end. Her face brought this feeling of hope that she will forever be known for in this series.

Leia has to be the strongest of all the Skywalkers.When you think about all she’s had to endure and how she’s remained so full of hope, its hard to not picture her as the strongest considering everyone including her kid has lost their way to some extent at least once… chief example of this being her Father, Anakin.

Bottom line:
To see this movie is love it. It’s dark, its fun, and K-2SO is by far the best droid since R2-D2. if ever you wanted to see the other side of Star Wars out side of the Skywalker Saga, wanted to see the most bad ass Vader scene of all time. Wanted to feel the desolate feeling that part of the galaxy experienced during the Empires reign, Then look no further. It will surely leave you feeling hopeful at the end like you don’t already know how this ends.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 10 out of 10,
  • Audio: 9 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? DEFINITELY see it in theatres… Then at home. No need for Imax. It is better on a bigger screen.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

 

Dr. Strange:Film Review

Dr. Strange.
It’s officially the best time to be a comic book, movie loving, nerd. Of all the secondary, second tier, silver/bronze age heroes from comics… we got the best of the mystical controlling characters of the said mediums on the silver screen.

Director:Scott Derrickson, Writers:Scott DerricksonJon SpaihtsC. Robert Cargill, The cast Run Time:1h55m

Dr. Steven strange was reportedly created to reach the mass few who delved into the psychedelic, paranormal mind altering activities or the few who got there from vice favoured substances. Over the years he’s had books launch and cancelled and has even switched roles for a time. He even served as an ‘Avenger’ as recent as B.M.Bendis’ run on the aforementioned comic title.

Whatever your reason for liking Dr. Strange as a character, he has always been more of a lurking in the background character. Which works to his benefit as seen in this film.

Director Dickerson, Cumberbatch and Co, treated him and his story in what felt like two halves. It felt as dark and gritty as the Netflix stuff with his origin/ first 40 or so minutes and then more like the Marvel films, dubbed MCU, has been known to have.

This may or may not be a spoiler but I thought it very interesting how on the surface they kept everything, namely his injured hands, in the foreground. I thought they would’ve had that healed up by the half mark. But for the dramatic effect of his character it was one of his core challenges. (Side note: has Cumberbatch always had a lisp?) Cumberbatch did a great job from being a dude with his head up his ass to learning some humility. Its reminiscent of the first Iron Man & Thor film. Though as fun as the jokes were. I just feel it could have done with less but that’s just my strict personal opinion. After seeing the trailer above you’d think there would’ve been a darker tone to entire film. For me it takes me out of the dire need to save the day if you’re constantly laughing.  In no way is it a comedy, but there’s just a few too many on the nose jokes for My liking. Let serious moments be sometimes.

I think its cool how even though he could have ended up like Johnathan Prangborn in the film, he was so amazed by this new world, that he gave up the life style he had in NYC to become something more.

Chiwetel, I feel, out acted Cumberbatch and arguably everyone else. But not  in a better or for worse way; Just in more sincerity to convince me/the audience on his take of his character, MordoMads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius was very under developed though. He has his moment of explaining his plan to Strange, and he begins to cry, and for the life of me I couldn’t fathom why. I get his mind has been opened, but I did not care. the best core acting scene was between McAdams and Cumberbatch in the “I don’t need your pity scene”. Additionally I felt like Christine was poorly developed as well. I think this movie could have used an extra 30 minutes.

A shame the film was shot in the manner it was as they opted for a more thrilling ride than arguably stronger shots. I think they should have pushed for some pop shots and to tease us with some other parallel known universe, from the comics, when he was traversing time and space.

His transformation from pretty boy doctor, to desperate man, to sorcery supreme was very well crafted by the hair makeup and wardrobe/costume departments. Every characters look in the film felt authentic and probable for the universe and the individual franchise. The amount of colour that came from each frame of film, especially during the astral planes of existence. It’s arguably 2nd for all time colour film of the mcu*. The production value for what we got was pretty great. Only wished less green screen was used for more of the films simpler things.

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Bottom line:
It’s a good film but the character development was missing either in the edit suite or the actual script. There could have been some great moments but I feel as though the powers behind these films are pulling too much of the strings to give us great films. I’m happy they made this movie as it helps pave the way for more riskier characters to be given the light of day. I just hope the next one gives characters like Mordo, Wong & Christine more to do.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.3 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 7.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? fun in Imax especially with the Dormammu stuff. it will be a worthy add to any collection of the MCU once its hit home viewing.

