Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) | Movie Review |

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has swung back into theaters with the highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The twenty-third entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe sees Jon Watts return as director and he’s accompanied by returning stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, and Jon Favreau. As the last entry of Phase 3 of the MCU, Spider-Man: Far From Home follows up on the events of Avengers: Endgame and sees New York City’s favorite hero take on a world-ending threat while vacationing in Europe. Spoilers after the trailer.

Mysterious Multiverse

Don’t let the trailers fool you, Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) is Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) foe in this film. Beck claims that he’s from another universe and Thano’s Snap aka The Blip tore a hole into the universe and he’s come here to protect Earth from the Elementals, a group of villains that have the power of various elements such as earth, wind, water and fire. Once Mysterio arrives on the scene, he tells Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smuthers) that they do not want any parts of the Elementals.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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Gyllenhaal’s performance as Quentin Beck/Mysterio is one of the best performances as far as villains go in the MCU. In the first half of the film, Beck is living up to his villainous alias by keeping his character’s true motives a mystery. Gyllenhaal was perfectly cast because once the film decides to reveal Mysterio’s secret plan, his demeanor does a complete 180 to fit within the confines of the story. Beck went from a loyal, heroic, cool uncle-like figure to Peter Parker to an unhinged, sycophant madman who wants to be the next Tony Stark.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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The ethos of the Mysterio character shines throughout the film. From Beck’s background to Mysterio’s costume including his signature fishbowl helmet, Mysterio looks like he stepped straight out of a comic book. The intricate details include the fog in his helmet, the eyes on the pins of his cape and the mastery of his illusions which combine into making this film a spectacle to watch on the big screen.

Spider-Man: Far From Home proves its ambitiousness when Spider-Man takes on Mysterio and the Man of Mystery gets the best of the wall-crawler. The visual highlight of the entire film is when Mysterio creates an illusion that not even Spider-Man’s Spider Sense aka Peter Tingle can detect. During this scene Mysterio changes the environment, Spider-Man’s suit and manipulates everything around him.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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Quentin Beck was just a mere mortal but Far From Home does a fantastic job at making him feel like a foe to Spider-Man. Mysterio’s mastery of illusions is up there with the God of Mischief and the Master of the Mystic Arts which makes him more impressive. By the film’s conclusion you’re not even sure if he really is dead.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Uncle Ben is nowhere to be found in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (so far), but his mission statement — “with great power comes great responsibility” — is ever so prevalent throughout this film. Following the events of Avengers: Engame, Peter Parker just wants to enjoy his summer vacation in Europe and not deal with the responsibilities of being Spider-Man.

Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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The ethos of the Spider-Man character and what makes him relatable is that he just wants to be a normal kid but he has the world thrust upon him.

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
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Final Thoughts

Like its predecessor, Spider-Man: Far From Home’s mid-credit and post-credit scenes end in a cliffhanger that sets up many possibilities for the Wall-Crawler’s future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Far From Home is a fun, comedic sequel that does not disappoint, and as far as solo franchises in the MCU, Spider-Man has the best one and two so far, most MCU solo films have disappointed in their first or second entry. Director Jon Watts and returning screenwriters Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna did a fantastic job at capturing the high school charm that made this version of Spidey enduring in Homecoming without it ever becoming a parody of itself.

Promoting Mysterio as a hero from another universe was a unique twist and creating the idea of there being a multiverse in the MCU was a clever selling point for the trailers. Not going the route of the multiverse was a smart move by Marvel Studios because that would have weakened the impact of the deaths in Endgame. Having Mysterio turn out to be the villain is on par with his comic counterpart, and his death is still open enough for Gyllenhaal to return in a Sinister Six film (we can dream!).

Spider-Man: Far From Home was a perfect way to end Phase Three of the MCU while setting up Phase Four. At this time we do not even know what the next film in the MCU will be but our Spidey Senses are tingling for another appearance of the Web-Slinger in 2020.

Fin.

