Avengers: Endgame Is It Everything You Hope It To Be? (NO SPOILERS)

Avengers: Endgame Is It Everything You Hope It To Be? (NO SPOILERS)

Avengers: Endgame Is It Everything You Hope It To Be? (NO SPOILERS)

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Without a doubt, Avengers: Endgame is one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2019. In fact, once Infinity War was seen, this became the IT movie that everyone was dying to see, particularly after seeing the highly anticipated Captain Marvel. The thing is though, that many people (the diehard fans in particular) are worried that this movie will not live up to the hype. Well, the initial reactions are that this movie is going to be hitting all the right marks.

Fun

Although a bit of a slow start and required the viewer to accept a, to be honest, overused trope for furthering the plot, the latter half of the movie more than made up for it. The movie rewarded longtime viewers and avid comic fans alike with nostalgia through its delicate scenes, choice of dialog, and thematic elements. It could certainly be a summer blockbuster by itself through its action and pacing but again, it really gains its credibility as a great movie if the viewer has watched a majority of the previous movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Story

The story picks up immediately after the events of the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War, as many sequels tend to do. Like previously mentioned, the premise the film is built on seems a bit flimsy only because it could be viewed as a cliched story building tactic. However, the characters have been well built and draw upon the many years that went into building them and fulfilling the audience’s prebuilt ideas. Those characters are further enhanced by their teamwork with each other, both as actors and characters. The character themselves show that there is still room to grow, despite the many films that have been given, and yet the audience can see how far they’ve come leading to a sense of satisfaction for themselves. Most importantly perhaps, the ending feels complete and rewarding in every sense. A feat remarkably difficult to do considering the decade of anticipation leading to it.

Flow

The beginning seems a bit slow but is used to start the pacing of the movie and set a necessary tone to follow. There are many, many elements that are going on but it doesn’t ever seem too difficult to follow, again considering how much time is usually invested for the audience who has seen many of the involved movies. The movie really picks up in one of the anticipated climaxes with heroic teamwork, clever scenes, and shocking twists. As previously mentioned, the ending is resolved fairly both to those involved with the film and those watching it.

Characters

I kinda already covered that in part with the ‘story’ part. Each character’s highlights are further exaggerated by the surrounding scene and the incredible acting of others. It never felt like actors playing a part but rather people who were meant to live their part, with us as the audience. Each character has grown through the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this movie serves as its capstone of a wonderful era.

Revisit Value

Although a personal note, I haven’t really felt that many Marvel films are worth watching past the first time. It’s difficult to enjoy a story told twice. The only time I really see re-watching this film is either with other people who haven’t seen it, and to see their reactions to the aforementioned rewards or as a movie marathon. I feel confident in saying that this movie is as rewatchable as Infinity War, in each way and sense.

Rating

If I was to go off of first impressions, I would give this movie a 9/10. Again, it has a rather slow-feeling start which held it back a bit but the movie is everything its fans, casual or die-hard, hope it will be. And that’s hard to say for something that has been building for well over a decade. In the end, I would give this film an “Everyone” rating because I think even people who haven’t seen any Marvel films can enjoy parts of it. It is an action movie with cool visual effects, and so on. But it is most definitely marketed for the many “Buffs” that have been committed for this long and makes it feel worth it be happy superhero nerd.

So, does Avengers: Endgame live up to the hype? In short, no it does not – it surpasses it. This is a movie that was well worth the ten year wait, and is definitely one that you will have fun watching. Enjoy!

The Infinity War is Coming

The Infinity War is Coming

The Infinity War is Coming

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Marvel Studio’s The Avengers: Infinity War will be coming out to theaters nationwide on April 27, 2018. Here is the latest official trailer that has been released to give us an early look at what can be expected.

Frankly, it looks fantastic, and the meetup between Tony Stark and Peter Quill looks to be about as hilarious as we were expecting. Tickets are currently available for say now, by simply going to: http://www.fandango.com/infinitywar

Teaser Trailer for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Unleashed

Teaser Trailer for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Unleashed

Teaser Trailer for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Unleashed

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The official teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok has been unleashed. Imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer, Thor finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: Ragnarok thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.

