Captain America: Civil War Review

Chris Evans -Steve Rogers / Captain America    Robert Downey Jr.  Tony Stark / Iron Man    Scarlett Johansson   Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow    Sebastian Stan   Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier    Anthony Mackie   Sam Wilson / Falcon    Don Cheadle Lieutenant James Rhodes / War Machine    Jeremy Renner   Clint Barton / Hawkeye    Chadwick Boseman   T'Challa / Black Panther    Paul Bettany  Vision    Elizabeth Olsen   Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch    Paul Rudd  Scott Lang / Ant-Man    Emily VanCamp  Sharon Carter    Tom Holland Peter Parker / Spider-Man    Daniel Brühl Zemo    Frank Grillo  Brock Rumlow / Crossbones

Chris Evans -Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson
Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Sebastian Stan
Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie
Sam Wilson / Falcon
Don Cheadle Lieutenant James Rhodes / War Machine
Jeremy Renner
Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Chadwick Boseman
T’Challa / Black Panther
Paul Bettany Vision
Elizabeth Olsen
Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Paul Rudd Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Emily VanCamp Sharon Carter
Tom Holland Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Daniel Brühl Zemo
Frank Grillo Brock Rumlow / Crossbones

 

Is it really a Civil War?

Captain America: Winter Soldier was a giant box office hit in 2014.  Audiences came out of theaters wanting more Captain America movies. Marvel Studios announced later that year that Tony Stark (Iron Man) would be a character  in the next Captain America Film in order to adapt the Civil War storyline from the Marvel Comics.  The studio added more excitement from audiences when they announced Black Panther and Spider-Man would be added as characters.  Captain America stars Chris Evans as Captain America but also Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-man), and the rest of Avengers including Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes aka. The Winter Soldier).

It’s been one year since the fight with Ultron has leveled Sokovia, and the Avengers are solid cohesive team that are hunting Crossbones (Brock Rumlow, Frank Grillo). They track his location to Lagos and several Wakandas are killed when they attempt to capture him. The United Nations comes agreement called the Sokovia Accords. A governmental panel would have the authority to send the Avengers on missions, and the Avengers have no say where they go.  Naturally, this agreement causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man. The situation becomes more complicated when Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier) plants a bomb and assassinates the King of Wakanda.  Captain America must decide to sign the Sokovia Accords or break the law by taking Bucky Barnes into custody, the Winter Soldier and his longtime friend, since vigilantes are outlawed.

The negatives of the film are that Vision and War Machine have little to do in the film. Vision was the coolest character in Avengers: Age of Ultron suffers a downgrade in this film. He has very little screentime, and his motivations for signing the Slovakian Accords are never fully explained. War Machine (Don Cheadle) joins the Slovakian Accords but his motivations are not fully explained either on signing the Slovakian Accords. The audience doesn’t know if it is his history with the government, his friendship with Tony Stark, or if he feels like it is the right thing to do. The other negative about Civil War is the government forcing superheroes to sign the accords. Personally, the introduction to the government wanting to control superheroes feels rushed. The film never fully resolves conflict between the two teams about governmental control.  Marvel Studios and the filmmakers should have waited to introduce this storyline by itself or waited after Thanos shows up in Avengers: Infinity Wars.  The two sides square off once and it’s a disappointment to only see them fight once.

Captain America: Civil War has a ton of positives and there are too many to describe. The two main themes are friendship and revenge. Bucky Barnes and Steve Rodgers have a friendship that stands the test of time.  The Winter Soldier is highly sought after in the movie for reasons. The government thinks he is a terrorist or Black Panther blames him for killing his father.  With all of this going on, Captain America finds himself in the middle trying to protect his friend and his belief puts him wrong side of the law.  Iron Man, Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), and Black Panther are vengeance driven throughout the film. The three characters take specific actions to retaliate something or someone based on their current beliefs or that happened in their past. The revenge plot is really the backbone of the storyline.

Spider-man and Black Panther are perfect additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-man is nailed perfectly by Tom Holland, and he nailed all of Spider-man’s mannerisms, attitudes, sarcasm, and background. Peter Parker is a dumpster driver in the movie. Tony Stark even makes fun of him for that.  Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. have perfect chemistry together onscreen while playing Spider-man and Iron Man. Downey Jr. will appear in Spider-man: Homecoming next year because of the chemistry with Holland. Black Panther was the other great audition.  Chadwick Boseman had a distinct African accent. He would command the audience’s attention while on screen.  He played a vengeful forceful Black Panther.  He and Holland made the audiences buzz about their performances while leaving the theater.

