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”.

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.

Deadpool: Film Review

 

Deadpool-Mike-Mitchell-Mondo-Marvel-450x600Some 11 years (according to Mr. Reynolds) this film was in development. And it paid off like aged wine.


Director: Tim Miller, Writer: Rhett Reese, & Paul Wernick, Runtime: 1h48m

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Deadpool for those that don’t know, Deadpool is a character made to be the contrast to Deathstroke. Or vice versa. The major difference being Deadpool talks a lot. I have no idea if that was always the case. But let’s be honest. It doesn’t fully matter.

The first incarnation was played by a younger Reynolds but was such a defamation to the character in almost every way, and I legit mean in every wa, that even he makes fun of it within the film. Which was probably a big way of showcasing how different the film was from any predecessor.

The story over all is probably my only big issue. It leads to the fact the budget is small. In ways that it makes it so obvious. During the entire film, I couldn’t help but feel cheated in terms of how much more could be done to flesh out his story. The logistics behind his origin can change. Which they did. They don’t matter. But for the fact of integration, they lost out on key elements to his origin as modern comics have written it to be. On the flip side. You have an attention span story. By that I mean, it’s such a short span of story time that you don’t need to pay a lot of attention to it. I will say when you pass the hour mark, it felt like an hour had passed. Lastly, as fun as the story was, it was as predictable any movie could be. But as I write this. That’s sort of the charm of Deadpool. The good thing is that the ads weren’t lying. The story was and is a love story, a messed up twisted love story from the view point of Deadpool.

The Main reason for this film being made was the desire from both the fans to see it (clearly, it’s breaking records all over the box office right now) and it’s talent, Ryan Reynolds. It was almost as if every role he had in a comedy was a stepping stone for him to be Deadpool. It was some time during Blade 3’s theatre run (and I would even argue home release) that his name became synonymous with the Deadpool. Even the comics used him as a template for what Wade Wilson used to look like before getting his powers. I will say that this was probably the most comfortable he’s ever seemed on screen (my opinion). The one thing I wonder was how much did he really do under that suit… it’s easy to fake talent with a face covering body suit. Just ask James Earl Jones. Either way he does nail it vocally every time you listen to him talk.

Ed Serkin was cool. He had a lot of moments of being a modern villain. There’s no reason not to like his performance.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Hildebrand) was cool. She’s a relatively a new character in the xmen universe. And I think in a way she was a great choice both story wise and over logistics wise.. she creates an element of separation from the Hugh Jackman led X films.

I’m more than happy with what I got from Colossus. He should be George Lucas’d into the other X-men films.

Visually it was as creative as one could hope for, to bring this character to life. It had… 95 % of great shots. I was very drawn in right from the start. Aside from.the action scenes I really loved how the crew came together to make his origin work. The art dec, camera angles and lighting were great to look at for about an hour.

The best thing about this is that it got made. It got made the right way. And it got made In Canada. The small budget is evident but it it achieved big things as being as respectful as it can to the source medium. I look forward to future sequels. But hopefully you don’t come out feeling like I did playing the Deadpool video game.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10 (music is like a 4 though),
  • Acting: 7 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? I’m glad its making its theatrical run, but personally, I’d rather had seen this at home. Which is not a bad thing.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Ant man: Film Review

Ant-Man_Poster-1Writer: Edgar WrightJoe CornishAdam McKayPaul Rudd, Drictor: Peyton ReedRuntime: 117m, Cast(<= link)
Who would have thought that Ant-man would be a star of any movie? Certainly not I.

I remember when Ant-Man (As Hank Pym) had his own group of “Avengers” back in the fox kids days… needless to say, it was a terrible show. Fast forward to present day and you have Scott Lang who probably is most famous for blowing up Avengers Mansion Thanks to Scarlet Witch not getting her way… oh yea. SPOILER ALERT. (note: it was in the comics and will probably never actually happen on the big screen – Avengers Disassembled arc)

But I’m drifting. A lot of what you saw in the trailers, the leaked and official images and TV spots are what you end up with in the final product. Which, turns out to be both a blessing and a curse. It’s great cause you know what to expect and then it’s just bad for the lack of surprises. Maybe I’ve been around long enough but everything that happened was pretty much expected minus a certain winged cameo. The story was fairly easy to follow. I think of any marvel film to date, this is the easiest one to get at face value, while not having a comic book friend sit beside you and explain anything. They didn’t really get in to the science of the suit either. It was a fly by that really just felt like some person yelling in the back screaming the obvious. Something to the tune of: “It shrinks, let’s move along already.” This Marvel film was more interested in being a better movie more than it wanted to be a great comic book movie (but don’t think it to be more than a comic book movie, it won’t win anything more than like an MTV movie award). That said it played more heavily to the kids at heart as it did this in the right age of being a kid.

