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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING REVIEW
When I was a kid, the first superhero movie that I ever saw was Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002). It blew me away, and naturally it made me want to be Spider-Man. It had cool action, a cool hero and villain, and impressive special effects (at the time). Then I later saw Spider-Man 2 (2004), and yet again, I was blown away. Then I saw Spider-Man 3 (2007), and I noticed that while I enjoyed the film, others did not. Some people said that the film was so bad that it ruined the trilogy for them. Others said to just ignore that the third film existed and enjoy the first two. For five years, Spider-Man 3 was the black sheep of superhero movies, and I wondered “What is it that people want that this movie couldn’t give them?” Not long after, two films came out that were lauded upon release: The Dark Knight and Iron Man. One was a gritty, smart, and interesting sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins (though its deepness was lost on me at the time); and the other was a funny, quirky, and awesome action flick about Tony Stark becoming Iron Man that I fell in love with. Most people will probably tell you that The Dark Knight is a vastly superior film, and they’re right, but at the time when they came out: Iron Man was my preferred choice. It was the magic of Marvel, and the first entry in what would be later known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Sam Raimi’s trilogy showed that superhero movies were in high demand, and not just for comic nerds… The Dark Knight and Iron Man showed what superhero films could be when they broke the mold.
Fast-forward four years, and three HUGE movies came out: The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, and The Amazing Spider-Man. The first was a huge letdown for me when I tried comparing it to The Dark Knight, and still people debate today if it is actually a good film or not. The second has been hailed as a masterpiece, some even calling it one of the greatest movies of all time. The truth is… I didn’t see either of them when they were first released.
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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY REVIEW
Rogue One is a prequel that tackles the all too important story that is alluded to at the beginning of Episode IV: "During the battle, rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station it's enough power to destroy an entire planet." We introduced to Galen Erso, a former imperial scientist who has strewn away from his place in the empire to lead a peaceful life with his family. However, things get shaky once Lieutenant Commander of the Galatia Republic, Orson Krennic comes to re-enter Galen into service. His daughter, Jyn, is left seemingly orphaned and hides in a cave until she is found by a resistance extremist named Saw Gerrera and raised by him for the next seven years of her life. Left abandoned with nothing but a weapon and her wits at sixteen, she was forced to develop the skills necessary to survive. By age 22, she has become a criminal. During a prisoner transport, she is rescued by Extraction Team Bravo and forced to join the resistance due to her connection to Galen Erso. Many exciting adventures are had in which we meet many great and engaging characters leading to the formation of ROGUE ONE, a squad of rebel soldiers tasked with extracting the Death Star plans on Scarif.
It's a very emotional movie, and tells a well constructed story of an event that occurs shortly before the events of A New Hope. We get to see the "return" of fan-favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader, in a menacing and badass as always way. In the short time we knows these characters, we grow very attached to them, which makes it all the more sad when we have to see them go. They are doomed by canon, because if they hadn't died during the battle on Sacrif; they would have been around in Episode IV. Though there are many human characters, my favorite character in this film was the reprogrammed Imperial droid designated as K-2SO. Performing more impressive feats than C-3PO ever could, he completely steals the show and despite being just a machine captured my heart and tore it to pieces upon his death. It's a fantastic little piece Star Wars lore, and one that I will want to watch again.
FINDING DORY #REVIEW:
It was good, better than the first film I'd say. It was funny, engaging and much more serious. While the first movie left most of the development in father and son, Dory is the main focus. On a quest to find her parents, Dory must learn to remember in order to get home. It only takes a year after the first movie, yet we can see how the first movie's events have changed them. Dory is more or less the same, except she lives with Nemo and Marlin. Marlin is more laid back, and Nemo is less rebellious l, but also more of a smartass.
It opens in a very cool way, we get to see Dory with her parents; and then she is lost. A small montage takes us through the years of her searching until Dory looks overhead and sees a BOAT. That's right, a boat; and guess who she ends up running into? Marlin. "A boat! Hey I've seen a boat!" It ties in quite well with the first film, and everyone is very close. There are plenty of callbacks to the first film which are welcome, but there's enough offered here for Finding Dory to be its own story. It's a story of self discovery, overcoming one's insecurities, and DESTINY. The characters are very enjoyable, and it is home to many memorable scenes.
The best way to describe it? "Unforgettable." 8.9/10
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR REVIEW
I'll admit it, I haven't kept up much with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, prior to this film; I had only seen Iron Man and Iron Man 3. That's right, I never even saw THE AVENGERS. But, that doesn't mean I'm not a total sucker for Marvel movies. Even though I thought the concept was cool from the get-go, I'm not gonna lie: I really only wanted to watch the movie to see Spider-Man. I was happy to see he's more fleshed out in the film than in the trailers.
Let's talk a bit about Tom Holland's Spider-Man. We're back to basics; this Peter Parker has only had his powers for six months prior to the events in the film. Like the Amazing Spider-Man movies; Peter uses web shooters that were built by him. UNLIKE the Amazing Spider-Man movies; this Peter is actually a funny and believable character, who I think has a LOT of potential for the future.
Long story short: it's engaging, fun, and hilarious. It drags its feet a bit, what with its 2 hour 27 minute runtime; but it's ALL worth it for the action and character development.
VERDICT: 8.8/10 (Great) Watch this movie, it's a good one. #teamironman #civilwar #review