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Justice League (2017)
Peppered with enough doses of fun
As it stands, I am one of the very few whom appreciates Man of Steel for its somber tone. I am also one of the many that enjoyed Wonder Woman a lot. So the question is, where does Justice League rate amongst these? It comes in close. Not beyond. Not on par either.
Foremost, Justice League is a fun watch. The chemistry exuded by all the casts, especially Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller, are contagious. The shift of tone to somewhat "lightheartedness" is definitely something for me to get accustomed to. However, the humor is peppered with the right amounts. Sparingly used, at its right times; rather than it becoming quips to transition into the next scene. Serious moments remained serious, as it should be. Each hero have their own distinctive personality & trait; whereby, not everyone turns out to be the same wise cracking sarcastic narcissists. Which was great.
Secondly, the story that the League found themselves in...well it is coherent storytelling. Passable at best. It does feel epic only at certain points. Would I want it to be better? To be a masterpiece throughout? Definitely. But it does feel like a ride. From start to finish, even during its supposedly "downtimes", it moves along at a pretty fast pace.
Now my only hatred for this film. I had my fears when it was announced that Junkie XL was replaced. And that fear materialized into reality. Danny Elfman's score is so generic. Bland. I don't really hear a theme that I care for. OR is there even a theme to begin with? The so- called Batman, Superman theme of the past, were just meh. All I heard was generic music in the background, constantly gyrating annoyingly throughout the impressive visuals.
The one thing that the DC films had, which were emotionally charged, goosebump inducing scores, are now gone. Sigh...
Mugen no jûnin (2017)
Remarkable effort. Compressing 30 volumes into film.
Having read the manga for close to 20 years. The live adaptation of the film is a fulfillment to witness. As a fan of the original, I have preconceived notions as to how the characters behaved and voiced in between panels.
Therefore the performances for bringing Manji, Rin, Anotsu and all the other casts to life were satisfactory. Compressing 30 volumes into film, means that there were major trimmings made in order to fit this medium. Most notably are the back stories and developments for all characters depicted. Some characters in film are relegated to cameos, while others lack the motivational complexity of their respective arc that were spanned across the years. And yet, I still found myself intrigued by the story presented to me here on film.
The actions are brutal. Not as gory as how I would like it to be though. The original format was way more gorier in certain aspects. But I can understand why it was needed to be toned down for live adaptation.
If one is into cinematography, feudal Edo era, a story of revenge, filled with action sequences of samurai swordplay - this is a film that I would recommend. It fulfills on all those aspects. It had heartfelt moments and dashes of fun sprinkled perfectly into its pacing.
However if one is into enriching character developments, motivations for all their arcs and more; I would suggest to visit the original manga instead.
Overall, it is still a very remarkable effort from everyone involved.
Thank you Hugh Jackman for your 17 years
Growing up, i was and still is, an X-Men fan since the age of seven through comics. In truth, Wolverine was never a character that I had gravitated to. But I had a sense of sentiment for the character via association to the X-Men.
In the year 2000, the first X-Men movie was released on the big screen. Again, Wolverine was never a character that I had any inclination for. But it was through Hugh Jackman's portrayal of him, that the story was told from his perspective about the X-Men.
Fast forward 17 years later, this movie is not about the Wolverine, the superhero who seemed immortal, without any weaknesses, that goes on a rampage whenever to save the day by being the best at what he does. No....and i am thankful for that.
This movie is about the man named Logan. A character driven piece that hides a superhero beneath it. It is almost like an independent film that explores the flaws and tribulations of who the character is. We get to see his vulnerability and delves into his code of honor & loyalty to those he cares for. The telling of this story brought forth the man behind the superhero.
All the cast were great and a special shout-out to Dafne Keen, whom plays Laura very convincingly; amidst beloved characters that had years of history on the big screen.
The movie is not without flaws, but it made me care for the story of the man named Logan, whom defines him as the best at what he does.
If this really is Hugh Jackman's last run as the character, it is a perfect send off and thank you for playing Logan/Wolverine for all these years.
Suicide Squad (2016)
Borderline fun. With too much burdens of expectations for it to bear alone.
Was anticipating this for so long and now it has finally arrived. Keyword here is: anticipation. We must all first do this - check our own anticipation for this movie and whatever baggage of expectations that we want out the door, before the lights to the theater dims.