*(Avengers for 1 and a tie for 2nd between GotG and Dr. Strange for most colourful)

 

Suicide Squad:Film Review

It’s okay. Definitely not a bad film.


Writer & Director: David AyerFull cast, Run time:2h3m

Let’s first shout out the cinematographer, Roman Vasyanov, involved with making Toronto look nothing like Toronto. As I watched I tried to look for where the CN Tower was much less any other well known spot was and outside from the obvious, it was rather hard to tell.  Mixed in with some post shots of Chicago, it was very well shot. It was hard to tell, at times between studio and city locations. thats always a good thing artistically.

If I’m applauding the cinematic look first that may be a sign.

But it’s not a bad one.

Now for my analysis. Now, when Bruce Timm and crew made the character “Harleen Quinzel”  I don’t believe they had ever intended to be the characterization of what all holloween costumes are for girls these days. Some skimpy clad caricature of something. And the wardrobe head on the film dropped the ball here. Now with things like Hot Topic, she’s all you seemingly see ladies in geekdom dress as. It’s as common as you see black spots on a pavement on a busy city street. The more she has revealed skin, the higher her popularity rose. In a way, she is like many females on social media who show skin to get a lil fame. Now this aside, there are great moments from Margot Robbie that brings the famed and loved take of Harlequin from the animated series. They just come much later in the film than one hopes for. What is most interesting is how well she plays off everyone graciously. The physical contrast to standing next to Killer Croc, Deadshot and the villian witch, while inna some bhatty ridas, and heels, allowed for her character to feel as authentic as she could possibly be at being a bad ass. By the end of the film I was so pleased with how well she acted. But still only for the second half.

The elephant in the room should be seen and spoken about. When he was casted as…….. Deadshot. Nah, The Joker. Jared Leto. Everyone thought he was a great choice, as he’s a sound actor. He has a quality method acting ability. If you doubted the casting, you were always reminded about Heath’s casting for TDK. THEN Mr. Leto’s look as the Joker was released and all geekdom hell broke loose. Needless to say, you either accepted it, or hated it and moved on. I’m definitely the latter. However, is mannerisms as Mr. J were all right. If Mark Hamil is the definitive Joker, then Leto may be the best on screen, (but I still think Heath is best Joker as his take is much deeper and darker a character). But his performance(Leto) in the role he was given was excellent. I don’t like the story’s portrayal, but it is similar to stories of past takes on the Joker being more of a gangster versus just a mad clown. But there is a mad clown for sure. I don’t think he matches up with how we saw Batman, in BVS, but the Batman we see in S.Squad, seems more plausible. But more on that later. The one thing I think people will dislike is his look, and feeling of being too much of a gangster. Mr.Ayer said he

writes with his own life’s diversity in mind.

And that he

“was the only white kid in his neighbourhood.”(-comingsoon.net, S.Squad presser)

so maybe how Joker was written had something to do with that.

Viola Davis. She can act man. SHE CAN REALLY ACT. She was probably the most bad ass of them all. Her screen time is logistically limited but with every frame, she gracefully commands and shares the screen well(Also shout to to the editor(s) who worked on her stuff).
At the younger age of 50(Her birthday is tomorrow) and probably her first ever huge blockbuster, she did an amazing job. I was very proud of her performance. She could quite possibly have the best take of Amanda Waller. She held her own in many ways and seemed is the most authentic to the source material. Apparently she drew from her 8 year old bad-assself.

Smith. He was the one I didn’t think would ever do “another” superhero movie, but alas, here we are. He is just an acting beast. Aside from the Joker, he just almost captivates the screen. Where the Joker shows up and everyone is intrigued, the face and name of Smith does the same, but he has such a character arc, that just makes you appreciate the fact he’s in the film. He has a particular moment when the mission starts and he is essentially a one man army. They all kind of get a moment, but really as the odd man out, he rather owns his the most. All the elements of his character arc are well crafted. Nothing ground breaking, but his arc is definitely a stand out.

