Movie Review: Captain Marvel (2019)

Missed this in the cinema, so catching up now. Also, apologies that I haven’t written any posts in over a week, just haven’t been feeling up to it due to the hot weather. But here we go.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Captain Marvel”.

The story follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a former fighter pilot who gets caught in an intergalactic war between two alien races. So now we have another Marvel origin movie. And I think that’s the one issue I have with it, it’s another Marvel origin. Not saying I disliked it, au contraire, I enjoyed it quite a bit. But it does still follow a lot of those familiar beats we recognize, and rarely does much to stand out. It does have a few enjoyable turns, and the overall narrative is still a fun, superhero adventure with a good message. So yeah, it’s pretty good.

The characters in this are fun, flawed, and interesting. Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers, a cocky, snide woman who has to go through a journey to become a hero. And I enjoy her arc, which weirdly enough reminds me of Ratchet’s arc in “Ratchet & Clank” (the original game, not the movie), starting out as a little bit of a cocky jerk, but goes through a good personal arc thanks to the events of the movie, and it makes her quite the enjoyable character. And Larson is really good in the role. We also get supporting work from people like Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Djimon Hounsou, and more, all doing really well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Pinar Toprak, and I think she did a good job with it. Admittedly it does play it a bit safe sometimes with some of the orchestral action pieces, but then there are also tracks that play around with synthesizers to great an interesting, space-ish sound that kinda reminds me of “Mass Effect” (why am I making so many video game comparisons today?). And overall it works for the movie. Then there are some licensed tracks used throughout certain scenes, and some work better than others. There’s one in particular, which is a song I love, but was caught off guard by. So overall the music here is good.

Of course based on the popular Marvel Comics character, “Captain Marvel” was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and I think they did a really good job with it. They really brought a unique sort of energy to it, which made for some fun and interesting stuff during the action scenes. And I think it goes without saying at this point that the visual effects are fucking great.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 78% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“Captain Marvel” isn’t one of the MCU’s best movies, but it’s still one hell of an entertaining movie. It has a good plot, good characters, great performances, good music, and great directing/action/effects. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Captain Marvel” is an 8,78/10. So while not perfect, it’s still worth buying.

My review of “Captain Marvel” is now completed.

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Movie Review: Constantine (2005)

So what’s on the Month of Spooks meny today? Spooky comic book adaptation? Neat.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Constantine”.

The story follows John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a private detective handling cases of the supernatural kind, as he helps an LAPD detective (Rachel Weisz) try to prove that her sister’s death wasn’t a normal suicide, but something more sinister. All while John is dealing with the recent news that he has a really severe case of lung cancer. So now we have our spooky detective story. And it’s good. Not perfect, but good. Overall it’s a very well paced story that never feels like it drags, but there is kind of a weird disconnect between the plots of the movie. It’s clear that they used the “Dangerous Habits” story arc from the comics as basis, but then added the cop with the dead sister plot onto it because I guess they needed a more movie-esque aspect in the plot. And the two sometimes tie into each other okay, but a lot of the time they don’t fully gel. Both plots on their own are really good, but putting them together like that doesn’t fully work. But overall, pretty good stuff.

The characters in this get some decent development and are all pretty interesting. First up we have Keanu Reeves (whoa) as the titular hellblazer. He’s a sarcastic jerk who doesn’t let anyone get close, for reasons we shall not disclose, but it’s some good stuff. He’s quite a departure from the comics, but I still found him to be an entertaining and interesting character. And Reeves is really good in the role. Next we have Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson, the detective that Constantine decides to help. She’s tough as hell without it coming off as forced or unrealistic. She feels a bit more real. And Weisz is great in the role. We also get supporting performances from people like Tilda Swinton, Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Max Baker, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gavin Rossdale, Peter Stormare, and more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Brian Tyler (with some additions by Klaus Badelt) and I think he did a great job with it. The score takes influences from a couple cultures as well as taking inspiration from a couple different genres such as horror and action. And it creates a really interesting sound that elevates the various scenes where music can be heard.

