Nearing the close of phase two, it is once again time for the Marvel… MoreNearing the close of phase two, it is once again time for the Marvel heroes we all know and love, to team up to fight an even greater foe, in Vision. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will certainly not gain any new fans if they were not too fond of the first, however, on a storytelling standpoint, it is just as good, if not better than the film that preceded it. No, it does not have that spark you felt while watching the characters form a team as you saw in "Marvel's The Avengers," but it does have deeper and more caring character moments, developing everyone even more. Without over-crowding the film too much, Joss Whedon has crafted a script that gives everyone their proper screen time and nobody really shines more than the other. Working Hawkeye's personal life into the story was a very nice touch, making for some fantastic bonding moments between the characters. The two main additions (Wanda and Pietro Maximoff) played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson did a very good job making us care for new characters in the midst of having such an incredibly performed Ultron (James Spader) and the long awaited reveal of Paul Bethany's Vision. Olsen and Taylor-Johnson could have done without their accents, but that is really the only complaint I have with them.
The biggest issue this film has is it's spectacle fatigue. During this film, you cannot help but feel like you have seen a few of these elements before, but I found myself forgiving that fact after realizing that an Avengers film without an army would be pretty dull. The main cast has amazing chemistry once again and their interaction, coupled with an extremely witty script, is an absolute blast to watch. Written and directed superbly as always, filmed with ease, and effects that make you believe an Artificially Intelligent robot can be more menacing than any villain on screen in the past while, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a worthy sequel in every way. The only thing keeping fans from possibly not enjoying it as much as the first is the faint aspect of fatigue they may feel. Aside from that, the film does exactly what it sets out to do, and does so perfectly. Is it a perfect film? No, but an Avengers film that is perfect sounds less fun in my opinion. This is the reason people go to see big blockbusters! For that reason, I could not recommend this film more. If you are a fan of Marvel, you will have a blast in the theatre with this film. Amazing fun!
After all these years of waiting, getting bits a pieces of story that… MoreAfter all these years of waiting, getting bits a pieces of story that will eventually lead to the assembly of this "Avengers" team, I must say that this film goes above and beyond the boundaries of any of the Marvel films in the past. The backstories are meant for the individual films throughout the past four years and the assumed underdeveloped characters on the S.H.I.E.L.D team all get their character arcs at some point in this film. Now, a cube stolen by Loki must be retrieved and destroyed or removed, for the safety of the world. This is the opportunity to Assemble a team of heroes to fight back. This sparks a war that even a non Marvel fan will "marvel" for the rest of their lives. Even though it is a very streamline story, they pull it off with ease, making for a blast of a film. The script is very carefully written, the one-liners and jokes are gut-splittingly hilarious, the characters (along with the acting) are fantastic, the action is some of the best ever delivered by Marvel, and by the time this film concludes, you have no choice but to stand up and cheer. "The Avenger's" is definitely one of the most fun Marvel films, and I highly recommend it to any fans and non-fans alike. This film will not let you down. A summer blockbuster at it's finest!!!
The comedy genre in Hollywood has been going downhill for such a long… MoreThe comedy genre in Hollywood has been going downhill for such a long time, with the odd exception here and there of course. "Get Hard" is not one of those exceptions. Kevin Hart and Will Ferrel definitely do not explore their chemistry as much as the trailer promises, which is a shame, because they are both very funny comedians. Aside from a few gags that hit, this film is a pretty unfunny exploration of racist humor. Relying on black and white jokes to pass by dead time, the writers did not try very hard here. Kevin Hart's presence is what makes this film likeable, but I use that word very loosely. Training a businessman for prison after being wrongfully commited is a silly idea to begin with, and that ideal should have prevented this film honestly. I viewed this film with a stright face for most of the duration. I was actually chuckling at the scenes they intended to be funny, but failed miserably. Overall, "Get Hard" is lazily written, sloppily directed, and lifeless. The message at the end of the film didn't even phase me. In the end, It's a prety terrible comedy with little to no jokes.
