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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One


First off, I'm going to call Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One because it sounds better. Secondly, bring back the opening crawls because I didn't appreciate the opening of this movie.

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away.... And then it jumps to space. The film could have used the opening crawl to make the opening better.

When I first heard of Rogue One announcement, I wasn't that interest in it since I was more into the sequel trilogy. Heck I didn't even go to the premiere due to my lack of interest. I waited a week after the premiere to go and see it and after watching the first Star Wars Anthology, I thought it was great.

The plot is basically the opening crawls from A New Hope.

"It is a period of civil war. Rebels spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet."

Simple to follow with some interesting facts about the creation of the Death Star. The first act is a bit slow. It keeps going from planet to planet with descriptions on the planets, except for one planet they didn't give a name to which was kind of weird. The second act was a little bit better, but when it gets to the third act, that's when the film is at its prime. It shows one of the greatest Star Wars battle in anything Stars Wars related. I really enjoyed how they expanded the Star Wars universe by adding some new worlds like Jedha and Scarif while returning to planets like Yavin 4. Another thing that the Force Awakens lacked were the space battles. It had a combination of fun and action packed moments.

The Visuals in Rogue One are probably going to get an Oscar nomination cause they're incredible. The designs are basically an updated version of A New Hope by making everything special effect feel real. Like the Force Awakens, the film managed to have a combination of practical and special effects. Motion capture were used on two important characters in the film, who are not in it that much. It looks fine, but it could have been done better. Its great to see the visuals look exactly like the original trilogy.

Most of the characters are forgettable, except for K2S7. The droid is like C3PO if he was a bad ass. Donnie Yen's character as Chirrut Imwe, a blind monk who believes in the force had some pretty cool action scenes and comic moment. The villain I felt like was over the top, but had an okay performance. The scenes with Darth Vader are the highlights of Rogue One. There's this one scene where he brutally murders Rebels and its brutal, scary and badass. Also we learn how Darth Vader takes his baths. The only problem with his character is that he appears in only two scenes and that's it. People might think oh it's a spinoff its not about it. Yes, that's true, but when the other characters less interesting, it becomes a problem. The performances are fine and pretty damn good, its just that they are not that important to follow, except of Jyn Erso and her father. Saw Guerra, a rebel extremist who has been rebellion since the Clone Wars and mentor to Jyn, doesn't get a lot of screen time. Which is disappointing since he's played by Forrest Whitaker. I honestly thought he was going to be in the battle of Scarif and died during the battle. SPOILER ALERT the main casts gets killed off in the final act. I think this works because it ends right when A New Hope begins and none of the Rogue One characters are even in that movie. Besides Darth Vader, there are a lot of easter egg characters from the original trilogy and prequels like Grand Moff Tarkin, Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Princess Leia. They even mention Obi-Wan and the Ghost ship from Star Wars Rebels.

Overall, Rogue One is a great start to the Star Wars Anthology film series. Its not as good as The Force Awakens or the Original Trilogy, but better than any of the prequels. This is worth the watch for fans and non fans. I'm giving Rogue One a 8/10.

