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This has to go on the list of the Best Action Movies of All Time.
This is the first JOHN WICK I've seen in theaters, and boy was that a fun experience. The audience loved it - whooping for every cool kill, gasping at every horrible detail, and laughing at Wick's ridiculously simple dialogue.
While I give it a lot of credit for not suffering from 3rd-film-fatigue, it does nothing to elevate the franchise to another level. I give all 3 films the exact same score. But that said - if John Wick 4 is as good as the first 3, I am IN.
NOTE: I strongly suggest watching the first two films before enjoying this one.
I went in fearing the worst, so was pleased to find that this wasn't an absolute trainwreck.
Chris Hemsworth gets to have all the fun with his cocky "Agent H", while Tessa Thompson is forced to play the "straight man" throughout. Kumail Nanjiani's "Pawny" is really what makes this watchable.
The supporting cast is largely stale, and I can guarantee you that anyone over the age of 6 can guess who the mole is in MIB. While it does nothing to elevate the genre or give me any interest in seeing a sequel, it felt very much like an early-2000's action comedy and very much felt like it took place in the MIB world. So for those craving MIB nostalgia, this is good enough.
I read somewhere that this could very well be our generation's "When Harry Met Sally" and I really think there's a lot of truth in that. Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid are extremely likable, both individually and as a couple. The movie makes sure to put the "com" in "romcom" and is both hilarious and also heartfelt. Extremely well-done. I'm already looking forward to rewatching this again. A+
This film is worth watching for the remarkable production design alone. It is not an easy feat to make a film where half of the action takes place underwater, but here Aquaman excels. Gorgeous visuals, incredible underwater battle sequences, and well-choreographed fights make this film impossible to look away from.
That said, the plot is fairly basic. Reluctant hero, doomed mentor, unexpected love interest, bad guy who wants to take over the world, etc. Aquaman is surprisingly likable, much different from his closed-off Justice League persona, but he's not particularly clever. He kind of just goes with the flow, punching bad guys as he goes. There are various attempts at injecting humor into the script, but its not very smart - especially compared with the witty comic brilliance of the recent Deadpool, Guardians and Ant-Man films.
One aspect of the film that was done surprisingly well was Black Manta's origin story. Not that he has much competition, but he's the best DCEU villain we've met thus far.
This wasnâ(TM)t boring, but felt more like the pilot of a new CW show than an epic monster movie. Throughout the film, it almost feels like Tom Cruise is anxious for the movie to end.