Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne, Walton GogginsRuntime: 118 minutesPlot: Days before Infinity War takes place, Scott Lang must don the armour of Ant-Man again to save Hope Van Dyne's mother. But he's going to need help because this isn't going to be easy.Review: I really enjoyed this movie, it was really fun. I say this because, while I enjoyed the first, it was a bit more lost on me than others. So I went into this one with two thoughts in my head: 1.) I know this happens before Infinity War, I'm excited to see how it ends. 2.) I am going to have as much fun as I can.Both were successful endeavours for me. I never remember how much I enjoy Paul Rudd, he seems to be the actor that I forget the most, but at the same time I enjoy every single thing I see him in. I think he blends subtle comedy (and often times not so subtle comedy) into any role and that's something that Marvel movies need for sure. Certainly the comics are serious, but there are so many funny parts in the comics that go unseen, and the movies are no different. He adds that little bit of comedic skepticism to every scene and it's great. I am sadly not an Evangeline Lilly fan, but admittedly have only seen her in the Hobbit movies that I cannot purge from my mind. Michael Douglas is an actor from an almost bygone era that brings back powerful acting and adds amazing nostalgia to the movie. Michelle Pfeiffer is a phenomenal actress and at the age of 60 looks, sorry for this, fucking incredible.The music from the movie took a lot from the Guardians of the Galaxy series as they use a lot of oldies, which isn't a bad thing. Never against young people understanding that there are more lyrics out there and "gucci gang".The effects are certainly nothing to shake your fist at either. The constant phasing that the villain Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen of Black Mirror fame) is incredible and sort of puts you on the edge of your sit the entire time. I would love to see that in a horror movie and not a Marvel "Action Romantic-Comedy", because it would mess people up.The action was done well, the sizing differences from going from very small to very large must make the fight scenes super tough to watch, but they do it so well.As with most of my reviews, I won't go into the spoilers for the movie. Though I do think good movies aren't actually spoiled, I won't be that guy.The first end credit sequence is the one you want to see, the second is nothing special and not a plot point in any way, shape or form.Go see it.
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Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, John Tuturro, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Steve BuscemiPlot: The Autobots must combine forces with the humans (why again?) to save the Earth from being destroyed by Cybertron, which is moving towards Earth faster than that meteor in ArmageddonLength: 154 minutesInteresting trivia: Hugo Weaving wasn't cast as Megatron for this movie, they went to well known voice actor Frank Welker instead.Review: I'd like to start off by saying I really enjoy the transformers universe. I love the comics, tv shows, toys, and culture around it. It was such a vast expanse of information and characters that could be drawn upon to make any movie good. Then they let Michael Bay touch it.I would also like to say that I truly enjoy Michael Bay, I think he does good work for what is given to him and does explosions better than anyone in existence ( if you have the chance, youtube his verizon wireless commercial, it's awesome.) But in this scenario when there is such a massive amount of background information and so much source material, for him to come in and change almost all of it is ridiculous.I won't go into spoilers because some of you may want to see this movie, though I would recommend against it.The movie was far too long, with weird, unnecessary back stories involving King Arthur and the "Witwiccans", the family that Shia LaBeouf was a part of, oh, I forgot! He has a cameo in this movie. Well, there's a picture of him in the movie because he and Michael bay had a falling out and bay couldn't write him out in a proper way in the last movie that people were curious about, so they then have him be dead in this one, somehow. They don't say how, but there you have it. Dick move in my books, I love LaBeouf.The music wasn't done very well either. How hard is it to make a transformers movie that has the transformers theme song in it? How hard is it to have "The Touch", the greatest song of all god damned time, by god damned Stan Bush in it?!The acting was fine. It has a giant cast of some very well known, very well versed actors including Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci. The biggest hurdle they have to overcome is the weird, inane