Sunday, May 27, 2018

Justice League 2017 5 out of 10 (DC Disappoints again)

 Justice League 2017  5 out of 10

After the absolute disaster that was Batman vs Superman my hopes for a good Justice League  seemed slim.    Then the Wonder Woman movie arrived which was actually pretty good.   Then Zach Synder --(who in my book has been an extremely hit or miss director)   was replaced for family reasons and the reigns were handed to Joss Whedon (one of my favorite creative people) and my hopes got higher.  Still the trailer didn't really excite me in the way it should have, being someone that grew up watching the Super Friends.   I was much more aware of Woder Woman,  Batman, Superman and Aquaman then I ever was with the Marvel characters.    I skipped this movie in the theaters -- knowing I would rent it somewhere down the line.  After Batman Vs Superman and Suicide Squad DC hadn't earned a trip to the theaters.      For this "Review" I decided I'd mix things up and just re post my Facebook posts while watching the film.   Change it up a little.  Here were my thoughts while watching the film.

So I was let down again by DC.   This should have been an incredible movie if they had done it right.   Aside from some of the dialogue with the Flash and Aquaman I didn't notice Joss Whedon's influence on the film.  He did the first Avengers after all which was classic.   The sad thing is if DC had done things right the DC Universe should and could be as good as the Marvel Universe.  The characters to me were a lot more recognizable.  Yet somehow they found a way to screw it up.

Here were my thoughts on The Avengers: Infinity War over on my Disney Blog.    A much more satisfying superhero film.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Logan (An unpopular opinion) 2017 4 out of 10

Logan 2017 4 out of 10

I'm glad I didn't see this one in the theaters.  I know for some comic book fans this was the Wolverine movie they wanted to see.  Not being a comic book fan  I found myself completely bored by this film.  Logan takes place in the year 2029 in a future where the mutants or X-Men are pretty much a thing of the past.   So pretty much a Wolverine that doesn't heal as fast anymore and Professor X who is an ailing old man are left.  Basically, all the other characters you may have cared about are gone.   It kind of makes you feel like you wasted a lot of time caring about those other characters.

Wolverine is a drunk old chauffeur who ends up with the task of driving a young mutant to some place where she will be safe while being pursued by some shady military types.   The first 30 minutes of the movie nothing happens.  I was already losing interest at this point.  Then finally we get a good action-packed chase scene away from where they were hiding.  I thought okay maybe this movie was just off to a slow start, unfortunately I was wrong. 

 The film was  needlessly ultra -violent and filled with curse words flying left and right.   I have no problem with cussing-- but when it is coming from characters you have seen in six other movies in which they never cursed it feels out of place and strange.  The violence was that out of a Friday the 13th Slasher flick 

The movie just becomes a fugitive chase film scene of Professor X needing help in a gas station restroom and then the characters making a stupid decision to spend the night at the farm of a family that helped them.   They needlessly put this family at risk (and the whole family gets killed along with Professor X).  Wolverine battles a clone of himself called X-24 ---(I thought Sabretooth was back).     Then we get some more boring traveling stuff.     

Wolverine who spends most of the movie being a grumpy old man (Get off my lawn) of course ends up sacrificing himself at the end for the future mutants.   At the point he sacrificed himself I didn’t really care.  I had already checked out mentally and checked my watch at least 6 times to see how much longer the film was at that point.   In my opinion this was a disappointing way to end these characters.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Greatest Showman 2017 7 out of 10

The Greatest Showman  2017  7 out of 10

Quick thoughts on The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman was kind of a mixed bag for me.  The songs and musical numbers were terrific.  When the singing and dancing was happening the film was mesmerizing.  The choreography was great. The story itself was just average at best.   The story is based on the life of Pt Barnum.  It is ironic that the year this film came out saw the end of the Circus which still carried his name.  The story felt uneven.  It seems like it covers many years of his life –but his kids remain the same age, so the film feels like it takes place over months instead of years.  The film made me want to see the true story of his life (perhaps in a documentary or something).   While this fantasy version of his life was entertaining as musical numbers it just seemed like the true story of his life would be more interesting.     Zac Effron’s character and storyline seemed irrelevant to the main story and felt almost like it was added into the story as filler.  I guess the story just seemed to simple.   He goes from struggling to sell tickets to his exhibit to buying the mansion of his dreams in what seems like a heartbeat.    I also noticed that the quote from P.T. Barnum was some uplifting quote, when the quote he is most famous for is " There is a sucker born every minute."

In my opinion it if definitely worth a watch if you like musicals.
Just enjoy the music and numbers and ignore the lackluster plot.

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