You know what I used to do? Give my opinion on movies I watched recently. What haven’t I done recently? Give my opinion on movies I watched recently. To be honest I have not seen anything all that worthy of comment. I saw Kong Skull Island, and that was pretty good. I saw the latest Fast and Furious and that was surprisingly OK.So what did I see recently that i found Interesting? Well, as you might have gathered from the title, I recently went to see the latest in Comic book based releases.
Let’s start with Wonder Woman, mainly because I have less to say. I thought it was pretty good, a definite improvement over Batman V Superman. The story is straight forward and simple: World War 1 is going on and accidentally arrive on wonder Woman secret island and Wonder Woman decides to go to Europe because she believes that the god of war Aries is the one behind it and in the process learns about humanity! Also, She falls in love with Chris Pine, which falls in line with his Captain Kirk role. It does feel a bit too thin to carry the whole film and the movie does start to stretch a bit during the last fight scene.
The music is nothing to write home about, the credits being the song from the soundtrack that I really noticed. They kept the overall color palette from Batman v Superman with loads of gray and darker colors (as opposed to Spider-man which is far brighter and colorful), but then again I would not expect war to be full of brightly dress fantasy armor. There is a passing comment that suggest that all the amazons are in fact lesbians, which gathered no reaction in the theater. There is only one glaring thing that bugged me, and that is when one of the amazon seemingly die from a single shot to the hip. I would assume that they have the same internal arrangement of organs though there is a slim chance their heart is next to their reproductive organs.
If it was not for all the incredible Marvel movies that have been coming out for the best part of a decade, I think this movie would have been praised to the moon. I would say that this movie is probably no worse than the early Sam Raimi’s Spider-man, but sinces movies like Guardian of the Galaxy and Winter soldier, the bar has risen quite a bit since.
Talking about Spider-man, let’s talk about Spider-man Homecoming. More like Spider-man Shortcoming ! Mouhahahahahah!!! /s Nah, I am kidding I really enjoyed it!
I think it was a nice touch to have the original Spider-man cartoon theme rearranged for the Marvel logo. I was hoping at in jokes at the other previous Spider-man movie but I could not spot anything, though I did appreciate the tie ins to the Avengers movies. The different things that show like the Ultron head and arms, the Chitari weapons, the Sokovian accords help make the shared universe more coherent. I also like the inclusion of minor villain “The Shocker”, even if the in comics Shocker sonic weaponry rather than electricity. The return of Jon Favreau and Paltrow does make it feel a little bit like an Iron Man movie, which is fun to consider.
I do have many question regarding the plot, like: how Stark managed to pack so much tech inside a skin tight suit? Surely the parachute would take a significant amount of space but it fits in a space that can possibly be much thicker than 3/4 of an inch. What powers it anyways? Stark’s Iron man suit all have their own fusion reactors in the chest piece. Spider-man does not have any obvious power source. Why would there be an Instant kill mode? How did the government not realize that someone was stealing form them? Do they not inventory any thing? Why didn’t Spider-man use the purple pass thru wall thingy to escape? How did Spider-man survive the elevator drop? Since he is only 15 years old, shouldn’t it be Spider-boy?
Whatever the answers are, It did not affect the enjoy-ability of the movie. The acting was top, the villain was believable and sympathetic, the pacing was good. The only thing really worth a mention is the post credit scene, which is as about meta as one could think. I suspect that, because of intellectual property and all that, they could not put one that would hint at an upcoming Marvel movie since this is technically a Columbia picture/Sony movie. I would rank it among the best ones, but my favorite is still the Howard the Duck one after Guardian of the Galaxy.
All in all, I am very excited with prospect of the upcoming crop of DC and Marvel movies. The trailers for Justice league have so far been really good and we should expect a teaser for Infinity Wars soon. A trailer was shown at D23 but no one leaked it…