comedy stylings of Bay and his writers. Weird timings, weird lines, racial undertones, the whole lot. Michael Bay is good at many things, picking people to write his scripts for him isn't one of them. Combined, the three writers have 8 movies written, 4 of the movies worked on by two of the same guys. And those movies aren't exactly dialogue heavy (Punisher: War Zone was amazing, but the dialogue was.... lacking, let's say)Now we can get into the nitty gritty of it all. They took two very well known, one of which is a fan favourite, characters from the comics, tv shows and 1987 CLASSIC Transformers: The Movie and changed them entirely. One of which is Hot Rod, played by Judd Nelson in the cartoon. Firstly, why not reach out to him, bring him back. I can only assume he's not busy right now (If you read this Mr. Nelson, you're a fucking champ). Secondly, they have him use some weird French accent throughout, but don't discuss why he uses it, just that "he can't stop". Very odd. The second character, the main villain of the cartoon, Unicron, voiced by Orson Welles is in this movie, but rather than being the villain, he's for some reason the Earth? They don't really discuss any of that, but apparently he isn't a transformer (or is?) and all of Human Kind live on him. Doesn't even transform guys. It hurts me so.What else is there to say about a movie that I won't spoil... it ended? I'm glad it ended, it took 7 years for me to watch this movie and it was the longest 7 years of my god damned life guys. Josh Duhamel and Mark Wahlberg both age like fine wine though, that's a bonus I suppose.
Starring: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Elodie Young, Jessica Henwick, Scott Glenn, Sigourney Weaver, Rosario DawsonPlot: We join four individual super heroes as they struggle with something bigger and then realize they may, not only, be in it alone, but may not be able to do it alone.Runtime: Eight 50 minute episodes... ishReview: As with every review, there will be spoilers coming for this guys, so be warned.I liked this show a lot. I came into it with decently high hopes because I think all the Marvel Netflix series have been (mostly) a success. I'm one of the VERY few people that didn't even mind Iron Fist when it came out, perhaps because I watched it later than everyone else and heard that it was basically the worst thing in the existence of mankind (until that point, POTUS). So I watched it, and certainly it had a lot of problems, but I enjoyed it. I do my best to avoid getting caught into the racial sides of things and how America white washes things, but this one specifically made me confused. There is a character in Iron Fist who wanted to play the title role, but didn't get it, they gave him something else. Everyone was upset that he didn't get, so I checked the guy out, turns out he's Asian. I don't care about that, if they wanted to cast him they would have, but people can't be upset that they actually cast someone that looked the part, can they? Yes, they can. Whatever, it happens. I have also had problems with all of the Netflix series' (Daredevil 2 the least by far), but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the fact that heroes from my childhood are coming to life. Too many people are critical of too many things, I get that this is their job or their reason to live or whatever, but these are comic book book tv shows that aren't Witch Blade or the 1960's crappy Batman (Sorry Mr. West).So when I came into this series I said "I'm gonna have fun, and watch some people kick ass". I feel I did that quite well. From the moment that Matt Murdock puts on his Daredevil suit I had a permanent grin on my face. He was phenomenal. From the moment Luke Cage pulled that Yellow shirt over his huge torso I had a permanent grin on my face. From the moment people talk about Iron Fist being a pretty, rich, white boy who wants to save the world I had a permanent grin on my face. From the moment Jessica Jones... I'm not the biggest fan of her character, but I smiled a shit tonne when she was on screen. Needless to say, there was a lot of smiling going on during this series. I was even really happy with the choice of Sigourney Weaver as the villain, she did really well. She always does, so I expected nothing less, but still.The show starts off slowly, with the four not knowing each other at all, but all of them having heard of "The Devil of Hell's Kitchen", who no longer practices. Wait... he's a lawyer, so he practices law, but not longer practices the art of kicking peoples asses... outside of court. Without his hands... whatever! Jessica Jones is cementing herself as quite the useless drunk, Luke Cage gets out of jail and Danny Rand is making his way back from Vietnam after searching for the hand ( I think Vietnam).Doesn't take them long to find one another