RATING

[Fresh Horchata]

[Fuego]

[Bueno]

[así así]

[Basura]

[All Mames Wey]

Spider-Man: Far From Home was released in theaters July 2, 2019.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019) |Movie Review|

ATTENTION: First, this review is GOING TO CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!  If you have not seen Avengers: Endgame yet then you can check out this SPOILER FREE REACTION here.

With the release of the full Spiderman: Far From Home trailer, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, aka The Russo Brothers, have announced an end to the spoiler ban today. In honor of the ban being lifted, here is my full spoilerific review.

Disassembled

This section is for the people who went into Avengers: Endgame without seeing the previous twenty-one entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). If you’re someone who has only seen Avengers: Infinity War or is unfamiliar with the way these characters have developed over the past decade, and view Endgame as a standalone, then it probably hits you differently when it comes to your expectations. As a standalone film then I would rate this movie as a FUEGO because the first two acts of this film require you to understand what has transpired in previous films to understand the grasp of the situation. The rest of this review is for the people that have been there since Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) built his first suit in the middle of a cave

Act I: The Fallout

The first hour of Avengers: Endgame picks up right where we left off after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, half of life in the universe has ceased to exist, thanks to The Snap heard around the world by Thanos (Josh Brolin). The first twenty minutes of this film are captivating for various reasons. If you were expecting this film to start off with a bunch of explosions and superheroes doing all the superhero things then lo siento, you’re going to be upset about the start of this film. For a comic book film, Endgame is a masterpiece when it comes to humanizing these characters.

The film opens with Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) teaching his daughter the ways of archery, and then his family turns into dust. Hawkeye is wearing an ankle monitor because of the fallout from the events of  Captain America: Civil War.  Details like that are what can make or break a film because it shows that the filmmakers took their time and cared about continuity. Oh and Linda Cardellini stopped ghosting and returned as Hawkeye’s wife.Jeremy Renner and Ava Russo in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Fast forward twenty-one days, after getting a beatdown by Thanos on Titan, Tony Stark and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are playing a game of paper football. This scene conveyed a lot of development for Nebula because her personality has been humorless and sadistic, which Tony calls her the latter, throughout her appearances in the MCU. Just showing them playing paper football to pass the time as they’re drifting out in space was a great way to humanize both of their characters and create some sort of relationship between two people who are practically strangers. Tony’s heartfelt message to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) would’ve been far more impactful if the film’s trailers didn’t have him in future scenes. At least that would’ve given off the impression that he died on the ship, but Robert Downey Jr. sells it well, so you’re caught up in the moment and convinced he won’t make it. Seriously, doesn’t this look like a man that’s about to die?

Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

When he and Nebula are saved by Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and return to Earth, the film becomes more dramatic. Tony and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) finally reunite for the first time since the events of Civil War and the emotions are running wild at the Avengers headquarters. Thanos won in Infinity War and every single one of the living heroes in the room, individually, felt like they were the reason that he succeeded with his plan. The temperature in the room is somber, sad, bleek, depressing and the ego of Stark causes more friction between him and Rogers. Their superhero alias aren’t just names, they’re personality traits. Iron Man is a man who is extremely strong willed with his ego and his beliefs versus Captain America, the man that will do whatever he can in the name of freedom even if it isn’t always in the best interest of the universe. The pair squabble and there is a reference to a conversation from Age of Ultron, where Captain America says, “They’ll lose together too,” yet this loss has cost the team and the universe everything. Tony’s arc from the first Iron Man is that he wanted to put the safety of the Earth and its people before anything else, – whatever it takes – by any means necessary. Seeing Earth in this state and going through what he went through during his clash with Thanos on Titan has broken Tony Stark.

Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The one character that is taking things the hardest is Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and he is, arguably, the one that has lost the most. When Stark arrived at Avengers headquarters he even had to ask what was wrong with Thor. Pictured above, Thor has the look of someone who is poised, angry, focused, and ready to unleash a fury unbeknownst to anyone in the room. The ever so arrogant Captain Marvel wants to bring the fight to Thanos, she even tells the group they didn’t have her in their previous battles. The film has some self-awareness when a character wonders where Captain Marvel has been this whole time and she states that other planets in the galaxy don’t have Avengers. Whenever the eventual Captain Marvel II comes out, hopefully we get an  in-depth look into what Carol Danvers has been doing over the past 20 years.