Jai Courtney is someone I have a love/hate relationship with. I loved his role in Spartacus, but since, he’s done nothing that has won me over as he did in his Spartacus role. This however, is as close as he’s come since. He comes in as Captain Boomerang. Which was first portrayed by another one of his Spartacus Co-stars on the CW Network’s Arrow/Flash shows. The two are strikingly different. Which isn’t a bad thing but I just couldn’t help but feel his portrayal was just there for comic relief.  Seriously, what was up with that pink unicorn? Mr. Boomerang seemed to have a story that we will see in later movies. Which was cool, but they need to stake a page from Marvel and make their movies a bit more self contained. I wish i could say more about this character but he was one of the under used ones.

The rest f the cast seems to just be skimmed over. Which is logical as it is unfortunate. With all the flashbacks already in the film anymore and it may as well have been Arrow the movie. But I imagine with all the characters who do have a flash back, you’re more than likely going to see them pip uo again in future films.

What I found to be a great addition to the movie was Ben Affleck’s Batman being a hero again. I’m all for Batman being a seasoned hero with a chip on his shoulder, but I want to see why that happens. I want to see some real ground work as to what would make that guy as pissed off as ever. But with the events of BvS now part of the DCEU canon, the only way to go from here is up.  He is just a background character. People will whine about not seeing more of him but I think he was used perfectly. It’s not about him. It’s about (his) villains.

My issues with this movie are these. Whenever they have text on the screen be it for a brief description or a means of letting you know where the story is taking place, it comes across the screen so fast that I heard more than one person say what did that one say? Two people I sat beside even asked me what the very first one said as it was black text over a shadowy area of a screen. That’s just poor editing work.

The seeming disappointing use of characters. Example: Slipknot is in the movie but there really wasn’t a need for it. He was literally there just to prove an unnecessary point so early on. i also feel that the handling of Kitana was a cheap gimmick to wrap up the story. I do like that they tried to give El Diablo some back story but again, came off cheap. His origin is unique to the film, but he is really just Ghost Rider.

The disconnect is there but it’s there to add a layer of perspective. It’s cool and adds to the character of Enchantress, but it was again not necessary.

My biggest issue was it felt too much like X-men: Age of Apocalypse. Centuries old being hates the planet, has to create some stupid metal thing that’s pretty obvious how to take down even tho its the first time anyone has ever seen them.

Lastly, I hated the way the made Killer Croc look. his scales looked more like mini eyeballs than it did scales. but I do applaud them for going practical versus cgi. but maybe if there is a sequel, that will happen. I hope it does. That said, he did as fine a job as one could hope. I will give credit to the application of his costume, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje didn’t look anything like himself on screen.

Bottom Line: It’s a summer popcorn flick that was made to entertain and it does that. there are clear problems; but it’s nothing as bad as the theatrical release of Batman v Superman. There is loads of action sometimes its unnecessary, other times you wish it went on a bit longer. you leave the theatre wishing they included just a wee bit more of the Joker.

I’m proud this was Filmed mostly if not entirely in Toronto.

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  • Overall rating of the movie: 5.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 6 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? See it on a cheap day, but you really could just wait for the blu ray.

 

 

 

Captain America: Civil War: Film Review

Shall we begin?


Writer: Christopher Markus,  Stephen McFeely Director: Anthony Russo,  Joe Russo Runtime: 2h27m

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There’s really only two ways this film could go down. Good or bad. But right from the start, it was great. But this film had to happen in the manner in which it did. It eventually became an amazing ride regardless of where you stand on the core conflict. The solo cap stories are arguably the better solo films in the Marvel franchise films. This was another great entry and a good way to start phase 3.

It was announced some years ago that this movie would be coming out around this time. Then BvS said it was gonna come out on the same day.. Then the date got moved for BvS to March. And it that was a good thing for BvS. Though the nerd in me wished it happened. two versus movies at the same time.. it would have been awesome to see the tallies. This is a great story because it blatantly shows the moral of the story but in such a woven, multilayered way. Those stories are great… well sometimes. Other times they can end up like Wrath of The Titans.

The moral of this film is that friends, true friends who share a genuine friendship, need to stick together. That’s why it’s important to actually talk and learn who you’re friends are. On one side, Steve’s childhood friend is brought into his crazy world of aliens and double crosses. On the other side you have a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, who honestly just wants to protect the world… and the few people who made him remember he too can have a heart. The film keeps in mind that the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron had to be answered.

The story is a wee bit cliche at times but they do a good job of tying elements together. And a lot of what was shown in the trailers isn’t exactly what you see in the film (love that).

