Thursday, 13 July 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review 4.5/5

I’ll start by saying I feel sorry for all of those who are still fighting the never ending ‘Andrew-Tobey’ War.

Directed and Co-written by Jon Watts with the screenplay credits to Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth film and the third take on Stan Lee’s creation of the iconic web-slinger, swinging across the New York City.

Finally the film doesn’t start with the horrible death of Uncle Ben and Peter going after the ones responsible for his death, but we are actually taken 8 years back to the New York City when the Avengers battled the Chitauri, where Salvage worker Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) with his co-workers take apart the Chitauri leviathan and gather any tech they can get their hands on, And that’s where Toomes finds his reason to become the flying monster guy The Vulture by far the best villain Spider-Man has faced, who unlike most of the Marvel’s antagonists don't seek an end of the world, he’s just chasing a fast buck to feed his family, but he’s willing to sacrifice innocent lives to achieve that goal, that’s what concerns Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he sees this as an opportunity to prove his worth.
Although the film doesn’t focus on the origin story of Peter Parker, it does notify us that he got his powers by getting bitten by a spider, and despite Uncle Ben not being in the film, Peter does get to have Uncle moments with none other than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)

The film focuses on a young kid trying to fit in the world of extraordinary, while also navigating the pitfalls of everyday teenagerhood. Tom Holland’s webbed world of Peter gives us a new vibe to enjoy; he brings just the right mixture of goofy and bold. Meanwhile, Michael Keaton, whose great white shark grin has a peerless talent for making us feel nervous, then laugh, then repeat, brings his A Game to the bad guy part. The kids are a diverse bunch racially, including Peter’s crush Liz (Laura Harrier) and a snarky loner (Zendaya) who goes by “MJ.” (NOT REALLY) Peter’s bestie, Ned (Jacob Batalon), who is basically the guy in the chair, Meanwhile Marisa Tomei totally changes our perceptions for  Aunt May, no wonder why they end up with just ‘May’ and got rid of the ‘Aunt’, yeah we totally ‘LARBed’ her.

Here are some of the hidden details you may have missed in the film,

1. Following the Marvel Studios, Sony, and Columbia logos, the opening credits are accompanied by a modernized version of the classic 1960s Spider-Man TV show theme tune.

2. Quite a few female characters from the Spider-Man comics show up in Homecoming, but one you may have missed is Betty Brant, who co-hosts a hilariously bad high school news show alongside Jason Ionello, another familiar character from the comics. If you’ll recall, Brant goes on to work at the Daily Bugle and was played by Elizabeth Banks in Sam Raimi’s movie trilogy. Here, she’s played by Angourie Rice.

3. A tribute to the classic 80s high school movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ During the house party scene when Peter bails to try and catch a couple of the Vulture’s goons, his pursuit takes him through a number of backyards.

4. Good to see Kenneth Choi again portraying the grandson of the character (Jim Morita) he once played in Captain America: The First Avenger, we even saw a picture of the former in full uniform on the Principal’s desk during the scene where Peter visits his office.

Spider-Man Homecoming may not be the perfect film as a whole but it has the perfect version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker. All thanks to an outstanding performance by Holland and adequate writing of six screenwriters, well you know teamwork always counts. Although working on a large-scale production isn’t much of the indie director Jon Watts’ thing but he ends up surprising us with the end result.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Wonder Woman Review: 5/5

Directed by Patty Jenkins with story and screenplay by Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, based on the character created by William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman (2017) is the first female dominant super-hero film in twelve years since Elektra (2005) and it is the first DCEU film to receive worldwide critical acclaim, with $205.0M to its name in the box office in just two weeks.

Despite having no experience in super-hero film direction, Patty Jenkins gives us a shocker and a whole new challenge to the existing minds working in somewhat a similar notion.
“When it comes to superheroes – people really thought that only men loved action movies and only men would go see a super-hero movie. And then the few movies they tried to do with women super-heroes didn’t quite work out.” – Patty Jenkins
Jenkins gives this new challenge to the super-hero world in form of a super-heroin; it has been a long time that we got to watch an execution which is a large-scale competition even to the well-acclaimed superhero productions. In short, she has done it with a woman what many couldn’t do with men.
The film continues to give you astounding suspenseful vibes throughout the whole two and a half hour of its total time, with adequate humorous touch, exceptional visual effects and outstanding choreographed action display.

