Now despite my complaints I have good things to say about the movie. Such as the fight scenes between Godzilla vs King Ghidorah are just awesome. But to be honest I like the original King Ghidorah better than the Heisei version. And the music is just great. I know in all my reviews of Japanese monster movies I always compliment Akira Ifukube for his music and here its great as ever. I actually like Mecha-King Ghidorah in this. It was awesome and it did something new with King Ghidorah. Overall this movie wasn't bad, but I think this movie is overrated with Godzilla fans.
Overall it may not be for you, but it's for kids and you know this was used to market the toyline. So yeah you may not like this show because fart and booger jokes, but hey this came out when I was kid I would've loved it.
This movie did a great job of development Steve Rogers. At first I was suspicious about Bucky and Cap being childhood friends since Bucky was between 16-19 in the comics, but here it works because when he falls of the train and we assume he's dead, you feel Steve's pain. Hayley Atwell is great as Peggy Carter. We see that she is willing to fight and can kick some butt. Tommy Lee Jones is hilarious as Col. Phillips. I'm glad they added the Howling Commandos, they were just awesome. Hugo Weaving did a great job as Red Skull and didn't tell much about his origin. I know some people complain about that, but remember the Joker from the Dark Knight when they didn't tell much about his origin and made him more interesting.
Overall this was a great movie. This beats the 1990 film by a longshot and I cannot wait for the Avengers movie. In closing this review here's the Captain America theme song.
"When Captain America throws his mighty shield. Let all those who choose to oppose his shield must yield. If he's led to a fight and duel is due then the red and the white and the blue will come true. When Captain America throws might shield"!!
While the fans of the 1987 cartoon say that this show is not like the 1987 cartoon. I got news for them. It's not suppose to. I say the same thing to the fans of Batman: the Animated Series. It's suppose to be different. Imagine if every cartoon remake had the same formula as the original. It would be boring. And you couldn't tell the difference. Now on to the review. The show has good character development, stories and animation. I would say this is the best TMNT cartoon to date.
Me personally my favorite two characters have to be Dororo and Koyuki. They are fun, interesting, and they are freakin ninjas! I love the other characters such as Angol Mois, Kululu, Tamama, Momoka, and many more. I think one of the strongest points that this show has is its pop culture references. Yes I am a sucker for pop culture references, if they are done right. And this show is spot on with it. They made fun of DBZ, Gundams, Street Fighter,and many more. You have to see it to understand it. I really can't much in words. All have to say is you might like it and I actually recommend the English dub.
I feel sorry for Cobra Commander in this film. I just do. He's been the great leader of COBRA, now reduced to a slithering snake. I really didn't like the idea of Cobra-La and Cobra Commander and Serpentor's origin. The leader of Cobra-La implanted the idea to Dr. Mindbender? In the show they made pretty clear that they wanted a new leader to lead COBRA all because Cobra Commander was doing a bad job. It just doesn't make any sense. While a lot of people may think that Lt. Falcon was like Hot Rod from the Transformers movie, but I see no resemblance other than the fact they're young. Hot Rod was young, but also kind, energetic, and grew into the role of leader.
Lt. Falcon was suppose to be like that after Duke, supposedly died, but the idea was scrapped because of the death of Optimus Prime in the Transformers movie. So instead have Falcon as a bit of a jerk. I just realized I have more complaints than positive things to say. I do like the action, but it's pretty much the same action we see in the show, It's good to see characters from the show, like Roadblock, Beachhead and Sgt. Slaughter. And I do love Serpentor's famous "COBRA LALALALALALALA"!! Overall this movie could've been a regular episode of GI JOE
My only complaint is that they had to kill off characters that a lot people loved which was the biggest fault in season 3, bur I still love Season 3 of transformers G1. Anyway the scene I love the most is with the decepticons when they are trying to decide who should be leader, when Megatron turns into Galvatron, and Starscream's coronation. Orson Welles a great job with Unicron, however many sources say he didn't care about the part, which is sad because this was his last role and he should've seen his performance. The saddest scene has to be when Optimus Prime dies, bu I must say there should've been more autobots in the room who were in season 1 and 2 or maybe they died as well in the battle of autobot city. Well I pretty much said a lot of things about this movie and I really wish a lot live action movie adaptations would do this. Make it a cartoon instead of live action, but add your own stories.
One of my problems being Parallax as the main villain, both we his design and him being in the movie in general. Parallax is a bug-like entity in the comics that possess people when they become afraid. Here it's done, but I think it was done to early and Hector Hammond shouldn't have been the one. And why is Parallax attacking Earth instead of the entire universe? Second I have the same problem with this movie as I do with the first transformers movie and that is too much humans, not enough aliens. One of the reasons why I love the Green Lantern comics is because I love seeing the aliens in the Green Lantern Corps. They are very impressive to see in the movie and I wished they focused more on Hal Jordan adapting into the Corps. Speaking of which while I admit I kinda liked Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, I still think he was miscast.
Reynolds fits more for Guy Gardner than Hal Jordan. Blake Lively while hot she really didn't have anything to contribute as Carol Ferris and I wish they might've developed her character maybe if they make a sequel she'll become Star Sapphire. Now I really wished that Sinestro would be the main villain. Mark Strong gave an awesome performance and it would've been the next Heath Ledger's Joker if they gave him more screen time. I really wished that they show Sinestro's fall from grace. Where he becomes a renegade Green Lantern and tries to take over the universe and the final battle would be Sinestro vs Hal.
Now for the good parts. The special effects are awesome! And as I said earlier the aliens look impressive and I wish they spent more time on Oa than Earth. Tomar-re,Kilowog,Abin Sur and Sinestro all their actors do a wonderful job and I know I keep repeating myself, but I really wish they had more screen time. I actually thought the comedy was pretty good. And I did like the final battle between Hal and Parallax. Overall despite my complaints this is a very fun movie. It has good action and I actually got into the story. I don't know why critics hate this movie. I'm guessing because of Thor they were expecting more. Still if your a fan of comics I say check it out.
With this we get the history of DC comics. Where it started with one title to franchises. We get to see how Superman and Batman became part of the pop culture. We see how comics evolved. We get to see how comic books came into other media such as movies and cartoons. I know a lot people have this complaint, but they skip over major events such Crisis on Infinite Earths and Zero Hour and the New Teen Titans comics were also a big part of DC comics history since it was one of the most popular comics of the 1980s.
Overall some things are not mentioned, but then again most comic book documentaries are like that. I could show this to people who aren't comic book fans or Marvel fanboys, is that without DC comics, we wouldn't have the first Superman movie, we wouldn't have Christopher Nolan's Batman films and without DC we wouldn't have companies such as Marvel,Image,Darkhorse and many more.
Even for a kid, I could understand the plots and were very smart. My favorite episode actually has to be "Legends" when they go to a parallel Earth which has the Justice Guild of America, no doubt a homage to the Golden Age Justice Society of America. I have plenty of more episodes I like, but they would take up most of this review.
Now here's the part about JLU. To be honest I lost interest maybe because there was too many characters, not enough didn't get any development. Now looking at it in a more mature view, while some of the characters didn't get enough development, it did help me get into superheroes like Green Arrow and the Question.
I really love Season 2 of JLU which just kept me at the edge of my seat and made me wanting to see more of it. Overall JL/JLU are great cartoons, they were dark, fun, and amusing at times. All I can say is that I am happy I was around the shows came out and I wish I could go back in time as a kid.