There is so much to take in and absorb in Marvel's penultimate film in the culmination of the Marvel cinematic universe that it is hard to write a concise and to the point review. Will suffice to say that Infinity War is one hell of a movie and a lesson in superhero film making to the DCEU. Infinity War picks up after the events of Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther and Guardians 2 with the almighty Thanos seeking out the remaining infinity stones to complete his collection and snuff out half the universe's population with a click of his fingers. It is not an easy job handling so many characters, give them depth and time but Russo brothers do it with such great style that nobody feels left out. The movie benefits from MCUs trademark comic style, humorous and for the first time is heavy on emotion. There are a lot of heart rendering moments as well as a lot of complicated relationships especially between Thanos and Gamora and it is so amazing to see that for once you can hate as well as kind of agree with Thanos' intentions and identify with his psyche. Josh Brolin's Thanos gets the lion's share as far as script and screen time is concerned and thankfully the movie doesn't pan out into a mind numbing CGI chaos. I thoroughly enjoyed the multiple hoots and cheers for MCUs stars as they made their more than awesome entries and re-entries into the film. You know you are witnessing a true blockbuster when you experience that. The second installment of Infinity War comes out next year with a very interesting post credits scene in this film that signals the arrival of a major MCU character. I can't wait to see what happens when Thanos meets his match!
While Black Panther takes a dig on racism comic book style, it is far from one of the better Marvel movies. Devoid of a good plot, usual save the world business and an underwhelming negative character it never manages to reach the heights of better movies like Ragnarok, guardians of the galaxy or winter Soldier. Even DC'S Justice League scores over Black Panther in my opinion. This movie provides me conclusive evidence that the critics are certainly overwhelmingly biased to rate Marvel films better if not being sold out to them. Definitely not a promising build up to Infinity War.
To be fair, the critics are biased against the DC extended universe films. I haven't seen Suicide Squad but Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice were not horrible films and neither is Justice League. It is time for the critics and the audience to accept and appreciate the fact that Marvel films are light and breezy while the DC films are dark and gloomy. And dark and gloomy is not bad. That said, Justice League is a major improvement over Batman vs Superman and I felt was better even than the certified fresh Wonder Woman in some aspects. Yes the movie doesn't foray deep into each of our heroes' character but they make an awesome team on screen and the tension as well as humour between them is palpable and identifiable realistically. Ezra Miller as Flash and Jason Momoa as The Aquaman add a much needed comic vibe to the dark DCEU and are a welcome addition. There are moments of genuine depth, emotion and feeling in the otherwise action film which is great. I only felt that the CGI battle in the end was a bit like the Avengers war with a lot of bloated CGI but come on! You are in for a comic book superhero film! What do you expect? Unlike the critics' comments I did not find the film incoherent or clunky but it could have done better with a more slick approach for the action sequences like in Man of Steel. Do not go for the RT meter! Go and enjoy Justice League!
When two masters get together, naturally you get a masterpiece. And a little more. The genius of Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer cannot be understated. The story of the Allied forces trapped in Dunkirk surrounded by Nazis makes for a war film but a great war film? Nolan turns the war film genre upside down and through sheer brilliant direction drives home a nail biting, cliff hanger of a movie! Intersecting the film with the perspective of Dunkirk seen through land, sea and air aided by Hoyt Von Hoytema's outstanding vertiginous photography Nolan creates a powerful sense of doom and claustrophobia. It is so overpowering that you will literally feel trapped in that situation yourself!! Add to that Zimmer's equally haunting background score that propels film making to another level. The characters are many although there is not much of character exploration, a pitfall of the movie but I guess Nolan wanted to prove in this age of 3D cinema, CGI dependence, star status and rousing dialogue that he can deliver a thumping good film without any of the above. No 3D, minimum CGI, no bloated roles and scarce dialogue, yet Dunkirk is an example of finesse in film making. Watch Dunkirk, for it is a nerve jangling revival of terrific storytelling condensed into cinema.
War for the Planet of the Apes decisively shows how minimal dialogue and major emotion can deliver a thumping good blockbuster and that involves animals over humans. From the opening frame the film is a relentless surge of powerful human (pun not intended) emotions, be it mercy, love, hate, empathy, anger, revenge or redemption. The narrative begins where it left in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with the apes now being targeted by a bunch of soldiers under a ruthless colonel with secrets of his own. Our protagonist Caesar (a once again marvellous Andy Serkis) finds himself battling for his kith and kin and with demons of his own. The film delicately balances actual storytelling with judicious use of CGI and never feels bogged down by technology. In all, it brings a satisfying conclusion to one of the better franchises though I would still rate Dawn of the Planet of the Apes a notch better because it involved more conflict within. Hardly a complaint though, this trilogy will go down alongside the likes of The Dark Knight.