The new dynamic in the Marvel Universe. The look and feel are very different, down to the city of Wakanda. The film hints at the outside world Wacanda. A hidden city away from the world, a culture that has survived where others haven't.
From Captain America Civil War we see T'Challa holding his father, the former King of Wakanda. A bomb explodes killing the King. The assassin was Winter Soldier / Bucky or so the footage of the video alluded to.
The revenge was set, the Black Panther will kill Bucky, but as the story progressed so did the evidence pointing at a lone man wanting revenge for the deeds of the Avengers. Where there is hope sometimes casualties rise far beyond. The man had lost his wife indirectly, the tables are turned; It was the Avengers that had killed her. The man wanted revenge so he followed the Avengers closely, putting them against one another. They were created to save the world, and he was created to end the ridiculousness of the suited ones. Revenge will be bittersweet. As Civil War came to a close, friends were lost, injuries, the heroes had done the unthinkable.
T'Challa became aware and followed the man who he exposed as the real killer. Revenge isn't something to take on lightly. After all, it has ended too many lives, and the cost is too high to explore.
Transformers: The Last Knight (2018)
Once again the Autobots and the Decepticons are at it yet another time. The film has Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, and Laura Haddock.
Prime is gone and the key is simply hidden in the past. The opening sequence of the film is a three-headed Dragon and a well-known magic user, Merlin. The creature is alien in nature. Merlin calls it to a battle with Auther, which is in a huge battle that ends up in their favor thanks to the alien dragon. (Basically a mechanical robot from Cybertron)
The staff, a drunk Merlin, a badly written film. The Excalibur mythos is the core. The movie flashes to modern day where Prime is missing, the Autobots, all mechanical robots are hunted by the United States Military. The humans do not want another war with the machines; Unfortunately, the film is another, typical Michael Bay adventure. The main core isn't the story but the explosions, mixed in with a bit of screaming and crazy camera shots.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2018)
The film came out with many issues that fans pretty much hated. Hate is a strong word but for a film that has more than 20 years behind it gives the fans power to say and feel what they like or in the case of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, don't like.
If you haven't seen the film it's out now on digital. So spoilers here we go.
Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) character, for example, was hiding on a planet called Ahch-To. The reasons for this are because of the events with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Luke went into some form of exile, away from the Force and his friends and loved ones. Since then the biggest occurrence in his life per Rey (Daisy Ridley) has been the death of Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Rey tries to tell Luke about that horrible event, but his alias Dobbu Scay has overtaken him. Luke is to far gone.
Granted all this the fans hated because it was something different, unique and not really part of his character. Another issue with Luke was the way he died. Instead of going all out, facing Kylo Ren, the Force manifested as Luke, Instead of the real deal. Cool idea but the fans hated it. It was almost, to cheesy.
I could go into the intricate parts of what the fans hated, and more. But to me the film was real. It was very different, the unpredictability of it made it worth going to the theater. The story was wonderful as well. So the fans got butthurt, so what. Go on and complain about the next film and the one after that. So many negative issues with fans that were pretty ridiculous. I'm a fan of, and the film was great in so many wayes.
The Star Wars film was magical, it had sad moments, and even funny ones that weren't well received. All in all this film to me will be an experience well remembered. The fan reaction is typical but not unheard of.
Avengers: Infinity War
The iconic Thanos (Josh Brolin) has finally reached the planet Earth. Avengers must unite to defeat the galaxies vile Lord. In search of the infinity stones, each hidden or in plain sight. Nothing will stop Thanos from achieving his ultimate goal. Galatic power under his rule.
Will the Avengers has the tenacity to stop such a powerful villain? Or die trying.
The fate of the universe is in the hands of the Avengers. April 25, 2018, join Captain America and the rest of the team in the fight for their lives against the greatest of villains encountered.
Avengers this time around will face an enemy of enemies, it will eventually lead to many deaths. The biggest problem is the story afterward. Tomorrow must be treated with care, every film must have a dash of Infinity War. If not the point of having Thanos reach Earth is really moot. Imagine having a world where aliens have invaded. taken over. The story must be tight, or the final battle will be lost.
Ready Player One
The virtual world of Oasis and its players are competing for a hidden Easter Egg. Yes, you guessed it. The main prize is the fortune of the creator of Oasis.
