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Better than the first
...i have to say i went into Alice Through the Looking Glass only because my 7 year old daughter asked to see it. I found the original Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland to be a bit of a mediocre yawner, and really don't feel like a sequel was necessary.
Surprised to say coming out of the movie that i actually feel like it was better then the original. Much more interesting story, with a much more engaging Alice.
And holy cow did this movie have great 3D effects. A lot of times i feel like the 3D is a cash-grab, but this movie is very well made technically with some great FX.
Definitely worth seeing in the theatre.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Another solid X-Men movie
...For a long time i felt like X2: X-Men United was the best comicbook movie i had ever seen, but both Marvel and Matthew Vaughn have raised the bar significantly, so now I feel like Bryan Singer tends to 'play it safe'. And that's what he does here with X-Men: Apocalypse.
It is a good film. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender continue to be a tremendous Xavier-Magneto tandem, and Oscar Isaac is a solid villain. Evan Peters' Quicksilver steals the show (again), but Sophie Turner's Jean Grey is a surprisingly intriguing character. They handle Jean well.
It is also nice to finally get Scott Summers on the team, as he is the quintessential X-Man.
That being said, Olivia Munn is underwhelming as Psylocke, and they really waste Archangel.
Jennifer Lawrence really mails this one in, but I feel like there just isn't much left for them to do with Mystique, outside of killing her (which they SHOULD do.)
Overall a solid film, and worth watching if you are an X-Fan.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Winter Soldier was the best Marvel movie....until now
This is how you do a comicbook fight movie. Every character's motivations is well-defined and completely believable.
Why are Cap and Tony on different sides? Why is Cap so protective of the Winter Soldier? Why is Black Panther after the Winter Soldier? Why is Tony?
All of this stuff is explained well, and some of the explanations will surprise you.
Friends side against friends. People that don't particularly like each other join forces, and it is all so well done.
The intro of Spider-man is exciting, and Ant-man has about the most incredible moment in the movie (and that is saying something.)
The Marvel Franchise still has A LOT of juice left in it.
Honestly surprised how much i liked it.
....i should start off with admitting i was not a fan of "MAN OF STEEL". Henry Cavill has the chiseled look of SUPERMAN, but had about as much charisma as a plank of wood. I felt like he and Amy Adams had zero chemistry, and that really let that film down. I also felt like we would never see anyone that could top Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne.
Going into Batman vs. Superman i wasn't expecting much. The first thing they did right: Make this more a Batman movie then a Superman movie. Shifting the focus to Ben Affleck was the right move for a film of this magnitude. He actually has the ability to carry this material.
I also like the approach they took with Batman. His humanity really gives this movie heart. You understand and empathize with his motivations. He makes no apologies for who and what he is, and i think that really is a fresh take for the character.
Basically: Affleck's Batman is a huge win here. I think they've planted some very intriguing seeds for other films, moving forward. Yes there was a lot to cram into this movie, but i actually feel like they did about as good a job as you could hope for.
Actually a decent film to build on for future installments.
I must confess i went into Deadpool with low expectations. I like the character, and felt like Ryan Reynolds was good casting, but the February release date had me a bit nervous..... tack on the lackluster commercial campaign with what seemed like forced-laughs and i have to admit i was a bit nervous...
After seeing the movie you totally get WHY the commercials were so iffy:
All of the best stuff was completely inappropriate for a commercial.
This one goes all out, full throttle for that R-rating, and thank goodness it did! What a tremendously fun film with a surprising amount of heart.. The love story is quite touching.
Also, i think this may be Stan Lee's best cameo yet.
Very good movie. Look forward to the sequel!!
New cast is strong in a decent Star Wars outing
Force Awakens is a nice start for the Disney-era of Star Wars. Its not the greatest Star Wars movie ever made, but they put together a very solid nucleus of young actors to build the new trilogy on.
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are the best parts about the movie. Their performances and chemistry are very fun to watch. You really root for these 2.
I also like Adam Driver's performance as the conflicted Kylo Ren. He is a tortured soul, and that comes across very well.
I liked what we saw from Oscar Isaac as well, though i hope we get more of him in future entries.
The plot kinda recycles old school Star Wars plot lines, but that isn't so bad. This is a good start for Disney.
