Some are calling this the best "X-Men" film yet, and to that I would… MoreSome are calling this the best "X-Men" film yet, and to that I would have to disagree. Although bringing together two unforgettable casts does project this comic book adaptation in the right direction, it still does not make up for the shifting tones, hit-or-miss performances, and the laziness of the autopilot plot. In the next installment, hopefully Singer will worry less about lifting entire football stadiums and worry more about creating a more well-balanced world for his mutants to live in.
It is hard to drop the ball any harder than the third Spider-Man film… MoreIt is hard to drop the ball any harder than the third Spider-Man film but Sam Raimi and Marvel find a way to completely destroy an epic franchise built perfectly by two prior films. With the entire cast returning and plotlines carried from the first two films, how is it even possible to get this wrong? Spider-Man 3 fails to build any tension, or even coherency at times, throughout the entire film. With more villains and conflicts, you would think there would be more epic battles, but with zero memorable fight sequences and wasted conclusions to storylines, left and right, how Raimi got away with writing this, I will never know. By the time Peter Parker begins wearing eyeliner and dancing down the street like an idiot, there is little connection left to any of the other films or to any sort of fanboy mentality. The end of the film becomes unrelentingly awful and unworthy of the two hours invested in the film. The only thing Spider-Man 3 gets points for are the continued amazing graphics, the soundtrack, and the returning cast. Had the story matched the previous films, this could have been a brilliant film. Instead we were stuck with melodrama, soap opera amnesia bullshit, and emo-dancing Peter Parker.
David Ayer paints a vivid picture of the dour reality of war. With era… MoreDavid Ayer paints a vivid picture of the dour reality of war. With era appropriate tanks, dirt covered garb covering the soldiers, and a desaturated cinematography that provides a drab brilliance, there is a sense of turmoil and despair instilled into each and every frame of the film. Combined with career defining performances, "Fury" reminds us what perfect war films should be while just falling short of becoming a classic in its own right.