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At The Movies: Thor: Ragnarok

I wasn’t able to see it opening weekend, but I finally saw Thor: Ragnarok. From the moment we got the first trailer, I was excited to see the film. Here are my thoughts on the film. Warning: spoilers ahead!

Humor

When word was released that the next Thor film was going to deal with Ragnarök, I expected dark and angsty. This movie was a lot of fun. There were plenty of funny moments from the main cast and even minor characters like Topaz, the Grandmaster’s assistant played by Rachel House. Korg, who was voiced by director Taika Waititi, made me laugh every time he came on screen. I loved that character. I’m still quoting some of his lines to family and friends and laughing about it.

While the humor was great, I did feel like it took away from other parts of the story. For example, Odin’s death. The brothers don’t have time to mourn because they immediately had to deal with Hela and then ending up on Sakaar where Valkyrie is drunk and flopping off of ramps.

We’ve seen Thor deal with loss, but never quite like this. His father, his beloved hammer, and his homeworld in one film. I would have liked to see a bit more of an emotional performance from Hemsworth. We got the small moment of the cliff, his moment of disappointment while looking for a weapon on Sakaar, and then the scene where he kicks things in frustration like a teenager.

Visuals

As usual for most Marvel films, the visuals for Thor: Ragnarok were spectacular. Ever since the first film, I’ve been awe at the scenes where they use the Bifrost and portals to travel. Hela’s transformations were seamless. Visually, one of my favorite scenes was the flashback of the Valkyrie battling Hela.

Another one of my favorite visual moments is the return to Asgard from Sakaar. Overall, it was a nice movie for the eyes.

The Villain

Over the years, Marvel Studios has gotten critiques that the film adaptions of well-known villains haven’t been that great. I think Hela was a better villain than others in the MCU. Beyond the writing, Cate Blanchett’s performance brought strength to the character. She knew what she wanted and had qualms about killing anyone to get there. Her motivations and backstory are believable.

I have a preference for hints in earlier content about things to come in storytelling, i.e. a secret sibling. But when you have different teams writing each film and some altered storyline for characters, it’s almost impossible for any one writer and director to guess what the next team will bring in and what Marvel will approve.

Now, I’m left wondering about the relationship between the departed Frigga and her eldest child. Was she in support of her imprisonment? How did Hela react to news of Frigga’s death? Questions that may be irrelevant to the plot of Thor: Ragnarok, but questions I have none the less.

Favorite Parts of Film

1. Valkyrie

I loved her character. Flawed and dealing with the loss of the other valkyrie and the disappointment of the royal family’s drama, we see this woman once bond by duty coping in the way she knows best. Tessa Thompson’s performance was great. Question: How’d her hair go from half up and braided to flowing. Does her armor style her hair too?

2. Korg

Like I mentioned earlier in the review, Korg kept me laughing. He was a funny and interesting device to provide some backstory when telling Thor about the Grandmaster’s fight dome. His inclusion later in the story wasn’t expected but made sense. I thought he was just going to be a funny throwaway character, but he actually got to do things.

3. Thor Getting His Full Powers

Watching Thor use his lightning was cool and fulfilling. I was expecting him to somehow reforge Mjolnir, but maybe that’s to come later even though we don’t know where the pieces are. I think him freezing in combat to have visions of Odin probably didn’t make sense strategically, but they were interesting.

Honorable mention to the great Heimdall played by this handsome and talented Idris Elba. I wasn’t feeling the dreads, but I was definitely here for his storyline. When the film started with Skurge at the Bifrost, I was like “That isn’t Heimdall!” but I was pleased to find him doing his own thing and being heroic.

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At the Movies: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review

Happy Monday, folks!

I was able to get to the movies this past weekend and see Marvel Studios’ Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2. The sequel opened with $145 million domestically and climbed to $428 million worldwide. That’s a lot of money. Is it worth seeing though? I say yes. Stick with me for my complete thoughts. There are spoilers from this point on.