Paul Rudd is one of those actors where you either love him or you can’t stand him. I’m always on the fence with his films but as of late, he’s been casted in fairly decent films. Comedic actors are proving to be better at this dramatic thing than some dramatic actors are (see Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Most of those actors are of a seasoned comedic background). When Rudd is having emotional moments, particularly with his daughter, it’s pretty clear how he feels and makes you want to root for him. I’m sure we’ve all been in a position of “I wanna do good for _____but this stupid thing is in my way“. It sucks but it’s our individual moral code and or our character facing a dilemma of such nature that make us question how far we are willing to go… that make for great stories. I love seeing dad’s get their due. Dad’s are the under valued, equally paramount parent who often get shitted on and overshadowed due to the growing number of bad ones. His performance isn’t ground breaking but it’s fairly memorable in its ambition. essentially, It felt too much like a Rudd movie as opposed to a character who to look like a hero in his daughters eyes. When he’s funny, however, it felt so organic to the medium and feel to these movies. Rather with what these movies have been missing with so much dark undertones. Mr. Rudd handled his lines so well, I wouldn’t be shocked if they came out and said most of it was improv. He’s a special talent and I’m glad he’s getting a major movie.

Hank Pym, which is the one I was hoping would have been the Ant-Man as he brings in a more interesting story as far as I’m concerned, is played by the great Michael Douglas. He too is a father of a little girl who I can only imagine is to spur up some contrasts to Scott’s character. He either played Hank with a lot of hidden agendas or the nature of the piece alluded to a bigger story for Hank in a potential sequel. He had spurts of anger which seemed so right to the character, given what he’s done in the comics. Given the age he was intended to play, I felt that it was a nice respectful performance from Douglas.

My personal favourite actor, in this, was Michael Peña. He was just fun to see. I can’t think of a movie I really dislike him in. He either has a great agent or a keen eye and understanding of his abilities, because he gets to be apart of some great films. His acting ability was more of a feat than it was artistic. His scenes arguably steal the show.

Corey  Stoll was goodt in this but I felt he was poorly directed. He very well could’ve been a great villain. It would have been nice to see him get really into it that way. His performance is Good. He isn’t afflicted in his talents on screen. I just wished it was a bit more intense and less like a high school dick head. Being the failed protégé has a considerable amount of weight in it. Someone you looked up to tossed you to the curb.. why? I can only wonder what the Game feels like after he was dropped from G-Unit. Spolier: when they said he was having negative effects from the Pym particles, I felt cheated. But it could be explained by the subtle acts we see in Hank during the film.

I wondered how up close ants would look on a giant screen. I always thought that his connection to ants would be the movies down fall. Ultimately, it wasn’t. They found a great way of not really showing them in great detail but more in a manner of seeing them pass by. I even learned a thing or two about ants which isn’t something you go in expecting. The best parts of the film are how detailed they got to showing you the world from a ants perspective, or rather one that small.

Even though the film felt rushed and I think it was the fastest filmed to date, it didn’t quite have the problems rushed films have. It’s still runs to be about 2 hours long but the pacing is consistent and fun.

Bottom line: Theres more to be desired, but what you get isn’t anything bad. It’s one of those lovable movies that can be watched by anyone and you will still have a satisfied audience. Great way to end Phase two on a high note.

Spoiler: the second post credit scene is a scene from Civil War so don’t look into it too much.

Best of phase two:
Captain America 2
Avengers 2
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Ant-Man
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Thor 2

Whats your list of Phase 2 films?

  • Overall rating of the movie: 6.8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 7.2 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Its not bad in Theatres, but I could of seen this at home and still enjoyed it…. sucks for people who want to watch it on their phone.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Movie Review

This might have been the best summer movie.