For the people who come for action, Endgame rewards you around the fifteen minute mark. Personally, I enjoyed the slow burn because if the film rushed into the action it would have undermined everything that happened in Infinity War. The emotional journey of creating everything as bleak as possible early on is what makes the third act remarkably rewarding.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

When Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet, he did what he said he was going to do: sit down and watch the sunset. This was his destiny. He has a planet to himself, he’s gardening, retired his armor and used it as a scarecrow, until Carol and the gang ambush him and eventually kill him. After the Mad Titan tells them that he destroyed the stones, Thor unleashes all of that pent up anger and  “goes for the head” the same way Thanos told him that he should’ve done in Infinity War. That action works two-fold because it gives the audience a reason to laugh and fits the narrative of the film. The first act of this movie does a good job at intertwining humor with its dramatic tone without it ever feeling misplaced.

Five Years Later

Fast forward five years and no one has come back to life since Thanos destroyed the stones, half of life is still gone, all hope has been lost and our Avengers are back to coping as best as they can. The always optimistic Captain America is hosting counseling meetings for the survivors of The Snappening in a similar fashion to Falcon (Anthony Mackie) working with veterans at the VA. During this scene the Russo brothers, in the most bottom of the barrell way humanly possible, introduced the first gay character in the MCU, and one of them even used that character as an opportunity to make a cameo.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

While Captain America is helping others, and finding different methods to cope with the events that have transpired so far, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is out there looking like an ACTUAL WIDOW. Of all the characters we’ve seen so far since the five year time jump she is looking the most disheveled. Her red roots have grown out and she looks like she’s doing her best Rogue impression. I’m not sure if that was on purpose, but it is fitting that one of the world’s best assassins, who has been known to go rogue, ends up looking like Rogue. The scene of her eating a peanut butter sandwich just adds to the stress that Black Widow has to be feeling, she went from shwarama to peanut butter sandwiches – no jelly.  Just look at her:

Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Again, the film knows when to mix in the humor to lighten things up without overdoing it. Thanks to a mouse, which had to be a play on Disney’s flagship character, Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is saved from the Quantum Realm. Ant-Man’s reunion with his daughter five years later is one of the most heartfelt scenes in the film – if you’ve seen the other Ant-Man films then you’ll know why. When he goes to Avengers headquarters and reunites with Rogers and Romanoff, the three of them bounce off of each other well. The chemistry between Evans, Rudd and Johanson picks up right where it left off in Civil War.

To counter Roger’s selfishness and Romanoff’s sadness, Tony Stark has moved out to the countryside, raising his daughter with Pepper Potts. Just seeing Stark living in a log cabin is such – sorry for the pun – a stark contrast to how the futurist has been living throughout the rest of the films in the MCU. This is Stark’s second chance to have a family and live out his life. When Stark was trapped in that cave in Iron Man, Yinsen told him “don’t waste your life” which is why he tells Rogers and Romanoff that his main concern is his wife and his daughter. Stark has finally found happiness and he is going to do whatever it takes to keep it and this begins the transition to the film’s second act.

Act II: Time Heist

The second act is where the film’s tone and moods start to shift into a more plucky and optimistic role as our heroes come up with a plan to save the universe. Rogers, Lang and Romanoff eventually got Stark’s help to devise a plan to commit a time heist and travel back to the past to fight Thanos. Romanoff recruits Barton, who is in Japan acting as a vigilante named Ronin, and he’s killing criminals as a coping mechanism for The Snap that killed his family.

After getting the green beat out of him during Infinity War, Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) has become one being, known as Professor Hulk. Hulk went from being ostracized from Earth to being a loveable figure where kids come up to take pictures. Instead of saying cheese, Hulk says, “green,” it’s again another way the film effortlessly blends into comedy without disrupting its flow.

