Friday, May 25, 2018
But if The Force Awakens understood anything, it's that Han had very little left to go at that point, sending him off on a fitting, but bittersweet note. So what do you do after one of your star characters has been killed off? In the case of Solo, the second in Disney's Star Wars Story anthology series, take us back to the past and show the origins of the infamous cad. And in all honesty, this is one step too far, because in an attempt to give a character more depth, they've actually made him less intriguing as a result.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
That said, while I thought it was a funny film, I continue to be put off by the origin story that dominated the first half, that played itself too sincerely for its own good, and brought the film to a screeching halt anytime it cut back. But now that audiences are caught up with his origins, and the studio finally gives the creative team a sizable budget, perhaps its sequel should fix those issues. Alas, while the film still remains funny and charming, Deadpool 2 feels like it actually doubles down on those issues.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018
For ten years, Marvel has been hard at work breeding their characters for the eventual culmination of their journeys, and the steady stream of Infinity Stone introductions, at the hands of Thanos and the restoration of the Infinity Gauntlet. Gargantuan a task it was, perhaps one that could have undone Marvel despite their success. It's all inevitable that Marvel will eventually fall victim to the hype they themselves generated, and with what a bloodbath and earth-shattering climax the Infinity War would be, this could have been the place to do it. No doubt, with the sheer number of characters and personalities at play, this is an exhausting movie. But one with a titanic bravado, and even if hitting road bumps, succeeds at hitting the expectations of those devoted fans who've followed their exploits for a decade.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
It's been far too long since his last feature, and now he returns again to stop-motion with Isle of Dogs. Any animal lover would likely be put off by that very premise, given the grisly fates that animals and pets in his films usually meet, which is only one area where Anderson has proven himself a distinctly macabre visionary. But even if it's likely to test your sensitivity, Isle of Dogs certainly proves no less an outstanding effort from the prolific filmmaker.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018
And if you were a lover of the 80's, chances are you were also a lover of Amblin and Steven Spielberg, for crafting some of the most endearing and memorable franchises and films of the decade. But, fun as nostalgia may be, to leap into it blissfully unaware of the world's larger problems can be a danger all on its own. That's an issue Spielberg himself tackles, in his adaptation of Ernest Cline's fanboy favorite book Ready Player One, of a world crumbling to pieces as that nostalgia dominates.