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Spider-Man: Homecoming
2 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)
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

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
3 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
Baywatch (2017)
3 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.

Alien: Covenant
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It's sad to see that 100 years or so in the future all the technological advancements in the world can't do anything about human stupidity.

What does Covenant do right? Well, it presents a harrowing character study in David and approaches themes of creation in beautiful fashion. The cinematography is breathtaking as we explore the twisted mind of a chillingly well composed and acted (Thanks Fassbender) villain. Furthermore a lot of the world and lore is just genuinely fascinating.

Unfortunately the film fails tremendously as a horror suspense thriller. Without an ounce of common sense or remote degree of competence the cast dies left and right. What's worse is that there's no weight of loss because they're all terribly forgettable. Even Daniels just seems to be another poor imitation of the iconic Ellen Ripley.

Covenant paints an interesting world, a villain with presence, has boasting visuals and commendable action set pieces but as it foolishly stumbles about from one sequence of slaughter to another you just don't really care.