Based on the “Hellblazer” comics by DC/Vertigo, this movie was directed by Francis Lawrence, and I think he did a really good job with that. While elements of the story and character have trouble capturing the vibe of the comic, his direction gets closer to capturing that feel… if it was turned up to 11 that is, but that’s slightly besides the point. But I do like the slightly gothic vibe this thing has, which often manages to add some creep factor to it all. And the cinematography by Philippe Rousselot is pretty great too, giving us some damn fine looking shots throughout.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 46% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 50/100. Roger Ebert gave it 1,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

While not necessarily a great representation of its source material, “Constantine” is still a damn good supernatural action thriller. It has a good plot, good characters, great performances, great music, and great directing/cinematography. As previously mentioned, it is brought down a bit by elements in the story feeling somewhat disjointed. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Constantine” is an 8,94/10. So while flawed, it’s still definitely worth buying.

My review of “Constantine” is now completed.

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Movie Review: Furious 7 (2015)

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As some of you might remember, I reviewed every single “Fast & Furious” movie back in May of this year because of the at that point recent release of this damn movie. And from that it’s taken me more than 6 months to get around to it. But at long last, we are here. So let’s stop with this shit and get with it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Furious 7”.

Ready for some more stupidity? *Smack* Ouch, okay I’ll do it right! The story of this movie is that Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), the brother of the the last movie’s villain, is coming after the gang to get revenge for his brother. So it’s up to Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker, R.I.P) and all the other guys we know and love to try and stop him. Now that is the main plot we are supposed to care about, but at the same time we get a secondary plot of the gang helping a governmental orgainzation led by Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) with finding a device that could locate any person on planet earth. And it is all very convoluted and guys, this is what the problem was with “Fast & Furious 6”. Don’t get me wrong, I think the plot of this movie is more well handled than in the last movie, but it’s still a bit convoluted and that takes away a bit from the enjoyment of the movie. I mean, it’s fine I guess.

The characters are just as enjoyable as last time and their performances have neither imporved nor gotten worse. So let’s discuss some of the newer ones… like Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. I would say that putting Jason Statham as the main villain of your movie is a damn good idea, it is one I highly approve of. And while Statham’s performance was really good and menacing, I still felt like the character was underutilized and that he was only there to mess things up a little for our heroes. Then we have Kurt Russell as the mysterious Mr. Nobody and he was awesome. Come on, it’s Kurt fuckin’ Russell! Sure, he wasn’t in teh movie too much, but he was still great… He’s Kurt Russell! One thing I feel kind of split about is the character of Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Don’t get me wrong, I think he might be the best thing that ever happened to this franchise, but he is used so little in this movie that it’s a bit disappointing. Sure, whenever he is on screen we get some of the best parts of the movie, but they are so few and far between that I almost feel betrayed.

The score for “Furious 7” was composed by Brian Tyler and as you may know, I’m a big fan of that guy. And as per usual, he delivered a great original score for the movie. It is big, bombastic, tense and surprisingly emotional. I would really dare say that this is one of the best scores I have ever heard from Tyler. With that said, does the rest of the soundtrack work for the movie? Yes… yes it does. They managed to fit songs perfectly into the scenes they were used in. And with that said, I feel like i should maybe touch on the song “See you Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. The song was created as a tribute to the late Paul Walker and his character Brian who would most likely get retired after this movie. And I have to say that the song worked, it is a fitting send-off for Walker and his character. I can also say that I think it is a good song, maybe even worthy of an Oscar nomination…

This is the first “F&F” movie since “Tokyo Drift” that have had a new director take over. So now instead of Justin Lin directing it, we have James Wan who is more known for horror movies than for action. But I have to say that I think he did a good job directing this movie. Sure, the hand-to-hand combat sequences were not that great because of a higher framerate and for a little bit of shaky-cam in them, so they are not impressive at all. However, when there is over-the-top vehicular mayhem in the movie, Wan really did a fantastic job! It’s silly, stupid, ridiculous, absolutely bonkers and pretty fucking fun. Really, instead of Vengeance Hits Home, the tagline for the movie should’ve been Physics Be Damned. 

