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Captain ‘MURICA and other Marvel movies

NO CIVIL WAR SPOILERS

If you liked the last Captain America I’m pretty sure you will like this one to. It has the same tone and style as the last film, winter soldier, but it isn’t the same film (unlike a certain Age of Ultron).

The last few Marvel movies have been mostly refreshing viewings. Maybe not overly refreshing, they are superhero movies still, but phase I’m glad that the movies haven’t grown stale as of yet. The movies I’m referring to are Guardians of the Galaxy (henceforth referred to by simply ‘Guardians’), Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Captain America Winter Soldier.

What made the Winter Soldier into such a hit, partially, I would propose is that it dared to be different; it dared to do something new. It wasn’t much of a typical superhero movie, the likes of Iron Man, Hulk or Thor have been. This was more akin to a spy thriller, and it established more of the Marvel universe. We got to see S.H.I.E.L.D. in action, HYDRA came back, the villain wasn’t as much a “boss fight” as it was plotter that had to be stopped and the actions in this film had consequences in the upcoming movies. Those are what made this movie so different and exciting. All other movies after this couldn’t of course turn the Marvel universe upside down like this one did but the Winter Soldier dared to not only be self-contained. (Iron Man 3 do have some references to the Avengers, but they aren’t super influential to the movie (that or my memory might be falling me)).

Next up we have Guardians, the smash hit. It is basically Avengers in space but none the less it works so brilliantly. But why does it work, it works cause this time “everyone” is so over the top and the heroes aren’t all that serious. Not all heroes are serious, just look at Iron Man, he jokes all the time, but the rest of the old crew? Pretty serious dudes all of them. In Guardians, everybody jokes (maybe not intentionally…) plus it managed to do a “Avengers” without first having 4-5 movies as setup.

Age of Ultron. Why is this movie here? Because that one did everything wrong. Okay, that is too harsh, it didn’t do everything wrong and I’m pretty sure it was a nightmare to produce since it had to include so many big heroes and let them all shine and at the same time set the stage for Captain America Civil War and a few other films. However, we shall not let it pass just because of that. It was sadly a kind of lame movie, not a bad one by far, at minimum a 7/10 but it lacked originality. It was just a rehash of the first Avengers in all too many aspects.

Finally we arrive at the Ant-Man, a film some people say is just Iron Man 1 in a new skin. A statement I see some truth in, but what to me made this movie was the heist aspect of it. Yes, in many was it was the typically “origin movie” for Ant-Man but I think it worked since it was a pretty different origin and that our hero was a small time crook. But since Ant-Man and Iron Man both relied on suites and science and such I can see how that might make them feel similar, but the movies are so very different. One of them are the fights. The Iron Man films do have fight scenes… some pretty good, but most I feel aren’t that inventive. In Ant-Man, they’re as inventive as they can get (maybe not, but almost). Perspective is played with and since they change size, now anywhere can be a battle field. The fights stink of creativity and it’s a good stink.

So why this rant? Because after thinking about these movies and having seen the latest Captain America I feel hope full that we will get many more inventive and different superhero movies in the coming years.

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STAR WARS VII (The last one, for now)

Out with the old and in with the new. It’s rebootin’ time!

 

SPOILERS!

 

 

As I and many others have pointed out, this movie is a retread of old steps, but it is also a retelling and kick-off for the new trilogy. This is why Han Solo must die.

Yes, Han Solo must die and Leia and Luke are not allowed to have much screen time (might also be because of their pay…) in the first episode. The reason old characters need to be offed (I’m guessing the other two might also meet a end in one of the upcoming movies) is to cement this as a its own thing. It will still be Star Wars even if a few characters die, that baggage of that franchise goes beyond Luke, Leia and Han, but it needs to ditch as many “bags” as possible to be able to flourish into something “new” and unique. Well, maybe not have to, but it should do it. Because this is a new thing and new things need to do new things, and stop doing retread old stuff.