The Force is Strong with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Force is Strong with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Force is Strong with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Before I get into my impressions of the latest Star Wars addition (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) I have a not so little confession to make. I am (arguably) one of the biggest Star fanatics around. I can (and have) carry on conversations about the movies, books, television shows, video games, role playing games, card games, and so on, for hours. To say that I have been waiting impatiently for this latest installation of the series is putting it mildly (you can just ask my wife…she’ll more than likely agree). So, please keep in mind that I will try to keep my fanboy side in check as I share my impression of the movie.

Fun

There are not words enough to describe just how much fun this movie was. Throughout the entire movie, I was on the edge of my seat, and I found myself surprised at just how quick the 2 hours 14minutes passed. Even when the movie ended, I (and the rest of the theater) were hungry for more, and didn’t want to leave. While there were literally dozens of little treats for the devoted Star Wars fans, one of my personal favorites was when Darth Vader (facing away from the camera) says to Director Krennic, “Don’t choke on your aspirations.” As Lord Vader is saying this, Director Krennic is on his knees…choking. Needless to say, that when the Dark Lord of the Sith turns around, he was holding his hand in the traditional Force Choke claw. This is but one of the many little gifts that are sprinkled liberally throughout the movie….and by no means the least. There were so many Easter Eggs hidden throughout the movie, that it would take almost a book to describe them all.

Story

Rogue One definitely carries on the torch of the franchise by having both a fun and easy to follow story, but also one that upon closer inspection is rich, full, and surprisingly complex. Rogue One is set virtually right before the start of Star Wars: A New Hope, and details how the Rebel Alliance was able to actually get the plans to the Death Star. This is a question that has plagued fans since the initial movie, and which has fueled endless speculation and debate. Further, this movie actually explains (rather believably) one of the biggest questions that critics of the franchise have had for over a generation. I won’t give away the exact question that is answered, spoilers after all, but it is as hard to miss as the Death Star itself.

Flow

From the very start of the movie, Rogue One sets a familiar tempo that is comfortable to any Star Wars fan. There is just enough buildup between scenes that you never find yourself tired as you watch the movie. While the transition between each of the scenes may be a little choppy at times, for example when Jyn Erso finds herself no longer an Imperial prisoner, but rather a Rebel Alliance prisoner, it doesn’t really detract from the story in the least.

Characters

Characters, both old and new, are presented in this movie with loving and painstaking attention to detail. You learn about enough of the main characters, and their backstory, that you truly come to care about them. Two of my favorite characters were Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus, who were guards in the Khyber Temple, in the Jedi Holy City of Jedah. While these two are not Jedi themselves, the skills that they exhibit are definitely enhanced by the Force in some way. Not to mention, these two are truly a treat to watch as they saunter through the battlefields of the movie.

Revisit Value

Once seeing this movie, you will immediately want to start watching all of the others, and trying to catch how this latest installation interconnects with ALL of the other movies in the series. Going through everything with a fine-tooth comb, and parsing out what happened, and seeing if there is any hints as to the future. You might just be surprised at what you find. I for one will be heading back to the theater as soon as I can to watch it again, and seeing if I can catch anything new that I missed the first time through.

Rating: Everyone

If you are even remotely interested in the Star Wars series of movies, then you have got to see this movie. Rogue One is, in the simplest possible terms, the movie that Star Wars fans have been missing, and never realized. About the only down side that I can see right now to Rogue One is that I must wait a few months before I can add it to my growing collection of Star Wars movies.

