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Avengers: Endgame Review (one minor spoiler)

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The Endgame Paid Off!

Avengers: Endgame is the finale cinematic plot with Thanos and the Infinity Stones.  In the previous Marvel films until Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos was always behind the scenes, and we learned about a specific Infinity Stone during a specific film.  Avengers: Infinity War brings all of that together, and Thanos gets his hands on the Infinity Stones.  Different heroes meet each other and work together during that film to keep Thanos from obtaining the Time Stone or the Mind Stone but fail. Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out most of the heroes only leaving Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Rocket, War Machine, and Nebula alive.  The plot of Endgame is their redemption story along with them meeting two new heroes Captain Marvel and Ant-Man.


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The plot of the Avengers: Endgame is simple. It is a heist movie.  That’s the only spoiler that I will give you.  The six original Avengers with a few odd friends, like Rocket and Nebula, come up with an cunning plan to bring everybody back that was dusted by Thanos.  The reason why they think that their plan could work is because of Ant-Man.  Ant-man who was one of the original Avengers in the comics plays an integral part on trying to fix the universe.

The best thing about Avengers: Endgame is that it wraps up some of the original Avengers stories ark while leaving a few Avengers open to having more stories told about them.  The other great part of the movie is the interaction between the surviving Avengers and Ant-Man.  The chemistry on screen between the original six along with the new ones and Ant-Man is great.  The directors and writers shot the movie where each scene gets an emotional response.  I saw a ton of smiles and heard laughter throughout the film. The Russo Brothers did a hell of a job of directing the movie. The film has specific shots for certain reasons, and they told a complete story.

The biggest question is how does the movie end? I’m not going to tell you that but the ending pays off brilliantly.  The final battle until the credits roll, the movie brilliantly delivers on 30 to 40 minutes of satisfaction but a lot of heartfelt moments.  The film before the ending has a quite a few unexpected cameos that you don’t see coming.  Avengers: Endgame delivers in entertainment, story telling, and visuals.

I can’t tell you more due to spoilers but good thing Marvel has X-Men, Fan Four, and the villains of those character because it will be impossible to top this.


Bohemian Rhapsody (Review)


It Was Always About Freddy


Queen is the one of the most extraordinary rock bands of all time.  John Deacon,  Rodger Taylor, Brain May, and Freddy Mercury formed Queen in the early 70’s.  John, Rodger, and Brain are fantastic musicians and an integral part of the band’s history and reasons why they are considered one of the greatest rock and roll’s bands in history.  Brian is known for his fantastic guitar solos, Rodger’s drums predominant  throughout most songs, and John is known as a great bassist.  Freddy Mercury is Queen because people think of him when they think of Queen.  He was a gifted vocalist with flamboyant personality, but his showmanship on stage was legendary since he would involved the crowd at every possible moment.  Bohemian Rhapsody is a film about Queen and their music but more importantly it is about Freddie Mercury.


Bohemian Rhapsody follows the formation of Queen, dealing Freddy’s personal demons, a split between bandmates for a few years, and reuniting the group to perform at Live Aid.  Freddy Mercury is the main focus of the film.  Rami Malek plays Mercury and shines in an Oscar worthy performance.  Malek doesn’t only capture the flamboyant nature of Mercury and captures the torment of being a closet case gay for most of his career.  He also has great chemistry with the other actors and particularly with Lucy Boynton who plays Mary Austin, Mercury’s true love.  The audience will come out of the theater will a deeper understanding of who Freddy Mercury was and his contributions to the band.  


The film is particularly well acted.  Malek steals of the show but Gwilym Lee, Ben hardy, and Joseph Mazzello shine as Brain May, Rodger Taylor, and John Deacon.  The band members saw themselves as a family and the actors have that same chemistry.  The audience will groove to Queen songs throughout the film while by entertained by recreation of concert performances throughout the film especially the Live Aid performance.  Many critics consider the lack of exploration with Freddy Mercury’s sexuality a negative.  The film has many scenes dealing with Mercury’s sexually and the problems it caused with other band members.  Of course, the film is a standard biopic film but it doesn’t detract from the film.

Overall, Bohemian Rhapsody is very good film and entertaining.  It gets a 4 out 5.

The one gripe that I do have as a Queen fan was there no David Bowie scene where Queen and Bowie came together to record Under Pressure.

