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Expectations for this film were low. I'm personally over the whole mindless action without story films. And when i was talked into watching this under the promise i didn't need to see the first one because it was just a guy getting revenge for the death of his dog, my fears were heightened. But honestly this film, whilst not Shakespeare in terms of story telling, has some very interesting details, consequences and a simple but compelling lore. The action is great as well with some stand out moments which are often violent but not necessarily reliant on violence. Its by no means a perfect film but it was surprising, fun and compelling.
The end of an era. Endgame had to be big, and that's exactly what it did. For the biggest comic book universe on the big screen, many of the films in the MCU have thus far hidden from some of the more comic booky traits such as time travel and multiverses. But Endgame delivers as possibly the most comic booky films to date. Unlike the overstuffed Infinity War, this film focuses on fewer characters and as a result each has a chance to shine and to do something meaningful, at least until the huge fight at the end. But perhaps most important, it focuses on the original Avengers and gives them a chance to play hero and in some cases, say goodbye. The visual effects have been better than some of the previous marvel movies and the action, whilst not necessarily better has been consistent with past ventures. The biggest shock is the emotion it evokes. As a moviegoer who doesn't generally get worked up during films, there are a couple of moments where there was a tear in my eye. It is bold and that boldness creates suspense and emotion. A fitting end to phase 3 and the Infinity Saga... At least it would have been if Spider-man Far from Home wasn't the official end.
The Predator is a fun enough film with 80's inspired humour and gore which throws you back to the original Predator film, however it is lacking in story and interesting characters. It also feels like a huge departure from the original as the predators now seem to be less interested in the hunt and more interested in science and genetics. This could have been a nice addition to the overall lore of the race but for this film it seems to diminish the hunter aspects which define the creatures and makes them scary. The final scenes also suffer from the current movie trope of teasing future entries to the franchise rather than trying to focus on making a rounded off film with a start and end.