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Writer:  James GunnNicole Perlman Director:  James Gunn Runtime: 121 mins

Cast

I had posted about who the Guardians of the Galaxy really are and its a fair bet not many knew prior to seeing the flick. This is probably the utmost reason this movie excels. Aside from my fellow brethren who know full well about the sci-fi/realm of space side of  the Marvel Universe, NO ONE cared about these guys. and that is very much a factor in the film. One of the constant mentions people keep saying is: “If you had told me a talking racoon would be a “star” character in a movie, some 10+ years ago, I would spit out my drink in laughter”. Well those folks can all now still spit out a drink in laughter and then some, cause not only does “Rocket Racoon” nearly steal the show, he, voiced by Bradley Cooper, makes you feel for the character as if he was a “human”. The film really does achieve a lot in its 2 hour run time but never once does it feel beyond whelming. Its most remarkable element was being able to blend both drama and comedy seamlessly all while never taking itself too seriously while still remaining true to being a “Comic Book” movie. I feel that is one of the problems so many other studios have with their comic book properties. They try to be a comic adaption while being true to the medium of cinema and the integrity of the director’s imagination/creativity. I believe that on some level you have to have one more so than the other(s) and never falter… But, as I say, everything is situational.

Another aspect of what makes this a great film, is the soundtrack and for once I don’t mean the musical score. The soundtrack boast some of the best music from era(‘s) past. Its even on US Billboard at #1 for this week (week ending Aug. 15th, 2014)

The soundtrack to Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, has topped the midweek US Billboard chart, and is the first soundtrack comprised entirely of previously released songs to reach the No 1 spot.

The soundtrack seemingly works on various levels but, really giving the Lead, Peter Quill, his only real tether to Earth and his childhood when his mother was in his life. For that aspect, it works tremendously in this film to keep it relatable to viewers. Let’s face it, we all have that one (or several) song(s) that remind us of days past (couldn’t resist).

This film boast a another crazy cast as any other marvel movie. Benicio  Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and more; Take on their first roles in the superhero genre.  Given the roles Del Toro has had in past, I was shocked he took on the role of “The Collector from back in Thor. I fully enjoyed new comer Lee Pace as Ronan. The costume design was great even if they went for a more obvious, dark = bad guy tone. It very much resembled his look in the comics. The only characters/actors I question in terms of acting were Zoe’s, Josh Brolin’s and Karen Gillian’s characters (Gamora, Thanos, and Nebula, respectively). I felt as though they were underplayed in various ways (i.e., Thanos didn’t give me that menacing performance one wold hope from a man known as the “Mad Titan”). And even though their back stories were explained and even hinted at, I felt as though we were still short handed in respects to what we deserved from those listed and more, from a story aspect. We all know Zoe can act, and I love her as an actress (she’s skinny and kicks everyones ass, that is awesome defined!), but I can’t help but feel she didn’t give us the best of her talents. Its not in anyway, shape, or form a bad performance, just maybe a miscue in direction/communication. The cool thing about the movie is that having Vin Diesel voice act allows him to be in future movies if even as a bodyguard or something, same with B.Cooper. . Aside from the acting, due to (maybe) the quality of the image, the aliens didn’t all feel like aliens so much as humans in costume.

Which leads me to my next point of the use of 3d, cinematography, and use of effects as a whole. Right from the start you feel like you’re in the 80s. Whats nice is the tint to give it that retro feeling. Then it movies into more 3d expected territory, which was in damn good quality. This post conversion stuff is really getting better. The 3D helps to enhance that idea that you’re in a whole new world/environment. However, I feel that the use of both depth and traditional out/oFf screen effects would have served this movie better. The action, as plenty but was kinda lacking in any great shot in personal opinion. Thankfully it was mostly clear and easy to see thanks to the colourful cast. But it never gets distracting throughout the film. Which is better. I will say the ending “battle” was my favourite bit with the use of the camera.

There were a lot of easter eggs in the film, from both the BTS side of things, to things right out of the comics and throughout pop culture. I noticed a few from the comics and pop culture, but heres more.

This movie is nothing, if not well put together. nice blend of the medium. it excels mostly because of its obscurity. The tremendous control over the time and place(meant) of comedy, action, and a dramatic moment is superb. I wouldn’t call this an adaption, as much as I would call this movie. The characters are all losers, and people you’d bet against in the right conditions, but with the tremendous writing and character understanding, this movie really captures the essence that would this band of merry folks just really don’t want to die unless its by their actions. Most superhero movies tend to go the ay of this is my problem i have to fix it because i created the villain. this story didn’t feel like that. Has some of those elements yea, but in actuality its a great neutral bad guy vs good guy(s) story here. It’s really hard to hate on this movie outside of nitpicking. For my chosen nitpick, how on earth did they get on to the ship with Yondu and get new costumes for everyone (the all red, scarlet ones) including Rocket Racoon?