The Anorak's Quest promises many things, which attracts the attention of Gunters (Egg Hunters) and other difficult issues that the players must overcome in order to get close enough to win James Halliday's big prize.
The concept and original sequences are amazing. Glad to know Stephen Speilberg still has it in him. I absolutely love his films. In other words, don't hesitate and go see the film. So far it's run did really good over Easter weekend, just have to wait and see for the next couple weeks.
Movies like this usually have a following, and most films like these have gamers as a huge part of the following, a gamer myself so that doesn't really bother me at all. Nice to hear films have somewhat of a cult following, it's really a good thing. Not only does the film do well for the studio, but the audience loves it as well. Ready Player One has that type of following. Animation meets Transformers, meets Streetfighter. The lore, imagination, and great all around effects draw not only gamers but the other aspects of the film that make it great, like the story, engaging characters, getting themselves into trouble. The Goonies all over again. A sense of adventure, filled with dreams that will make you into another person.
The new film sci-fi adventure film Annihilation directed by Alex Garland has demonstrated that an alien film can be lifted to another level.
A premise that will blow your mind away. Lena (Natalie Portman) is a biologist who has lost her husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac). A team was sent into a mysterious environment, which Kane was a part of. Since Kane was missing for over 12 months, he then was tagged as KIA (Killed In Action).
Flashforward to Lena's house which Kane arrives, unscathed. His motion is different. Bleeding from the mouth, Lena calls the Paramedics he is being taken to the Hospital. Three unmarked SUV's pull in front of the Ambulance.
A secret place, a team made up of an Anthropologist, a Psychologist, a Surveyor, and a Linguist. The team must investigate the Shimmer, where the environment has mysteriously changed.
First, off the performances here by Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Anya Thorensen, Cass Sheppard, and Oscar Isaac are truly amazing. With that being said the sequences here mixed in with the story, and special effects make up a wonderful adventure filled with mysterious situations that make up the very complex piece to the puzzle. I absolutely love movies like this.
Not going to tell you the ending or even give main spoilers out, but let's just say that this film is a classic formula that I wish filmmakers can learn from Alex Garland. A writing is good, it takes you into a world of mystery, one that audiences will enjoy. Overall this film is a complete mix of emotions, and when you finally get to the very end of Act 3 it will deliver, trust me. It's just not for the novice movie fanatic. You have to pay attention, because a film like this is more than it seems.
The events of Thor: Ragnarok put the people of Asgard in space and in the path of Thanos’s capital ship. Not good for the Asgardian people.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as well as the Hulk / Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Thanos (Josh Brolin) wants the Tesseract one of the Infinity Gems that was supposedly destroyed in Asgard. The scene was set, and Thor is held at bay while Loki tries to get the Titan Thanos with a hidden dagger appeared in his hand using his magic abilities.
The characters are placed in position, each having their own agenda, but as the first Act continues, Thanos sends his acolytes to Earth to find the remaining two Gems.
Loki and Thor
The Infinity War film is here and still going strong, but with that being said just because it’s made huge amounts of money doesn’t mean the film has a slew of issues which by the way folks refuse to address.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are brothers with so many issues that follow them throughout the films or MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). In the Thor: Ragnarok film Thor and Loki were looking for their father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Without getting into detail, Odin had warned them about what's to come and to give Thor advise that would resonate in the third Act of the film. Thor doesn't need a hammer, a weapon because he is powerful enough to to get his groove, which he did well at the end of Thor: Ragnarok.
Now as we enter the beginning sequence of Infinity War after the Thor stand-alone film. Loki makes a bad decision giving the big bad the stone, gem whatever. The hulk comes in and gets punked. Loki gets killed. Yet he was extremely careful in the other films. Pulled off fooling Asgardians and his brother playing Odin. So what happened in Infinity War? Did he get a brain fart? Was he scared? I trust the filmmakers had something, but in reality, they didn't and to me, it was dumbing down the character, and lazy writing. What happened to Thor? Did he lose all that power, or did he forget how to use it in front of a possible god?
All in all, I love the Russo brothers. They're awesome directors which I think the studio had control here, unlike Winter Soldier which was a different film but at least had substance to make a comparison.
