Action, Action Comedy, Comedy, Marvel Comics, Remake/Sequal, Superhero Movie

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 9 Stars
  • Plot: 7 Stars
  • Script: 9 Stars
  • Acting: 9 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound and Special Effects: 9 Stars
  • Costumes and Makeup: 10 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: This is yet another version of Spider-Man Marvel and Sony has given us. This time with help from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) from the Iron Man Franchise it really makes this film different and it gives viewers hope for greatness this time around. Spider-Man: Homecoming has a plot which continues from Captain America: Civil War that introduced us to young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Tony Stark somehow finds out Peter Parker is Spider-Man and together Tony and Peter lie to Aunt May about the Stark Internship. This film also introduces a “blue collar” man Adrian Toomes also known as The Vulture story line which takes place just after the first Avengers movie. After being thrown off the greatest job of his career and penniless he decides to steal the alien tech to make weapons of mass destruction with help from his scientist friend Phineas Mason/The Tinkerer (Michael Chernus). After 8 years of staying under the radar Spider-Man stumbles upon some cool weapons which is where the story begins.

SCRIPT: The script is fun and packed with personality. It expresses anger, drama, and of course comedy. There is even some surpises thrown in along the way and interesting characters from the comics to look out for. They even found time to write in jokes for Aunt May because they hired Marisa Tomei to play her who is normally involved in more roles which show off her beauty.

ACTING: By now everybody knows how they like their Tony Stark so Robert Downey Jr. was perfect he knew what he was doing. Happy Hogan played by Jon Favreau though an old character to some this is the first time you knew or cared about his name or character to the full extent. He added just the right amount of comedy to the role and we saw his character develop more here than Iron Man 2 or 3. Michael Keaton who you may remember as Batman joins the club of people who went from DC to Marvel or Marvel to DC. Michael Keaton’s Vulture is perfect he is angry, greedy and just wants to stick up for the people that get ripped off all the time in life. If you love Michael Keaton you’d love him in this role. Now, last but not least Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Tom Holland did a great job of playing someone about 4/5 years younger than him. Mostly because of the way he looks. Which is great fans love when they find an actor who looks and can embody the role of a character that was once drawn for them on paper. It is his acting that of course made the movie what it is.

MUSICMusic in these big production  movies are either really famous songs like Guardians of the Galaxy or all orchestrated like Star Wars. Spider-Man: Homecoming has a little of both. When you need villain music bring out the orchestra and when you need fun, romance, and anything else choose a fun song you may of loved listening to in high school.

Sound and Special Effects: The sound was terrific. There wasn’t too much extra clicking, thumping, and wind noises coming from the suits which is great because with new suits for new characters it is sometimes hard to imagine what these unrealistic things will sound like. The special effects are gorgeous but if you see it in 3D there are times it gets to be too much.

Costume and Makeup: It has been a while since we’ve seen such beautiful technology put on a superhero or supervillain’s suit. The first time was Iron Man other times especially for villains was Iron Man 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Also if you want something to just laugh about make the suit talk to you. Peter Parker gives his new suit’s I.A. a name and talk to it like a best friend. Something cool that they did with the Vulture’s suit was when he was thinking they just showed his eyes in a green shade or light in a helmet it kind of gave it a video game pilot feel from the viewers end. Some things to look foreword to are Spider-Man’s web-shooters, web cape/glider and his awesome droid pall.

Action, Action Comedy, Comedy, Marvel Comics, Remake/Sequal, Sci-Fi, Superhero Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 9 Stars
  • Plot: 7 Stars
  • Script: 8 Stars
  • Acting: 9 Stars
  • Music: 9 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 10 Stars
  • Special Effects: 10 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 it is all about family dynamic. The movie shows 3 main family crisis: The relationship between Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his old teammate Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone), then you have the two sisters Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and finally the big one Star Lord (Chris Pratt) and his father Ego (Kurt Russel). As time goes on in this movie you see how they all have affected each others past and present and why they all can’t get along.

SCRIPT: The script is again unbelievable just like the first great comedy just when you need it. You may even be caught off guard sometimes and that’s the best part of it all. It maybe something you need to watch to get but if you’ve seen the first you get my point.

ACTING: The acting in this film helps you love the characters even more than the first especially Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). Bradley Cooper does an amazing job at potraying Rocket the Raccoon’s sarcasm and if you have seen videos of him doing the voice you can see he puts his whole body and sole into the character. Kurt Russel as Ego (The Living Planet) shows so many different sides of himself in this movie. He portrays angry, happy, hopeful and knowledgeable in so many different ways that his acting was why I liked the scenes he was in.

MUSICWe got themed music for this one and I don’t mean time related really like a compilation of 70’s and 80’s songs. We got some music that was just meant for certain scenes but most had to do with families, mothers, fathers and children. This all kept the theme of the movie going. The Soundtrack is great just check out the remake of Fox on the Run by The Sweet.

Sound Effects: Nice, great sound mixing and sound effects in this picture. We are that the point now that Marvel and Disney know what to use and who to use.

Special Effects: It takes place in outer space and half the characters are in full blown makeup, toys or covered in machines. That’s why it deserves at 10/10 because it ain’t cheap and they didn’t cheap out.