and immediately start to fight one another, which is also fantastic. But it also doesn't take long for them to sort of fight each other less and start to fight the bad guys a whole bunch more. 2 of the 8 episodes have a little bit of fighting and 6 of the episodes are pretty well a lot of fighting. Some say that's not a good thing or there needs to be more plot, but this was a very straightforward plot to me. Stop the Hand from destroying New York. They say it in the preview, why waste time trying to jam more in.For the fighting, a lot of people were also upset with Finn Jones' lack of ability to look good fighting. I can't really disagree with that at all, seeing as he's playing a world renowned martial artist I would think he'd look better fighting, but that wasn't as much of an issue for me as one would think. My biggest issue with the show is simple. HOW DOES CHARLIE COX LOOK SO DAMN CONVINCING AT BEING BLIND?! I've seen him normally and he's not blind, he does it so damn well that it amazes me... and makes me wonder if all blind people are faking it. That second part isn't true at all, but still.There's no Frank Castle in this, not even a ghost of a whisper of him, but there's a teaser after, so that's cool. They touch on "the incident", which is Avengers one and there are a whole thwack of good scenes in the series. One could say I spent the entire review... DEFENDING it, but they'd be wrong, it doesn't need to be defended at all, it's just genuinely fun and well done.I have mostly changed my mind, I won't spoil this that much, it's a cursory review of a show I really liked. I don't watch a lot of tv, so this means something to me.Do I think you should watch it? If you like Marvel, yes. If you hate fun, no. If you think Charlie Cox is handsome, yes. 99% yes, 1% no. And that 1% that hates fun? Lock it up guys.
Warning: Potential Spoilers for Justice League
Peter Sciretta, at slashfilm, is reporting that the reshoots that are currently underway for the Justice League film, includes an entirely new ending for the film. This news comes fast on the heels of the revelations that the reshoots will lighten the tone of the film as well as addressing problems with the character of Cyborg (presumably a lack of him saying booyah).
The specifics regarding the changes to the ending are as follows: in Zack Snyder's original version the movie would have ended on a cliffhanger, as Darkseid would have shown up at the end of the movie. Apparently Joss Whedon, after taking over the project due to the tragic death of Zack Snyder's daughter, decided to scrap the cliffhanger and focus on Steppenwolf, Darkseid's General and uncle, instead. Sciretta also reports that flashback scenes featuring Robin Wright's Antiope have been added to feature Steppenwolf more prominently as the main villain.
In general, this new ending sounds like a better idea to me. Thanos showing up at the end of the original Avengers movie was more of a tease of things to come than a direct sequel hook, and the Marvel movies had generated way more goodwill by that point than the DC films have now. Considering many people already saw Batman v. Superman as a commercial for upcoming DC films as opposed to a movie in its own right, it seems like an odd choice to make Justice League feel like half of a movie. Shifting the focus to Steppenwolf seems like it will make the movie feel a bit more standalone and still allows for plenty of teases towards Darkseid and the New Gods.
In a larger sense, this story (if true) shows the shifting balance of power between Geoff Johns and Zack Snyder. Johns has been DC's goto guy when it comes to the comics side of things and he is the guy that has been tasked with course correcting the movies after the poor critical reception of what has been released so far. The word on the street is that dark and gloomy is out and optimistic and fun is in. The critical and financial success of Wonder Woman has apparently reinforced these ideas, and again I personally feel that it's generally for the best.
I feel like Zack Snyder is a very sincere guy who tries his hardest, but I ultimately think that he has a very surface level understanding about what makes the DC characters popular. He only cares about action scenes and the costumes, and prefers to radically reinterpret characters as opposed to trying to capture the key characteristics that people like about them. The fact that he thought Batman fans would be fine with him casually murdering people alone shows that there is a disconnect between Zack and the DC fan.
My big question after reading this: is Justice League going to be done for a November release if all of this is true? Redoing an entire ending seems a little tougher than adding dialogue or an action scene, especially since Steppenwolf is a entirely CG character. Only time will tell.