Overall, Captain America: Civil War is a good movie with a lot of suspenseful action. Spider-man is so perfectly played to a T along with Black Panther.  The film does a great job in making audiences understand different character’s point of views. Captain America: Civil War gets a 4 out of 5.

Ant-Man Review

Ant-Man-Poster

Edgar Who?!!!

Marvel Studios and their associates has a great reputation of making fun action orientated superhero movies. Ant-Man, their newest movie, is another classic blockbuster from Marvel but…it is very different from the rest of the films. Ant-Man is a character driven heist movie. It also completes Marvel’s phase 2. Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stroll, Evangeline Lilly, and Peyton Reed directing it.

Scott Lang, Paul Rudd, is an ex thief struggling with the life on the outside. He is unable to find or hold a job because of his previous criminal record, although the public seems to admire him for his criminal actions. He is unable to see his daughter, Cassie. Scott, his best friend, Luis (Michael Pena), and Luis’s gang of thieves (T.I. & David Dastmalchian) break into a house to steal the contents of a vault hidden in a basement. Scott finds the Ant-Man suit. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the creator of the Pym Particle that allows the suit’s wearer to shrink in size, asks Scott for his help. Hank and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), want to break into Pym technologies to steal a technology that is deadly enough to change modern warfare. Pym’s protégé, Darren Cross (Corey Stroll) has created a suit called the Yellow Jacket that could devastate the world. Scott, Hank, Hope, and Scott’s crew must succeed with the heist or the world will be in peril from organization known as Hydra.

Ant-Man is unlike any other movie. The first Iron Man can be compared to Ant-Man. Ant-Man is Scott Lang’s redemption story. That’s one of the negatives of the film. Not the redemption story itself because the story is great. The first twenty minutes are slow burn and it takes a while for the heist storyline to get rolling. It’s a minor complaint so don’t expect straight fun and action in the first act of the movie. The other problem with Ant-Man is the generic villain that Marvel Studios has constantly have had in their movies. Corey Stroll played Darren Cross, and he was amazing. Cross is one dimensional character. Stroll does a good job of making the audience see the villain’s motivations but never felt like he was threat. However, Ant-Man is loaded with positives.

Ant-Man’s biggest positive is it’s not a failure. The movie could have completely bombed after the whole Edgar Wright’s departure. Wright was originally going to direct the movie but Kevin Feige, the head producer at Marvel Studios, decided Ant-Man could be a catalyst for phase 3 by introducing key concepts that will be used in future Marvel Studios movies. He hired the right director, Peyton Reed, and the perfect actor as Paul Rudd to play Scott Lang. Reed and Rudd rewrote Wright’s and Joe Cornish’s script by adding references to future heroes and of course adding a lot comedic dialogue. For example, Hydra was mentioned in my synopsis. Hydra shows up in the third act wanting to buy the Yellow Jacket technology to destroy the Avengers and of course rule the world. Hank Pym, himself, has distaste for the Avengers and especially Tony Stark. Scott Lang fights an Avenger in a hilarious scene. Avenger tells the person in the intercom, “please don’t tell Cap about this.” Paul Rudd, Kevin Feige, and Peyton Reed deserve a lot of credit in rewriting the story and made the movie feel like Ant-Man does take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Peyton Reed deserves a lot of praise for his direction of the film.

Peyton Reed, his visual effects team, and editors deserve a lot of praise. Reed and his visual effects team used a filming technique called Macrophotography. The cinematographer, Russell Carpenter, and his team would take a picture an object for example, Thomas the Tank Engine. The picture would blow up the size of Thomas to make him look a giant in the photograph. The visual effects team then would insert the photograph into the film and the visual effects team would us motion caption actions of Paul Rudd or Corey Stroll to complete the scene. Personally, the visual effects team for Ant-Man should be nominated for a few Academy Awards. Ant-Man made the audience feel like they were a little person with the sounds and visuals on screen. My fellow audience members walked out of the theater eager to see more Ant-Man scenes in Marvel Movies. The actors deserve a lot of praise for making the movie funny and enjoyable.

Paul Rudd was the star of Ant-Man and Scott Lang. He knocks the role of Scott Lang out of the ballpark. Michael Douglas is literally fantastic as Hank Pym. The two actors nail the mentor/student relationship between Lang and Pym. Evangeline Lilly had great chemistry with Douglas. She plays the jealous daughter who doesn’t believe that her father is proud of her. Douglas and Lilly nail that relationship. Scott Lang’s crew which includes Michael Pena, T.I., and David Dastmalchian add a lot of humor to the movie. T.I. steals a cop car for example, and Pena plays an important role in the movie dealing the Avengers. Ant-Man is very well acted which helped make the movie hilarious.

