Finally managed to get through this after a couple of tries. On the up side, 3rd Rock does a great job at being emo. The mood is subdued, and they clearly keep the tone realistic. I think the movie does a great job portraying the ups and downs of young love, along with all the confusion and point of view bias. If I was young, dumb, and suffered a recent break up, this would be just the movie. OTOH, now that I am older, it seems like so much sentimental schlock. But I don't think this movie was made for me. Also, a rare miss for Hitgirl.
TG Maverick is WAY better than the original. There is a combination of action, nostalgia, bravado and that feel good heart of gold mentorship story you've seen in every great sports film. Along the way, the visuals are stunning - it is obvious the CGI is not dominant here. Cruise shows why he is still a movie star even when pushing 60. The rest of the cast, especially Teller, are also well done, with lots of 'likeable asshole' type characters (like Cruise himself).
If I had to criticize this film, the plot is really dumb, just like the first film, and the ending, while not bad, weakened after people started bailing out. This movie makes you think any plane crash can be bailed out from.
Top Gun is pretty standard 80s rah rah kill commies with a young Tom Cruise. Some of the cinematography dusk/dawn shots are pretty cool, and Cruise and Edwards do a pretty good job. The plot is weak, with the whole faceless commie aerial combat thing coming off as incredibly cheesy. Love story - cheesy. Secondary cast cheesy. If you like F14s though, this is your movie.
Benebatch Cumberbuns is always fun to watch, and I don't think he really disappoints here. Rami's insertion of Evil Dead type stuff comes off ok, and got some of the few laughs this movie got from me. CGI is great as always in Marvel, and Wong as the Sorcerer Supreme did an ok job (except the part where he betrayed everyone and gave Wanda the evil spell castle). Plot and pacing is ok.
Most of the rest of the movie disappointed though. It was overly jammed with subplots. Some is fine but it just got ridiculous. Strange all of a sudden loves <insert love interest here> Rachel McAdams? After he ditched her for his career? Huh? Wanda turns evil because she misses her non-existent kids? Apparently she didn't learn anything from Wandavision. What did the mystical good book do exactly? That seemed pointless. And sigh... America Chavez. Yeah, that sucked as bad as it sounds. I won't belabor the point other than to say - she punches star-shaped holes in the Universe. Yeah. Remember in the 'Lego Movie' where the baby sister has the oversized lego my little pony unicorn? Yeah. One bright spot (spoiler) - Wanda takes out Captain Marvel.
Better than I thought it would be. I wanted to dislike this movie on account of it reminded me of that awful Crash flick, and Skarsgard, while a really good actor, picks completely shitty projects. At first, I thought here we go again, but the film grew on me and pulled me in. Even characters I thought were objectionable I grew to empathize with, and the scene where the nudie pics were released online was just heartbreaking. Yeah, it is a little too coincidental; overly melodramatic; they probably tried to frenetically jam too much in at once, and the ending won't be satisfactory to all watchers. But I think the final result was a win.