Solid entry in the Marvel catalogue
Like many, i was first excited to hear that Edgar Wright was making a Marvel movie, and then disappointed when he left it at the 11th hour.
I went into Ant-Man cautiously optimistic, but came out having thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Paul Rudd and Michael Pena steal the show. They both have incredible comedic timing. Any time the film starts to head down the road of stale clichés, 1 of those 2 enters the scene to keep thing sharp and fresh. Evangeline Lily is a nice addition to the Marvel stable, as well. I look forward to her in future installments.
The action sequences are very imaginative, and top-notch, and the interplay between the main-players is very entertaining.
About the only weak point of the movie is the villain. He reminds me very much of Jeff Bridges character in the original Iron Man. He's really just there as a foil to give our heroes purpose. He's adequate, but hardly memorable.
Ant-Man is a nice addition to the MCU films.
Terminator Genisys (2015)
Best Terminator since T2!
After the disappointment of T3 and the somewhat lackluster Salvation (though i have to admit i didn't mind it as much as some other people did) i went into Genisys with lowered expectations.
Have to say this film exceeded them and then some. It was nice seeing the return of the plasma-rifle future that was depicted in T1 and T2 (i missed those purpley-blue laser bolts in SALVATION!) I liked the clever nods to the original Terminator. The first quarter of the film was a lot of fun seeing some very sharply recreated scenes.... And then it takes a twist....A twist that i am sure will tick off a lot of long-time fans, but i admire this film for taking that twist. It took guts! And this film does take risks..
The FX on the T-800 were much much improved over the "youthinizing" effects from Salvation.
But enough about that, lets get to the acting. Emilia Clarke is well-cast as Sarah Connor. She has the look of Linda Hamilton, and is able to pull off a more youthful version of T2 Sarah quite well.
Jai Courtney is no Michael Biehn, but he is a likable enough Kyle Reese.
I quite liked Jason Clarke as battle-hardened John Connor. He was very well-cast.
I was surprised how much emotion i felt for the relationship of the heroes with the Terminator.
This was a surprisingly good film, and good entry in the series.
Well, i have enjoyed both of Smith's forays into horror
"Red State" was disturbing on about a zillion levels, and completely unafraid of going to dark places (up until the end. I do wish he would've ended it the original way.)
I just got done watching "Tusk", and i found it refreshingly original, bizarre, completely F-ed up and rather disturbingly hilarious.
Modern filmmakers have really lost the zest of creative juices fueled by recreational drugs.
These feel like a throwback to 70's and 80's horror in about the best way possible.
Michael Parks gives another criminally underrated performance, and Justin Long is pretty effective in a douchey-dramatic turn.
And heck, who knew Genesis Rodriguez could actually emote and act?
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Solid, if slightly flawed, entry in the Marvel Universe
...Phase 2 of the Marvel movies had been batting .500 for me. I did not enjoy Iron Man 3 or Thor: Dark World, but really dug Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: Winter Soldier (Cap 2 is probably the best film in the entire Marvel series!)
Based on that, I don't think I am surprised that I came out of Age of Ultron with mixed feelings. Overall it is a solid entry, but it is by no means flawless.
Really liked the intro of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. I liked the horror-movie tropes tied to Scarlet Witch (she is a Witch afterall!) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Quicksilver had a lot of personality.
The action, of course, was great. And Hawkeye actually had something to do in this film.
The Vision: They did such an incredible job building mystique around this character.
Wasn't a fan of that extended scene at the Farm. That stopped the movie cold. I know some people say "It was necessary for character development", but the previous films had done such a poor job of giving Hawkeye any character that seeing him on the Farm did absolutely nothing for me.
The romance: Ugh. Talk about forced. I like Ruffalo's Banner. I really do. I was surprised how much i did in the first Avengers, cause i'm usually not a Ruffalo fan. But I just did not see any chemistry between Ruffalo and Scar-Jo. And where was the build-up to this? Last time we saw these 2 together Hulk was trying to smash Black Widow.
Marvel needs to work on their female-story lines.
Ultron was kind of a lame villain. I don't think there was enough build-up for him. He just sorta showed up and was evil.
Overall: Is it worth seeing in the theatre? Yes of course it is. But it is not without its flaws, and sure doesn't top Cap 2.