Supergirl TV series
May 21st, episode nineteen in season 3 of the iconic hero. The episode entails the disciples of Coville. Remember back when this guy managed to get himself a group of followers which worships Kryptonian lore. They also believe that Kara (Melissa Benoist) is a goddess.
The Kryptonian journal that has important information to help guide the team to help them better understand how to defeat the Worldkillers. Anyway, Tanya escapes the clutches of the cult, or what's left of it. Journal in hand, fleeing for her life. The team intercepts her, with the Guardian / James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) on location. He saves Tanya (Nesta Cooper) but almost getting killed by the hands of law enforcement.
The core of the episode is the Guardian describing Police brutality while growing up. James Olsen either must give up his identity, because during the fight scene while saving Tanya, he exposed himself; But law enforcement still shot at him, even though his mask came off. The point here was that the Guardian is a vigilante, a key one. There were bad cops on location, which made it a difficult situation.
James Olsen tells Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) about his childhood and racism in his homestead. He goes into describing the situations he experienced as a young man and now the present situation with the bad cops. He goes on giving a deeply heartfelt story on his past, brings Lena closer to him.
The character is great, I even like the story thus far. But as a superhero fan, a huge comic collector from back in the day. I would have to say that this show has grown, but has become extremely political. I get the story arc, I even understand where Jimmy Olson was getting at. He was sick and tired of the cops shooting at someone of color. It was an emotional episode, but too deeply political for me to handle. The basis of his unmasking and getting a shot at by police isn't because he was a man of color but a vigilante.
The cops are bad, and that was understandable, but the writers had to us racism in the mix. They crossed the threshold. The bad cops had managed to control the situation and bribed the Guardian with the identity thing. The episode even exposed the cops in the backdrop, and instead of continuing the story with the cult, which is now a subplot, they used the racism, cop situation as part and the main plot.
Overall the episode was good until they used the racism storyline. It would have been better if they used the vigilante thing was a bribe; Not the racism thing. I believe in everything James Olsen had mentioned in his story was absolutely right. Racism is a huge problem, and what he experienced as a kid was wrong in so many ways. Racism may not be as profound as it was back in the day but it lives and hides, and when it makes itself known, it comes out of hiding hurting everyone it can, emotionally, and sometimes it takes a life. It is very real but does it exist in a superhero show?
The main point of villains and heroes is a pretty simple line to me. Black and white, no grey line. It's evil against good, no exceptions. We live in a real world with real problems, and I believe that tackling racism in a superhero show is wrong. There are so many stories they could've used in the line of the worldkiller story arc instead of mixing in this Guardian, racism plot that managed to overtake the episode as a whole.
Superhero shows supposed to be fun, emotional when the bad guy takes over. But making the show political is wrong. Superheroes are an escape from real life situations. Video games, role playing, all of those fun things should be just that fun. Yes, there are story arcs that are pretty heartfelt. Instead of creating connections the showrunners behind the supergirl plots are disconnecting from was supposed to be fun. Exploring the characters without crossing the threshold. The writers even went into other political situations, real-life stuff that was unnecessary throughout the seasons but deemed needed for nothing more than ratings in my opinion.
Supergirl is a great show without the political backdrop. She is Superman's cousin, and I hope the character is explored in a different way that the show is taking her. Politics are real, and it doesn't belong in a show that is supposed to be fun. Fiction is fiction and should be under certain guidelines. The real-life situations are horrible, and I agree with what the showrunners wanted to convey, but not in a superhero show. The villains are now held to just a cop killing innocent people. The bad guy becomes something far too real when it should be a bad guy holding a shrinking ray gun that shrinks people. The political backdrop manages to take the reader, viewer, audience back from the realm of imagination to reality. It kills the connection to what should be wonderful, joyous. Let's face it folks politics pretty much kill the mood. There is time to debate these strong issues but in a show that has heroes, I absolutely do not agree with the direction. The ratings have fallen for a reason, and if the showrunners aren't careful season three will fall into an abyss.
MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is here, and it's here to stay. Who would've thought the Avengers would be a part of us. Banner changing to his alter personality, Hulk. Captain America leading the team to the next world disaster.
Marvel has had some disappoints, don't even get me started on those films, Fantastic 4. The Fantastic 4 could've been more than it was. the film was a disaster in the making. All of the films were, a failed attempt to make the hero family one of the best franchises out in the industry. The main issues here wasn't the characters, but the lackluster of stories, and imagination. All failed which is a darn shame. What if Marvel could finally produce a great Fantastic 4 film.
