Black Panther (2018)

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Captain American:Civil War introduced us all to a new hero, Black Panther.  We see that after the death of his father, the new king T’Challa seeks revenge on the ones that caused his fathers death.  Things get complicated and basically, he returns to him homeland of Wakanda after helping restore order amongst the other heroes.

Black Panther sees our hero have to fight to claim the throne throughout the film.  First facing another tribe leader and then having to face his own vengeful cousin.

This film is full of non stop action from start to finish because, it’s smack bang in the middle of Civil War and Infinity War so there’s no time to waste.  It feels as though we’re too far down the line here for an origin story but this film does work on some level.  I think that in order to have Black Panther fighting with our other heroes we needed to see him prove he can live up to them, this film proves that.

The acting is great, such a brilliant cast including up and coming actor Daniel Kaluuya who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in ‘Get Out’.  We’ve also got some old favourites such as Forest Whitaker and Andy Circus in supporting roles. I personally am still warming to Chadwick Boseman, I’ve not seen him in enough to know whether or not I like him just yet.  He’s alright as Black Panther but I think there are better young actors out there, time will tell…

As with all Marvel movies the VFX are flawless, there’s plenty of them in this one due to the advanced technology in the city of Wakanda it’s got more of a sci-fi feel to it then other Marvel movies and the actual sets and landscapes used are stunning, my personal favourite without saying to much is scene when T’Challa is ‘dreaming’.

Overall, it’s a good addition to the Marvel franchise however, it lacks connections to the other films in more ways than one.  If you see this movie as a stand alone film then you’ll enjoy it but as a Marvel fan that was wanting an explanation on a certain story-line you’ll be disappointed like me…

Perfect Popcorn Score – Black Panther gets a seven from me, I wanted something that connects because I think that’s the stage we’re at now and this felt isolated. Also something was never brought up and I think the fans needed it to be addressed. 7/10

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Thor Ragnarok (2017)

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So there’s countless superhero movies and television series gracing our screens at the moment and Marvel  themselves have a lot to come in this next year…

Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment in the stand alone Thor movie franchise and it’s the best one by far! I’ll be honest with you guys, after the boring snooze fest that was Dark World I wasn’t expecting much from this movie but boy was I wrong! Taika Waititi is an interesting choice for director for this film but his comedic timing and directing is genius and works so well with all of the actors involved to raise the bar for the Marvel franchise.

Chris Hemsworth (swooooooon!) is back as Thor however, this film does knock him down a few pegs which in my opinion needed to happen.  We’re so used to seeing these comic book giants succeed in these movies it was nice to see a little struggle here and there throughout this film.   Cate Blanchett is a brilliant villain, she’s sassy, dark and has no mercy at all! Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki and Mark Ruffalo is also featured in this movie as the lovable big green guy (Hulk).  There’s a lot of big names in this movie, there’s also a fantastic cameo that I’ve chosen to not spoil for you but it’s great!

The plot is basically that Thor get’s stranded on another planet and has to fight his way out of it to save Asgard from his evil sister Hela (Blanchett). He meets some interesting characters along the way, some help him and some, not so much…

Marvel is one of the biggest giants in the movie arena so it’s safe to say they spare no expense when it comes to the Special Effects budgets in these movies so expect it to be amazing because it really is! It’s got an interesting style to it, there’s so much neon and kind of a Tron vibe to it. The soundtrack is also a good one, I mean Led Zeppelin feature so need I say more?

Overall I think this film is brilliant and probably my personal favourite Marvel film to date which says a lot because I’ve seen them all!  I mean Chris Hemsworth was quoted saying he was sick of Thor and the directors response was ‘So I am’ so that should give you an idea of the direction of this movie.

Perfect Popcorn Score – Thor Ragnarok get’s a 10! There’s nothing I would change, it’s got style, sass and sarcasm for all the family to enjoy! – 10/10 

 

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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So I saw this last night on the big screen (in 2D) as although it says 7/7/2017, my local cinema showed it yesterday (the rebels).