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Top Five Zombie Movies – 2016

Top Five Zombie Movies – 2016

Top Five Zombie Movies – 2016

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Zombies have become an almost necessary element of modern classic horror and urban fantasy movies. In fact, they have become such a part of the pantheon of cinematic ghoulies that it can be rather difficult for some to decide which zombie movies are great, which are meh, and which are complete and utter dreck. That’s where this list comes into play. It is designed to share with you, dear reader, some of the best zombie movies available right now. At least in my humble opinion that is. Whether you agree with the list or not remains to be seen.

5 – Warm Bodies

The initial, rather surprising, entry to this list is 2013’s Warm Bodies, which is a screen adaptation of a book by the same name. Nicholas Holt plays R, a zombie who may only be mostly dead as opposed to all dead. When R comes ends up saving Julie (played by Teresa Palmer) he realizes that he can still feel something in his cold, dead(ish) heart, and that there may be some hope for him and that he might be able to make a recovery from being dead(ish). While this is a fun movie, and one that has a few scary parts, it is not as scary of a movie as some of the others on this list. It is definitely one that you will want to keep on your list as a show you need to see at least once, if only because of the unique approach to zombies that it presents.

4 – I Am Legend

Will Smith plays Robert Neville, the lone survivor in New York City after a biological outbreak that turns the rest of humanity into ravenous zombies…at least as far as he knows. I Am Legend is one of those movies that grabs hold of you within the first few minutes and simply doesn’t let go. Neville isn’t going into this blind though, he is immune and can use his own blood as a serum to help create a potential cure. However, along the way he must not only battle against the infected, but the threat of his potentially going slowly insane. All it will take is one wrong move on his part and he will either die, or worse.

3 – Night of the Living Dead

As the spiritual godfather of all modern zombie movies, George Romero’s classic movie Night of the Living Dead can be said to have created the modern zombie craze. In many ways, this movie is what set in stone the way we look at zombies today, and is the golden bar by which we judge all other zombie movies. One of the interesting things that people find themselves asking by the end of this movie is just who is really the living dead? Is it the various strangers in the house who must band together to try and survive and overcome virtually insurmountable odds, or is the unrelenting horde pounding on their door? Watch and find out.

2 – Zombieland

Zombieland is the story four strangers who come together, and learn how to trust again in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. While this movie is definitely a zombie flick, it is also one of the funniest movies that I have seen in recent years. Ever wanted to have some practical rules that you could use to survive a zombie apocalypse? Well, look no further. Jesse Eisenberg plays Columbus (no real names are given in the movie…it’s one of the rules) who is a former college student and narrator of the story who you quickly learn to love despite (or perhaps because of) his almost desperate need to be liked. As the story progresses you see how Columbus (the one who created the rules) slowly learns that he can periodically set aside those rules and begin to live again. At least if he does it carefully.

1 – Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Every few years it is necessary to shake up any given genre, and zombie movies are no different. In 2004, Zack Snyder (yes, the same guy who did Watchmen, 300, and Man of Steel) with the help of zombie grandmaster George Romero provided a story that did exactly that with Dawn of the Dead. No longer did we have the slow, lumbering zombies that you could easily get away from (provided they weren’t in large groups). Instead we were now faced with a new kind of zombie. Ones that were smart, fast, and somewhat more aware of the world around them both through sight and sound at a minimum. Be aware that before you watch this movie it is very bloody, and without a doubt violent.

So, this is our list for the Top Five Zombie Movies – 2016. How close did we come to your list? Did we miss something that should have been listed, but wasn’t? Do you disagree with something that we have on this list? Don’t be shy and share with everyone your point of view in the comments below. Who knows, it may just be added into next year’s list. So be sure to let it rip!

The Guardians of the Galaxy Fight Back in Teaser Trailer

The Guardians of the Galaxy Fight Back in Teaser Trailer

The Guardians of the Galaxy Fight Back in Teaser Trailer

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Published Dec 3, 2016 By Christine Dinh

It’s showtime. During the CCXP Brazil, director James Gunn shared with his panel audience the teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Watch it above. Obviously.

Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits earthbound theaters May 5, 2017. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and keep up with @Guardians on Twitter and Guardians of the Galaxy on Facebook!

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