Unlike Banner, the past five years have not been kind to Thor. He is far from the angry demeanor he had early on in the film. Now the God of Lightning looks like The Big Lebowski’s stunt double and this is one of the best things that Endgame pulled off. It makes sense that Thor is taking things even harder than he was earlier in this film. He killed Thanos with Stormbreaker but everyone is still dead. He feels like the ultimate failure. Asgard experienced Ragnarok, his parents, step-brother, and half of the people that he was supposed to look over are all dead.

Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The tragedy of Thor, perfectly coincides with his depression, PTSD and weight gain. When Thor reunites with Rocket and Hulk after creating bonds with both characters in Ragnarok and Infinity War, respectively, the drastic shift of his personality is just as seismic as his weight gain. The way that Hemsworth and the Russo brothers pulled this off is one of the film’s greatest feats. Hemsworth is just as hilarious as he was in Thor: Ragnarok, but the humor is laced in the grief that he has experienced in Infinity War.

Forget What You Know About Time Travel

Time travel in films can be tricky and can create problems the size of a Chitauri worm if the film breaks its own rules. Endgame addresses its audience by using a conversation with its heroes to establish the rules of time travel.  The characters tell us to forget everything you know about time travel and the film ends up creating a time heist that uses alternate-realities and universes versus the traditional paradox method.

Captain America goes back to 2012 and fights himself; he also goes back to 1970s and captures a glimpse of Agent Peggy Carter; Thor goes to 2012 gets to see his mother and wields Mjolnir once again; Nebula gets to confront the atrocity of her 2014 self; Iron Man has one last conversation with his father in the 1970s and Black Widow makes the ultimate sacrifice for the Soul stone in 2014.

Seeing the Ancient One assist the Avengers in 2012 was a welcomed, small touch but it makes you wonder why she did not do more if she was there for the attack on New York. The 2012 version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) manages to escape custody, which opens up ideas for a future show/movie. The second act for this movie is vital because it was a way to fleege out the Marvel Cinematic Uni- MULTIVERSE. Another reason why Endgame is such a vital film and changes everything about the MCU and what we’ve seen so far.

Act III: AVENGERS . . . . ASSEMBLE

The third act is where Endgame excels more than any other comic book film in the history cinema. Tensions have risen as 2014 Thanos ambushes the Avengers at their own headquarters. It is symbolic of how Iron Man and company ambushed Thanos on his home planet, Titan.  Seeing Thor, Iron Man and Captain America do their best at trying to defeat the Mad Titan leads up to one of the best moments in comic book film history. Captain America wields Mjolnir for the first time in the MCU and this scene is shot in a jaw dropping way. Rogers is in center frame as the powers of Thor course through his body and he attack Thanos with the hammer.

Chris Evans in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Unfortunately, the Mad Titan wasn’t easily defeated and this builds up to the emotional checkpoint of the film. Captain America, a man who can do this all day, has his back against the wall, it is just him and Thanos until he hears Falcon say “Cap, I’m on your left” which is another call back from Winter Soldier. When the rest of the heroes returned from the dead and did their hero pose on the battlefield, that’s when things got real. Captain America finally said the words that fans have been waiting for…. “Avengers.. Assemble”

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A moment that felt overwhelmingly rewarding when I saw this movie the first time. This is a feat that a decade ago seemed impossible and for this movie franchise to build up to this moment in time could not have been executed any better. Marvel Studios was able to project the imagination of every kid that plays with toys onto the silver screen. When the dust started to settle and the action sequences began to reach its conclusion, the man that kicked off the MCU was the one that ended up snapping to defeat Thanos. At the start of the film and at the end of the battle, Thanos stated that he was inevitable, and after snapping, Stark told Thanos, “I am Iron Man” which is a call back to the end of the first film in the MCU. This was the best way to kill the Iron Man character. Having Stark’s last words being a quip was a marvelous choice by the film’s editors and they deserve a huge raisethe film’s editors and they deserve a gigantic raise.