If not, you will probably end up feeling like i did. I had my own expectations and hope for the movie - wanting it to be a dark somber exploration of gray moral characters. Continuing the dark themed of the DCEU. In which this movie is definitely not.
This movie is bright, fun, chirpy to a certain extent. At times, it reminded me of the game franchise Borderlands in its execution.
The humor for each character portrayed are pretty convincing. It belongs to each individual personality. It never felt like everyone is a carbon copy of a one-note-sarcastic-spewing-one-liner. Never. Each of them had their own voice and sense of humor. And for that, i am really grateful.
Even though there are missteps in its execution of its story and pacing - the most annoying thing for me, was really about the songs that got way too annoyingly repetitive.
All in all...i really enjoyed the chemistry that the Squad had. Each cast was believable as their characters too.
As for the Joker, it is unfair to judge if this is as good as the late Heath Ledger's masterpiece of a performance; since the Joker isn't the main focus here. I will refrain judging Jared Leto's Joker, until the next installment of him being that character again (either the solo Batman film, or that of Harley Quinn's; who knows?) But for now, he does seem very very unsettling. Captivating yet scary.
Currently it is on a borderline ratings for me. It varies a lot. At times good, at times bad. I found myself really enjoying it for the most times, yet i can't deny that i was equally annoyed by that constant music.
Was it worth the wait? Definitely. Did it live up to what i want? No - and it is unfair for me to expect any movie to live up to my own expectations that i had built while anticipating.
Will it address the problems of what BvS theatrical cut did? The most unfair judgment for this film if one was expecting it to. As the production of this Suicide Squad was well ahead before that said film was ever released to the public. No matter how much was done to "fix" it (i do not mind about the prior's dark humorless tone), one can not totally change a film that was already well underway. To be fair, I will leave it to the Justice League to bear that said burden.
Most importantly was to ask myself: Did i enjoy it? Some what. I definitely like the Squad a lot, and wish for a sequel after this. Will i recommend it? Yes. Judge it for yourself. Movies are subjective. So is the Squad.
Overall, I found this film to be "O" "Kay", some what enjoyable. At least (to me) its positivity outweighs its negativity.
Shingeki no kyojin (2013)
A 2016 perspective
Originally saw this series back in 2013 when it was released weekly, and only had English subs available. During then, this anime lost me around episodes 6-7. No, it was not because it wasn't good. It was good even back then. Really. But having so much back stories and characters involved, and needing to read the subs and waiting for weekly installments, i guess it got too confusing for me to follow. I always knew that i would return once the series had completed.
Three years later, having put it on hold for so long, i chose to watch English dub now as i just wanted to enjoy the series for what it was and not be worried about reading subs. Binge watched this in its entirety in just 2 days. It was that compelling.
One of the best anime series that i have ever seen. The characters had compelling back stories, and most importantly, i found myself caring, cheering, smiling, at their antics as the series went on. From start to finish, being able to watch the three main protagonist grew, and watching the class of recruits grew together was the best aspects that this series had given me.
The animation was fluid. Fight scenes were seen clearly, although fast - very fast at times - but it was animated and does not rely on cuts and "use your imagination cheats" like some animes do. And i really like animes that does not have the usual "cute" "nose bleed" moments. Ones that is almost serious and realistic in tone like those of Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ergo Proxy type to name a few.
Now to patiently wait for season 2...
Theatrical and Ultimate Edition
I've been putting off this review ever since the movie was released, as i knew that there was an Ultimate Edition for it. Having seen both versions, this review comes in two parts.
THEATRICAL VERSION: I am sure by now, all the things that made this film divisive has been said by both camps, so i won't really go into it.
As for me, i had always like the tone that they had given, aka. dark, serious, and to some "humorless". Seeing how it is at an end of a spectrum that is not found in any superhero genre ever since Watchmen, and The Nolan Trilogy; I found this tone refreshing to continue what Man Of Steel had set up.
However that is not to say that i don't recognize it's flaws. There were many (that "M incident" included) and yet i found myself being interested and intrigue throughout its run-time. I enjoyed the film too. There were interesting story elements to me, unfortunately, the bad does weigh in on my experiences too.
My main disgruntled judgment for the theatrical version was that it was edited so poorly that i found myself being very frustrated. Every time the scene changes, it created such a bad pacing for its storytelling.