Captain America: Civil War
14 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Captain America: Civil War is the third and final film of the Captain America trilogy starring most of the Avengers from the previous MCU films, except Thor and Hulk. Originally, the film was supposed to come out around the same time as Batman v Superman in March, but Marvel delay the film to a May released date in order to avoid competition with DC since it follows a similar plot about two superheroes fighting against each other. Now that Civil War is released in theaters, Is it the Marvel movie that we all been waiting for or does it have its similar flaws with Batman v Superman?
After going to an early screening of the film last night, I have to admit not only is this the best Captain America film, but this is the best Marvel movie I have seen since Guardians of the Galaxy. Captain America: Civil War is the Avengers movie that I have always wanted to see since this is based on the Civil War comics that came out in 2006. The story is set after Age of Ultron where Captain America is leading his newly establish Avengers team fighting against Crossbones for stealing biological weapons. An accident occurs during the fight causing the United Nation to call the Avengers to sign the Sokovia Accords, which will establish a governing body to take control of the Avengers. This cause the team to divide as Tony agrees to be put under check, while Cap disagrees, believing that it will take away their privilege to go somewhere that the government would not allow them to go. While thats going on, Bucky Barns aka the Winter Solider is framed for killing King T`Chaka of Wakanda, causing T`Challa aka Black Panther to seek revenge against Bucky. Now its up to Cap to find the man who framed Bucky while fighting against the team he was once apart of. The story in Civil War is well written that you start to understand the reasons why each of these character are doing on what they think is right instead of the whole Justice cliche. The film manage to be both an Avengers film and a Captain America film at the same time and it actually works. The film knows when it needs to be funny and when it needs to be serious. Marvel has been doing a great job on balancing those types of moments that the film needs to be. Each character in Civil War is given a perfect amount of screening time, including your friendly neighborhood Spiderman, who is the highlight of Civil War.Tom Holland did a great job portraying the web slinger without giving an origin story that we all heard before from the previous Spiderman films, but this is the best Spiderman we have gotten since the Sam Rami trilogy. Black Panther was also cool to see in this movie and was given the amount of character that he as supposed to be given since he`s gonna have his own solo movie in 2017. The introduction to Paul Rudds portrayal of Ant Man was hilarious and fun to watch. Besides Spiderman for being the highlight of Civil War, the fight scene at the airport is amazing. Forget about the big fight scenes from the previous two Avengers movie, this was awesome to watch. Every superhero manage to have an awesome fight with one another. If I had to nitpick one thing with Captain America: Civil War is that this is a long movie. Probably the longest in the MCU. This doesn`t mean its a big flaw, but their are probably one or two scenes where the film could fell a little slow. Overall, Captain America: Civil War is Marvels best, besides Deapool but thats owned by Fox. I highly recommend viewing this film as a standalone movie, but its best to watch the other MCU if you want to know more about these characters. Besides Deadpool, this is one of my favorite films of 2016 so far, which is why I`m giving it a 9.4/10.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the sequel to Man of Steel, which I had mix thoughts on for its unoriginal story, bland characters, but some pretty cool action sequence from Superman fighting Zod. Three years later, a sequel came out which is supposed to tie in the DC Cinematic Universe which is supposed to compete against the Marvel Cinematic Universe by creating two superheroes movie from 2016 to 2020. This was also a highly anticipated film in 2016 and thats saying a lot since its the first movie that features Batman and Superman in the same movie, along side Wonder Woman, which is her first appearance in a theatrical film. Does Batman v Superman hold up to its anticipation, or is it a mess like Man of Steel?
The story focus on Bruce Wayne ( Ben Affleck) trying to get vengeance against Superman (Henry Cavill) after the destruction of Metropolis that occurred from the last film. Throughout the film, Bruce tries to find a way to beat the Man of Steel from knowing about him and his weakness. Meanwhile, Superman is struggling from connecting with the people of Earth and is dealing with a lot of controversy of his actions while figuring out more about Batman and his vigilante actives. While thats going on, Lex Luthor ( Jesse Eisenberg) discovers the truth of the Krytoians by finding relics of their ship, backstory and DNA from Zod`s dead body. How will it go down between Batman and Superman? How the story is presented is a mess. The way they tell and show whats going on, its out of place that does not add up. There are moments of the film where it shouldn`t be in or remove from the film. The Philosophical message that it presents doesn`t make sense and is just being said so it makes the superheroes more mythical which is being force mostly from Lex Luthor. By the way, Jesse Eisenberg portrayal of Lex is weird and awkward to watch. Its like Jesse Eisenberg was trying to be like the Joker and it doesn`t make sense. I gotta give credit to Ben Afflecks portrayal of Bruce Wayne. He`s not the best Batman, but he`s fine for the performance he was given; However, there parts of the film that shows Batman killing people, even though he doesn`t kill from its source material. This is the problem of the film. The tone is too dark and gritty. There are some hardcore moments where Batman brutally beats people to death. Theres no fun moments featured in the film. Its too gray to view similar to how I viewed Man of Steel.The character Superman, like from the last film, is not interesting. He barely has any lines in the film and only focus on Lois Lane ( Amy Adams), who is also not interesting. The action scenes featured in the film is still cool to watch, even though a lot was not shown. The reveal of Doomsday was stupid to watch since it looked like a goblin from the Lord of the Rings films. Though the fight with him was awesome to watch. If I had one mix though overall is the fight between Batman and Superman. The fight itself was well presented, but the build up was weak. It didn`t have the mighty strength to build up an epic battle by not giving that effort to the characters. Also the Justice League tease was completely pointless from the film. Wonder Woman`s ( Gal Gadot) character was also pointless since it only served as a build up to the Justice League, though her appearance was interesting to watch. Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Justice is shot well at times along side its action moments, Ben Afflecks betrayal of Batman and Wonder Womans appearance, but the story was a mess, the philosophical moments did not make sense, and the tone was a bit too dark and gritty. Its hard to recommend this film to see in theaters, but wait when its out on DVD when your around a group of friends and have nothing to do. Fans will kinda be disappointed with this film, but will enjoy Batman`s moments, along side a few appearance of the Justice League characters. Zack Synder needs to get his act together cause he`s killing the DC Cinematic Universe for being as equal as the Marvel Cinematic universe. I`m gonna give this film a 5/10.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Star Wars has always been my favorite movie series with the original trilogy spectacular to watch while the prequels the exact opposite, except Revenge of the Sith, which is the only good Star Wars prequel. It has been 10 years since that one was out and audiences and fans thought that this would be the last Star Wars film; However, that all changed in 2012 when Disney bought the rights to Lucasfilm and decided to make a new trilogy that is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi with J.J Abrams writing and directing. This has been the most anticipated film of 2015 and probably the most anticipated film ever, but does The Force Awakens delivers what the audience and fans want. The answer to that is yes. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not only my favorite film this year, but the best Star Wars film I have seen in a long time. I have never felt an incredible experience like this film in a long time. The story is about the disappearance of Luke Skywalker, who is the only Jedi in the entire galaxy. The New Order, which is a recreation of the Empire, looking to destroy the last Jedi lead by the sinister Kylo Ren, Commander of the New Order and user of the Dark Side of the Force. A former Stormtropper, Finn, wants to leave the First Order and comes across a Scavenger name Rey. Together they go on an epic space journey to watch The New Order from destroying planets from their Starkiller Base while finding clues of Skywalker disappearances. Along the way, they come across new and old characters like BB-8, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and General Leia. A lot of people complained that the plot of this movie is too similar to the plot of The New Hope. Honestly, I don`t find an issue with that in fact, its best to it that way so the film could apologize the mistakes from the prequels. I was well executed and pleasure to watch. The story could either get extremely dark or incredibly hilarious. The strongest point that the film has to offer are the new characters. Already they are likable and interesting to follow. Daisy Ridley steals the movie as Rey and this is her first theatrical film that she has ever been in. Finn is a fun character with some funny lines deliver to his role. Poe Dameron is also an interesting character with some funny lines too. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is spectacular. He`s motivated and will do anything to become the next Darth Vader. Kylo Ren basically represents a Star Wars fan boy since he`s obsessed with Vader. The pasting of this movie is quick and easy to follow as a standalone movie. I never felt bored watching a movie like this in a while. The mixture of practical effects and visuals was well balance, something that the prequels have failed to capture. The lightsaber dual was fun and realistic to watch. Its not as good as the dual in Revenge of the Sith, but still great. If I had to say what my favorite moment from this film, its probably the ending. I don`t want to spoil it, but it was well shot and dramatic. If I were to ranked The Force Awakens, it would be my third favorite Star Wars film right beside A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a return to one of the most iconic movie franchise that actually work well as a Star Wars movie and a movie in general. I highly recommend anyone to go see this movie. It will take them back to a Galaxy Far Far Away. I give this film a 10/10.