Action, Marvel Comics, Sci-Fi, Superhero Movie

Avengers Age of Ultron (2015)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 7 Stars
  • Plot: 6 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 10 Stars
  • Special Effects: 9 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: Since it’s a superhero movie that came out after the Avengers it’s expected to be an unbelievable film. But it was sloppy and overly serious as apposed to scary. When the trailer first came out you got chills from hearing Ultron’s voice. When the movie came out the voice sounded less scary and more serious. The movie is of course about the Avengers but it’s also about their place in the world after the alien attack from the first movie. It brings into affect that Tony Stark/Iron Man just wants peace after the event and after finding the spear from the first movie he realizes it can help him complete a theoretical project called Ultron. Of course things take a turn for the worse and Ultron is born.

SCRIPT: Script was good. It kept with the same characteristics that made the last ones good. The Age of Ultron had a lot of one liners especially from Ultron. You notice a lot more jokes if you watch it more than once. Written and Directed by Joss Whedon.

ACTING: The acting is good due to the cast. We’re familiar with the cast and most people know the actors from other big pictures. The new addition: James Spader, who plays the voice of Ultron portrays him very well. The only problem is where’s the darkness that came out in the trailer, how did the character loose that spark? If you haven’t seen the trailers there is probably a great chance you’d really appreciate the casting and acting choices for the character. If they ever remake the Fantastic Four James Spader would make the perfect Doctor DOOM!

MUSICThe music in a film is very important to how we feel. They got the sad points down but when Ultron is on the screen you wanna feel the EVIL, DEATH, EXTINCTION and DESTRUCTION the character talks about and music is supposed to help with that.

Sound Effects: Really terrific! They have nailed all of the Iron Man type suits noises, got the shield noise down, and mastered the Hulk Smash and Thor’s hammer with extra energy and bursts of thunder.

Special Effects: Really good which is essential, especially because of a villain that’s a machine/robot/android. They knew it couldn’t look like a Cyber Man from Dr.Who. This film looks better in regular Blue-Ray or HD formatting instead of 3D due to the details in all the action scenes that you may miss if somethings pop out at you more than others.

Action, Marvel Comics, Netflix, Superhero Movie

Iron Fist Season 1

Rating Categories:

  • Overall Rating: 6 Stars
  • Plot: 5 Stars
  • Script: 6 Stars
  • Acting: 7 Stars
  • Music: 7 Starss
  • Sound Effects: 9 Stars
  • Special Effects: 6 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: For the 4th Marvel show to hit Netflix it did surprisingly bad. Just when you thought Netflix and Marvel knew what they were doing with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage they ended it by blowing up The Defenders prequels. The show was supposed to be all about Danny Rand/Iron Fist, so much for that. It had to much focus on the side characters and not enough focus on background story of the hero and villain. I say this because in Daredevil they showed Matt Murdock as a kid with his father and Stick a few times and eventually showed King Pin’s childhood life. Same went for Jessica Jones they showed her as a young girl and Killgrave’s history with mind control. Who is Danny Rand before he became the Iron Fist, just a kid with no parents? Do not a expect a great villain, it’s kind of like a Luke Cage villain scenario. You’ll have no idea who really is the main villain for a while. Expect to see old faces from other shows to pop up too. Hopefully, when they use Iron Fist and Danny Rand again they portray him more as a superhero and not just as a super.

SCRIPT: The script is decent however, some lines are just plain or boring. Sometimes it was the actors portrayal but you could tell what lines were fillers just to get a character to speak in a situation. Sometimes not saying anything has more of an effect on a scene.

ACTING: The casting for this show was average for a Marvel TV show. In other words mostly unfamiliar faces. The actors they chose however worked and portrayed their characters well. If only they had a script and plot that can help them utilize their talent. I hope you see the familiar ones in The Defenders.

MUSIC: The opening theme is basic but memorable and the show music is compatible with a fighting scenes. The dramatic music was not used as much due to very little drama in the characters personal life that the viewer knows about.

SOUND EFFECTS: For your basic exaggerated/superhero fight scenes it was basically Hollywood realistic. I think most people are happy with that now if not used to it.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: I expected more after watching Luke Cage which is also a jam packed fist fight show with some special effects for gun violence. The special effects you got were not movie magic unfortunately, they were cable TV style. Netflix shows should be somewhere in the middle.

 

Drama, Marvel Comics, Netflix, Superhero Movie

Jessica Jones Season 1

Rating Categories:

  • Overall Rating: 8 Stars
  • Love, Hate and Friendship Portrayal: 8 Stars
  • Special Effects: 8 Stars
  • Plot: 8 Stars
  • Script: 9 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 8 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 9 Stars

For the second Marvel show to hits Netflix it did surprisingly well. Not a lot of people knew anything about the character or any aliases of the characters in the show.

The show did a great job of portraying the consequences that come with being a superhero and it isn’t all about saving the day, its also about the difference between revenge and justice. The best part of the cast and the characters are seeing Luke Cage getting introduced and seeing David Tennant back at it again playing another extraordinary gifted character just like his past roles as the 10th Doctor in Doctor Who and Barty Crouch Jr. form Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

One of the biggest problems with the show is it appears to be a buffer between Daredevil and Luke Cage but eventually you get over that and you just want to know what happens with the storyline.

Some say its better than Daredevil Season 1 though I disagree.