Ant-Man is an important Marvel movie. It really sets up the Marvel Cinematic Universe to come and helps the worldwide audience believe that comedian Paul Rudd can play a hero. The studio has good ideals for a sequel; however, to get the Ant-Man sequel that the world deserve is…people need to go see this movie while it’s in theaters. Ant-Man is very suitable for the families because kids will love the action scenes and adults will get the subtle humor. Ant-Man gets a 4 out 5 from me.

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Edgar Wright leaves Ant-Man

Edgar Wright tribute to Ant-Man

Edgar Wright tribute to Ant-Man

Edgar Wright and Marvel formed an partnership to make a Ant-Man movie in 2006. This movie was in development before Marvel decided to make a Cinematic universe.  Last Friday, Marvel and Wright announced jointly that Wright has stepped away from being the director of Ant-Man. Each party cited creative differences. The film is set release on July 17th, 2015.  The film has yet to begin filming, and Marvel hasn’t announced a new director.  Who is Ant-Man?

Ant-Man is a scientist, Hank Pym, who created Pym particles which causes the  ability to change the body size. Michael Douglas is slated to star as Hank Pym.  Scott Lang is the successor of Hank Pym who is a petty thief.  Paul Rudd is slated to play Scott Lang.

The reports state that Marvel had a few of their in house writers rewrite the script and made changes without Wright’s consent.  Wright was unhappy with the changes and left the production.  Marvel has used this strategy on many films such as Thor 2, Captain America 2, and etc. Marvel has to create an Ant-Man movie that fits within their universe. Wright might wanted to make a movie based on more thievery and comedy.

All I want is a good Ant-Man movie and a plot that teases Avengers 3 and Thanos. I don’t care who they hire as along.  I want my Ant-Man movie super entertaining, with great action, and cool characters. How many people really know about Ant-Man anyways?

Bennett Miller wins best director for The Foxcatcher at the Cannes film festival

Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo

Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most predominant film festivals of the year. Films are shown have turned out to be Oscar contenders or winners.  The Cohen Brothers have premiered their films at the Cannes and won awards which has garner them Oscar buzz. The Foxcatcher is garnering that buzz. Bennett Miller won best director at the Cannes.

The buzz is around Channing Tatum. Channing Tatum might look like a model but he can act. Major critics have mentioned him an Oscar contender for best actor. We have halfway through the year and there a lot other movies coming out. I’m excited about the Foxcatcher.  You can catch the teaser trailer here.

 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding sequel in the works

Written and stars by Nia Vardalous

Written and stars by Nia Vardalous

My Big Fat Greek Wedding was released in 2002. It was made for 5 million and made 368 million at the box office. It is  the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, his wife, produced the film. Variety has reported there is a sequel in the works.

Vardalous will write and star in the film again with John Corbett playing as her husband. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are producing again. The story will follow the family ten years later and will have a reunion with new family members. I loved the first movie so much that my cousin’s stole my DVD of it.

Stephen King’s IT is coming to big screen

The villain of IT, Pennywise

The villain of It, Pennywise

Stephen King (my favorite author ever) wrote the horror classic It . It is about 6 friends who come together to defeat the villainous clown, Pennywise. It was made into a mini-series (1990 starting John Ritter, Harry Anderson, and Tim Curry as Pennywise. Warner Bros brought the rights to the project a few years ago.

Warner Bros handed the project to their newline cinema branch. Newline is responsible for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. It might be produced into two movies or one big long movie. The novel is about 1,100 pages. There is no release date, writer, or director attached to the project yet but don’t be surprised to see It come out in a 2 to 4 years.

X-Men Dominates at the Box Office Globally

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past might be one of the best comic book movies ever. It dominated the box office over the weekend. It made 301.5 million over the holiday weekend.  The domestic take was 110.5 million and it made 191 million at the foreign box office. It has made 301.5 million worldwide. It could be the highest grossing film ever.

The production budget was 200 mill not counting marketing. X-Men could make up to the 400-600 million range. The film is not only a classic action movie. It is overall a great movie. Godzilla made 38 mill this weekend and it is at 322.1 million worldwide. It has yet to open in China or Japan.  You can read my Godzilla and X-Men reviews by clicking the links.

Trailer News: This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You is, based off the book with the same name, written by Jonathan Tropper. It is directed by Shawn Levy (Night of the Museum, Date Night). It is being released by Warner Bros. The story is about a man who left his cheating wife and finds out that his father died. He comes home to see his other siblings who he has no connection with. The film stars Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Tina Frey, Connie Britton, and Corey Stroll (Peter Russo from House of Cards).  It will be released Sept 12, 2014.  I watched the trailer and found it rather amusing.