The film starts in somewhat a modern day in Paris, France, where Diana (Gal Gadot) receives a briefcase sent by Bruce Wayne himself, carrying an old photograph and a note indicating his eagerness to hear the story behind the picture, which forces Diana to revisit her past.
Far ago in a sheltered island of Themyscira, a young Diana (Lilly Aspen) is keen to be trained to become a warrior; while her conservative mother Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) has her reasons to be against her daughter’s desires, meanwhile her aunt Antiope (Robin Wright) emboldens her confidence to learn fighting, the long lasting protection of the legendary Thmyscira is effected when an American veteran Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) in a plane passes through the barrier into Themyscira and crashes into the ocean, and gets saved by Diana, and has plenty of German troops on his tail, which results in a great battle of guns and arrows. Now Steve being held upon the Lasso of Truth explains to the Amazons about World War I and how he has learned of a sinister plan by Germany's General Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and his chief chemist Dr. Maru, (Elena Anaya). As Diana discovers the endless war going on in the outside world, she realizes this must be the work of Ares, and embarks on a journey to end the war of all wars whilst discovering her true power as well.

This wonderful execution also includes Saïd Taghmaoui as Sameer, Ewen Bremner as Charlie, and Eugene Brave Rock as Chief, “a liar, a murderer and a smuggler” as phrased by the Amazon-Princess herself, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, and Not to forget the good man (not so much) Sir Patrick Morgan played by David Thewlis.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is precisely perfection; she is an individual rather than a replicant. Her body is long and lithe and strong-looking. She has respectfully done a phenomenal job portraying the character, being supremely capable yet utterly innocent; she has set a new bar for female super-heroes.

Chris Pine with his dominant yet inferior character was amusing; he had a lot to cover, romance, intensity, sacrifice, and humor, yet his determination resulted in a respectful execution.

After Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, DC Comic’s fans finally have another worth appreciating film of which they can actually be proud of, all thanks to Patty Jenkins.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Logan (2017) Review: Thank You Hugh Jackman (5/5)

Directed and written by James Mangold with the screenplay by Scott Frank and Michael Green ‘Logan’ is the last installment to 'The Wolverine Trilogy'.


The film is set in the year of 2029, where the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. With his powers to self-heal dwindling, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is a weary old man, struggling with a haunting past and a hopeless future, has surrendered himself to alcohol and earns a living as a chauffeur, caring for an ailing old friend Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who suffers through degenerative brain disease, which is the last thing a man with the most powerful mind in the world would be willing to possess. Along with all of the adversities in his life, he crosses paths with a young mutant, who turns out to be very much like him.

Despite of a very foreseeable story-line you do get to see some unpredictable moments that can literally shake your world, and for that, I would have to bow down to James Mangold, for sure he is a man made of gold, his way of conducting the film, with the adequate help of Scott Frank and Michael Green in writing screenplay resulted in a very delightful manner, people cannot deny to have relatability of their emotional life to this film’s profound message.
“I knew that it would be my last and I wanted to be able to sleep at nights, satisfied, that I have done everything for the character” – Hugh Jackman

To many, it surely is a tenderly feeling to know that Hugh Jackman will not be coming back as Wolverine again. He inevitably has given everything to this character in defiance of facing some of the lousy characterization in preceding executions, although there is no denial in the fact that the portrayal of the character in ‘Logan’ is by far the first-rate quality you would ever experience & to sugar-coat this delicious piece of loaf I’d like to say Jackman’s performance in ‘Logan’ is the best one out of all. Then we have Dafne Keen as Laura, the young mutant who gets everything moving. This is her first big screen role and she does an incredible job. She balances action with character moments so well. She captures moments of innocence with a simple glance and then flips everything on its head by just widening her eyes.

Hugh Jackman’s work for the character by far has been matchless, many wouldn’t know him by his actual name but they would definitely recognize him by Wolverine. His looks in the character throughout the film series has been outstanding, those Cohiban cigars with those leather biker jackets and spiky hair will undoubtedly be wished for to appear in the future X-Men Projects.


When it comes to acting ‘Jackman-fanboys’ would never consider any other artist to ever match the bar that he has created for the character, parallel to ‘Ledger-Is-The-Only-Joker’ perception, we have already seen much alike notion already.

Here are some talented monsters that can replace Hugh Jackman.