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 81% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 67/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

While bogged down a bit by a convoluted plot and underutilization of certain characters, “Furious 7” is still one of the best entries in the franchise. With fun characters, a really great soundtrack, really good directing and a fitting send-off for Paul Walker, it’s definitely still a fun movie. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Furious 7” is an 8,95/10. It’s definitely worth buying.
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My review of “Furious 7” is finally completed.

*Looks out window*. Is that Jeff parachuting a car?

“The Legend of Tarzan” trailer just dropped

Hey there, guys. Whenever I talk about trailers coming out it’s because it is something that I’ve been genuinely interested in and had previous knowledge about. But this time I wanna share/talk about this trailer because it just kind of came out of fucking nowhere. I didn’t even know that this movie was releasing a new trailer, let alone knowing it was in production.

So if you don’t know about the story of Tarzan, let me explain it to you, you unknowing person. It started out as a book titled “Tarzan of the Apes” written by author Edgar Rice Burroughs in the early 1900’s. It follows a man named Tarzan who was raised by apes despite being a human and not an ape. And at some point in his life, other humans come to his jungle, one of those humans being a young woman named Jane Porter whom Tarzan falls in love with. And adventure ensues. While I haven’t read Burroughs’ original books, I can at least say that I am a fan of the 1999 animated disney movie starring the voice of Tony Goldwyn as Tarzan. And while this movie seems to stray a bit away from most basic story elements. This will apparently follow Tarzan as he returns to the jungle after living in London.

Now this trailer sets a fairly dark but still relatively lighthearted tone. It’s not overly serious, but also not too silly. And since it is a disney production, it was kind of logical to take a cue or two from the Marvel productions. Okay, so what do I like about this thing so far? Well, I do like the choice of director for the movie. “The Legend of Tarzan” is directed by David Yates who directed the final four “Harry Potter” movies and also the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” which really gives me hope for that movie.  As the titular character we will see Swedish (my nationality) actor Alexander Skarsgård who I have seen in some things and thought he was good. At least in the trailer and some photos he does look like he could do it… I hope. I would say that the cast overall looks promising. Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, John Hurt, Djimon Hounsou… this is a great frickin’ cast. So there are a few promising elements to this movie, question is though how it will hold up when it comes out in July.
Enjoy the trailer!

So are you excited for this new upcoming Tarzan movie? Leave a comment.

Movie Review: Gladiator (2000)

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History is something that has always interested me. I don’t know why shit that happened a long time ago is so interesting to me… it just kinda is. And that means historical movies should interest me more than anything, right? Well that might be true in some cases. But then there are shit historical movies as well. The movie we are taking a look at now is sort of a historical movie. It isn’t really a historical movie in the sense of it following a real historical figure, but rather is set in a time period which is now considered history.

Boys and girls… “Gladiator”.

This movie follows Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe). He is a great general who have won many battles. Why is that important? Because it is part of his character and because it plays into the story. After one battle he is betrayed by Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the emperor’s corrupt son. He got Maximus’ son and wife killed and got Maximus imprisoned. After a little while he gets bought by a guy and is turned into a gladiator in the great arena together with a bunch of other guys, including a black man named Juba (Djimon Hounsou). And through the movie we get to see how he goes from low ranking gladiator to what I like to refer to as “Mr. Big Cheese”. And seeing this story/journey unfold throughout the movie is pretty fucking awesome. Not only does it show the battles Maximus goes through to get higher rank, but it also shows the political intrigues brewing beneath it all… and that is to me very interesting. So yeah, the story in both idea and execution was excellent.

The characters all have different personalities and those personalities are easy to see and they are very well-written. I don’t really have too much more to say there otehr than the fact that I was very interested in the character of Maximus Decimus Meridius. I am not saying I can relate to the guy, but I am saying I really found him interesting and intriguing. Also, all characters in this movie are incredibly well-acted. The actors do a tremendous job filling the shoes (or sandals in this case) of these characters.

The music really did help sell the time period. Not only because it really had the ambience that would be needed to sell it, but also because it had some pretty epic tracks. And while I can’t list them on the top of my head I can at least say that I loved it.