Robert Downey Jr. at an event for Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The Endgame

A masterclass in character development will be something that many will overlook about Endgame. Like the reactor he created in his first film, Tony’s character arc is one of a kind yet it might be the best character arc of any character over the course of multiple films. This 3 hour and two minute film wasn’t just about Tony, other characters have some type of closure to their character arc as well. Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, War Machine (Don Cheadle), Nebula, Hawkeye and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) all have moments that further develop their character or complete their arc from previous films. The build-up from 21 other films is what makes Endgame such an enjoyable film and I cannot wait to see  what’s next for these heros in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Fin.

RATING

[Fresh Horchata]

[Fuego]

[Bueno]

[así así]

[Basura]

[All Mames Wey]

Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters April 26, 2019

Spoiler Free – Avengers: Endgame (2019) Reaction in 300 Words Or Less.

The Avengers assembled for the emotional and long-awaited sequel to 2018’s Infinity War.  After 21 other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which turned 11 years old this year, we’ve reached the season finale, so to speak, Avengers: Endgame was a phenomenal way to cap off this epic journey.

Reaction

After watching every second of this three hour and two minute film – with no bathroom break 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 – I left the theater floored from what I just saw. The character development, the call backs, the heartbreak, the laughs, every emotion you can think of was captured in this movie. The Russo Brothers even found a way to integrate things from a show outside of the MCU into this film. I walked out of the theater thinking – with no hyperbole – that there is no way any comic book movie is going to be able to top what I just watched. The first 10 minutes of this film were everything that you could ask for after the events of Infinity War. The character arc for a certain character has to be the best character arc of any character over the course of multiple films. The call backs from other MCU movies weren’t just in the film to pad up it’s run time, instead they made sense with the film’s narrative. Just like those call backs, the comedy never felt forced because everything the characters had to say fits with their characterization from other films. Narratively, the conclusion of multiple storylines were wrapped up and Endgame found a way to address the questions the viewer may be asking when it comes to key plot points. The appropriately titled film felt like the endgame of a genre and the MCU assembled the cream of the crop.

Fin.

RATING

[Fresh Horchata]

[Fuego]

[Bueno]

[así así]

[Basura]

[All Mames Wey]

Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters April 26, 2019.

Captain Marvel (2019) |Movie Review|

International Women’s Day 2019 coincided with the release of Marvel Studios’ newest film, Captain Marvel.  The twenty-first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first one with a female led hero, introduces us to Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, the most powerful hero in the MCU, so far.  Directed by Anna Bolden and Ryan Fleck, the film stars Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson as the titular character in her MCU debut.  Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou reprise their roles as Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, Ronan the Accuser, and Korath, respectively.

Lay It On Thick

Recently, nostalgia has, ironically, become the newest trend in comic book films. If you’re a millennial who loves nostalgia, then Captain Marvel is a wet dream. Set in 1995, the film is filled with 90s references from its scoring to all of the out of business brick and mortar stores that make a cameo. In the trailer, Captain Marvel crashes into a Blockbuster which is used to effectively set the time period of the film, and this is shortly followed by RadioShack returning from the dead. Somehow, Circuit City missed the cut when it came to retail resurrections. With RadioShack and Blockbuster the film finds a way to incorporate them into the story, so they don’t feel like they’re just thrown in, unlike the scene where Captain Marvel goes full Terminator 2.

Subtleness be damned. Reader, did I mention that this film was released on International Women’s Day? Did you know that Captain Marvel was a woman? This film ensures that you do not forget that a woman is kicking ass in this movie. ‘Just A Girl’ by No Doubt is playing during a major fight scene and it’s jarring because the song does not fit the mood of the scene. Since Captain Marvel is a film where our heroine cannot remember details of her past life, the movie uses this trope as a way to show that most of her memories are of her being put down for being a woman. Even in the Terminator 2 scene referenced above, the biker tells her that she needs to smile. This brings me to my biggest issue with Captain Marvel.

