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I don't know very much about the character of Venom, but I thought, surely anything would be better than what we got in Spider-Man 3, but I was SO wrong. I wasn't disappointed necessarily because I didn't set any expectations for myself before going into this, but extremely underwhelmed, even frustrated is how I felt. I love Tom Hardy, he is a very capable actor who has proven himself to be great in the past, and to be fair, he was pretty good in this movie, but his character was just bad, he was unrealistic and kind of dumb in a silly cartoonish kind of way, I felt nothing for him, but I really wanted to. Venom is heavily underutilized in a movie that shares his name, he didn't mesh with Hardy very well, and I can hardly even see him because he is almost exclusively shown at night, he really doesn't have anything to do with the plot other than the fact that there is an evil version of him that's trying to destroy the world, we needed more backstory and a personality added to him, he is so lifeless and non-present. Riz Ahmed was pretty bad as the "villain", he was so cliche and boring, and he doesn't even fit the bad guy persona, he doesn't change anything about himself for this role, he was really sloppy in this film, the extremely lackluster antagonist is one of the main faults of this film. Jenny Slate was a scientist who I didn't care about either, her character didn't do anything in this movie. Michelle Williams is also a proven actress who has plenty of talent, but she is so subdued and nonchalant about everything, it's like she didn't want to be their or care at all, the romance of this film was not good, but not terrible. The script is almost as bad as the Amazing Spider-Man films, and those are awful movies, they give us as little Venom as possible, but they won't build up or deepen the characters that we are stuck with throughout this whole movie. Ruben Fleischer is such a novice director, he has only directed a handful of movies, and they are all raunchy rated-R comedies, his direction is very bad, he was clearly not the right person for this movie. They should have just stuck with its rated-R version so that way it would at least be entertaining on the gore and profanity side that most
casual people look for, the reshoots and outtakes are very evident, they jumbled this movie around so much to make it PG-13 that it makes this movie a complete mess, not exactly a disaster though. I am reaching for things, at this point, that I liked about this film, but not a whole lot worked for me. Sony put out 2 spider man related movies in 2018, one was how to make a great Spider-Man movie, and the other was how to make a terrible Spider-Man movie, this was the terrible one. This was so disappointing, go see Into the Spider-Verse instead, it's a thousand times better.
This film is adorable and very charming, it will entertain all kids, and it's smart enough for adults to not be bored with it either, I love it so much and think that it is an amazing movie. Paddington is voiced wonderfully by Ben Whishaw and he is so likable and innocent, it is a classic fish out of water movie, but he is never talked down to or feel dumb for not knowing basic things, it is a great example of how we should treat others and it really works as a good message in a family movie. It is highly entertaining to see Paddington get himself into problems that nobody else would, he is so clueless that it is cute, but his heart is always in the right place and he wants to help and love everyone. Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins are both surprisingly brilliant, Hawkins is super sweet and caring, and Bonneville is the dad that is scared that everything is super dangerous and he's overprotective, It is a real treat to see them together and learn to love Paddington. Nicole Kidman was pretty good, she is just an evil person who wants to stuff Paddington, but we actually see her evil plan being brought to fruition, and she has a clear motivation which makes sense so that is enough for me to warrant her as a good villain. I always love seeing Peter Capaldi in movies, he is an underrated actor. This has a great emphasis on sticking together as a family and it is very heartwarming, It is the perfect message for families who view this movie. This movie, unfortunately, drags during several scenes on repeat viewings, but I still love this movie to bits for whats it is and think that it is an amazing family film that everyone will love.
This film was made for the Pokemon superfans, it isn't a great movie, but fans will just love that there even is a Pokemon movie. Ryan Reynolds holds this movie together with his brilliant comedy, he is pretty much a family-friendly Deadpool, and for the most part, it works. Justice Smith was pretty good, he has an adequately fleshed out character with just enough knowledge about him made known to care about him. Bill Nighy is good in almost everything that he does, I really like him. None of the side characters are interesting, but the main characters are just good enough to not care about anyone else. Though this movie had more potential in-store, it is watchable for the casual moviegoer, it is nothing special or exciting, but Rob Letterman makes this feel kind of like his Goosebumps film, the comedy mostly works, and the acting wasn't terrible, I thought that this film was very average.