Ridley Scott, you are a magnificent magnificent filmmaker! This movie looks amazing! The camera work is fantastic in both just regular scenes and action scenes. Sure, there is a little bit of shaky-cam during the action scenes but not enough that it bothered me. Ridley Scott made a very good looking movie. Also, the kid who plays a (sort of) key part in the story was not too bad either. You probably think I should have mentioned that in the “Characters/Actors” segment, but I didn’t because I felt it fit better here on “General Stuff”.

Time to see how the movie did among the movie sites and critics! On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 76% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it got the average 64/100. Roger Ebert didn’t seem to like this movie too much since he gave it 2/4 stars saying:

“It employs depression as a substitute for personality, and believes that if characters are bitter and morose enough, we won’t notice how dull they are.”

On imdb.com this movie has a score of 8,5/10 and is ranked #47 on the “Top 250” list. This movie also won 5 Oscars (Best picture, Best Leading Actor, Best Costume Design, Best sound, Best Visual Effects). It was also nominated for an additional 7 Oscars (Best supporting actor, best director, Best screenplay directly for screen, Best cinematography, Best film editing, Best original score, Best set decoration).

I have given my thoughts about a few things on “Gladiator”. This movie has an interesting story, great acting, fantastic music, great action scenes, interesting characters and one of the best endings in movie history. Time for the final score. My final score for “Gladiator” is a 9,62/10 which grants it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“Gladiator” is finally reviewed.

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!?

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Everybody loves Marvel (except for DC fanboys who won’t admit they do like Marvel). Personally I am a bit of a fence sitter when it comes to the comic giants. It all depends on the comic/movie/cartoon/series itself. I like Iron Man…but I also like Batman. I like Superman…but I like Thor as well. But that is not the point right now. The point is the fact that Marvel made a movie…about a comic series popular among Marvel nerds…but no one else know who they are. What is this movie? Will I like it? Those are questions we will get answers for today!

Guys and girls…”Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a bounty hunter. 26 years ago he was abducted by a bunch of aliens led by the bounty hunter Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker). But now as I said, he is a bounty hunter himself. One day he is on the hunt for this mysterious orb…thingy. When he finds it he is attacked by a man named Korath (Djimon Hounsou). Korath is there to get this orb for his boss, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). After a quick, but not too graceful escape, Peter (Also called Star-Lord in the movie) makes it to a planet to trade in the orb for cash. But soon he gets hunted down by three very odd people for various reasons. Gamora (Zoe Saldana), who wants the orb. Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and his companion, the waling tree, Groot (Vin Diesel) wants Peter because he has a bounty on his head. Soon they all end up in jail where they meet the very dangerous Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). Soon they all escape to A. Sell the orb to get a load of cash…and B. Kill Ronan (Mainly Drax). Now this might seem like an odd and not very detailed plot for a movie…and you would be right if I didn’t have my rule…the execution. And I have to say the execution for “Guardians of the Galaxy” is fucking amazing. It is somewhat simple, but fun. They have a straight narrative in this movie and never veers off track. Also…the story is so weird, yet so amazing.

I honestly think the characters are the highlight of this movie. They are amazing! Not only very well-acted, but also incredibly well-written. Let’s start off with the main star(lord) of the movie…Peter Quill. Not only is he the most prominent character in the movie, but he is also the fleshed out. He not only gets a well-written (And somewhat heartbreaking) backstory, but he also got the most personality. Next up is Gamora, she got a great backstory (which you’ll find out about later in the movie) that could actually make it’s own, pretty interesting movie. She is a badass (like Zoe Saldana…oh wait). Next up is Drax. His wife and daughter got killed by Ronan…but that is as far as it goes. They never touch too much on the subject, which kind of makes the character a little underwhelming. It might also be because Dave Bautista is a wrestler…not an actor. Next is Groot, the walking tree. He is a walking tree voiced by Vin Diesel…there is not much. Yet he is a great character. He is kind hearted, badass and only speaks in three words: “I am Groot”. So usually Rocket will have to translate what he said for the others (He and Groot are old buddies). You guys are probably wondering why I finish with the fucking Raccoon…but that is the reason. He is a gun toting, trash talking raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. He stole the movie. The only character in the movie I had the biggest problem with in the movie was the villain, Ronan. He wasn’t really that interesting. “Avengers” at least had Loki. And “Iron Man” had Obadiah Stane…but Ronan is not interesting in any way. I admit, Lee Pace did a good job…but the character itself wasn’t that interesting.