Write To Show, Not To Tell

Being that film is a visual medium, what your audience is seeing is just as or if not more important than what they’re hearing. The visual gags from Captain Marvel work well because they’re woven into the story of the film. The technology of the 1990s are not just sight gags, they’re used to show how inferior life on Earth is compared to the alien life on other planets. When the leader of the Skrulls, a shape-shifting alien race, Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), arrives on Earth, he calls our life primitive. We’re using pagers, dial-up internet (shout out to AOL), AltaVista, Floppy Disk, CD-Roms and his enemy, Captain Marvel, is out here with a universal translator.

Between the screenplay and the story, this film is credited with having five writers and the inconsistency is all over the place. It seems that they all had different ideas about the characters when writing the film. Talos starts out as a serious threat to Vers (Carol Danvers) and her Kree, a race of noble warrior heroes, during the film’s opening scene but once he arrives on Earth that seriousness gets thrown out the window. Not sure if it was the G-force through Earth’s atmosphere, but Talos turns into a comedy character. Credit to Mendelsohn’s performance because he does get to show off his range as an actor. Talos, the other Skrulls, and Carol Danvers have been on Earth for approximately 22 hours and all of them are doing goofy earthling things that you would see in a 90s sitcom.

Danvers’ Fury

When it comes to the MCU, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury is severely underrated for what he brings to these films. He brings that seamless chemistry that he has with the rest of the Avengers to his role in Captain Marvel. Whenever Jackson and Larson are paired together on-screen is when this film is at its best. The pair are charming, funny, and make it feel as if a real bond was created by the end of the film. We find out the reasons behind Fury’s motivations in the previous 20 films in the MCU. Things like how he lost his eye, the reasoning behind the name of the Avengers Initiative (was kind of forced), why he doesn’t trust bureaucracy, and background information were all answered in this film. The EFX department did an incredible job at deaging Jackson and he actually looks 25 years younger.

On the other hand,  lead actress Brie Larson, did not sell me on the movie from the trailers and by the end of the film I was still disappointed. When she was paired with Jackson she was funny and charming but whenever she was  solo, paired with Jude Law or other characters, Larson comes off uninspired. Part of this is her dialogue because she’s not given much to work with and part of it is her acting because she’s not bringing much to the table. She was questioned by the Supreme Intelligence (Anne Benning) during the film’s opening 15 minutes and  Larson just seemed dead inside when delivering her lines. It’ll be interesting to see how she interacts with the rest of the MCU when Endgame hits theaters in April.

Final Thoughts

I would be remiss if I did not mention that the opening credits in this film is perhaps my favorite of any movie in the MCU and the Stan Lee cameo is awesome as well. The special effects, especially for the aliens, in this film are among the best in sci-fi and shows how ahead of the curve that Marvel Studios are when it comes to their competition. The makeup of Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos and the other Skrulls is phenomenally done and doesn’t look like something off of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Speaking of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there was a cringe line where Samuel L. Jackson referenced the title of the show.

Clocking in at 124 minutes, the film covers a lot of ground when introducing her to the MCU, but at the same time the movie feels like a filler film until End Game‘s release in April. As far as origin films go in the MCU, Captain Marvel pushes the needle in the wrong direction and tries to replicate the success of 2018’s sleeper hit but ends up being lackluster like MCU films from over a decade agoCaptain Marvel doesn’t have an angle that makes it an engaging movie and that’s what ends up making it forgettable. Outside of her being the first woman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s nothing about this film that stands out. Black Panther is afrofuturism; The Winter Soldier is a political-thriller; Guardians of the Galaxy is a space-exploration comedy; Dr. Strange is a science-fantasy; yet Captain Marvel’s theme is just, she’s a woman and that really sells the character short. Since she has amnesia the ingredients were there for this to be a mystery-comedy superhero film, but unfortunately the film doesn’t even take advantage of its strengths. There’s already been a strong female-led character that wears red, gold and blue and her film managed to make a statement while being entertaining. When Captain Marvel gets a sequel, I hope it lives up to her name and is a marvel to watch.

Fin.

