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Blade Runner 2049
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Bladerunner is an ideal example of Sci Fi that introduces worlds of grandeur and high fantasy but addressing the themes that come along with these ideas in the realm of an intimate character story.

K(Gosling) is presented as humanly possible while blatantly contrasted by the fact that he isn't. He's not real, his lover/companion is not real yet here we are developing an innate attraction and feelings towards what should not be more than a lamp shade.

As he's convinced to be the Replicant messiah so are we and it begins to make sense, "Oh, he's at least half human, alright!", but once the mystery unravels and he's not to be, we're compelled to reason with ourselves. Does it matter? What he felt, what we felt as an audience was real and it's there that we truly question the relevance of authenticity. Brilliant.

2049 is such an intelligent way to present a Sci Fi theme that has been beaten to death over the years repeatedly yet here it stands resonating, defying the idea that it can't be done. It's a convincing example that it's not only important to tell themes in new ways but it's key to have multiple elements of your story focus on it as well.

It also says a lot to respect and bring elements of the original film into the story without making it feel like a cheap nod, kudos!

If criticisms are to be had, it really should be where Deckard (Ford) is arbitrarily sent off-world to be intercepted by K. It sets up this bizarrely staged climatic fight between our protagonist and badass villainess Vu (Hoeks)

There will also be complaints about pacing but honestly it's just filming sensibilities from different generations, by 80's standards this is the norm but you can make the argument that this is a 2017 release and it should have adapted. I was fine with it either way.

In the end Blade Runner 2049 is an undeniable success that not only respects it's source material but enhances it beyond what could be expected!

Spider-Man: Homecoming
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Finally, Marvel's cinematic take on Spidey is here and it doesn't disappoint!

It's equally fun and thrilling as its other franchises but is it the origin movie we've all been waiting for? Mostly, yes.

Homecoming does a lot of great things and goes out of its way to breath new life into the wall crawler's story without feeling forced or unfitting, it's fresh to say the least in the genre. Then there's Marvel's hallmark at making an entertaining product as it shotguns us with laughs, romance, action, mystery and adolescent shenanigans!

However if you're not too distracted by Holland's antics you can't help but feel a lot of the character's iconic values simply aren't there. Which is fine but what are the core themes and values of our new Peter Parker?

It suggests and plays on a lot of ideas about youth and class disparity throughout the film but they all simply get muddled in the multi-act narrative. There isn't really a powerful theme that truly resonates when the curtains come to a close and fostering that defining aspect would have made such an elaborate tale really come together.

Cohesive criticisms aside it's undeniably remarkable that they added to the MCU roster with such a beaten-to-death character so successfully. It'll be exciting to see what they do with him from here and his role in the upcoming tie-ins!

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (2017)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Diana is truly the god we all don't deserve and the much-needed smashing success for the DCCU. (Is that a thing? Do people call it that?)

Wonderwoman accomplishes the difficult task of creating a mythical being that's not only relatable as a coming-of-age tale but also much more relevant to humanity's plight than Thor could ever be. All this while delivering action sequences that are just as impossibly astounding!

It also respectfully portrays the horrors and difficulties of a World War without reducing it down to cartoon entertainment in laser guns to appropriate the superhero genre, a decision I strongly disagreed with in Captain America.

Marvel comparisons aside the film has a generally typical story with an acceptable revealing end but also has such intelligent, powerful themes plugged into it. Support characters are memorable and not wasted, playing key roles in Diana's character progression that eventually becomes pivotal in the plot as well.

Ah! The titular role. Gadot does such a phenomenal job conveying a sense of naivety and maturity in simultaneous form. The fish-out-of-water humor is delivered in grace and it's refreshing to not be bombarded with one-liners and zingers to have my amusement kept.

There are some visual technical hiccups (Snyder's handy work no-doubt) and Ares' final unmasking is a little improptu in delivery but to say Wonderwoman is anything less than an amazing superhero-origin movie would simply be wrong.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Surely an improvement over PotC4, the 5th installment of the franchise tries to recreate the fun and extravagant set pieces of the original trilogy and pays respect to the original lore.

Unfortunately recreating the sense of grandeur that was the trilogy epic gets lost in this bloated imitation. An underwhelming portrayal of Jack's origin story, his so-called greatest fear (Cpt. Salazar) and wrapping up the Turner/Swan epic all deserved so much better.

The narrative carries itself like another disconnected side-story akin to "On Stranger Tides" but this time appears to loosely maintain relevance by plugging in cheap references to the past.

Cheap, careless references and impromptu reveals that create plotholes and forced drama simply to justify newcomers Henry & Carina, whom on there own are about as interesting as another Pirate curse, skeleton, monster, thing.

PotC5 may be a step back in the right direction for the franchise but still ends up being a forgery undeserving of the name.

Baywatch (2017)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Baywatch's opening sequence sets the tone of the shows ridiculous premise immediately as it quickly recognizes itself as a parody of what was always a silly idea.

Filled with referential self deprecating humor the movie excels most when being excessive. Yet for some odd reason Baywatch continually attempts to create real heartfelt moments that simply do not belong, they're both awkward and unwelcoming.

It also feels like Dwayne and Zac steal the show entirely as the supporting cast gets subsidized to having little to no character and are simply along for the ride.

In the end it's exactly the type of nonsensical popcorn comedy that it's intended to be but it could've been a lot more entertaining if more creative, over the top scenarios were played out and supporting roles got a chance to shine.