I saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I liked it. The End… for now.
So I saw Marvel’s latest movie – Ant-Man – this past weekend, and here’s what I think: It’s great!
Just like they did with Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel tried a different formula with Ant-Man. They’re calling it the “heist film” formula, and that’s pretty accurate. Much of the movie is centered around a heist involving the Yellowjacket suit. Here’s a quick run-down, and I’ll try to keep the spoilers minimal.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen or heard people ranting about how historically inaccurate the movies “300” and its sequel “300: Rise of an Empire” are. The best place to find this is in the comments section of pretty much ANY 300-related clip on Youtube. People get really passionate about it, getting into lengthy
arguments debates about not only its portrayal of Spartans and Greek history, but also how negatively the Persians are portrayed. Whenever I feel like jumping into such… discussions, I try to explain that these movies are based on a comic book by Frank Miller, and NOT the historical events they depict.
So, just for the heck of it, I thought I’d summarize here. For those who don’t know, “300” was a limited comic mini-series released back in 1998. It was written by Frank Miller, who most people know as the author of The Dark Knight Returns – the comic that is largely credited for Batman’s resurgence in the late 80’s. He’s also worked on things no one has ever heard of, like Daredevil, Sin City, and The Spirit. Oh, and he created some character called “Elektra”. And in case you’re not catching the sarcasm here, these bits on his resume makes him one of the top 10 comics writers in… well, the history of comics writing, I guess.
Check out the link below for a breakdown of the characters in the AoS season 2 premiere. There are spoilers involved, so consider yourself warned:
So I caught the pilot for Gotham last night. I really didn’t see how a TV show about Batman – but NOT actually featuring Batman – could work, but I was pleasantly surprised. If the rest of the episodes are as entertaining as the pilot, we might have a winner on our hands.
For those who don’t know, Gotham takes place roughly 15 years before Batman shows up. Newly-promoted detective Jim Gordon has returned to the city of his childhood, and is partnered with Harvey Bullock – a gruff, possibly corrupt detective who doesn’t like to make waves. Their first big case together is a doozy… the murder of Thomas & Martha Wayne. At the crime scene, Gordon promises young Bruce Wayne that he will find the man responsible and bring him to justice. Unfortunately, in the corrupt city of Gotham, that promise proves difficult.
Here’s a neat article detailing how Chris Evans was made to look so skinny & frail in Captain America: The First Avenger. Old news, yes, but still a good read.
So… We’re now solidly in Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Following Iron Man 3 (which I wasn’t really that great a fan of) comes Thor 2: The Dark World. Personally, I think Thor 2 made up for any faults I had with IM3 – this movie was brilliant. Not perfect – no movie is – but still brilliant. Ok, well actually there probably are a few perfect movies… Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, all 3 Lord of the Rings. But they’re rare. Thor 2 has been out for a few weeks now, so I won’t worry too much about spoilers in this review. Consider yourself warned if you haven’t seen it.
As I understand it, Thor 2 picks up between Avengers & Iron Man 3, so it’s somewhere in that 6-month period and almost two years after the first Thor film. The plot is actually pretty complex – they crammed a lot in this one movie, which is a good thing. I usually write up the plot in these reviews, but this time I’ll be lazy and just link to the Wikipedia page for the movie:
Okay, now for what I thought and all those juicy spoilers I promised. Last chance if you haven’t seen the movie and wanna see it spoiler-free, otherwise keep reading.
I finally broke down and bought TDKR Part 2 today, so here’s the promised review of it. I was really hoping that Part 2 would help me get over the nitpicks I had about Part 1 (see that review here), but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. In fact, in a few instances they were worse. But before I get into the details, here’s a breakdown of what happens in Part 2. Consider this your spoiler warning as well.
Since the new Superman movie is still pretty new, I’ll hold off on posting a full review of “Man of Steel”. However, if you’re on the fence about going to see it, maybe this short quasi-review will help.
Overall, I loved “Man of Steel” – it’s an entirely new take on the Superman mythos, yet still retains all of the milestones we look for in a Superman story. All of the main actors did a wonderful job portraying their respective characters. I was initially concerned about Amy Adams as Lois Lane since she doesn’t fit with our traditional image of the feisty reporter, but she didn’t disappoint. Henry Cavill made a really good Superman, and Mark Shannon made a great Zod.
There are tons of easter eggs throughout the film for die-hard fans. The movie has references to the comics, the 1979 franchise, Lois & Clark, Smallville, and even other DC franchises. In fact, my only criticism would be that the movie feels overly long or rushed at times, almost like it’s 1.5 movies squished into one. Despite that, I highly recommend this movie for any fans of Superman, comic books, superheroes, or even just sci-fi in general.