Just when one scene was about to get interesting, they cut it off. Just as one scene had finished its purpose and message, it abruptly changes. Transitioning from scenes to scenes felt so jumpy. It was as if they had no confidence to let a scene breathe a little longer.
It reminded me so much of the "Godzilla" cuts that were in that film. Using it to tease, that got way too repetitive that it frustrated me as a viewer then. Same thing happened here. However this wasn't teasing. It was just a very horrendous editing that made the film a real mess.
The other major negativity i had was that the trailers basically had shown way too much. It seemed to me that every scene was represented in the trailers in one form or another. Making the film felt like a checklist at the back of my mind instead of a journey. I guess they exposed like 80%-90% of Alfred's lines in the trailer. So much so, that there was nothing left for me to be surprised by. What an unfortunate marketing it had. sigh...
I felt that the movie's positivity outweighs the negativity, and it was to me a 6.5/10 for the theatrical version. Since there were no decimals in IMDb, i had rated it as 7/10.
ULTIMATE EDITION VERSION: Having just seen this, if you had any liking to the movie before, this will definitely make the experience much better. If you were the ones that hated it before, because of tone and lack of humor, this version is definitely going to make you hate it more.
The main gripe i had about its editing in theatrical version is so much better in ultimate edition, when they added back that few minutes of time that they had taken out. The few extra scenes that were missing then made the film so much more coherent.
I felt that this should be the version to be released. But i can understand that it wasn't. Obviously the studio's original vision for the film was definitely not 3 hours and definitely not R rated. But i appreciate that they released this publicly to us viewers.
Overall, i feel it rates comfortably as a 7/10.
5 episodes in and...er...
Am an avid comic reader, and i know how much this series is beloved in its original format. However i have not read this series at all. So i was hoping to finally watch this and be exposed to what was great about the comics instead.
I will usually give new series 3 episodes to hook me in with their storyline. However, for Preacher, its been 5 episodes in and i still have no idea what the hell is this show trying to tell me.
Yes i get the following. MINOR SPOILERS: Its about this preacher, who gets this "power", and has a vampire friend, and an ex from his past whom is "waiting" for him to go after "someone", and a girl whom helps him run this church, and 2 boring uncharismatic "angels" are supposedly after the vampire, but now are actually after the preacher for said "power". And then out of nowhere there is this western story set in the past for no reasons at all that has nothing to do with said episodes that they appear in. And the cast of 1 boring "ahole", 1 comatose girl, a couple who loves rough sex, a typical cop like any other cops minus the doughnut, and sprinkle in with cast that received the "word" just like a typical villain-of- the-week-vibe of storytelling. I guess that's the gist of it.
5 episodes in...and that's it??? 5 episodes in and they are still trying to set-up??? What the hell...oh...oh yes. urination and poop. and nothing more. I have no idea where or what this story is trying to tell me. Guess i am giving up hope to see if this series could interest me. Oh well...
Moving on. 3 stars to the team for even trying to tell a story (if any). Guess i'll go explore its original format instead.
Fantastic Four (2015)
Went without expectations...and boy...that chimp looks fake
Was hoping Josh Trank would at least gives us something along the lines of Chronicle where it was about a bunch of teens stumbling upon powers. If Avatar could so easily ripped off other movie plot lines without batting an eyelid, why not follow the formula of his past hit? These teens would then goof ball around with their powers in second act, followed by its final act of Victor Von Doom just going nuts. Why oh why? It would had been a better quality story in comparison to this gawd knows what...dud... ><
I do not mind the first act of this movie, setting it up realistically. There was a chemistry there for Reed and Ben. However, when they decided to edit Ben out half way through that, I was optimistically hopeful. Then the set up continues with Reed and Sue (add a little sprinkling of Johnny into that mix for the hell of it just because the mythos called for it - not story, but the mythos of Fantastic Four)...i was like ooo-kay.
They then introduced Victor into the mix, i was like uh huh. All the while enjoying the set up that they had in this first act. But the problem was, while watching the movie, i felt that this first act was going on for way too long. When were they ever getting powers?
It appears that it took them half the time to get to the gist of THE Fantastic Four. By then, i was already tired of prodding along the first act, and it does not help that the Negative Zone (or whatever Planet Zero) was one boring unimpressive wasted-barren-land. zzz. Not to mention the reintroduction of Ben (just because of the mythos yet again. Not because the story needed it but because he needed to be in it again. How convenient).