Avengers Infinity War Review


10 Years Worth the Wait

A decade ago, Iron Man came out in the same summer as the Dark Knight.  Warner Bros. was king of the superhero genre with the success of the Dark Knight and Marvel Studios were gaining their footing. Iron Man teased the Avengers eventually coming together in a post credits scene. Four years later, the Avengers came 1.5 billion dollar hit and out did the Dark Knight Rises at the box office which has led to Marvel Studios becoming King of the Box Office.  The Avengers teased the unknown villain Thanos at the end of the movie. Comic book fans knew who Thanos was but general audiences were left scratching their heads about who the purple guy was.  It has taken Marvel Studios six years to properly introduce Thanos to the public.  A great group of directors have introduced Infinity Stones, made successful character driven movies like Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Black Panther, and the Russo Brothers along with the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have split the Avengers up.  Every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is like a new book that has built up the story and hype to Avengers: Infinity War. It has taken 6 years for Thanos to finally become the villain in the movie. Avengers: Infinity War  will help the public understand waiting 6 years for Thanos was worth it.

There’s a few negatives about Avengers: Infinity War and the massive one is the cliffhanger at the end of the movie. The cliffhanger feels like Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part 1 because the overall story feels incomplete.  Audiences know that Avengers 4 will pick up where Infinity War left off. The film ends leaving you excited but it is a long year until seeing the final part.  The only other negative is a few characters get a short of the end the stick in terms of screen time.

Thanos portrayed by Josh Brolin is Infinity War’s best attribute. Brolin does not only make Thanos a devastating powerful villain but adds a lot of human emotion to the character. Thanos is a titan and therefore he is super powerful and a giant compared to the human characters.  His plan is very understandable and the sacrifices that he will make to obtain it surprising. He has incredible action sequences with other major MCU characters which will please a lot of people.

The visual effects, the sound effects, action sequences, the editing, and the direction is phenomenal.  It makes the movie go by fast despite being 2 and 1/2 hours.  The other phenomenal part of the movie is the interaction between the heroes.  Several heroes meet for the first time and the banter between them is outstanding. Despite the banter, they still work together as a team quite well and help recreate iconic comic book moments and relationships with characters coming together.  Doctor Strange, Iron Man, and Spider-Man screen a fair amount of screen time together which they do frequently in the comic books. Thor, Rocket, and Groot form a special relationship with each other in the movie too.  The story direction, action sequences, writing, and editing allow these characters to come together and form a special bond.  The audiences will leave the theater wanting to see these characters interact with each other more.

Overall, Avengers: Infinity War is a spectacular film with a lot of emotion, hilarious moments of dialogue, and visually a masterpiece. It will leave feeling incomplete because the cliffhanger will the public audience have to wait a year to see the whole story completed which is a negative. The good news a year will go by fast, and Avengers 4 will be a massive success. Avengers: Infinity War gets a 4.5 out 5.

Suicide Squad (Review)

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At Least the Team is Good

Can a director write a script in six weeks and make a really good blockbuster? Suicide Squad tries to answer that question and it is resounding no! Warner Bros. signed David Ayer, director of Fury and End of the Watch, in September 2014 to write and direct the Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. had the film scheduled to start filming in April of 2015 and to be released in August of 2016. David Ayer had 7 months before filming. He had to research the characters, write a decent script, cast the team (which most of the team December of 2015), and start pre-production in 7 months. Steven Spielberg, John Ford, or any other famous Hollywood Director could have completed this task Warner Bros. and again the studio failed to supersede Marvel’s success.  Suicide Squad turned out to be a mess but is saving grace are the characters and the chemistry that the actors display and really helps bond the characters together.

Superman is dead! The world doesn’t have anybody to protect it. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) believes that she can coerce a group of supervillains to fight for her and protect the world against other metahumans who want to destroy it.  She manipulates Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnamann) to fall in love with June Moon (Cara Delevinge) to keep her alter-ego, Enchantress, at bay. Enchantress quickly turns on Flagg and Waller. Waller seeking a way to stop Enchantress recruits the supervillains known as:  Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney),  and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) to fight for her.  The supervillains must work together and prevent Enchantress from destroying the world.

Suicide Squad is a clock with a lot of broken parts but casting, visuals, and action is the parts that work. Visually has a dark setting but the lightening allows humor to be infused within the movie. The action is spectacular. Deadshot can take out an army of baddies by himself by him being so accurate. Harley beats people up with her bat and looks sexy while doing. Captain Boomerang has different kind of boomerangs that help him.  El Diablo and Killer Croc are the muscle with superhuman powers or strength that can rip enemies to shreds or burn them to a crisp. The action sequences are very entertaining because the team works together and each add humor some situations.

Will Smith nails Deadshot. Smith delivers a tormented heart felt performance  and is really the leader of the Suicide Squad. Margot Robbie is fantastic as Harley Quinn. She embodies all of the characteristics of the Harley. Jai Courtney is very entertaining as Captain Boomerang. Boomerang is such a ego maniac, snarky with every character, but also a badass. He really can kick ass in the film.  Jay Hernandez really portrays a tormented Diablo. The audience can tell that Diablo is super powerful but holds back and the movie explains that reasoning quite well. Adewale is really good Killer Croc. He has a physical presence on screen that makes his character very formable.  However, the real star is Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.  Joel Kinnamann is great as Rick Flag but the leader and villain of this movie is Amanda Waller. Davis portrays Waller as ruthless, non-empathetic, and might be a bigger sociopath than the Joker. She will kill anybody to keep a secret.  Suicide Squad has major issues.