9.7

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 9.7 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8.9 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? It’s not bad in Imax. Definitely worth picking up to truly start phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Movie Review

“On your left”

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Directors: Anthony RussoJoe Russo Writers: Christopher MarkusEd Brubaker (Concept and Story) Run Time: 136!

Cast

Government conspiracy theories are always around us. But what if you died to prevent one of the greatest evils the world has ever known? Only if to see it still thrive? Insert a 90-somthing year old super soldier. What if you were a soldier who fell in battle only to be caught by the enemy. Insert the winter soldier.

The creative team behind this movie did that and made it a great ride for 2 plus hours. The comic arc isn’t something I’m too familiar with,  but I knew a good amount going in. And thats really from reading all the marvel comics cross over books (like Secret invasion, Avengers etc). So for those who are worried, trust that the movie doesn’t require you to know anything else aside from maybe the Avengers movie and maybe Iron Man 2. Really didn’t need to see the first Captain America movie. As I say. Marvel has a great way accepting new readers at any point in a story/arc.

The best part about this movie is its odd sense of feeling grounded. The stunts, story, and dialogue are tremendously blended to give the viewers a modern day government espionage film. The stunts aren’t as over top as Avengers were or even the first Avenger film. Not everything explodes from the simplest thing. There isn’t a stunt that had some sorta crazy effects. Really reminded me of the 90’s actions movies.

The dialogue is decent and showed a new layer to Steve Rogers. He’s more modernized. Speaks a bit more like today’s RESPECTFUL adult. Only person I thought had bad lines was the first appearance of Black Widow in the movie. Personally, who I wished had more, was GSP’s Batroc character. I heavily enjoyed Nick Fury’s presence on screen. Marvel/Disney needs to let the man swear tho.

The one character I didn’t feel was done right was Falcon. He could have been more of an asset, but was more utilized as a background player. He’s used well, just could have done more as a character. Past that I felt that Bucky Barnes, in the form of Winter Soldier was more a starting point character. He didn’t seem to have his story fully explained.

Bottom line: In terms of Phase 2″  properties go for Marvel,  this is a significant step forward and a great starting point for Avengers two. I’m as excited as I can be with what that easter egg of Dr. Strange and the post credit scene.

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Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 9 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? IT’S OUT NOW GET IT ON BLU RAY!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

Its a dark world indeed.

thor2poster1_largeDirector: Alan Taylor Running time: 120 min Writer: Christopher YostChristopher MarkusStephen McFeelyDon PayneRobert Rodat

Starring:Chris Hemsworth…Thor
Natalie Portman…Jane Foster
Kat Dennings…Darcy Lewis
Christopher Eccleston… Malekith the Accursed

I start with this. I enjoyed the movie. It was just kind of hard to.

Coming from Game of Thrones you would like to think the realm of GoT and Thor would blend seamlessly. Wrong. Now when I heard about this movie at first, it was addressed as being helmed by a female. Sometime later, Alan Taylor took over and gave us this. Now I still believe Taylor is capable of telling us a good story. Just don’t think it’s in a Marvel franchise. Be it direction or editing this movie was terrible.

Each actor felt and looked confused, and uninspired. Outside of Tom Hiddleston, he, as per usual stole the show in a creative way. His character and his style this time around, he displayed even more pain than we’ve seen him previously. A major part to his sadness is *SPOILER ALERT* is when his mother dies, and he’s loosely to blame.* this creates a great sadness and allows for the character to be seen in a slightly new light. A lot of Odin’s lines felt off. And that’s one aspect of the direction that failed me.

The story continues greatly from Avengers, in comparison to Iron Man 3, but it’s not the most direct follow up I would’ve hoped for. But come to think about it Marvel Comics never really did that after a big story arc… Always just kept it moving. One aspect of the overall plot was how involved the villain was. He wasn’t. His entire plot was handled wrong. He was kinda just there versus having reason to care about what he was doing. For an ancient evil with world domination goals, he didn’t seem to be explored as much as I would hope. In place of the villain absence, was the theme of brothers. Brothers at odds, trying to find a common ground. Accepting their “destiny”, if you will, as one being a hero and one the villain. That part of the story was well expected, well explored and well performed.

