Spider-Man: Far From Home
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This movie is what movies are all about. It is engaging, relatable and keeps you going for the entire duration. Does it age well with some of the lines and subject matter, of course not, but what movies from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s really do with the current political and global mindset. However, this film is a product of its time and its stars. Both Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert put on superb performances as the unlikeliest of lovers. Ellen Andrews is a spoiled brat daughter of a wealthy businessman who is fleeing her overbearing father to be with her husband King Westley. Pete Warne is an alcoholic reporter who accidentally falls into arguably the largest story of his life. Although their love story is not traditional, they do show they care about one another throughout their journey from Miami to New York. The symbolic Wall of Jericho, especially the falling of it at the end of the film, shows the barrier that Pete puts between the two of them that eventually cannot hold back how they truly feel for one another. Everything they put each other through eventually leads to them getting together and arguably the line of the movie.
Father Andrews: "Do you love my daughter?"
Pete: "YES!! But don't hold that against me."
This movie is a must watch, especially for those that want to see the origins of the rom-com and also see the first film to win the big 5 categories at the Oscars (Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Cinematography). Absolutely enjoyed this movie.
Entertaining, quirky and enjoyable. For its time, this film was visually stunning and the story was quite unique. It does not age well animation wise but story wise it can do what it is expected to do, entertain children for 80 minutes so parents can clean, shower, laundry, mow the lawn or whatever else they need to get done in that time. Using intellect during this film will give you headaches, so enjoy with an open mind and knowledge this is for young kids. Starring some of my favorite voice actors, including Rob Paulsen as Carl and his parents and Jim Cummings as various background characters, the cast works well in this film and you can tell they enjoyed themselves. Debi Derryberry is excellent as Jimmy Neutron, giving him an innocence about him despite his immense IQ and quirky body shape. This is an awesome family film that is not too long and can be an interesting conversation between you and your children.
Disney cannot do any wrong it seems with the MCU. They borrowed the Spider-Man property, thus ending the Andrew Garfield era, and gave us Homecoming and a cameo in Captain America: Civil War. Seeing him for the first time in the airport sequence, it looked like he was gonna be a very young version of the character and would continue to have witty quips and clever insults for his fights. Homecoming showed a much more grounded and relatable version of the character, attempting (unsuccessfully) to balance life and being a superhero. Creating a Peter Parker/Spider-Man that is apprehensive, a greenhorn and clumsy allowed for the movie to showcase him in a way that the previous 2 franchises had not. Adding the concept of Iron Man and Happy Hogan welded this movie with the MCU and allowed for the filmmakers to have Spider-Man fail in epic form and still have a happy ending due to the arrival of Iron Man and his many toys. The action sequences were very well done and showcased the acrobatics of Spider-Man. Changing the dynamics of Vulture was an interesting choice, but it was one I was not onboard for. Also, he was never referred to as the Vulture in the film, so they could have given him another moniker from the comic books and it would have worked better. Shocker only having one close range electrical punching apparatus kind of lowered his stock as well, especially after Amazing Spider-Man 2 introduced their version of the character only a few short years ago. This movie is a great addition to the MCU and also a way to reboot the character in a way that can allow for this version to have great crossovers now that the X-Men, Fantastic Four and the Avengers are all under one umbrella. It also allows for Venom and other members of the Spiderverse to have adventures with this Spider-Man through Sony's continued ownership of that property. Looking forward to Far From Home and any other collaborations we get from this franchise.
Finally, a female led superhero film that not only makes her stronger then all the men around her but focuses on her strengths as a woman and only passingly expresses her feminine wiles. When Gal Gadot debuted this character in Batman v. Superman, many people were unsure of the casting. After watching this film, I truly believe that all doubters have been fed their share of humble pie. Gadot owns this role and is superb as both Diana Prince and Wonder Woman. The landscapes of Themyscira are breathtaking. The filmmakers truly went all out trying to establish the Utopian feel and look of the Amazonian island. Contrasting this with how London, war torn Belgium and France and even Germany look shows that they really wanted to showcase the backgrounds having a personality and also giving them significance in Diana's eyes. Being unaware of just how dismal and ugly the war was shows that Diana does have a lot to learn about the world and also of man. This film looks amazing, is well acted throughout, has an interesting twist and introduced Gadot as a viable female lead. Definite recommend for anyone looking for a strong female led/directed movie.
When Guardians of the Galaxy was released in 2014, nobody could have predicted it would do as great as it did, nor could people have predicted how good the movie itself would be. Fast forward a few years and we are graced with the sequel. Similar to other sequels in the MCU, the director, writers and producers all wanted this to be bigger but not too big that things get bogged down. They sought a story that could take the characters further as a group and also showcase a single character so the story had a focal point. In this case, the movie centers around Peter Quill and his parentage. We already were introduced to Yondu in the first film and how he raised Peter into the man he became. This film took that relationship, added Kurt Russell as Ego and Peter's biological father and gave us a dynamic story about fatherhood and destiny. This film was unnecessarily humorous to the point of detriment. The visuals are spectacular and add gravitas to the scenes. This movie is a must see, not just for those ingrained in the MCU, but even those that just enjoy good movies. Cannot wait to see where they go in the third instalment and also see where they go within the overall MCU.