Because of this, Han Solo had to die. If Han Solo hadn’t died, than there would be problems down the road, such as which character they should put the spotlight on and “why isn’t Han Solo here helping out/solving the problem?” (He also died because Episode VII is copy pasting the plot of Episode IV but it also served the grander purpose of “completely” turning Kylo Ren to the Dark side by performing patricide (and mentorcide))

(The imagery shown leading up to Han Solos death is awesome; I felt a need to mention that)

So during the next two episodes some more of the old characters might die, to further set this trilogy apart from the original but also to drive the overarching narrative forward. Luke might die fighting Snoke, Leia might die from a New Order assault, all to strengthen Finn, Poe and Rey as characters, ’cause they can’t stand in the spotlight if some old crumbs are standing in the way.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens second watching

Now the hype train has come to a stop and I believe the “no spoiler” period is over.

I have seen this movie twice, was it as good during the second watching. No, no it wasn’t but it was still an enjoyable ride. Would I still recommend people to go see it, defiantly, because it is a good adventure/action flick. But that’s ‘bout it.

I might sound a bit harsh, especially since my last post was a weird praising of the movie, which I don’t regret, because back then, it was truly magical. But as with all things, it calms down eventually.

“SPOILERS AHEAD”

If you’ve seen Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, than you has seen this movie. That is something being said by many critiques and while it is true, it is also “not true”. This movie is a stepping stone, a launch pad, from which the new trilogy shall bloom and grow.

So what do I mean by saying that the critiques are true but also not. Well the big story/plot points for this movie are the same as those in Star Wars Episode IV, the goo that binds it all together is not the same, and I think this is important to point out.

The plot is therefore kind of a letdown, since it is a “retelling”, but it is still way better than the prequels. However this creates some interesting character traits in the villain, Kylo Ren. He is a Darth Vader fan boy, and he wants to become a new “Darth Vader” therefore he mimics said person and that makes for a interesting villain. He wants to continue a legacy that failed, and at the same time, he wants be something of his own. I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with this character in the rest of the trilogy.

Next up! Finn, the “odd-ball”, “why odd-ball?” because he is a New Order defector. He was part of the “EVUHL EMPIRE” but after seeing some casual murdering of innocent civilians he decides to go with the good guys. Also, he falls in love with the new generations’ hero. Which is a new thingy-jingy.

The hero of the prequels (Anakin) did also have a love story, which leads to destruction and a imbalance in the force. So it will be interesting to see were this will be going, will Rey respond to Finns feelings, will that lead her down the path of the dark side?

Also our hero this time around is a woman, which I think is cool. Star Wars have been for the most part a sausage-party, with some exceptions. And the movie played did a fun thing with the fact. In one scene, when Rey (the hero) is attacked by some thugs Finn runs to her rescue but before he arrives she has already neutralized the threat.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but what I do know is that this film has laid out a good and solid foundation for the two upcoming movies.

Also, the movie is simply gorgeous; a few scenes are simply eye porn.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

So me and a friend saw this film.

It was really good.

We had to eat a pizza to calm down.

Our words weren’t enough.

If you are reading this, stop that s*** and go watch Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

There is finally more than three Star Wars movies.

R2D2 out of R2D2.

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Inside out: SEE IT NAOW

I’ve seen Inside Out (2015) by Pixar twice now and each time was truly enjoyable. When I first saw it I only had the expectation to have a good time, since in my opinion Pixar seldom fails to entertain. I didn’t know that much about the movie but it seemed decent.

Boy or Girl, was I surprised. This is probably going to become one of my top ten movies, probs even top 3, maybe even right next to my number 1; Blazing Saddles.

Good family movies are more than just, bright colors, silly gags and amazing visuals (which Inside Out also have). A good family movie has relatable things for the whole family. This is a movie about acceptens, the importance of accepting loss, accepting of all your feelings and accepting change. This movie made me cry twice during it’s run time (four times due to the two viewings), but crying due to a movie is not something that makes it good. But in this case it is, ‘casue it knows how to touch your feelings and truly reached out to you.

Well that is my short, short opinion of it and I highly recommend all people to go see it. 10 out-a 10.

