2018

Venom

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Investigative Journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of an alien symbiote that gave him a violent super alter ego. Venom must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organization looking for a symbiote of their own. This Marvel Movie is directed by Ruben Fleischer under Columbia Pictures.

CASTS: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Wayne Pere & Jared Bankens.

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

WHAT I LIKE?

After all the negative reviews spreading prior I watched Venom, those were actually my early warning device thing. However, after watching Venom, I actually want to tell everyone that not all Critics reviews are applicable to everyone. In my case, I actually loved VENOM. Being a stand-alone movie in the Marvel Universe and from having a connection to the Spider-verse, Venom did not disappoint for me. What I like about this Marvel movie its solid foundation in terms of conflict material. It started very in cohesive manner actually. With the right blend of Eddie as a journalist down to his downfall after finding out the dark secrets of LIFE Foundation. The sequences are pretty engaging from beginning to end. I loved the Action Scenes, It was executed very well. Overall, CGI effects are superb especially on the fighting scenes, Considering its DARK THEME, I actually find the comedy very appropriate and in good timing contrary to most movie reviews online. I loved the VILLAIN too. But I must commend Tom Hardy’s epic and award-winning performance. He was a perfect fit for the role and I couldn’t think of anyone who can portray the role very well.  The film is DARK but it is the nature of VENOM. I also commend the Cinematography and Musical Scoring. VENOM has the right blend for it to become a B-Movie and a Marvel Universe support character, but after watching it, I was craving for more if it especially if they plan out for a Sequel. Give chance for VENOM. This movie might be one of your favorite Marvel movies so far.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

CGI Effects are good but the FINAL ACTION SCENE was a bit lackluster. I hope for some intensity and longer screen time too. But, the movie is still good!

RATINGS:

8/10 POPCORN

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2018

Ant-man & the Wasp

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In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang  grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope and Dr. Hank with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past. The movie is directed by Peyton Reed under Walt Disney Pictures.

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, T.I., Michael Douglas, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer & Laurence Fishburne.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

WHAT I LIKE?

Ant-man and the Wasp is a worthy sequel and Marvel Movie that gave variety to the Marvel Universe. What I like about the 2nd installment of the Ant-Man Franchise is its solid foundation of follow-up story and character development that is truly necessary for it to surpass the glory and highs of the first film. The whole plot was cohesive and very engaging as it gave respect to the first film and added an impressive answers and resolutions expected of a sequel. What I love about Ant-Man and the Wasp is that it raised the bar higher in terms of visual effects and cinematography. I loved how they utilized the small-big transformer thing plus the action sequences were brilliantly-executed at most scenes. Sound Design was good too. I really like the variety and mixture of action, comedy and thrills in the entire movie. Thanks to Paul Rudd’s charm and Michael Pena’s epic scenes. The charm of Paul Rudd is still undeniably strong on the 2nd film. Of course, the chemistry with Evangeline Lilly is really good on-screen too. Their tandem in action scenes were one of the movies’ highlights. Ant-man and the Wasp offers a refreshing masterpiece for the Marvel Universe. Highly-recommended to all Marvel fans out there.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

So far, everything is forgivable since I enjoyed the movie from beginning to end.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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2018

Deadpool 2

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The mercenary Deadpool joins forces with three mutants — Bedlam, Shatterstar and Domino — to protect a boy from the all-powerful Cable. The second installment of Deadpool is directed by David Leitch under 20th Century Fox.

Casts: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand

Genre: Action, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

Deadpool 2 is far way better than its predecessor with a top notch higher in terms of action sequences, cinematography and character development. What I like about Deadpool 2 is its big improvement while retaining the same R-16 content & breed of violence and meta gags you come to expect from the Deadpool franchise. The 2nd installment has lots of pop culture references that are truly relatable and entertaining. Its fully loaded with witty and highly-engaging conversations and dynamic sequences garnished with impressive Visual editing and bad-ass sound engineering. Knowing the brand of the Deadpool entertainment, the 2nd movie never failed to impress its audience. This time, there’s a solid X-Men crossover which will truly excite fans out there. Acting chops are impressive especially Ryan Reynolds. His charm and humor is a pure cinematic masterpiece. Other supporting leads were also good. The X-Men crossover feel is such a joy to watch on screen. Deadpool 2 is indeed one of Marvel’s best in a different genre they are trying to fit in. Highly-recommended.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The movie has R-16 content from violence to offensive languages so this is not suitable for everybody specially for younger audiences.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn.

2018

Avengers: Infinity War

 

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The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The biggest gathering of Marvel superheroes is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo under Walt Disney Pictures.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benecio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, William Hurt & Letitia Wright.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

WHAT I LIKE?