So I’ll explain a little about the story without any spoilers because it’s completely different too the previous two Spider-Man films we’ve seen.  Tom Holland plays Spider-Man himself and after seeing him in the last Captain America film (which was basically an Avengers film…) I was quite looking forward too this movie.

It’s set after the events of Civil War, fifteen year-old Peter Parker is having trouble adjusting back into his ‘normal’ life after being called to assist Iron Man on his last mission.   He’s itching to use his powers to help his fellow Avengers but is constantly being told to keep it all low-key and that he’s just a kid. This obviously makes him want to prove himself all the more so when he sees that a ‘gang’ of criminals are using and selling hi-tech weapons made from the left overs spoils of the Avengers battles he sets out to put an end to it. There’s quite a lot of humor in this film as with all Avengers movies which is great.

The cast is pretty good, Tom Holland plays the iconic superhero really well although I can’t help but think he’s just a little young… Michael Keaton is a fantastic villain as always. Laura Harrier plays LizPeter’s love interest in this movie which surprised me as due to the promotional material and interviews for this film I expected Zendaya to play Parker’s love interest.

With all Marvel movies now you know there’s a massive budget they’re given to play with so all the effects are flawless and even the various Spider-Man suits are probably the best we’ve ever seen. However, I was a little disappointed they all (bar one) came from Tony Stark, there’s just something I liked about Spider-Man making them himself.

Overall it’s a good movie however, I personally think (believe me I’ve though long and hard about this…) I preferred the 2002 Tobey Maguire movie because it was just a lot more true to the comics.  I also have an issue with this Spider-Man not being able to actually shoot web, it’s all made chemically and it just ruins it slightly.  I know a lot of people will rave over this film and I’m not slating it because it’s a well made movie but I think it was made to ‘fill a hole’ rather than because the writers and director actually wanted to make the film.  Marvel need to be careful I mean they didn’t reboot the Hulk movies, more so due to rights but we’d already had two decent films anyway.  I just liked the older, college graduate, photographer Peter Parker than the younger science nerd but I can appreciate both…

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it an eight, there’s some great laughs and a decent story line but there’s also so much missing… 8/10 

 

 

Logan (2017)

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My first thoughts on ‘Logan’ were simply, ‘what else can you do with this character?’.  I mean this is the third stand alone Wolverine film we’ve had and then there’s all of the ‘X-Men’ films he’s appeared in as well. However, this is the best Marvel film I’ve seen in a while.

Logan’, is set in the year 2029 and surprisingly not that much has changed technology wise in the world, no floating cars for example and I liked that because it can be too distracting sometimes. We learn in this film that something has happened, resulting in the end of the X-Men.  All that is left is Logan and Xavier and they do have help from another mutant called Caliban.  Xavier is now highly unstable and seems to have some form a dementia, possibly caused by the same incident that wiped out the X-Men.  Then there is Laura, a young girl with all of Logan’s powers (and attitude).  The woman that saves Laura, claims that Logan is her father and that he needs to protect her.

Throughout the film Logan and Laura form a bond, she gives him something to live for when he has lost everything.  Logan learns that she is his daughter as a team of scientists created Laura and others like her using the DNA of mutants.  There is none stop action in this film from start to finish as well as some emotional scenes. It’s defiantly a more gritty film than we’re used to in this franchise from the fight scenes to the actual story.

Hugh Jackman is ‘Logan’, there will be no other actor for me that can play this role.  I know they’re going to recast in the future but I really wish they wouldn’t, especially after this brilliant performance. The cast for this film were great, I’d like to highlight Dafne Keen, her performance as Laura was fantastic. Another thing I liked about this film is that there are no unnecessary  mutants, everyone fits into this film and that’s what they need to be careful of with this franchise because for me ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, was just a mess of a film.

Effects were great and only used where needed, this film had more of a hand-to-hand combat style.  The only issue I had was the CGI used for Logan’s clone, it looked too false in my opinion.

Overall I loved this film, the ending was emotional and it had everything the others didn’t.  This is a film with heart, the story was great and the acting was brilliant and like I said that ending gets you.

Perfect Popcorn Score – It gets a nine from me, great action and a lot of emotion but not the best CGI. – 9/10.