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The best summary I can give for this movie is: Fun but Vapid. An epic spectacle with absolutely no take away for daily your life or plot to actually care about.
If you're not a big Goji fan, then chances are you missed all of the best references or weren't thinking to critically about the plot of this film. It tries to insert some sort of religious message through its undertones that personally offends, but likely means nothing to others, so let's not count that in this review. It harkens back to the Showa Era of Gojira films, but is too restrained in my opinion and doesn't show enough of the monsters effecting man-made structures and environments as they should. It's certainly an improvement over the last film and like I said it's fun, but the story is somehow just barely less ridiculous than what came out in the 70's (Show Era). I love the redesigns and call backs to previous films. Visuals and sound design are fantastic, until you compare them with Shin Godzilla and then a clear disparity emerges. The dagon descendant called godzilla in the legendary films is not the Gojira of the past. The tone has been changed dramatically, yet again to that of Gamera, as if Americans can't handle the idea that Gojira has always been nuclear war personified. The monsters used to be warnings to protect the environment and not seek after military dominance, there was never an illogical attempt made to say that kaiju were good for the environment and with the release of the series Chernobyl I feel as if this critical plot point just seems even more absurd (even within its own context) than ever. The family that the plot is centered around is so dysfunctional that they literally cause destruction on a worldwide scale. All in all this movie is fun to watch, especially if you can get excited by all the references to older films, but don't try to read too much into the plot because this is not the well known terror and might of a serious Gojira, it's a vapid 300 ft tall pro wrestling security guard with atomic breath and a beef with a three-headed illegal immigrant of greater stature.
Just play the video game Space Marine if you want a good inroduction to the Ultra Marines, and watch the fan films if you want any quality and faithfulness to the source material. The only real positive here is that bolter rounds are depicted faithfully and you can tell what it is you're looking at in regards to the Space Marines themselves. Although Chaplains can't do what the one in this film does, I would believe if one screaming "BURN HERETICS!!!" was enough to make any enemy of mankind void all of their internal organs out through their bowels. Read and Aaron Dembski Bowden novel or watch the Hellsreach fan film if you want something truly Warhammer 40,000.
Certainly seems to break away from the repetitive nature of marvel style hero movies by featuring a protagonist with a full character arc, and one that draws out deep emotion at that. While I'm disgusted by the imposed sadistic comedy of genital trauma in this film and find some faults with Billy being the chosen one to defeat the 7 deadly sins even though he very clearly gives into a few of them and doesn't really address his internal triumph over most most of them, this movie most certainly is a fun ride and perfect for a family with young teens to watch. I love how these dc movies have made a return to the moral hero's who refuse to kill, it's a moral boundary that's been completely absent in the marvel movies. Shazam is the best Captain Marvel in cinema right now.
Flawless adaption that actually gives more insight than the original ova. The protagonist has an infectious bleeding heart, but still has personality flaws that make her all the more human. There are some issues with pacing here and there, and logic is completely ignored in two scenes, one setting up a moral dilemma that the protagonist seems to eager to just ignore. The action is amazing, the world built is one worth exploring, and Alita is the type of strong female character who doesn't need to sacrifice classic femininity to come off as an action heroine. This film is not meant for those unfamiliar with anime or manga, but is not unapproachable by those just wanting to get their feet wet. The anime inspired doll-like design choices at first seemed off-putting to me, but are genius when considering the artificial nature of this main character. I wish more time could have been given to developing the Doctor to foster more emotion towards him, but the film is named Alita after all.
One of my all time favorite films. It is graphic, but it's also based on a true story of one of GOD'S chosen and redeemed children going on to serve as he is where GOD needs him to. This movie inspired me to watch some of Sam Childer's sermons, and I have to say the few I have seen are amazing. This is one I must keep in my physical collection, though it most certainly is not for children. I would liken it to in terms of graphic content to Tears of the Sun, but this is what real life can look like. Looking into the Lost Boys, and the attrocities committed at the hands of the L.r.a. in Sudan will make your blood boil and thank THE LORD for men like Sam Childers.