Phase 2 has not been kind to Marvel. Not only were Iron Man 3 and… MorePhase 2 has not been kind to Marvel. Not only were Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World disappointments, but Age of Ultron was the ultimate capper of disappointment. Not resembling anything that made the original Avengers a massive critical and commercial success, Age of Ultron feels hollow and completely pointless to the overall plot of this universe. This was just one long, massive action sequence after another with a nonsensical plot and zero character development. It was like they completely disregarded that Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, and other films even happened in between the two Avengers films. Tony Stark in particular did not resemble himself hardly at all and was not the spark plug he has been for the series. The forced romance between Banner and Romanoff that came out of the nowhere completely obliterated the developments in Winter Soldier. It as like the filmmakers knew they would make a ton of money regardless of what they did and needed a filler film while they come up with the real plot for the follow up to this film. That's exactly what this was: filler. It does still have some humorous moments and good special effects which is why I still gave it the score I did, but this is still one of my biggest disappointments in quite some time.
There's no denying the absolute beauty and spectacle on display… MoreThere's no denying the absolute beauty and spectacle on display throughout this almost 3 hour epic, but there's also something that many similar movies don't grasp and that's characters worth caring for. While the film sometimes exceeded my grasp of the scientific components because I am not well versed in that knowledge, I found Interstellar stimulating mentally and visually. The first half of the film where Nolan really dives into these characters, their pleas, and the Earth as a dying Dust Bowl really is some of his best work ever. The second half is not as strong and the plot seems to be reaching a little too far and goes preposterous at times, but it still had me on the edge of my seat throughout just waiting to see what happens next. If you love science fiction films, Nolan has crafted a stunning homage to the greats while still blazing a path for itself and a film that is certain to be talked about for quite some time.
The title is kind of misleading because the movie isn't really Batman… MoreThe title is kind of misleading because the movie isn't really Batman vs Robin and most Batman fans will realize that, but a casual audience will see that and think differently. The relationship between Bruce and his son Damian (introduced in Son of Batman) drives the film and is a welcome change of pace for the franchise, but everything else feels somewhat tacked on rather than an integral part of the plot. The Court of the Owls seems like a really cool storyline watching the special features and should have gotten its own film instead of being shoehorned into this one. I will definitely be reading that graphic novel now. Ultimately, it is still rather entertaining and the ending has me intrigued as to what they are going to do next. Hopefully there is another film to add onto this solid character arc they have given Damian Wayne.
I recently read this play for college, so I figured I might as well… MoreI recently read this play for college, so I figured I might as well watch the film since it was nominated for so many Oscars back in the day and had such big stars in it. I was pretty disappointed to find that this adaption is lacking some of the elements that make the play compelling. The acting is inconsistent with really only Elizabeth Taylor impressing me really. Paul Newman and Burl Ives both got acclaim for their portrayals, but I didn't find them to be anything special. The film doesn't have very good pacing either. I was very disappointed to find the homosexuality elements completely eliminated because it made the story really intriguing and gave it an element of surprise that is lacking in this film. It does get the relationship between Big Daddy and Brick right and I genuinely liked their conversations, but not much else impressed me. Elizabeth Taylor had her breakout role and I thought she was really good in this, but it could have been better.