The music in this movie is fucking amazing. It is as most modern sci-fi/action movies. In that sense I mean it is a mix of original orchestral songs and licensed tracks…and I fucking love that. The most known track is “Hooked on a feeling” which was featured in both the trailer and this movie. But in general…I loved it.

This movie got some of the best visual effects that I have scene in any sci-fi movie ever. I especially loved the effects on both Groot and Rocket…they looked amazing. Also, the camera work, oh my god it was really good! James Gunn really shows how to make a good looking movie. Also, this is the funniest movie I have ever seen (without it being dumb-dumb comedy). Not only funniest Marvel movie, but funniest in general. I laughed so much during this movie.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is one of those movies that got really good reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On metacritic it has a score of 76/100. On imdb.com it got a score of 8,6/10 and is (At the time of this review) ranked #52 on the Top 250 list.

I said some things. Some good things, and one slightly less good thing. But that slightly less good thing doesn’t bring the movie down that much. Time to throw out my final score for the movie! “Guardians of the Galaxy” gets a 9,97/10. It is a fun, action-y, hilarious sci-fi adventure with good acting, great effects and a lot of heart. This movie gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is now reviewed.

This will probably end up my favorite movie of the year (Unless “Interstellar” somehow beats it).

Movie Review: Blood Diamond (2006)

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Leonardo DiCaprio…getting Oscar nominated over and over again but never winning…that’s too sad. But when he gets nominated it is for a good reason. And was it so here? In this movie that got 5 oscar nominations. Is it really that good in this reviewers humble opinion? Well, there is only one way to find out.

Guys and girls…Blood Diamond.

The story is set in Africa 1999. There is civil war between the government and an organization called “The RUF”. This war is mainly over weapons trade and diamonds. These diamonds are often found by the RUF, sold to America and te UK so they can get money to buy more weapons so they can take over. And they are already taking over villages in very violent and gruesome ways. One day, the village where a man named Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) gets attacked. The RUF cuts off the hands of a few villagers and slaughters most of them. But they take Solomon to go and mine/look for diamonds. From the place where he does this work he escapes. He also happened to find a big, pink diamond (hence the name “Blood Diamond”. He hides it. After his escape he meets a smuggler by the name of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a reporter named Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly). Together they go through the land to find Solomon’s family and get the Blood Diamond. So the story is…really interesting. It at least kept me interested for the entire time. The story can also get VERY dark sometimes, but that’s what gives it the edge it needs.

The characters…are flawed but oh so fun to see in action. Everyone in this movie are so well acted that they stay interesting. Most of my praise will however go to Leonardo DiCpario who does a stunning performance as Dany Archer. Also a lot of praise go to Djimon Hounsou who also did one of the best performances ever. Both got Oscar nominated.

Soundtrack for the movie is one of the best I have ever heard from a movie. And I mean from movies that have an original soundtrack and not just a bunch of famous/well-known songs. This soundtrack is excellent as both an original soundtrack and a soundtrack in general.

Reception has been pretty mixed. Nothing bad really, but some scores have called this movie average. For example, on Rotten Tomatoes it got a 63% score, which is fairly low. However, it have also gotten a lot, and I mean A LOT of good reviews. This has been called one of the best movies of 2006. But yeah, good reviews are frequent for this.

Like I said, this movie can get very dark which can make it difficult to watch at times. But overall it is a great  movie. I am gonna give it a 9,46/10. This movie is so damn good. Especially the excellent performances by…everyone. And I am glad I bought the 2-disc special edition for a good price. Because this is THAT GOOD.

The revirew of Blood Diamond is now done.

Bye now.