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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Weird, funny, and a perfect change of pace.

I’m hooked on a feeling: I’m in love with this movie!  Guardians of the Galaxy is the first standalone Marvel movie we have seen in a while, and boy, does it deliver.  Right from the beginning, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, sets the funny and carefree tone that continues throughout the movie.  This is a great change of pace for the Marvel movies and superhero movies in general which tend to focus on darker themes and varying levels of brooding.

Posted by on August 2, 2014 in Comics, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews 0 Continue Reading

Batman v Superman Cast Analysis and a Defense of its Ambition

Scheduled for release on May 6, 2016, Warner Bros.’ first major expansion into a shared cinematic universe will arrive in theaters.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will continue the story began in 2013’s Man of Steel.  Unlike most superhero sequels, which seem to be stand-alone narratives with loose ties to one another, this chapter appears to be forming a single, long tale that will affect future films and result from the actions taken in its prequel.  The primary title reveals the obvious: Batman and Superman, played by Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, will appear.  Not as readily noticeable for the less-informed is the fact that Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, will also feature.  The subtitle implies that the formation of the Justice League will be the culmination of this film’s plot.  This may lead some to worry that the film’s ambition and large cast will weigh it down and not provide its individual characters with their fair due.  However, this worry seems to only be present within superhero franchises.  After the success of Marvel’s plan to introduce characters in their own individual films and then gather them together in one mega-blockbuster, the masses seem to say that DC has to take the exact same approach.  Of course, if DC were to do this, many would decry them for unoriginality and “copying” Marvel.  When non-superhero movies are announced with impressively-sized ensemble casts, no one ever hears, “This movie is too bloated, there is no way I will be able to learn about these characters and care about them before the final act.”  Imagine this, “BvS” (as it is understandably being called) aims to tell a HUGE story with larger than life characters.  This is just speculation now, but it seems entirely likely, based on the scale of the mythology and the amount of characters present, that this film could be longer than the standard 2-2.5 hour affair.  When audiences sat down to watch The Fellowship of the Ring, they seemed to accept and attach themselves to its sprawling cast, even beyond the first nine characters denoted in the word “fellowship.”  Before the movie even ends, two members of the fellowship are emotionally removed from the party.  These sequences are well-known and beloved for their impact and performances.  This duo, Gandalf and Boromir, are only two out of at least fifteen major characters that share screen time.  Can the argument then not be made that, with good writing and performances, we might find ourselves attached to DC’s trinity and their supporting characters by the time the credits roll?

Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Comics, Editorial, Movies, News 0 Continue Reading