The Suicide Squad, despite the character performances, really is unevenly paced with pointless plot.  The pacing is uneven because the movie starts with a bang with the introduction of the team in the prison complex with different musical songs introducing them then switches to Amanda Waller with her song being Sympathy of the Devil.  The song selections were perfect introductions to the characters and their personalities. Waller is the devil so her song is perfect for her. The film switches to Amanda Waller narrating why we need a team metahumans because Superman is dead. Characters actually narrate about other characters during these flashbacks.  The audience spends about twenty minutes getting introduced to these characters and we don’t get to see Waller recruit the team and see their abilities until about 30 minutes in the movie.  The film switches to the Enchantress villain and it keeps switching. The Joker even has a subplot in the film about finding Harley Quinn.  The Joker is another big problem.

The Joker doesn’t belong in the movie. He is a distraction in the storyline, and Jared Leto’s acting is a major distraction.  His Joker is a mixed bag.  His Joker and Harley have a very co-dependent relationship which is nailed perfectly but on the other hand, his mannerisms as the Joker are not creepy and rather predictable. His best scene by himself might be in the night club flashback using Harley as a distraction to kill one of his henchman. However, he is not really memorable because the Harley flashbacks and his storyline take away from the enjoyment of seeing the Suicide Squad as a team together. I walked to the bathroom during a Harley and Joker flashback because the scene was so disinteresting.

Suicide Squad is a bad movie. Everybody is to blame besides the main actors not including Jared Leto as the Joker. The action sequences are good but not memorable. This DC movie has humor in which is a positive. Will Smith, Margo Robbie, and Viola Davis really help make this film entertaining enough to watch.  Warner Bros. Studios does deserve the blame because they expedited the developmental process to complete with Marvel and their marketing department put a emphasis on the Joker. He is in the movie for like 10 to 20 minutes and seriously takes away from the screen time of the team in the film. David Ayer also deserves some blame for adding the Joker in the movie.  However, Suicide Squad deserves a sequel where Deadshot, Harley, and the whole team deserve to come back and face a worthy villain that is entertaining. Suicide Squad gets 2.5 out 5.


Star Trek: Beyond Review (no spoilers)


It’s All About the Characters

Star Trek: Beyond is the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise. JJ Abrams doesn’t direct the film but handed the reigns over to Justin Lin. He directed three of the Fast and Furious movies and the second season of True Detective.  Simon Pegg and Doug Jung wrote the film after Robert Orci left due to creative differences with Paramount. Star Trek: Beyond excels and expands on character development of members of the crew. The film has had a tragedy surrounding it as Anton Yelchin, Lt. Chekov, died in motor vehicle accident before the movie’s release.  Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock, died last summer and the film is dedicate two both actors who play fan favorites.

The crew of the Enterprise is in the third year of their five year mission. The crew seems to be happy and be enjoying each other’s company despite being away from their different home planet. Kirk and Spock are conflicted though and are considering different options. The crew visits a new Star Base but it is interrupted when they receive a distress call. Kirk and his crew come to the aid of the call but are attacked by a deadly enemy.

Star Trek: Beyond has two minor weaknesses. The weakness is the first act is a set up and build up for the second act when the conflict really gets going. However, the first act (like 20 minutes) isn’t bad. They are entertaining 20 minutes because the audience is introduced to a new alien species and the comradery between the crew. The first act is definitely entertaining. The other minor weakness is the villain. He doesn’t get enough screen time to have interactions with key members of the crew. Star Trek: Beyond does explain the villains motivations which is a bright spot. The film so many bright spots.

The direction and storytelling is a major bright spot. Justin Lin directs a wonderful science fiction action movie with tons of heart. His action sequences are shot perfectly and are so entertaining. The film has hand to hand combat action sequences, chase scenes, and a great sequence involving a classic Star Trek relic.  Lin also brought a Star Trek television show setting to the big screen which made audience enjoy this film better. The best thing about Star Trek: Beyond is the dynamic between crew members and new characters.

The interaction between the characters make this blockbuster so memorable. Kirk and Chekov spend time together on screen. They both really form a solid bond. Scotty meets Jaylen, the new female alien. The interactions between McCoy and Spock or Kirk or even both of them. Bones really drives the heart of the story. He delivers the best lines of the movie, and Karl Urban is the perfect casting for Bones. The rest of the cast are perfect in the film as their characters.