Finally the second act. And boy...by the first few minutes of the second act, i sensed my interest for the film was already dwindling. Second act to me was just a montage. It wasn't even story driven. It was just a montage of scenes put together to show their training (this has been done to death by all superhero movies ever since Spider Man. It is really a chore to sit through it all over again). A montage to also serve as a reason to get Reed Richards back into the story, after they so dumbfounded-ly cut him out at the start of second act. And er...the scene where Ben head butted Reed in the forest...that felt like a tangent being forced into it. yawn.
And finally there was the third act. Boy oh boy...they reintroduced Doom. But the look of Doom was what distracted me from it most of the time. He looks like a walking mushroom with his hood on. At least Mario's mushrooms were cute. This Doom, to me, was just a cheap CGI or whatever. At least do a lip sync for him, for crying out loud. It doesn't help that he looks like a crash test dummy that has a voice- over. It was majority because of this Doom, that basically took me out of the movie by this time.
They set Doom up as an omni-powered villain with powers that could explode heads just by his thoughts and also blocking lots of bullets by a force field of some kind. And yet...i beg to question why doesn't he just explode the heads of Reed, Ben and Johnny when they fought? Granted Sue may be able to prevent her head from exploding because she had a force field throughout. Obviously Doom knows how to control his powers in that short amount of time when he exhibited it. So why doesn't he?
As an analogy, its like: We all know that a cat when confronted will always bite, hiss and scratch. But no cat will suddenly forget about those and tries to use its tail instead as a whiplash fighting mechanism. That was what Doom was to me. He forgot about his omni powers and decided otherwise. He could had easily just gaze upon each of them and exploded our heroes' head.
And the final fight - it took place in the boring barren whatever land. That quickly ended as it began. Borefest.
And for the love of all movie gods out there. Please do not attempt a Marvel humor at the end just because Marvel did it well, so you have to do it too. That is just following a trend rather than to set out to be innovative. And just because of that one scene alone at the end with its tacky humor...it suddenly came about much more jarring because no where in the whole run time of this movie was there such a display of cheap humor. And suddenly we had this out of place attempt to close the movie out. Sigh.
My rating can only be for the first act. End rant >.<
Kinda enjoyable watch
This was definitely much better than Age of Ultron, but it was no where close to what Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy had - those were fresh without relying on "proven" formula.
Reasons being, there were so much clichés and predictability in the 1st half of it: Such as the compliment given to him before he was fired from his job. The montages of training. The result of the keyhole training. The rejection of the sugar cube from the ants. The almost identical 1-dimensional-alter-ego-villain from Iron Man 1. The heist gone wrong towards the final arc - to name a few.
Then there were situations that boggles my mind during the Falcon fight. Granted the fight was done well, but i kept asking myself, where are the other shield employees in the Avengers HQ throughout that scene? Not that of the Avengers themselves, but the agents, workers of any kind. It was just him and Falcon fighting on an empty area of a warehouse-like-parking-lot-feel with an "A" painted on its roof. And yet that scene had Falcon constantly reporting the situation to someone. But no one bothered to come help when there was a breech in Avengers HQ.
It seemed like Marvels so-called cinematic universe only serves as a cinematic universe on certain areas when they deem necessary. And they ignore other aspects of it that were establish from other past films (most of these inconsistencies were started after IM3).
With that said, it was still an enjoyable film amidst some of my negativity towards it. There were aspects that were creative such as the "flashbacks of news" that were narrated by Michael Pena. The fighting in his daughter's room, where it felt like it hurts but were actually plastic toys being thrown. And of course the ants.
I doubt i would give it multiple viewings though.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Felt so bland
Everything seems so bland. The constant jibe of who gets the last word in seems forced, predictable and acts like an edit for the next scene. Coming out of the screening, there is not one scene or moment that i feel that i can walk away with in awe.
The romantic angle that was introduced lack chemistry. From out of nowhere, the characters involved suddenly had an interest for one another? Without any build up of it in past movies nor in this one, it just felt empty.
Camera angles that were purposefully shot for the intentional thrill of 3D is like any other angles used in any other 3D-movie-going-experience. I wonder when will this gimmick/trend go away.
All in all...it is still watchable. It just left a disdain taste of yet another repetition of the Marvel formula. Age of Ultron neither has the quality and magic of both Guardians of the Galaxy or Captain America Winter Soldier had.