If you are a die-hard fan of the Marvel universe, Avengers: Infinity Wars will easily be your most favorite superhero movie of all-time as it offer a quality level of entertainment from beginning to end. If you have watched all other movies since 2008, you will feel that emotional attachment especially that Infinity War is a major turnaround of the franchise. Don’t worry, this review is SPOILER-FREE so I won’t be leaking any major points and scenes in the movie. I will purely assess its technicalities and the emotions I have felt after watching this amazing movie. Plot-wise, I have set my expectations outside the Comics version. I have followed the whole Marvel Universe based on the movies released and not whats written on the comics. Primarily, the movie has set a trend of reinventing the version expected by its fans. Well, who loves the element of surprise and twists anyways. The movie did an amazing job in bringing all the superheros together (with the absence of Hawkeye and Ant-man based on the poster and billing). Who could have imagined bringing them all together. That fact alone is worth your admission ticket already. If you have a background of the other previous movies, you will easily pick up the pieces and the rational behind their characterizations and even connections with the other Avengers. I loved how the Russo brothers played with the whole Avengers and interconnected them on their worlds. Of course, all of them leads to fighting the biggest villain so far – Thanos. It is amazing how everything perfectly fits despite a very jam-packed movie. I mean, a lot has been happening but this is primarily because its a huge movie after all. Despite many characterization, Russo Brothers brilliantly executed all scenes in unison with the film’s premise. Action sequences are the best so far in terms of Hollywood Movies of the same genre. CGI effects are impressive. Amidst its gigantic production design and cinematography, the Marvel humor is still there to lighted up the mood every time. Avengers: Infinity War is rightful conclusion and build-up of the previous Marvel movies 10 years ago. For us fans, its a great delight to seem them all together in one whole movie. As per the emotional aspect, hats off for bringing in a whirlwind of emotions. I won’t spoil why but the movie was able to affect me so many ways. It is worth-watching all-over again.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

– NO SPOILERS HERE –

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn.

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2018

Black Panther

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“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. This is directed by Ryan Coogler under Marvel Studios.

Casts: Chadwick Boseman, Michael Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling Brown, Angela Bassette, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, David Lee.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

Black Panther is perhaps the most solid superhero movie in the Marvel Universe in terms of source material and story-telling. The foundation of this movie is its Modern African-inspired fictional country named Wakanda and a very compelling storyline of King T’Challa and some of Marvel’s dynamic supporting characters. What I liked about Black Panther is its superb Production design especially the Wakanda scenes. By far, this is their best in terms of a fictional superhero country portrayal. I fell in loved with how modern technology and African culture mixed well in this country. Costume-wise, Black Panther never failed even an inch. The costume choices were very creative and very much apt to the whole concept of an advanced world. Aside from visually-engaging setting, the movie also boast of impressive and well-executed action sequences. Every action scenes were great. It was great to see less CGI effects during fight scenes. What I also loved is the involvement of women in the movie. The movie actually showed women empowerment. With great narratives and sequencing of events, Black Panther seems to be flawless and engaging scenes that will keep you on your seats for the whole of its running time. If it is Marvel, there must be humor. Although Black Panther has less humor compared to other MCU movies but the comedy parts were in perfect timing on most scenes. Acting chops from talented actors and actresses were amazing and impressive to say the least. Glad to see a celebration of African-American culture without being too racist. Chadwick is such a good lead actor. Michael Jordan was a great Villain too. Lupita and Chadwick’s chemistry is quite strong. Danai and Daniel were also a good support to the talented cast. With the balanced amount of romance, drama and action, Black Panther is truly my most favorite MCU movie so far. WAKANDA FOREVER!

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The fact that I won’t be able to see WAKANDA in real life is the only negative review I will be giving.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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2017

Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – -the destruction of his world and the end of Asgardian civilization at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. This Marvel Movie is directed by Taika Waititi under Walt Disney Pictures.

Casts: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, Clancy Brown & Ray Stevenson.

Genre: Adventure, Science-Fiction, Action

WHAT I LIKE?