GOTG2 focused on the guardians getting into trouble after Rocket steals very expensive batteries from their client, The Sovereigns This, of course, caused discord amongst the team who split for a time with Peter, Drax, and Gamora going with Peter’s father Ego (played by Kurt Russell) to his planet, which Rocket, Groot, and a recently imprisoned Nebula stay with their wrecked ship. It turns out that Peter’s father is a celestial who wants to use his son’s inherited powers to spread his essence and take over the universe. The team reunited and partnered up with Yondu, Nebula, Kraglin, and new character Mantis to take down the celestial and deal with the Sovereign fleet.

What I Liked

Just like the first film and Doctor Strange, the film was nice to look at. The special effects and the set designs, especially Ego’s planet. There were so many colors and things to look at. I really enjoyed all the character development. We got back story on Yondu and learned more about Nebula and Gamora’s childhood. They did a good job of showing how complicated Nebula is and how her relationship with Gamora is the same. Although those moments tried to make me emotional about every five minutes, it was important for us to get to know the characters better. For some, the Guardians felt like strangers compared to the Avengers and its familiar characters like Iron Man and Captain America.

The humor was great. When Yondu, Rocket, and Kraglin jumped to Ego’s planet, I was almost in tears watching their faces warp. Some of my favorite moments were the Mary Poppins joke and Drax’s sensitive nipples. Baby Groot brought a lot of humor to the film as well. His post-film teenage Groot scene was great. For the characters, Mantis was a really good addition to this sequel. The dialogue between she and Drax was fun and introduced the character, who she is, and who she can be well.

The In-Between

The mutiny that happened on Yondu’s ship was needed to pull the character away from the ravagers,  but from what we learned in the first movie the ravagers were kind of like family. For them to turn so violently on not only their leader but their crewmates startled me. I wasn’t sure if I completely believed they would go as far as launching their crewmates into space to die. I never saw them as murders, just thieves.

Ego spent millions of years planting his seed figuratively and literally on a bunch of planets. How is it that none of those planets noticed a foreign plant impacting their ecosystems or giving off some kind of energy. For Earth and the Midgard dimension, the Asgardians and other aliens species like the Kree have visited. Wouldn’t they be able to notice something otherworldly? Am I just thinking too hard about this one? Also, if you want someone on your side you certainly don’t tell them you killed their mother.

There wasn’t anything I disliked about the film that much to go into detail about it. On a side note, I did like the soundtrack from the first film better than I did this second film. The plot was good for the most part and the pacing was okay. There were just characters who got more screen time than they probably should have. For example, Taserface. Great character for a moment and to cause problems, but I was ready for him to go by the time he met his end.

There weren’t any valuable mentions of the infinity stones so it looks like we’ll have to wait until Avengers: Infinity Wars to figure out how the Guardians end up on Earth. Maybe the Sovereign’s creation of Adam Warlock in the post-credit scene will do the trick.

I’m going to give Guardians of the Galaxy a B.

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At The Movies: Power Rangers

Happy Wednesday, folks!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these reviews, but I’m more than happy to write this one. This week, I’ll be reviewing the new Power Rangers film.

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When I was a kid, I loved Power Rangers. I’ll mention that I watched Turbo on VHS so many times that I broke the VCR and the cassette. That should tell you just how excited I was to see this movie and for it to be good. It helped that I saw it in a theater that had reclining seats. Warning: There are spoilers ahead.

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Representation

I loved the diversity in the film. Like the original cast, the new Rangers were pretty much every nationality; African American, Latino, Caucasian, and of Asian descent. I was a little confused at the nationality of Becky G’s Trini though. Her character’s last name is Kwan, but Becky herself is of Mexican decent. The original Trini was played by the late Thuy Trang, a Vietnamese-American actress.

I appreciated the fact that Billy Cranston, played by RJ Cyler, was a focal point of the team and their development even though Jason, played by Dacre Montgomery, was their leader. I’m not sure how accurate the depiction was since I haven’t had a lot of interaction with people on the autism spectrum, but I was pleased with the inclusion, especially for one of the main characters and not a background character.

It was a small moment but there was also the mention of Trini’s sexuality. It was a short exchange between Trini and Zack when the teens were sharing about themselves. While she never directly stated it, it was implied that her family did not approve.  I believe this would make her the first LGBTQ superhero in a major film. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on that.