The Hulk was another disaster in the making, from one film to another this could've been a huge marketing attempt. Another failure. But there is hope to the Hulk thanks to the creative geniuses behind the Avengers. The Hulk is a great secondary, supporting character. Maybe for now that is all we need. The Hulk being part, but not separate from the team.
All in all the Avengers down to the Guardians of the Galaxy has been a wonderful attempt on the MCU. But as far as I know, the MCU is here to stay. A beautiful picture of superheroes living in the real world. It may not be perfect, but as we can see the films does have a massive draw to them. Whether you like them or not the Marvel Universe will change, hopefully for the better. It's great now, but as the actors grow in their parts so does the franchise. They will eventually leave, but so will the stories. Like all things; Everything has to change into something more. If you think what we have is good, just wait years down the line.
The years to come will be hopefully fresh new interesting characters that will stun us all. Imagination is the key, from one slot to another, The pieces to the will finally be drawn together. Marvel will be that line. Word of mouth is that the superhero thing will fade. Nope, I really don't think so. The stories will grow, as long as Hollywood continues to make bad films. The main reasoning for this is folks will continue to flock over to Marvel films because it takes them away from reality, hence superhero stuff.
The New Mutants (2018)
A young group of kids is held against their will in a secret facility for Mutants. Illyana Rasputin (Anya Taylor-Joy), Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), Robert da Costa (Henry Zaga), Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt).
The essence of the film according to the trailer is horror. The first superhero horror film in the franchise. Not only does it look scary, it somehow will be more than its expectations. The filmmakers delayed the film on its opening day so that it will not conflict with Deadpool 2 and X-Men Dark Phoenix. The film is expected on August 2, hopefully, the date is still intact. I just recently looked it up and the date is without a doubt August 2.
Rumors of the X-men film being moved to February 14, 2019 date are right on target. I understand the need to move films, here and there, but really. It's a film that a crew of people worked on. From actors to the dude holding the light. I get that there needs to be re-shot, or what not. Either the film sucks or it makes it a box office hit.
Personally, the franchise must stop somewhere or continue with a new storyline. The Dark Phoenix story was already done with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. I guess the main three characters aren't in the story. Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Scott Summers. These are the hub of the story, granted it's complicated with Wolverine. The love triangle. Scott, Logan, and Jean. It would've been a classic in the making. I'll give them the writing helm of Simon Kinberg, and he would be directing the film was. Hopefully, the film will be epic from the first sequence to the very last.
Getting back to the New Mutants. They have great characters, and a solid idea that I believe will work. The scary factor meets superheroes is very cool. Especially a certain girl with the Rasputin name. It definitely looks interesting. I will give this film a real shot. I mean its the team. X-force and Cable. A super badass dude with a cybernetic arm trains youngsters to become more than what they are. The excitement is almost overwhelming. If Fox plays this out right this could be another franchise in the making. One that doesn't hold back. Zero pulling punches. It's time for the cinema hero movie business to step up like Ryan Reynolds did for Deadpool.
No water, No food after midnight, and no bright light. For Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) his gift became something more than expected. Not your usual pet. Because if the rules are violated, then the little Mogwai starts to tremble in a vicious way and begins to multiply with many little cute Mogwai. The difference is simply that these little creatures are evil incarnate. Touched by water, the transformation continues into an ugly creature called the Gremlin.
Kate Beringer (Phoebe Cates) the girlfriend, love interest in the film. Both characters in the film have a really good connection which makes their scenes memorable.
Gremlins the film isn't just for young folks. It has a tight story and a great cast. But the meaningless breaking of different things throughout the film makes this film bigger. It grows on you. It's that kinda film, that gives you everything you want until the dang creatures start doing the same thing all over again. The broken record, another re-run instead of the new episode.
The film gets old as the creatures do their worst from building to building. I enjoyed the film back then. But watching it now the story just doesn't give a return factor. The only saving grace is the main characters in the film, Billy, and Kate. The loveable Mogwai Gizmo voiced by Howie Mandel, a great comedic actor which did an amazing job here in this film. But the actors as much as I would like them to save the film didn't, and not for lack of trying. They just couldn't save the film that began to derail from the start.