I really like the position they put Rogers in. His emotional values were called into question like never before(on screen). His best friend who in all honesty, is a crook by any means of the word. While he himself is basically a cop. That’s something that gets checked and is essentially the driving story . But Rogers is who he is, and he doesn’t quit. He believes in people. It doesn’t matter what the opinion of others are. He’s gonna do what he feels is right every time. It’s part of the freedom he stands and fights for. This wasn’t so much of an arc like in the comic of the same name for the character. But more a story about who he is. and not a rebirth to a new realization/ideal like in the comics. This was the story of how he saved his friend… plain and simple. Mr. Evans steals the show every time he’s on screen. His acting is only getting better in this role.

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The Stark difference was that, Tony just wanted to save the world he really feels guilty about the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which is great as this allows the events in the film to reflect the comic Civil War with regard to Stark. Mr. Downy Jr. Plays a much more compassionate Stark. There’s a lot more of a need to have the team of (new) Avengers become accountable. Stark sees the problem with the team and he hopes… he genuinely honestly hopes that the dream he sees in AoU is something he can prevent.  This new regulation seems like the gateway to such a ambitious goal. By far his standout scene is the forth wall breaking introduction to Spider-man as a character. as an actor however, I was rather moved by how he plays his first scene, and most of the third act. I felt his position in the same way as I didn’t while reading comic version to this story.

The new comer. Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-man. Marvel shocked fans when they announced he was gonna be in his teens. It paid off. There was a great dynamic in him being the younger one. It a works for a better and more complete perspective for both the audience and story. I don’t want to ruin anything but he is most definitely gonna be seen as the best spider-man/Peter parker to date. His voice alone gets you as a guy who would sound like spider-man at that age. my only issue, was how much cgi they seemingly used on the Spidey half of the character. say what you will about the Raimi, Webb directed films, but they used as much practical as they could in their films. and they were better for it.

My man, Black Panther.  My only issue with his portrayal was how his accent sounded. I didn’t entirely believe it. He sounded more like as middle eastern man than one from Africa. Black Panthers as a character beyond bad ass. Chadwick Boseman acted that very well in my personal opinion. He is an “under the radarcharacter but I’m 100% positive he just elevated him with his portrayal. It almost brought a tear to my eye.

The best thing about this film was how they handled each character. Everyone gets screen time. And everyone gets a moment to shine. As much as AoU did this…. it really didn’t.  That said, getting rid of some of the additional characters in the manner they did was a misstep. But it gels nicely with the over all story. The introduction to the teams was well handled and felt somewhat similar to the way bit happens in the comics.

Where I would like to praise this movie, is for constantly pushing the boundaries of what choreographed fight and action sequences should look like. The stuff in this film was jaw dropping.

My issues were the obvious. It’s a little long. At some point you forget it’s a movie that features heroes and then you’re wondering just why are they still fighting like this. They  sorta skimmed over the point of the Civil War (the registration act) within reason to the main story where the secondary tale took more precedence (the fight with Cap, Bucky, Stark). I hope it gets further addressed in subsequent films in phase 3. Also the manner in which they tied it all together felt like a “Martha moment (December, 16th 1991 anyone?). Lastly the post credit scenes weren’t as fun as they have been. My core issue is this is a war. You can’t just NOT have people get killed or harmed severely during a war. I want to say the sole reason why this s the way this film plays out is because of the introduction of Spidey. But who knows why.

This story was going to be ambitious no matter what. The Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t have the years of history, or characters that the publication has the rights too, at its disposal. various story beats have to be altered but theres still a lot there from the comic… and it has to be recognized as an accomplishment that they create team wrote and directed this gem of a film. it just hurts itself that the risks weren’t as far as they could have been.

This film isn’t flawless. But it’s again a great way to start phase 3. With the Russo Bro’s taking over, The sky is the limit with how far they can go.

Bottom Line: It’s a great film, has a few missteps but for anyone who is a fan of the characters, the story or the brand named Marvel, you won’t talk away disappointed like anyone did who sadly saw BvS. but what it was really missing, what made The comic so great was this: “We’re not fighting for the people anymore…we’re just fighting.” For Cap to say that.. as both a soldier and a guy from a relatively simpler time, was huge. it speaks to the way society is these days with our memes, rallies and slogans that can often seem like they aren’t going anywhere but to a new fight.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 10 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7.5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Definitely worth it to see in theatres, IMAX if possible. I already can’t wait to own the movie.