Humor

There was plenty of humor in this film. Billy and Zack provided plenty of moments that were genuinely funny and not forced. Sure, there were some cheesy moments, but what’s a Power Rangers film without those moments? One of my favorite lines is at the end when Billy needs clarification on whether or not Jason just slapped Rita Repulsa off the planet. The Krispy Kreme bits were funny too. I will admit that I had one yesterday…it came in a Power Rangers themed box too.

Audience

The writers and directors knew their audience. I’m sure parents brought their kids out, but I think this film was definitely meant for the older fans. There was some language that solidified that. People whooped when the line “It’s morphin’ time” was said and reacted even louder when Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson appeared as citizens of Angel Grove near the end of the film. Younger viewers probably have no idea who they were. Those moments were great for long-time fans.

Here are a few things I’m on the fence about.

Rita Repulsa

Elizabeth Banks can transform herself with makeup and her acting skills. Her role as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games series made that clear. The makeup for Rita was amazing and she was totally creepy, but it was hard for me to see Elizabeth Banks as a villain. It might be because I’m a fan of her comedic work in films like Pitch Perfect. At the movies (1).png

It could also be the fact that her costume was so different than the original. I get that they were trying to make it modern but she ended up looking like a sexy villain from an anime. Let’s compare, shall we?

Dean Israelite, the film’s director, mentioned that the story was a coming of age tale and that time for teens included a lot of tension including sexual tension. That’s why they decided to go a little more sexy for their depiction of Rita. She’s scary but also partially the image of a teenage fantasy. Sounds like a bit too much thinking on his part.

The New Ranger Suits

This is probably me just being picky, but I did not like the chest piece of the Ranger’s suit. I’m used to the diamond center, but the new film gave us these glowing galaxy chest pieces. Futuristic looking? Yes. Was I a fan? No? Imagine trying to go stealth with a glowing chest piece.

What I didn’t like

The Haircut Scene

After Kimberly’s friends cut her out of their picture and diss her, she decides to cut her hair with the pair of scissors left jammed into the wall. This moment was so cliche! As if the only way for a girl to turn over a new leaf is to cut her hair. Let’s not even go into how clean and professionally done it ends up looking. Her shift later in the film of wanting to be a better person and feeling guilt for what she did to her former friend would have been enough character development for me. The hair could have stayed.

The Megazord

When the team finally formed the Megazord, I was excited. When the smoke cleared and a Transformer looking figure appeared, I was disappointed. In the previous films and cartoons, the Megazord always maintained the animal heads of the separate Zords. In the film, the Megazord erased the individual parts and turned it into one big Power Ranger with the rangers in small pods across the zord’s chest area. As cool as it looked, it wasn’t to my liking.

Overall, I’m going to give Power Rangers a B. I enjoyed the film as a whole, its humor, and the PowerRangersnew cast, but I wasn’t a fan of Rita’s look, the new suits, or the Megazord. I loved the cameo of some of the original cast and the references to the original films. It deserved better than some of the scores critics are giving it.

Did you see Power Rangers this weekend? What did you think about it? Let’s chat!

 

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At the Movies: Doctor Strange (spoiler free)

Hey guys, I’m back with another review of the latest movie I actually left my house to see. As I mentioned in an earlier post, November is when a lot of movies come out and that means my list of what to see grows. But, as we all know going to the movies cost money and sometimes I have to pick and choose. This weekend, I went to see Marvel’s latest film, Doctor Strange.

The first words that left my mouth when I left the theater was, “Wow.” My mom’s first opinion, “That was wild ride.” Like Ant Man, Doctor Strange is different that any Marvel movie to come before it. As fan of BCC’s Sherlock, I’m not new to Benedict’s acting ability. He played Dr. Stephen Strange amazingly well.

As a POC (person of color), I went in a little hard-hearted by the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, but surprisingly I enjoyed her character. Did I ever think Tilda wasn’t a good actress? No. Are there actresses of Asian descent who could have also gotten the job done. Yes? You can read about director Scott Derrickson’s latest comments on that casting choice in this The Daily Beast interview.