Thor: Ragnarok has the most dynamic plot of all Marvel Movies as it offer a visually-stunning masterpiece topped with pure entertainment that is worth every cent of your admission ticket. The plot of the movie is just simple. Its all about the Prophecy of Ragnarok or the Fall of Asgard – Thor’s home. What makes it more special is how the Director played humor very well in almost all scenes. Indeed, this is action-comedy flick done very right. It is very easy to digest and its generally light-hearted. If you are in for some pure cinematic fun and wanted to enjoy a superhero movie in a whole new level, Thor: Ragnarok might be your favorite film. Its downright hilarious and enjoyable from beginning to the end credits. Aside from its creative approach on its plot, the movie is packed with impressive visual editing. The CGI Effects are pretty cool and the soundtracks are really bad-ass. Other than that, the movie offers new characters that had a fresh take on the whole new Thor Franchise. I actually like all the new characters especially the Grand master and Valkyrie. Also, I love new alien characters introduced in the movie. The support of Loki, Hulk and Doctor Strange are also a good addition to the whole success of the movie. My most favorite new character in this movie is Hela played by Cate Blanchett. She is just awesome and an effective villain on-screen. Her scenes are almost done with perfection. Thor: Ragnarok broke the barrier of a hero film and could easily become your favorite Marvel Superhero movie to date.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

If you are expecting a 60-40 ration of serious and fun formula for this superhero movie, you might get disappointed. I must say its 90-10. More of the fun feels.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns

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2017

Spider-man: Homecoming

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Peter Parker got a taste of being an Avenger during the movie Captain America: Civil War wherein the Avengers were torn apart. After that memorable experience, Peter returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the supervision and monitoring of Tony Stark, Peter starts to embrace his identity as the Spider-man. He is trying to live a normal life until an evil vulture emerges to threaten everything he holds dear. The second reboot of the Spider-man Franchise under MCU is directed by Jon Watts under Sony Pictures.

Casts: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Tyne Daly, Laura Harrier, Bokeem Woodbine

Genre: Action-Adventure, Science-Fiction

Previous Marvel Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 LOGAN; Doctor Strange; DeadpoolCaptain America: Civil WarAnt-man & The Avengers: Age of Ultron

WHAT I LIKE?

Spider-man: Homecoming is a refreshing reboot of the Spiderman Franchise under Sony Pictures. It was actually a decent franchise with lots of new things to look forward in one of the well-loved superheroes in the big screen. Let’s start with Peter Parker himself. Tom Holland was actually fit for the role. I like his vibe as a teenager and a normal high school student that is naive and innocent as a whole. He was actually the youngest Spiderman. Tom was impressive and I think it was a best choice to let him portray this iconic superhero. Story-wise, there are really lots of new things on this second reboot. Overall, it was actually good as the movie picked up after the recent Captain America: Civil War. You must watch it to know the reference of that film to the recent Spiderman adaptation. At some point, it was also good to include Iron Man as he plays a very vital role in mentoring Peter Parker in being an Avenger soon. I must commend Michael Keaton on this movie. He was just the best villain among all other Spidey franchises. Action sequences were great. I love the cinematography and the succession of scenes in the movie. Particulary, I love the Ferry and the Monument scene. The good thing about the movie is it portrayed the KID SIDE of Peter Parker. Ordinary scenes in the classroom and even while preparing for Prom, the movie gave that feeling that Spiderman is just a normal kid like us. Aside from that, the KIDDIE Portrayal was very effective to bring out the vulnerability of Peter Parker in making big decisions at a very young age. In that aspect, Spiderman Homecoming was on-point. Overall, it was a great Spiderman movie.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Being the 6th Spiderman movie ever made, you can’t help but compare the latest movie from all of its predecessors regardless pf the Film Studio that adapted it. Sadly, Spiderman: Homecoming doesn’t quite live up to the hype of this iconic superhero. There is no problem with Tom Holland. He was a good Spiderman. Somehow, I just find him too young for this even though the whole premise wanted him to be that young. I was bit off with the whole story itself. At some point, the methodology of Spiderman was forgotten and the focus was placed more on Tony Stark mentoring Peter Parker and Peter Parker pleasing him to be part of the Avenger. I am missing the old Spiderman who doesn’t have to please a higher being like an Avenger to be recognized and to find his worth as a superhero. Spiderman should have that innate instinct to know what is right for him as shown in all other previous films. I understand that it was a refreshing take on the franchise but we all need to go back to our roots sometimes. I am also a bit bothered of the casts in the movie. Ned as a best friend is funny but I don’t like his personality in the movie and in reference of Spiderman itself. Also, Liza was a good lady interest but they seem have a lost connection with Peter at times. Aunt May was also cringe-worthy in the movie. I expected an older and conservative Aunt May here. Aside from that, the movie do not have a family connection. It is really important for a Spiderman movie to have that since superheroes have weak spots. It felt like it was more of Iron Man than Peter’s family. Some action sequences could have been better. Although the Ferry scene was my favorite but it lacks intensity and destruction feels enough to give way to a vital scene of Peter and Tony after that. The Climax was not that good as well. It failed to give that sense of accomplishment for me. Despite all these weak points, I still enjoyed the movie.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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