Well it’s been a while since my last Review Report, so here we go with another one. IF you can tell by the title, these came out quite some time from writing this, except for Captain Marvel. But I’ve wanted to talk about these movies all for a while now and I finally have the opportunity to do so. So without further ado, let’s fly into Captain Marvel, Roll out with Bumblebee and swing into Spiderman into the Spiderverse…ok those puns were criminal I’m so sorry.
The latest MCU movie before Avengers Endgame. Captain Marvel brings the female powerhouse into the fray. THis movie received a lot of hype, but was it worth all the hype. The answer is…kinda. I mean the movies fine but it isn’t exactly the best…
- Story: 3/5 – This was a combination of an origin story as well as an almost buddy cop type film. This films plot is very easy to follow but does deliver both some really good twists and some bad ones. The good twist comes in the form of a change to the general characterisation of the Skrulls and it’s a twist I like. They make them more sympathetic and are actually a good race instead of the villains we know in the comics. The other twist is actually related to the initial one which reveals Jude Law’s character as the main villain and he honestly is not a good villain and therefore the twist comes off as stale and dull. The rest of the movie is pretty standard, there’s nothing new about it and it’s just your average movie from a storytelling perspective.
- Characters: 3/5 – This is a mixed bag with these characters. I noticed a trend with these characters, the Kree were the worst characters. Jude Law wasn’t that threatening a villain and his twist was interesting but he doesn’t really carry a sense of dread about him. Brie Larson herself delivers a passable performance as Captain Marvel, but she often delivers the lines as she’s meant to and doesn’t really aim any higher than what’s required. I find it funny how her whole arc is ‘controlling her emotions’ when she herself acts kinda emotionless. It was good seeing Fury as a more comedic character. Ben Mendelsohn delivers an amazing performance as Talos the Skrull, he’s funny, enjoyable to watch and his motivations were a welcome surprise for me, he was the best part of the movie.
- Presentation: 3/5 – This movie has only decent presentation. The action is mostly ok, the CGI is fine and the actual cinematography is actually pretty tame. Once scene I think really suffers is the scene on Mar Vels ship with all the Skrull refuges, it was very poorly lit and the climax itself was very dull because of its presentation. Overall the presentation is pretty standard like everything else in this movie.
- Final Grade: 3/5 – This isn’t as ‘bad’ as Venom but it’s definitely in the upper echelon of ‘only average’ for this genre. It’s a decent movie but when compared to other Marvel movies of recent years like Thor Ragnarok or Infinity War, this is a pretty tame movie and it really feels like they played it safe with this one. Definitely give it a watch if you’re a marvel movie fan.
From Superheroes to alien robots. We re-enter the Transformers universe once again with the spin-off movie Bumblebee. FOllowing the titular transformers in a prequel style story, this movie marks the first in the series to not be directed by explosions fetishist Michael Bay. With that in mind, it’s actually quite easy to see why so many people are calling this the ‘best transformers movie’.
- Story: 3/5 – This plot is a very typical ‘fish out of water’ story for both Bumblebee and his human companion. The story is very basic and honestly there isn’t much to talk about. It’s biggest sin is also its greatest strength, that being that it’s all really simple story. It’s a fun romp of a film and it isn’t paced too horribly. My main problem is that the characters do react to Bumblebee a bit too nonchalantly, but this is more of a nitpick than a criticism. It diverges so much from the Michael Bay movie formula that it really feels like an entirely different film, and a much better one for that matter.
- Characters: 4/5 – These characters are actually likeable? In a Transformers movie too? Unheard of I know. But seriously I love the characters in this. They’re all cliché but they are still well done clichés. The main character is someone you want to route for, her goofy friend is pretty fun to watch and they even made John Cena a decent secondary villain. The actual villains aren’t special however, they’re just kinda your typical Decepticons, but on the topic of Transformers, let’s talk about Bumblebee. Bee is so funny and cute in this movie. Seeing him adapt to life on earth is a really charming, although he didn’t really act like this when he had a voice so it does seem a bit weird that his character completely shifts when his voice is gone. But overall, he’s good, the main character is good and so is everyone else.
- Persentation: 4/5 – The Transformers movies always carried with them some decent CGI and effects and this is no different. I think the main problem with the other movies is that CGI is used everywhere, from Transformers, to weaponry, to other world pieces, it just uses too much CGI. But this movie is small stakes and small-scale so the CGI has room to breathe and is therefore more enjoyable. The action is also pretty well done, the combat is precise and the final fight is actually pretty engaging. So on the whole, this movie did a good job with the presentation.
- Final Grade: 4/5 – One word to describe this movie is…well…charming. It’s a funny fluffy teen action movie, it’s not as in your face, obnoxious or offensively bad as the other Transformers movies, and I hope they keep this tone and style with the future movies.
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
Here is is, the one everybody loves. Spiderman into the Spiderverse is the start of a new cinematic universe in the…well…Spiderverse, nd it has received a lot of love. Glowing reviews along with an actual oscar win have put this movie on the map in terms of superhero movies, but what makes it so good? Well let’s find out.
- Story: 4/5 – This story is original, it’s unique, it’s well structured and it has great pacing. The story follows many different ‘Spider People’ who all converge into one dimension where there is no Spiderman, except for the newly superpowered Miles Morales. This story has a lot of heart to it and the way it evolves is really organic and well done. The twists this movie has are also interesting, introducing new iterations of fan favourite characters as well as giving shades of development for villains and heroes alike. This story is engaging, it’s funny, it’s got great drama, it’s just an amazing story and one I’d love to see again.
- Characters: 5/5 – These characters are all spectacular. Miles is a real, down to earth and stand out kid and characters like Peter, Gwen and even the other Spider People are all great and identifiable based on their personalities alone. The characters also allow for a lot of really good meta jokes on superheroes and movies in general. The villains are a lot of fun too, Doc Oc is great, Kingpin is actually pretty intimidating and has a unique motivation, and they even made Prowler a deep, well written and tragic villain. So overall these are some great characters that I’m so happy are getting spin-off movies.
- Presentation: 5/5 – Amazing…that’s all I can really say. This animation is the comics come to life. It has that almost but not quite 3D feel to it and the almost 2D look as well really adds so much unique value to this movie. The comic book style allows for some wonderfully expressive animation and wonderfully paced action. There’s not much else to say about this movies presentation, it’s just that amazing.
- Final Grade: 5/5 – I usually don’t jump on the bandwagon of calling a movie ‘perfect’ but this is close to being the first movie that I call perfect. This movie managed to bring us a new interpretation of Spiderman that was unique, full of amazing drama, had great characters and has hopefully brought on a new era of awesomeness for animated superhero movies.
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