Go see Star Trek: Beyond because the movie is very entertaining, and critics and audience love the film. Star Trek: Beyond gets a 4.0 out of 5.

The Secret Life of Pets review


A Pets Lover Dream Film

The Secret Life of Pets stars a variety of pets living in New York City. The film was made by the same studio who made Minions and the Despicable  Me series.  Louis C.K. voices Max, a Jack Russell Terrier is the center of the film. His friends are Mel the Pug ( Bobby Moynihan), Buddy the Dachshund (Hannibal Buress), Chloe the Tabby Cat (Lake Bell), and Sweet Pea the Parakeet (Tara Strong).  They all live in the same apartment building in New York City and spend time together during the day when their owners are away.  The Secret Life of Pets is an animated comedy for all ages.

Max lives with his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper), and they are pretty inseparable. Max’s friends are: Chloe, Sweet Pea, Buddy, and Mel, and they spend time together when their owners are at work. Katie decides to adopt a new dog, Duke the Newfoundland (Eric Stonestreet). Max is extremely jealous, and two pets fight over Katie’s affections.  Duke and Max eventually fight so much that they get lost in New York City and caught by Animal Control. They are rescued by Snowball the rabbit (Kevin Hart) and have to find their way home.  In another apartment across from Max, Gidget the Pomeranian (Jenny Slate), notices Max is missing and sets out to find him. She teams up with Chloe, Sweet Pea, Buddy, and Mel along with a Red-tail Hawk named Tiberius (Albert Brooks)  and Buddy the disable Bassett Hound (Dana Carvey) to find Max. Max and Dude have to invade Snowball and his pet hating human gang and the animal control officers to find their way back home.

There are two minor negatives to the film which are the hot dog factory sequence, and the film has points of slowing down to much.  The hot dog factory sequence was unnecessary and strange. Yes, dogs love hot dogs but the dream sequence is so out there that adults might take a bathroom break during it while the kids laugh during it. The film really starts off with a fast pace introduction to each pet and continues until the hot dog factory sequence. It slows down after that. These are nitpicky criticisms but the film is very enjoyable.

The Secret Life of Pet is a great comedy. The voice cast is great and animation of New York City might be the best of any feature animated film. Albert Brooks, Louis C.K., and Kevin Hart are very memorable as their animated characters.  Kevin Hart really infuses his persona while voicing Snowball and causing the audience to pay attention to him more. The film is written in such a unique way that the audience can believe each pet are friends and each pet have their shinning moments.  The dynamic between Duke and Max are a sibling rivalry and it involves throughout the movie.  The film is very colorful, and each pet mocks each other being either a cat, dog, or even prey if you have a hawk.

The Secret Life of Pets gets a 4 out of 5.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (review)


More Turtle Time less Human Time

Despite critics panning the 2014 Turtles, audiences still flocked to see the movie because of one thing: IT’S THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FOR GODSAKES.  These are characters that non geeks and nerds love because the four Turtles have unique personalities and great chemistry together.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is the newest entry in the film franchise. Yes, the critics are panning the movie but honestly their opinion shocks me because this movie is a lot better than the 2014 reboot.  It might be the best Turtles movie ever.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows begins with the four turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo still conceal themselves from the public eye to fight crime in the New York City. They fight during the night, and train during the day or be teenagers and do nothing.   April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is there only connection to the human world. She is currently tracking Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), and believes he is working with the Foot Clan and Shredder (Brain Tee). Shredder has plans his own to make an army to combat and get revenge on the Turtles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows does have major flaws. The dialogue can be so over the top like “I am going to be a detective someday” as Casey Jones yells when he gets suspended from the force. He also taunts Shredder in the movie. Who taunts Shredder? Seriously, major plot hole, the Shredder is the most dangerous person on the planet and could kill Casey in a heartbeat. Shredder is a throw away character. He literally does nothing. Krang is god awful. He doesn’t do much either.  The positives outweigh the negatives.

The main positive are the Turtles and their chemistry. They make the movie fun because of their personalities. The Turtles have to deal with conflicts within the team. The additions of Rocksteady, Bebop, and Baxter Stockman are another positives. Rocksteady and Bebop are formidable foes against the Turtles. They do fight once, and the winner is not who you expect. Stockman is portrayed accurately by Perry. He’s manipulated by other’s with power like he usually is. Perry makes the scenes with him more entertaining because his commitment to the character.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows isn’t a perfect movie. It’s more entertaining their X-Men: Apocalypse and Batman V. Superman. The audience walked out of the theater smiling and enjoying the movie. On a side note, I had to convince someone to go see X-Men: Apocalypse last night. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows gets a 3.5 out of 5.