As usual, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong were great. I’m glad they  got as much screen time as they did. In terms of the plot, it was a good origin story but the timeline wasn’t explained in detail. You knew that time had passed but not how much time exactly. This made you feel a little skeptical when the battle scenes came around and Strange showed us his skills.

One of the best things about this film is the special effects. The effects team deserves a standing ovation and whatever kind of special effects awards they can be nominated for. Somethings I would have liked to see is a woman of coat-the-movieslor with a speaking role. Nobody who looked like me said a word, if they appeared on the screen at all.

I’m going to give the movie a B. The special effects and Benedict Cumberbatch boosted this film. With a runtime for just under two hours (an hour and fifty-five minutes), the film felt short. Also, some of the writing and timeline left a little to be desired, not to mention the whitewashing of the Ancient One. I probably need to see the film again to wrap my head around it, because I’m still reeling.

Did you see Doctor Strange? If so, let me know what you think. Tag your spoilers too.

Kira Elise

 

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At the Movies: Suicide Squad

Happy Wednesday guys and gals! I’m back today with my review of the latest film in the growing DC Cinematic Universe, Suicide Squad directed by David Ayer. As usual, there are some spoilers in this review. You’ve been warned.

First, let me just say that I’m glad that I managed to watch Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice last month so it wasn’t spoiled when I saw Suicide Squad. For all those who did not see BVS but are planning to see Squad, be prepared for a spoiler, if the internet hasn’t already spoiled the ending for you.

So here’s what I liked about Squad

The Soundtrack

This film has an amazing soundtrack. From Panic! at the Disco to Twenty One Pilots, this is a soundtrack that I could listen to on repeat. The song selection for scenes and specific moments were great. Eminem during Deadshot’s show off scene? Perfect.

Will Smith and Margot Robbie

These two stole the show as Floyd Lawton known as the mercenary Deadshot and Harley Quinn. The film had the advantage of the two of them working together before on Focus which came out in 2015. It made their characters’ quick bonding feel more realistic. The pair’s witty quips, back stories, and encounters with Batman tied them to the DC cinematic universe in a way that the other’s were not.

Their motivations were clear and they never felt unecessary or out of character. Smith’s character became somewhat of a leader for the team, and as an actor with his experience, I’m sure it felt the same way between takes.

Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller

Viola Davis played the no-nonsense director of A.R.G.U.S well. It made me imagine Annalise Keating as a government heavy hitter and I loved that. After watching Arrow and seeing Cynthia Addai-Robinson play the role, I wasn’t sure I would be able to grab onto Davis’ portrayal. Both women portrayed Waller as a fearless leader but also switched things up fluidly in showing audiences her fear when things don’t go as plan for her.

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What I didn’t like about the anti-hero film

Jared Leto’s Joker

After hearing all about how into this role Jared got, I was expecting something more. Whether it be the grill he sported, the tattoos, or the metallic jacket he wore in one scene, this version of the Joker was a poor follow-up to Heath Ledger’s portrayal in The Dark Knight. His insanity didn’t scare me the way Ledger’s did. After seeing The Dark Knight for the first time, I had a nightmare about the Joker. I slept peacefully after Leto’s performance. This could have been Ayer’s writing and take on the famous character, but I wasn’t a fan.

*Note* Having nightmares isn’t the required criteria of a great creepy performance, but it says something. To be fair Ledger’s performance was legendary and for many, like myself, I assume it’s hard to disconnect from that and see Leto’s on its own.

The choice of character deaths

With a poor introduction to his character, I wasn’t surprised that Slipknot, played by Adam Beach was killed early on in the film. It irked me that his death was caused by Captain Boomerang’s idiotic suggestion. Boomerang, of course, comes away unscathed. I imagine his death was a way to show the audience and the team of villains that Amanda Waller was serious about the explosive implants, but I never doubted that it was legit and it seems like Boomerang was the only one to second guess it. If you have a character whose skills aren’t useful and they’re only going to be onscreen for five minutes tops, don’t waste audiences’ time. This is a key thing in a movie with so many characters.

What really made me upset was the death of Chato Santana known as El Diablo. He seemed to be  the only member of the squad aside from Deadshot to have a conscience. He knew he was dangerous and simply wanted to be left alone. He was the first to really open up about his past and that brought a more human side to the team.  In the end, he showed his true power and sacrificed himself for his “new family”.

