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Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
Best live-action Spider-man movie, and best stand-alone MCU movie so far
Oh... My... God. This movie is a road trip to Europe, to the mind of Peter Parker and to the amazing world of Spider-Man. While having older values, like the villain's motives, it has fresh new amazing ideas stored for Peter. He has to deal with so many things in this movie, while this one being shorter than Homecoming. He has to deal with his love for MJ, the loss of his mentor Tony Stark, he has to protect his friends, his identity, deal with the villain who is totally out of his mind, and even has a weird situation with his Aunt May, and her new partner (even tho that's just a joke storyline). And that's what always made Peter's character so loveable for many, because he has to deal with everything in the same time.
Characters: Peter's character and Tom Hollnad's overall performance was the best in this movie, and he finally had so much more stakes on hand, than in the previous movie. MJ was more likeable and understandable and she and Peter's storyline worked together perfectly with one of the main themes of the movie, lies. Peter's classmates and teachers were so goddamn hilarious, I had no laughs left after some huge laughs because I didn't left enough energy anymore :D They got a bit more character 'development'? At least we get to know them more. I love Jake Gyllenhaal, so thanks Marvel. He as Quentin Beck is brilliant. The Volture portrayed by Michael Keaton in Homecoming still gets the slight edge for a better, and more original motivation, but Beck is great too, and the performance is just as good. Love both of them.
Visuals: This movie looks like the 2018 video game's and the comics' love child, especially with those jaw dropping Mysterio scenes, the one on the construction site is one of the best sequences in the MCU, with ease. The fights were all Spidey like, fast paced and total mayhem at the end, but still very clear-cut. You just can follow it easily while being amazed by it.
Sound: Made by Michael Giacchino who made the soundtrack for The Incredibles movies, which have really cool beats, and this movie has the better MCU soundtracks too. While the effects great as always.
Verdict: Far From Home is the most comic booky Marvel movie, and has similar elements to the PS4 game, and I just love it. Best stand alone movie, while being a weirdly shorter sequel, and has much more going on. Incredibly funny, and still has great drama. Interesting character work. And just an epic, wholesome movie with lots of surprises, even if it has some predictable plot twists or jokes, it still manages to make those enjoyable. Other Marvel movies mostly become worse when I think about them, but this one just keeps getting better. Works on every level, and gets me excited to Spidey's new adventure. Don't miss the mid and post credits scenes, post is good, the mid is the best in the MCU.
Amazing, fluid, epic animation all the way through. Great moments for the characters involved.
Still bad sound effects and the skipped tree scene from the manga, changed to a cringe anime scream from best boi Garou made this only a 9, but this is a well-earned 9.
I'm happy to see that they tried their best at the last 3 episodes.
I Am Mother (2019)
Interesting story, but boring to watch
I was interested in this movie, because of the title and premise, and while the story made sense and the twist was really planned out and great, I just bored through it. I almost fell asleep because the visuals fell flat, not because they were bad CG or something, just uninteresting generic sci-fi stuff, with not much exicitement to give. The protagonist and the robot were good, but I was frustrated by Hillary Swank's character and her female Josh Brolin looking face. The music was also boring and unmomorable, sadly. More like a 7, but the twist deserves a weak 8 from me. Not sure if I can rewatch it again by myself, if not to show somebody. But if I want to watch some great sci-fi from this decade then I watch Ex Machina before this, any day. Still can recommend.
The Babysitter (2017)
The most all out fun movie I've seen in a while
A romantic slasher horror comedy packed with lots of nerdy references to make my heart warmer that also helps to show the two main characters relationship that develops really interestingly throughout the story and how it culminates is just awesome. It's also a growing up, becoming a man story mixed with Breaking Bad.
The movie is wholesome, has a lot of crazy good, funny dialogues, and characters.
The actors are all play their parts perfectly for their roles. And while most of them just there to be killed their moments are great and memorable thanks to the weirdness of the story. Especially Judah Lewis and Samara Weaving. Their just swimming in their roles. I just want Samara in every movie that has this level of craziness. Or any movie, you know... she's not an eyesore... to say the least.
The direction is new, unique and just fun. This movie is just so much fun! And it shows from the very first minutes.
The music helps every scene, and has some classics that make the retro feel even stronger.
The kills gave me some Final Destination vibes even tho here not the death itself killed, they had similar feel of absurdity.
It quickly became a favorite of mine.
Hands down best Netflix movie so far, and the most underrated. Make you some good 85 minutes and watch it! If it ever gets a sequel, I will be the first to watch it.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The Very Pinnacle of Comic Book Cinema
This movie is 3 hours of fanservice, but it all comes from the best place possible: from the love of this franchise, it's characters and to reward the fans such as myself. So I can't rate it like I wasn't a fan. Sorry.
