Took my boys to see “Justice League” this weekend, and honestly after seeing all the negativity online, I wasn’t expecting much. Turns out it was great, though! I honestly don’t see what all the complaining was about. I probably won’t cover the pros & cons in much detail, since it just came out a few days ago, but as usual this WILL have spoilers, so consider yourself warned.
The movie picks up almost immediately after the events of “Batman vs. Superman”, with the world still mourning Superman’s death weeks later. Batman encounters a parademon in Gotham, and believes the creatures to be responsible for several kidnappings of prominent scientists, most of them associated with S.T.A.R. Labs. While investigating, he frequently runs across a motif of three cubes together, something that Diana recognizes as the Mother Boxes – alien devices that were left on Earth after an ancient alliance of Amazons, Atlantians, Gods, and Men repelled an alien invasion of the planet millennia ago. She notes that if the boxes are re-appearing, it won’t be long until another invasion occurs.
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.
I realize I’m a couple of months late, but I wanted to post my review/thoughts on the recent Captain America movie. Part of Marvel’s new “cohesive movie universe” strategy – this film is meant to fit within the same continuity as other recent Marvel films Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and Thor. In fact, the “movie universe” (or, at least, the Avengers-related one) has even gotten its own designation within the comics multiverse now – Earth-199999 – which is about as official as it gets in comics continuity. Because the Avenger-related movies are in a different continuity than the Fantastic Four movies from a few years back (that’s Earth-121698), Marvel decided to use actor Chris Evans – who previously portrayed Johnny Storm in the F4 films – as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. Whether or not that was a good decision is something I’ll discuss further down.
Anyway, the film itself is a pretty nice showing for Cap fans. Due to a slight bout of unemployment, I wasn’t able to see it when it initially came out in July, but was finally able to go see it a couple of weeks ago thanks to that beautiful thing called a paycheck. So, without further ado… here we go: Continue reading