Thor-2-PosterLet’s talk about the cinematography….. THIS WAS TERRIBLE. Did we learn nothing from Avengers?! And p.s. I watched this movie in a AVX theatre. Now while I criticize the way in which it was shot, I do appreciate the lessons it taught me. Don’t do an entire movie with elaborate sets if you can’t actually build majority of them. For a movie like this, I understand that it’s a different realm so it has potential to look different from the norm but the first movie has such a president that I thought would naturally transcend into the sequel. I felt a lot of parts that were heavy with green screen and/or cgi were so poor looking; it was almost embarrassing on behalf of Marvel as a brand. Key examples of this were when Loki was sentenced for his crimes.
In addition to that the switching from camera to camera was terrible.  The quality changes were so evident and vastly different from each other it became the way of a student project.

Bottom line: it’s not the worst ever movie, but as far as super hero movies go, I’m placing it for a tie with Dare Devil. Or maybe a tie with Iron Man 2, with an edge to Iron Man 2. Mark Millar tweeted that Thor (the first one) was the best of the phase 1 entries (avengers hadn’t come out yet) so this was theirs too lose. which they sadly did in my honest opinion.

 

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 0 out of 10,
  • Editing: 2 out of 10,
  • Audio: 4 out of 10,
  • Acting: 1.5 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP IT, download at best.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Agents of Shield: Show Review

agents-of-shield-official-poster-smallWell it was an interesting start to hopefully a long and fruitful series. “Agents of shield” doesn’t try to pose as anything similar to Avengers, outside of being an origin story, which I thought was a nice way to separate itself from the above mentioned film. Whereas Avengers is about the culmination of heroes for the first time for a global assault, A.O.S. is more a look at the world from a more civilian point of view.

Taking a page from the marvel comic’s way of operating; you don’t have to have really seen anything prior to the show to understand what’s happening. However a possible re-watches of Thor, Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The First Avenger might do you well for small hints and trivia (like Lola).

Given that it was a pilot I didn’t grade it hard on the acting but some parts didn’t seem to gel completely. But it was obvious as to why some lines were delivered and written to be a certain way especially once the climatic confrontation came about. At its core Marvel strives to tell compelling heartfelt stories in its formal medium. This was no different. I really enjoyed the type of dynamic they introduced to the show through “Michael Peterson” just hard on his luck and trying to do right. It really was an easy way to have many types of people, not just nerd’s gems and fan boys, connect with the show.

As far as comic book shows go, I’m putting Arrow at the top still followed by Smallville then A.O.S. Only time will tell if that changes.

With Arrow on the way and Big Bang Theory on Thursdays it’s a great mid week for primetime shows and fan boys in general.

 

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If you like any of the pics you or your friends are in you can now purchase that photo (original, no watermark) for $1 or have it edited your in a fashion you’d like with the original for $5 (no watermark) (NOTE: THIS GOES FOR ANY OTHER PICTURE THAT I’VE TAKEN AND OR POSTED)

Enjoy!!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Video Of The Day: Batman Vs Deadpool

It’s not likely these two would ever actually be in a fight. Deadpool would win simply because he can’t die and even though Batman can endure almost ANYTHING… he is still in fact human. Another Bat in the Sun film hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. PLEASE NOTE: the winner is based off of fan votes.

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The series is produced by Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke and Nikolay Zamkovoy.

The concept of the SPBD web series is to take two super powered legends and make them battle! Every month we will release a new episode, where viewers will be able to vote to determine the winner. The show is hosted by Marisha Ray, with three debaters, Damian Beurer, Andy Liegl and Jennifer Wenger. Together they battle with their sci-fi/fantasy knowledge and comic wit to see who they think the winner will be.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

He’s A Mutant Terrorist and An Avenger

Quicksilver, who along with his sister Scarlet Witch, is set to appear in Joss Wedon’s Avengers 2 , is now also going to be appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently filming.

Director Bryan Singer tweeted the news on his personal account.

“Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.”

 

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The way Singer phrased the tweet, it would seem there was an agreement made, that Fox would get to use Quicksilver as a younger character, perhaps in the past scenes, while Marvel Studios will use an older, more adult version of the character. As we previously reported, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are a strange, unique case, where both studios have the rights to the characters, as they are both mutants (being the children of Magneto), and also longtime Avengers. As Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said last year, “They’re uh – It’s a little complicated, but if they want to use them in an X-Men movie they could, and if we want to use them in an Avengers movie we could. They’re unique.”

Evan Peters is a 26 year-old actor best known to comic book fans as “Todd,” one of Dave’s friends in Kick-Ass. More as this story develops.

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