RATING

[Fresh Horchata]

[Fuego]

[Bueno]

[así así]

[Basura]

[All Mames Wey]

Captain Marvel was released in theaters March 8, 2019.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) |Trailer Thoughts|

Coming off the heels of the highly praised Into the Spider-Versespider-senses are tingling as the highly anticipated (teaser!) trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has finally been released. The sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming sees our wall-crawling superhero leave the friendly neighborhoods of New York to take on foes during his vacation in Europe. Several major actors have returned to this Sony Pictures-Marvel Studios collaboration, including Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei and Jacob Batalon with the introduction of Jake Gyllenhall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

There’s a lot to like about this trailer. I’m glad that they didn’t reverse course on Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) knowing that her nephew is Spider-Man. After watching the end credit scene during Homecoming I didn’t think they would follow through with it. To open up the trailer with her knowing that he’s Spider-Man adds a whole new element to their relationship. The comedy aspect doesn’t feel forced and seems to naturally work here, unlike another 2019 MCU release, when Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) returns and there’s this awkward moment between him and Peter’s hot aunt. The results of Endgame seems to have an affect on the world at large because Tony Stark is nowhere to be seen. Since Peter’s surrogate uncle, Tony Stark, (probably) won’t be making an appearance we are treated to former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders). Peter just wants to go on vacation with his classmates and wants to leave that Spider-Man stuff in New York, BUT NAH BRUH crime doesn’t work that way, so Fury pretty much reminds Peter Parker that old saying, y’know the one, “with great power comes great responsibility,” without actually saying it. The only concern that I have is when Fury tranquilizes Ned (Jacob Batalon), it makes you wonder why doesn’t Peter’s spider-senses alert him that Fury is in the room?

Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) makes his feature film debut and appearance wise they get the look right. THEY EVEN GOT THE FISHBOWL HELMET! Gyllenhaal is a good actor and it’s going to be interesting to see what they do with the character. Fury recruits Mysterio to help Spider-Man take on the Elementals. Mysterio is usually a villain, so if I had to guess, he’s probably going to end up betraying Spider-Man at some point in the film. The Elementals are extraterrestrial humanoids who have power over natural elements, but the MCU may not stick to their comic book background. Since Spider-Man has villains such as Hydro-Man, Molten-Man and Sandman who do similar things then they’ll more than likely tie in as the Elementals.  Here are a few stills from the trailer of the Mysterio and the Elementals:

Some other observations, there’s a shot of Peter’s suitcase and the initials BFP are engraved in it, could that be a Benjamin Parker reference?
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Michelle “MJ” Jones (Zendaya) is back with her quips, which were hilarious in Homecoming. The score of this trailer is perfect and the Spider-Man theme fits perfectly. Spider-Man has a black stealth suit, which I’m assuming Fury gives to him since it does not look like Peter packed his suit, but we will see. It also looks like he’s wearing a black and red suit similar to a Miles Morales color scheme. Overall, this trailer looks like another hit for the Spectacular SONYman Spider-Man, and Independence Day 2019 cannot get here soon enough.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home is scheduled to be released July 5th, 2019.

 

 

 

Captain Marvel (2019) |Trailer Thoughts|

Update: Check out the full review here.

After much anticipation, the second official trailer for Captain Marvel was released last night. The film will be the twenty-first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first to be set in the 1990s. This will also be MCU’s first movie with a female lead as Brie Larson flies into action as the film’s titular heroine.

 

The film’s aesthetic looks in line with the comics. There are vibrant colors throughout the trailer, and the film doesn’t look like it’s CGI overkill. Carol Danvers’s origins seem to be inline with the comic as well, just based off the clips given. Samuel L. Jackson makes his return as Nick Fury, and I think we’re going to finally learn how he lost his eye, could it be by that cat at the end of the trailer? The only thing I have reservations about is Brie Larson’s performance. Just based on both of the released trailers, something sounds off, and she comes off as boring, but hopefully that won’t be the case. Overall, I’m looking forward to Marvel’s  next space adventure/ retro film and how it furthers the plot for Avengers 4.

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Captain Marvel is scheduled to be released in theater March 8, 2019