In my mind, films from the 1990's almost have their own genre as to… MoreIn my mind, films from the 1990's almost have their own genre as to what material is explored throughout. Like today's day and age, the 90's had it's own feel. We have a lot of big blockbuster superhero films, and the 90's had a tons of teenage hangout pictures. "GO" puts a spin on that story and has a very Pulp Fiction-esque type of vibe as far as storytelling goes. For many more reasons than one, this is a much easier film to watch than "Pulp Ficton," as the fun element is cranked up to a million. Telling the same story over and over again through different perspectives can be a disaster waiting to happen, and while not every piece of the puzzle fit for me, they did about 90% of the time. "GO" is a very smart film that you do not need to think about very much, and those are two things that I think makes a film brilliant. "GO" is one of the rare films that has definite repeat value for me. Such a lovable little film. Highly recommended!
Bafflingly brilliant in every way, "Enemy" marks a career high for… MoreBafflingly brilliant in every way, "Enemy" marks a career high for Jake Gyllenhaal, as he portrays the characters of Adam and Anthony. After seeing a film, he notices someone who looks just like him. He then looks into this actors career and notices two other films as well. After viewing his films, he decides to contact him to meet up. The confrontation is very well-handled and the climax of the film after everything begins to tie together, twists the entire story around, making you feel upset and happy all at once. By the time the credits roll you will have been through an entire universe of emotions, and although the ending may not completely make sense upon first viewing, you can tell the filmmakers meant something profound with it, and for that, I loved it. Every second of this picture, from the camerawork, to the acting, to the screenplay (slim I might add), is breathtaking. "Enemy" is one of my favourite films in this genre for sure, but it is not for everyone, especially for casual moviegoers. I loved every second of this artistic film. "Enemy" is brilliant!
It seems like every Hollywood film that comes out as time passes by,… MoreIt seems like every Hollywood film that comes out as time passes by, tries to outdo the last in every technical aspect possible. Creating deeper and more emotional characters than any film I have seen in the past couple of years, "Ex Machina" is not only a great story of the evolution of technology and what are world really has under it's skin, but of reality in general. There is a fascinating line in the film that states, "We are destined to be overcome by the A.I.'s that will eventually surpass the brain capacity of a human, just like we surpassed apes. Evolution has it's path." I know that quote is way off, but it was something along those lines, and it was such a fantastic take on our lives that I was blown away by how well it fit into this story. With a brilliantly written screenplay, amazing actors to portray the characters, and a director that knows how to handle his cast perfectly, "Ex Machina" is a film that should be on every film lovers' radar. Do not miss this fantastic story, because it will have you on the edge of your seat in every way. Not in the sense that it is an intense thriller, but the eerie slow burning of the storytelling is what makes this film shine. Overall, there may have been a few elements that felt unexplored, but other than those, it is a flawlessly written film with beautiful imagery and a worthy conclusion. "Ex Machina" is incredible!
You'd think that after every failed found-footage type film, studios… MoreYou'd think that after every failed found-footage type film, studios would learn that the genre is down in the dumps by now. Boy do I love thinking that when walking into a movie and then being totally surprised. "Unfriended" Focusses mostly on the character of Blaire as she group skype calls her boyfriend along with a few of their friends. After losing one of their friends through suicide, a mysterious caller pops up in their group chat session. Wreaking havoc on their lives, it seems to be the ghost of Laura Barns (their deceased friend) or a computer hacker messing with their heads. Forcing the lies out of them until death begins to ensue, "Unfriended" is a tense thriller than really has never been done before in feature film length. This film worked for so many reasons, and I even felt a smile beginning to come on during this film, because movies like this usually turn me off. Well-executed, well-planned, and strategically directed and written, this film was a lot of fun to watch. Sure the acting is not great, and a few of the climactic moments felt chuckle-worthy, but all-in-all it is a very solid film for what it is. Definitely recommended to horror fans, thriller fans, and people who are just looking for a fun little original film to kill your time. There is nothing great about a film like this, but it had me on the edge of my seat, and for that it get's major props. "Unfriended" is a great attempt at something new.