2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent. This movie is directed by Jon Watts under Sony Pictures.

CAST: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cobie Smulders, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Matin Starr, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Angourie Rice, Numan Car.

GENRE: Action, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

Perhaps, this is the best Spider-Man Franchise ever. Far From Home is a visual spectacle that delivers everything you wanted from an MCU Film along with impressive cinematography and performances from its lead actors. First of all, the Plot picked up after The BLIP (The Thanos thing) and after the death of Iron Man. What I like about Far From Home is the connection it created in dealing with the loss of Tony Stark and the pressures it placed on Spider-Man. Given the fact that Peter Parker is literally young, I really commend the arc of the film where he fell in love with a girl and his vulnerability being a young teenager and an Avenger as well. It shows a great conflict of his character and the situation he’s into. Setting was also great. I loved the scenes in London and in Prague. Visually-speaking, Far From Home never disappoints. It was truly a spectacle of top-notch editing & action sequences worth every penny of your admission ticket. Acting chops are also satisfying. Personally, I am starting to let go Andrew Garfield as the best Spider-Man because of Tom Holland’s performance in Far From Home. Moreover, I really the chemistry of Tom & Zendaya here. Their charm and cuteness are all over the screen. I also loved Peter’s Squad in the movie. Spider-Man: Far From Home delivers a decent amount of entertainment, thrills and comedy we should be enjoying from a good Spider-Man movie. For me, this is highly-recommended to everyone who is either a fan of MCU or a fan of Spidey.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, the shirtless Tom Holland deserves a longer screen time MCU! C’mon!

RATINGS:

10/10 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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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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2017

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 is more than worthy to be a follow-up. One of Marvel’s best and most exciting franchise so far.

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Guardians of Galaxy returns in this 2nd installment of galactic adventure in the Marvel Universe. As the Guardians are fighting their way with a recent planet they have served, Ego, Peter’s father, surface to the scene. Peter soon discovered his real powers and the back story of his life he has been wanting to hear. Along the way, the Guardians will encounter twist and turns that will test their relationship and even trust with each other. This movie is written and directed by James Gunn under Walt Disney Pictures.

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell, Sean Gunn & Pom Klementieff.

Genre: Science-fiction, Adventure, Action (PG 13)

Past Movies of Chris Pratt: PassengersJurassic World

Past Movies of Vin Diesel: The best installment so far. Fate of the Furious made a bold move in renewing its long overdue plot. The move was worth it.

WHAT I LIKE?

Just when you had a worlwide blockbuster hit, the 2nd installment takes on much of the pressure and shoes to fill in. In the case of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, it was never a single problem at all.  As expected, the 2nd installment brought a whole new lot of excitement and adventure we loved during the first one. This time, its a lot more dope and a lot more bad-ass stuff. The Director effectively played along Volume 2’s plot that focused on the real identity of Peter. If you’ll recall the first movie, his identity remained a mystery. On this phase, the movie has managed to play around using the same effective formula that made GOTGV appeal to a global audience. The comeback of the characters such as Nebula, Yondu and Groot (who is now a baby) really added to the film’s vibrant phase and strength. The 3 characters above have established themselves on Volume 2 and has made relevant contributions as well to the plot. Groot is now more adorable as ever being in a small and baby figure. You will even loved him on Volume 2. For the comeback characters, Nebula and Yondu both have interesting to offer for fans. On the other hand, watch out for exciting nee characters such as Ego, Mantis, Taserface and Kismet and her golden-skinned people. Not much of the spoilers but these new characters really have their own shining moments in the film and are major contributors as well to the fate of the Guardians of Galaxy. Moreover, the film still has the same bad-ass and infectious cast we loved – Peter aka Star Lord, Gamora, Drax & Rocket. Still, loved their variety and their chemistry together. Plot-wise, it was very well crafted and presented. Volume 2 has more fun and humor than ever. I loved how everything seems so light all the time. Aside from eye-popping action sequences and galactic war scenes, the film is a visual-spectacle from beginning to end. Aside from its trusted comedic timing, the film is as emotionally-engaging too at some point. The conflict of the film was on point and was on the right phasing. Generally, its more action-packed than the first volume. A lot has been happening almost all of the film’s running time. The phasing was really dynamic. At least, never a dull moment. Production Design was superb and sound engineering was good. I still loved the consistency of their 1980s feels. Star Lord still got his Sony Walker the least. Volume 2 is worthy to be a follow-up of the worldwide smash hit. And yes, Volume 2 is the most exciting Marvel movie franchise ever made. It keeps getting better and better. Highly-recommended to all fans and even non-fans out there.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

For the record, I still loved the visuals and action scenes setting of the first film though Volume 2 has really great graphics too. Maybe because the set-up was more on the planetary system this time. Well, this does not necessarily have a bearing on my review.

RATINGS:

10/10 pocorns.

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