This is one of the best-made MCU films, it took 4 characters who all had introductory movies before, and 2 relatively unknown characters and put them all together in this epic team-up action movie, and Joss Whedon executed this to perfection. I am seriously surprised by how good this movie ended up being, it is funny, the action is amazing, the characters get great development and the script was perfect. This 6 superstar Hollywood actors work so well together and play off of each other as best as they possibly could have, the chemistry is real and you can feel that through the magnificent performances. Mark Ruffalo was amazing as the Hulk and he brought the quiet and shy supergenius persona that compliments the Hulk, he was a very good casting for this film. Robert Downey Jr. is just as good as ever, you really feel the struggle within him starting to pull the team apart and he feels like something should be done and he takes charge of re-uniting the superheroes, I was very pleased with his character in this movie. Chris Evans is very quiet until the third act when he organizes the team and kicks some butt with them, he is so very good in the serious roles that he takes and I loved him in this film as well. Jeremy Renner was underutilized way too much, he is mind-controlled for the first two acts and he does'nt get to do much until the epic final battle, but he gave a decent performance and his relationship with Black Widow was very intriguing, I think that they have a great history that is worth exploring. Speaking of which, Scarlett Johansson really made had her breakout role in this film, she is perfect as Black Widow and is a very strong female role model, I enjoyed her contributions to this film even if though both Hawkeye and she were both not used as much as they could have been. Chris Hemsworth is a very good actor and he never gets enough credit for what he does, but starting with this film, his character starts to get really uninteresting and unbearably dull, his character does things that really don't matter, and they're boring to watch, but this film was only the start of his downfall, he is still pretty good. Samuel L. Jackson was surprisingly very good, his character actually did things that he just talked about before, it was great to see how respected and talented he really is, and Nick Fury has many layers that are discovered quite a bit, I loved his character development in this film. Tom Hiddleston is incredible, he is truly evil and wants to see the world burn, you get to see him setting up and executing his evil plan and you get to see how mad and delusional he really is, but he also can toy with peoples emotions like nobody business which was really investing to watch. Agent Coulsen is a great character and his sacrifice was exactly what the Avengers need as motivation to fight, it was perfect and Clark Gregg was very good. I loved seeing Stellan Skarsgard back from Thor, he is a great actor who I would like to see again in the MCU. All of the action is amazing to watch and it is all very entertaining, I loved seeing Thor and Hulk kick ass together, almost a premonition of their relationship in Ragnarok. This movie never drags, it is constantly throwing new problems at you and it is fun to watch these superheroes learn to work together and save the day, the script was excellent really gave every character depth, I sincerely love what this film did for these characters and how this battle of New York would be a crucial building block for all of these characters futures. I love this film and watch it a lot, it doesn't get boring and the script and character development were close to flawless, this is truly the peak of team-up movies and makes me excited about the future of the MCU.
This is my go-to Christmas comedy during the holidays, it is such a funny and entertaining movie with Will Ferrel giving one of his best performances, he was made to be an elf, everything that he does is instantly iconic and hilarious. Jon Favreau managed to inject this film with emotional moments as well, he is such a gifted director who executes everything to near perfection. James Caan was also very good in this movie, is the complete opposite of Buddy the elf and seeing him believe in the magic of Christmas slowly throughout the course of this film is very well done, he has an arc that makes sense and has a satisfying conclusion. Zooey Deschanel is fine here, I think that she is a very dull and boring actress, but she does have an amazing singing voice. This film is perfect for families to enjoy during the holiday season, it is lacking a bit in the plot department, but it is more than made up for with Will Ferrels boisterously heartfelt performance.