For a person who can transform into some sort of fire monster of sorts, dying in an explosion seemed like a stretch. Yes, it was a moment of almost redemption, but it never seemed like that’s what Diablo was after until that scene. For most of the film it seemed like he knew he couldn’t be redeemed after the death of his wife and children. The shift didn’t flow smoothly enough for me.

I also wanted to mention one non-death. When Rick Flag made the decision to kill The Echantress even if it meant killing the woman he loved, I felt that the story had almost come full circle because that’s what she asked him to do. For him to do it and for her to survive seemed like the easy way out. There’s also the fact that Cara Delevigne’s performance wasn’t that great.

Overall, just like most movies there were moments I loved and those that I did not. Suicide Squad for the most part lacked character substance in terms of emotions and back story. There were a lot of characters and not all of them were used well. The cast and director say they made the film for the fans but the DC crew also have to keep in mind that not everyone is as well-versed in DC comics as others are.At the movies

There will be people asking how Deadshot became a mercenary? Why does Captain Boomerang have a fetish for pink unicorns? How did Katana end up working with Rick Flag and A.R.G.U.S.? As excited as I was for this film earlier this year, I was disappointed that I did not like it as much as I wanted to. That’s why I’m giving Suicide Squad a C.

 

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At the Movies: Star Trek Beyond

Happy Monday, guys and gals!

After a weekend of new trailers and footage, cast announcements, and news from San Diego Comic-Con, fans and media alike are buzzing about what’s to come. But what about a movie that’s already here?

New to theaters this weekend was the release of the newest addition to the revamped  Star Trek cinematic saga, Star Trek Beyond. Being raised by a Trekkie, we of course had to go the day it came out. With Star Trek shirts ironed and tickets bought, we sat down to enjoy the film with excitement and somewhat heavy hearts in regards to the late Anton Yelchin, and the thought of some kind of tribute or storyline regarding the late Leonard Nimoy’s role as Spock Prime. There are spoilers ahead!

As usual, I’ll start with what I liked about the film.

1. Focus on the whole crew

In Into Darkness, the story gave us how far Kirk would go for his crew and how far they’d go for their captain. This time around that trust and determination to save each other felt more genuine; frantic but like a natural instinct. Each core member of Kirk’s crew and even a minor character or two were given plenty of screen time, character development, and a good bit of dialogue. This felt reminiscent of the old shows where nobody was put on the back burner. We got to see Sulu be not only as a badass pilot, but a family man, and someone who cares greatly for his crew.

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Zoe Saldana and John Cho as Lieutenant Nyota Uhara and Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek Beyond. Photo from Fandango.

We saw Uhura use more of her skills with xenolinguistics and hold her own fairly well in the presence of the film’s villain, Krall. We were able to see Anton Yelchin do more than run around yelling, “I can do zhat!” In his last appearance as Chekov, Yelchin fully came into his own as the youngest member of the crew who was by Captain Kirk’s side for quite a bit in this film.

2. Cinematography

The film gave us some cool shots from Director Justin Lin who typically gives us car chase sequences and a few shots of foreign landmarks and landscapes with the Fast and Furious series. From a cloudy mountain range to a wide view of the Yorktown base, Justin Lin’s work fit nicely into the Star Trek visuals we’ve seen before.

3. Nostalgia

The writers and director created great scenes and plot points that brought us back, not only to the 2009 Star Trek, but also to the original series. We were treated to Beastie Boys’ Sabotage and everyone around me chuckled at the light-hearted moment featuring the recognizable song.

Another moment that was memorable in a different way is when Spock goes through Spock Prime’s belongings and finds the photograph of the Enterprise crew from his universe. This is not only a nod to the original cast but Spock’s motivation for remaining Kirk’s First officer. While I’m not as well versed in every aspect of Star Trek culture, I recognized the U.S.S. Franklin. I’m sure older Trekkies recognized the ship’s name. For more Easter eggs  and recognizable moments check out this article from Inverse.