Poster found on zhe webs, do not own, plox don’t sue 🙂

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Something about a movie #01 Jurassic World

This post will spoil some parts of Jurassic World (2015). If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want to have anything spoiled than please stop reading. If you haven’t seen it and doesn’t care about some spoilage than don’t be afraid, keep reading, just know that parts of the ending will be discussed.

-SPOILERS AHEAD-

There are dinosaurs in this movie, of many different shapes and sizes, but the one I will concentrate on is the big aquatic one (Mosasaurus), the one shown in all the trailers. I think it is given a too big of a role in the movie. I understand that if they put so much time on rendering it, they would want it to do some cool stuff, but it doesn’t. So let’s look at the three times it is in the movie.

  1. The shot from the trailer + a little more

The first time Mr.Mosasaurus is shown in the movie, it is part of an attraction, a show. It is shown for us and the characters as a spectacle, which it is. Worth noting (if I don’t remember wrong that is) is that they say how many teeth it has, because it will be important later on in the movie (foreshadowing (though honestly, they could have skipped telling us its “dental number”)). As I said, it is shown as a spectacle, which it is. It is cool and fun to see this big creature.

  1. The torture death

This mainly the reason why I don’t like Mr.Mosasaurus, however, I do see the reason why this scene exists in the final product. The reason I don’t like the scene is because it is what I would like to call a torture death-scene. What I mean by that is that the inevitable death is prolonged just so we can see the soon to be dead person suffer. It doesn’t have to include torture, so maybe I should call it something else… but back on topic!

In this scene, the assistant, tasked to take care of the kids is taken by a flying dinosaur, dragged to the water area, dropped into the water, reputedly shoved under water by the flying lizard which tries to take her. Only to both be eaten by the mosasaurus. So why is this scene in the movie? I can think of three reasons.

One, to kill of a semi important character AKA someone we have seen more than one time during the film. Included in this is the fact that we as an audience are probably supposed to feel like she got what she deserved. Since she is shown as a “bitchy” assistant that can’t do her job/doesn’t care about the kids (read heroes), is “bitching” to her fiancé on the phone and is trying to control their wedding plans, also because she is British. Seriously, that is a valid reason; if you are not homogenous enough with the rest of the crew you will probably be on the list of dead people by the end of the movie.

Two, to give Mr.Mosasaurus a kill and three, to remind us of Mr.Mosasaurus so he won’t feel as random in the final act.

  1. The anticlimactic villain death

Most of the people I have talked to agree with me on this on. It was very anticlimactic to see the villain, Indomnitus Rex killed by the Mosasaurs, just because she stood to close to the water. It was the T.rex and raptor that was supposed to triumph over the baddie. The villan shouldn’t die by a swim by.

As I said before, the second appearance of the Mosasaurus is the one which bothers me the most, the reason being that we are shown a “torture death”. ‘Cause if you look back at almost all the other deaths in the whole franchise, this one doesn’t fit. Yes, there have been gruesome deaths, and deaths that aren’t super quick or in which the camera lingered on the killing. But in all of those instances there was something obstructing the view or the camera was zoomed out. Here we see the victim fighting for her life, nothing covering the happening, and having close up shots of her. Just too truly show us her agony and terror before her ultimate demise. It doesn’t fit into the franchise or the rest of the movie. Also, as I stated before, she had to be killed because she didn’t do her job, classic reason to die for in a movie. But if we think about it, she actually tried to do her job, though not as enthusiastically as she should, but the kids just run away. Plus, the one supposed to take care of them, the kids’ aunt, isn’t doing that. She is only shown to be interested in business and money (but don’t worry, she redeems herself by wanting to have a family of her own by the end of the movie. Unexpected message yo).

PS. Don’t claim that the first death in the original Jurassic Park, the one with the blue collar worker, is a “torture death”. The focus is not the one dying, yes he is in focus but not the main spotlight, also his face shows pain, not terror or dread. The dinosaur killing him isn’t shown and the focus is more on trying to rescue the dying one.

In the first “point” I said that the number of teeth of the Mosasaurus was important, well I forgot about while writing this post and that is how important it is. It is important because “the one with the most teeth wins”… It’s stupid…

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