Visually it's always the best you can imagine. The final fight is jaw-dropping, with some really "must use as wallpaper material" shots like Cap standing against Thanos and his army and such. The cinematography is stunning and more stylish than ever. Like the blurred image of Thor leaving Thanos' farm house with that beautiful music at the end of the first chapter of the film. The IMAX 3D really comlimented the visuals here and there, but it's not needed. The music is most likely the best from all Avengers movies here, even if it's not memorable like it's always tend to be, it really helps the tone. People tend to say this is not acting what these people do in the Avengers movies but try to talk with green screen or while your colleague has some weird bubbles on him/herself and make it believeable for the audience. Don't underestimate these movies people like Thanos did with the Avengers. The characters are all at their best here, at least who are in the meat of the movie. And all the bring back characters has their very little, but effective moments. The tragic moments will shock you, the funny moments will make you laugh your ass off, and all the in-between moments will entertain you. A lot of encounters and re-connetions happen in this film and all of them varies to heartwarming to wholesome to touching. Tony's daughter's line that Tony gives her back at the end is wholesomely touching. There are no dull or unwanted scenes I could think of. Even if you disagree with some choices the directors made they still great ideas, and show a new side of the characters. There are so many callbacks to scenes or lines that will make you smile, warm your heart or even cry that I couldn't count. The story is more interesting than Infinity War and never sits down for a moment, but gives some breathing moments for you to buckle up for the next big one. The twists and turns are mostly unpredictable, even if you thought who will die, they die in a surprising way.
And with the previous statement we came to the really spoilery part of the review:
HUGE SPOILERS: The 4 best parts of the movie were for me all about to give the best farewells to Cap and Tony. 1. Cap uses Mjölnir in maybe the best coreographed and most heavy fight with Thanos is just a scene were you can't do anything else just cheer and be happy to live in this age. 2. Tony dies with the most memorable fashion, saying "I am Iron Man" to Thanos after we've seen the most satisfying scene ever: Thanos tries to snap but nothing happens, becasue Tony has the gauntlet he made with all the stones. And Pepper telling Tony at his final moments that everyone is safe and he can rest now made me genuinely cry the first time sitting in a movie theater. 3. Tony's funeral on the river where his house stands, with all his friends watching and the audience reading the text stating that there's the proof Tony Stark had a heart with his iconic chest plate is made me cry even more. 4. Cap finally goes back to Peggy to compliance his promise and dance with her is the perfect ending scene to his arc, and to this Golden Age of Marvel Cinema. SPOILERS END!
The only negative is that you didn't had to watch Captain Marvel for this movie, but that's not the movie's fault, but the false advertisement's. She doesn't contributes much, really dull and uninteresting but at least has really few screen time. And she does her job, being powerful and not stealing the show from the older characters who deserve the spotlights. Her hair is ultra lame tho, even if it was a reference to her late mentor. I could've be picky and say some characters could live if they used the stones and qauntum realm, butt that would've just destroy their character arcs in an instant. It works in movies like Deadpool where there are no rules, but not here. And for some of the characters really needed to die, and fulfill their purpose in the grand story.
I could just go on and on what I loved about this movie, but that would be just boring and you will watch this movie even if you don't read a random 22 year old guy's review on the internet. So there are my closing thoughts on the movie and the Avengers franchsie in general.
The Avengers in 2012 showed us something new and never done before, Age of Ultron with it's problems was a likeable and entertaining movie that had some great groundwork for later movies, Infinity War made the impossible come true, and Endgame complimented the fans of the series the best way possible that everyone will remember as the next decades come. Thank you Russo Brothers, the Avengers cast, everyone worked on these movies (even the weaker ones) and especially for Stan Lee to made my childhood dream possible... f.u.c.k. I'm crying even while writing this review. So it's time to END it here. Thanks for reading.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
THE SAME MOVIE
I can get over the occasionally bad CGI, the action scenes where characters throws stuff to each other or throws each other against some stuff, or the music that I can't remember, or the one dimensional villain (I don't have problem with Oscar Isaac's acting, but the writing), or the four horseman who are also one dimensional and join to Apocalypse because they got cool power boosts and stuff, but I can't get over the fact that this movie is the same like the previous 5 main X-Men movies just worst (except Last Stand)! Professor X and Magneto are friends but they're on the opposite sides, but then they're join forces again to beat the big bad guy. There's the emotional struggles, but they're not hit as much as in the previous two movies. I'm not so much the fan of the Wolverine scene, the Jean Grey stuff at the end was good, but it only hit when you find out he's in the movie, but then the next scenes just doesn't deliver. The things that saves this film for me, is the few callbacks, the acting of the young X-Men, and the Quicksilver running scene. That is crazy, and should have been in a movie that deserves it. The funniest thing is when the young X-Men watched Return of the Jedi and they acknowledge that always the third movie is the worst.
So it questions: They're made it the worst of the trilogy intentionally? But then my question is: Why? It could have been the best X-Men movie! First Class is my favorite because it's first class in the presentation of what it wants to tell. But I don't get mad if they make a better movie!
I still love the characters, just please challenge them more next time! And let Matthew Vaughn direct another X-Men movie!
(I've watched it when it's premiered in my country. But for some reason it was in my mind in the last few days. So this is why I wrote this after two years :D)