4. Humor

Once again, Karl Urban has us both humming at his words of wisdom and chuckling with his comebacks, metaphors, and grumpy disposition. Most of my favorite moments from the film involve Bones. One of my favorites is when Spock convinces Jim to send Bones along with him to the fly an enemy ship and we get the line, “Dammit, Jim! I’m a doctor not a (insert whatever ridiculous thing the crew wants him to do)!

The scenes between Bones and Spock were great, but we also once again found humor from Scotty. His interactions with Jaylah, played by Sofia Boutella, were amusing and heartwarming when he took on a parental like approach to encourage her.

There wasn’t much I didn’t like in this film, although there were few things that I thought were cheesy, or some things I would have liked to see but didn’t.

1. The explosion “wave”

When the enemy ships were blowing up surrounding the Enterprise crew as they flew in the Franklin it looked like they were riding a wave of fire. It was a cool visual but the “riding the wave” thing made me snort.

2. Jim calling his mom

Winona Kirk is mentioned and he tells Bones that he will call her sometime around his birthday, but we never actually see Jim calling her. We haven’t seen her since the birth scene in the first film, so I think it would have been nice to see how he connects with his remaining parent.

3. The weapon

I would have liked more details about the weapon Krall was trying to use to destroy Yorktown. Yes, we get to see what it can do and we find out that it’s an ancient weapon, but what about the people who made it. What kind of civilization created it and apparently a system to prolong their lives? I can’t really do much research onstartrekgraphic the weapon because its name is only mentioned twice in the film and it wasn’t even something memorable.

I’m giving the film an A+ because I enjoyed it and there wasn’t anything that I really disliked. We’ll see if Simon Pegg will return as a writer for the fourth film that is rumored to star Chris Hemsworth. Do you think they should have Justin Lin direct again? Chime in and let me know what you thought of the film. I love talking about movies and television if you couldn’t tell.

Kira Elise

 

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At the Movies: Central Intelligence and Finding Dory

Last weekend, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart teamed up for the comedy, Central Intelligence. The film had a lot of laughs but also great action scenes courtesy of the Rock’s athleticism, action sequence experience, and films choreographers.

The film tells the story of Calvin Joyner, a once popular high school jock, and his former unpopular and ridiculed classmate Bob Stoner who reunite under dangerous circumstances twenty years later. I went into the film expecting a comedy with a little spy plot and action scenes but was pleasantly surprised that the spy plot played a large role and we got quite a few great action sequences. One thing that did surprise me was Dwayne’s character. Without giving too much away, he was not at all how I expected him to be. They did a good job not giving away too much about his character’s personality in the trailers and promotion.

I’m giving it a B-. I wouldn’t go as low as critics on Rotten Tomatoes did giving it a 68% because it was enjoyable and made me laugh.

 

Finding Dory

Like others my age, I’ve waited 13 years to see the sequel to the loved Finding Nemo. I was excited to rewatch the first film before seeing this one before I remembered I only owned it on VHS and the VCR was hidden somewhere in the garage. When I went into the theater, I was curious as to how many of the younger movie-goers had seen the first film.

The film had everything that the first film did and recaptured all the old emotions. There was humor, heartfelt moments, and even a few moments that made you nervous for the characters. All the new characters were brought into the story in a way that made it feel like they’d always been there just never having been introduced yet.

If you can recall there was a lot of controversy over two characters who many assumed to be a lesbian couple. Those characters were on the screen for literally two seconds. So those opposed to the idea of LGBT representation in movies, particularly children’s movies can have several seats and cool off.

I will admit I got teary-eyed. Don’t judge me. I’m giving the movie a A +.

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As someone who grew up around Star Trek and was super excited when they rebooted the film series, I am deeply saddened by the death of the young man who played the Chekov I was the most familiar with, Anton Yelchin. The news shook me especially I have a brother who turned 27 just two weeks ago; the same age Anton was.  My condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends. I’m sure the Star Trek: Beyond press tour will fair more somber than originally planned. Rest in peace, Anton.