Instead of the dad bringing home a pet, he brings home something 100 percent different. Got to give the dad credit for thinking of his kid, but unfortunately, the film at least to me did something special in 84, but flashforward to 2018 and it does nothing for me. I hate to say those things but back in the day it was good. I guess the film is dated, and it doesn’t have the draw it did back in 1984.
Gremlins did have something powerful back in 84, but as I have stated the draw isn’t there. It’s unfortunate because the Gremlins back in 84 was a pretty good franchise. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) didn’t do as well but it held strong in video sales. it’s a sequel and sometimes there not as strong, or well written like the original film.
My take pure and simple. It’s a fun movie, but it only has some draw, it dies afterwards. the Gremlins become what they truly are. Annoying little runts you want to knock of the countertop.
According to the trailer, the year is 1987 a young girl Charlie Watson finds a VW. She checks out the car, being the gearhead that she is her curiosity tells her there is something wrong with this car.
The overall feel is classic Transformers. It takes you back to the very first film, which is the best in the series. The girl has a strong connection with the Autobot, Bumblebee. The feeling all the films lost, since the first one. I don't really know, but I got a feeling this film is going to be a huge hit. The way it came across, it was very touchy, feely.
The Michael Bay films are all kinda action, fast-paced. It's alright in some sequences but as a film as a whole, it should be a story, not the other way around. Maybe Michael Bay not being the Director has something to do with it, granted he still the producer of the film. Hopefully, Travis Knight has a better grasp of what a Transformer film should be like. (ParaNorman 2012),( Coraline 2009), are just some of the films he had done, or least had been a part of.
Bumblebee will hit the big silver screen this December 21 but can it soar like all the other Transformer films. Not just because of the action, but because of the story, engaging characters that have been there, just not used correctly.
Ruby Rose the actress playing the iconic Batwoman. To be straight Batwoman in the comics is Katherine Kane. The character is much like Batman / Bruce Wayne. A wealthy woman dedicating her life to protecting Gotham City. The similarity between the characters are amazing; The creators even went as far as to make Kane a love interest. The main reasoning behind it was simply because it was a very different time, it was 1954.
Batwoman is highly skilled in martial arts, she very good in detective work, and of course the money she has gives her the tech to fight crime on the streets of Gotham City. The character will have an introduction to the CW show Arrow. She will be part of the Flash, Arrow, Legends, and Supergirl. The new character hopefully will have the same dynamic as the character in the comics.
Sometimes networks like to add their own flavor which almost always destroys the essence of the hero. Supergirl's writers decided to go the destructive path. The character and her supporting cast members are in limbo. The show moved from one network to another. Was the show strong enough? Or did the political episodes this past season the real problem. I believe that something went wrong down the line. Major issues were the main part of the theme in the past season. That's why the show moved to Sundays.
Batwoman hopefully has a straightforward approach. It's Gotham City, and she is the hero in town protecting it from the bad guys. If the writers keep her solid then the show will be a success. If not then the hero will be another delete, trash, an erased piece of life thrown to the garbage bins of the world of infinite stories.
Halloween is a time for everyone to go to haunted houses, check out the latest horror film, TV show, book. Whatever comes to mind, It's expected. After all, It's Halloween, right?
Movies from each decade starting from the 70s all the to the present time. This time around I will review four movies, each with their own special flavor. The usual great horror flicks will not, and I mean not be picked. Partly because between the 70s to the 90s there is so much to choose from and having the usual bunch of the same types of movies doesn't do justice to the overall horror concept. I mean what if each year the same film is chosen. Not going to happen here on the Reeltime Movie Review.
Horror films are my favorite type of genre no matter what. Action, Science Fiction, all the other genre's are great but there is something about the macabre that I love the most from these films. Horror has a certain little something that other genre's don't have. Maybe it's the screams or fear coming from that girl hiding from the antagonist. What about the way the music kicks in. While you watch intently the camera pans to the left, and the right. It focuses on the whole picture. The intensity of the scene makes your heart pump a little faster, goosebumps rise, and finally, the shakes take over the body.
Whatever the case horror movies will always either intensify or plainly just bore the hell out of you. That's what happens in the genre. Either the film sucks or It's really good. When you read this please understand that horror fan or not the Reeltime Movie Reviews will always give an honest approach to reviewing.