Creed (2015)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Rocky is one of the greatest sports movie put on the big screen. Not only was it one of the highest grossing films of 1976, but it also won an Oscar for Best Picture. So how could this successful Boxing film surpass the original. While Rocky II and III were decent sequels, Rocky IV was a but cheesy and V ruined the entire franchise over the next fifteen year until the release of Rocky Balboa. The film was good, but not as good as the first Rocky. People thought that the sixth film would end the Rocky franchise, but they were wrong. I first heard of Creed from an article I was reading on Facebook and casting Michael B. Jordan as Apollo Creed son was a fantastic idea, with Sylvester Stallone returning as the Italian Stallion. My little brother and I were anticipated about this film getting release. Then the film came and I decided to see it over the final Hunger Games movie, which I will sometime soon. After watching Creed, my thoughts changed about this film. Not only is this the greatest spin-off/ sequel, but one of my favorite films of 2015. Creed learns how to be its own movie without confusing the audience of seeing the previous films. The movie learns how to execute the typical underdog story that the audience have seen from the first Rocky. I actually cared about these characters of the struggles that they were going through. Michael B. Jordan plays as the son of Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson, who wants to be a professional Boxer like his father, but doesn`t want to be known as the son of Apollo Creed. Johnson goes to Sylvester Stallone character Rocky for training and advise about going into the Boxing Ring. The relationship between these two character is incredible to follow. I actually felt emotion toward these two character together on the same screen. It`s a old vs new which is well balance out. For example, there`s a scene where Rocky makes a training list on a piece of paper and gives it to Adonis, but Adonis takes a picture of the list on his phone and goes off to train, making Rocky confuse on how much has change over the past forty years. This is both a spectacular and comedic scene in the movie. There is also a love interest for Adonis in this movie name Bianca, played by Tessa Thompson, who is a musician who is about to become deaf. This is a perfect love interest for this movie because she has character instead of the typical love interest who motivates the character through the struggle of the plot. The cinematography is glorious. There are moments when the film uses one shot for an entire scene. An example could be Adonis first fight when the camera was moving around the entire without switching to the next clip, similar to the cinematography in Birdman. The film was incredibly well shot in Philadelphia. It makes the audience feel like they are in the same urban environment with a mix of some ghetto environments since this is directed by Ryan Coogler, who previously directed Fruitvale Station, which had the same gritty environment as Creed. I adore the music score done in this film since its a mix of the original Rocky music with some background beats from the hip-hop genre. Its well compose and well executed that I`m actually of listening to it over and over again. I have no flaws with this film because everything from Creed is perfectly done that its actually a bit better than Rocky. The fighting is gory and glorious to watch, that it actually gave me an adrenaline rush every time there is a boxing scene. Creed is a strong movie to stand on its own and thats how most sequels and spinoff should be about. I hope this movie gets an Oscar nomination cause this is a perfect movie that deserves one.