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At the Movies: X-Men Apocalypse

Summer is underway and the big-budget films just keep rolling out. I managed to see X-Men Apocalypse the day it premiered, but I got very busy and then Awesome Con and life happened, so my review is a little late. To give you some background, I loved the last two X-Men films; First Class a little bit more than Days of Future Pasts. Growing up, Jean Grey and Storm were my two favorite comic book heroes. I was excited to see their younger versions on the screen. There are some spoilers ahead! So, if you still haven’t seen the film you have been warned.

Let’s start out with the good things

  1. Humor

As you should know if you’ve read my review of Civil War, I like humor. I love genuine humor that doesn’t depend of crude jokes. Apocalypse didn’t have as many as Civil War, which was understandable given the god-like mutant trying to destroy the world, but it had some.

Evan Peter’s Quicksilver was back and continued to make me laugh just like he did in Days of Future Past. One of my favorite scenes was the slo-mo rescue. We even got a few chuckles courtesy of Professor X himself and his teenage boy excitement at seeing CIA Agent Moira Mactaggert again.

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2. Fight Scenes

The fight choreography and special effects were great. I especially loved the displays of Magneto’s earth manipulation. Visually, it made for amazing shots.

3. Quicksilver

Once again, Fox’s Quicksilver was so much more enjoyable than Marvel’s Quicksilver who appeared in Age of Ultron. Evan Peters performance was great and the slow-motion rescue scene had the theater giggling like little kids. Even though it was a tense moment, the writers brought humor to it. His personality shines in a way that AOU’s does not. I am glad that this time around we got to see him have a few more serious moments, especially when it came to Magneto and that relationship or lack thereof.

Now for the less than satisfactory bits of the film

  1. Storm

This film made it seem like Storm was nothing before En Sabah Nur came along. She had black hair and didn’t seem to be that powerful. It completely erased her back story. First, Ororo Munroe was not chilling in Egypt acting as a mother hen to orphaned children. She comes from a line of priestesses who had white hair and was at one point worshipped as a goddess. So to go from that to street thief seems disrespectful to the character.

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Next, while she was powerful, she didn’t really do much for a while. She had cool entrances and a few lightning bolts here and there, but for a lot of the big scene she was hiding and watching. In the end, she emerged and helped but I was still disappointed. I won’t complain about Alex’s accent because it wasn’t bad, but she just wasn’t the full embodiment of Storm.

This could have been Bryan Singer’s moment to show us Storm’s great back story that we lacked in the earlier films, but he failed to do so once again. I understand that she was seen as a minor character, but she is one of the core X-Men characters and deserved a better storyline.

2. En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse

He was evil and had terrible plans for the world, but for some reason he did not scare me. Maybe it was the makeup. Whoever did Oscar Isaac’s look failed to give it a matte appearance. As a result, I spent the moments he was on-screen wondering why his face looked oily. I was also unimpressed by his abilities. As a mutant who takes on the abilities of the bodies he takes over, I expected more. The scenes that took place in his and Charles’ mind were cool because he finally closer to his canon size but it disappointing because you knew it wasn’t happening in the outside world.

3. Music

I’ll probably have to the movie again to confirm this 100%, but I feel like there was too much music. It felt to me there were not enough moments of silence and dialogue. There was just an overuse of dramatic music. Let the moments speak for themselves. If a scene is well-written, it doesn’t need music to push the audience to feel or react a certain way.

4. Jubilee

When I saw her in the trailers I was excited. They captured the perfect 80’s look for her and I was ready for her character to be included in the films. I was annoyed to see that Jubilee was cut from the film when it mattered. She could have easily gone along with Scott, Jean, and Kurt to save everyone. Why leave her behind? Why include her in the film in the first place if we don’t get so her abilities?

Overall, I’d give the movie a B. I didn’t love it but, but it wasn’t absolutely terrible. There’s a post-credit scene that hints at the next film so we’ll see what’s in store. While I’m aware that this next film will be Hugh Jackman’s last time playing Wolverine, I’m curious about where the writers will go with the rest of the cast.

Will they be heavily featured, be in the background, or simply mentioned. And what about Jennifer Lawrence? Will she be back? Do they even want Mystique in the next film? There’s been a lot of chatter about whether Lawrence wants to continue with the role. We’ll have to wait and see.

What did you think of the movie? What were your favorite and least favorite moments? Let me know in the comments.

Kira Elise