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REPOST: Blade II, based on characters from the MARVEL Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Two years have passed since Blade defeated Deacon Frost and his plot to rule the vampire world.  As his search for his mentor Abraham Whistler continues, Blade discovers that Whistler is no longer human…but a vampire after having not killed himself upon infection.

Meanwhile a pandemic has hit the vampires.  A new “Reaper” virus is turning normal vampires into primal, ravenous, and mutated creatures with terrible effects to their consciousnesses. Because fo this the vampire overlord sends two of his minions to strike a deal with Blade, the newly cured Whistler, and Scud (Blade’s new sidekick). As the trio is drawn into the underbelly of the vampiric world, they are required to assist a pack of highly trained vampires who were meant to hunt Blade himself.

When the nightclub they are investigating is overrun with Reapers the pack discovers that not only are the infected vampires ravenous but they are also immune to basically everything that kills a normal vampire.  As member after member faces these animals it is more difficult for Blade to figure out just where this disease came from.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Horror

-Creator: Based on characters from the MARVEL Comics

-Length: 117 minutes

-Rating: R (mild sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, severe profanity, moderate use of drugs, moderate to severe frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Luke Goss

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This was just an incredible film.  I absolutely loved it.  But I also love films that are bloody and gory (yay horror films).  The introduction of a disease that is decimating the vampires is fascinating and a great trigger for Blade to begin to infiltrate the underbelly of his enemy.

I LOVED Nyssa as a character and was really upset that she died.  While it would have been interesting for her to end up as a love interest for Blade, he doesn’t really feel like the kind of character who needs or wants this kind of relationship.  I would have loved to just see her as a new partner for him.  They worked really well together and made a good team.

The dynamic of the pack was beautifully done and while we don’t get a ton of screen time with most of them the directed body language and overall comraderie amongst the pack is great.  You can see the relationships within minutes of meeting them.  Who was in charge.  Who was a couple.  You basically get to read the group the way Blade did.  And that is great directing.

I wish for the third movie to be as good as the first two but based off of the reviews I read this is the best of the three with the first coming in a close second…and the third…is a movie, I guess…

Well, onto the next film but this one will be entering my general rotation of films when all of this is over.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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REPOST: Blade, based on characters from MARVEL Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In 1967 a woman is brought into the hospital after being attacked.  She is bleeding profusely from a neck wound and is revealed to be pregnant.  As the life begins to fade from her, her child is delivered and taken from her.

Thirty years later, a vampire hunter by the name of Blade, finds a supernatural rave called a BloodBath and proceeds to annihilate their ranks in search of the founder….a vampire by the name of Deacon Frost.  Finding only one of his right-hand men Blade is forced to leave the vampire behind when police arrive at the scene.  Knowing the being may not actually dead, Blade chooses to follow him to the hospital morgue where he is resurrected and kills the doctor there and nearly kills another.

Blade takes her to his cohort who attempts a risky and not always effective “cure” for her bite.  As she discovers the world is not what she believed it to be and Blade discovers there is some sort of vampire prophecy about revealing La Magra, the mother of vampires, everything may not be as it seems.  As they join together to attempt to fight the ranks of vampires swarming through L.A. they may not be enough to save the world from the fate awaiting them should Deacon Frost fulfill his mission of summoning the powers of La Magra.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Action Horror

-Creator: Based on characters from Blade, MARVEL Comics

-Length: 120 minutes

-Rating: R (for horror, extreme gore and violence, supernatural violence, moderate to severe profanity)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This was EXACTLY the type of movie I was looking for tonight.  Horror, superheroes, vampires…the supernatural.  I don’t know why I haven’t watched it before.  It’s got some of my favorite elements in it so far as films go.

The dynamic that is built between Blade and Karen as well as his relationship with Whistler feels complete and well balanced which is unique for a horror film.  Usually, the characters are all unfamiliar with each other or are all old pals.  Here we get a bit of each and both are handled very well.

We get a ton of action.  A great female lead.  Plenty of gore.  Superheroes that feel more like anti-heroes.  An awesome story filled with mythical prophasy and VAMPIRES.  A really terrible bad guy…who is truly a BAD guy first and a vampire second…which doesn’t always happen.

The action sequences are great.  The CGI is a bit outdated but that is to be expected for 1998.  The battles are well choreographed. The costumes and the sets fit that super dark aesthetic.  The writing is well done and doesn’t force too much information down the audience’s throat at once.

Just a genuinely good film that is definitely worth a watch if you like any of the following: superheroes, vampires, horror films or just a good action movie.  Do not watch if you don’t like gore.  Or needles…there are a lot of needles…

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Smallville, created by Alfred Gough and Miles Miller based on the comics by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster: a Television Series Review

Synopsis:

Smallville, Kansas seems like your regular, every day, small, Midwest American town.  The city center is quaint and full of mom-and-pop shops.  Cornfields and farms line the edges as far as the eye can see.  And football is the local religion.

Until one day when a series of meteors strike down around the town.  Little does the town know how much of a ripple effect this event will have.

Twelve years later, Clark Kent is going to high school.  The all American boy.  Corn fed and farm raised.  Except he as a secret.  A deep dark secret that may be exposed.  Hes super fast, super strong…and apparently impervious to the sports car that hit him going 60 miles per hour hurtling him and the driver into the river below.

When they emerge from the water something seems to have changed in the small town.  Weird occurrences start to happen more frequently around town…and always seem to be tied to the strange green meteor rocks.  Lex Luthor has moved in and is trying to investigate the crash that nearly took his life. Clark’s friend Chloe is trying to tie all the strange things in town to the meteor strike and write about them in the school paper…

But all Clark wants to do is figure out how to ask out cheerleader Lana Lang…if only he could stop being so clumsy around her. 

Who knew high school could be so tough?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Action/Adventure, Drama, Teen Drama

-Creator: Alfred Gough and Miles Miller based on the comics by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

-Length: 10 Seasons, 21 Episodes each (44-52 minutes per episode)

-Rating: TV-14 (for superhero violence, mild sex and nudity including implied sexual relationships and discussions, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of drugs, alcohol and smoking, mild frightening and intense scenes)  

-Where to Watch: Hulu (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Tom Welling, Kristen Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Eric Johnson, Sam Jones III, Allison Mack, Annette O’Toole, John Schneider, John Clover, Jensen Ackles, Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore, Laura Vandervoort, Cassidy Freeman, Sam Witwer, Justin Hartley, Callum Blue

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

General Overview:

I am going to preface this by saying that I did watch this show when it was running so some of my review may be colored by the fact that I really loved the show when it was on.

Overall, the show is a really interesting take on the beginnings of Superman and Clark Kent as a teenager.  But because it starts with Clark and his friends in high school there are a lot of plot lines that focus on things that adults really need to remember were the end of the world when they were a teenager.  Between love triangles, the school dances, cheerleading and football, school sports and arts, and even the vote for school president…the first few seasons are kind of cheesy and harder to get through as an adult. 

But as I hold onto the fact that these were life or death situations as a teen (just without the superpowers and the crazy meteor rocks) the show becomes really fun and a cool extension of the Superman world that we have been introduced to over the year.

Season 1:

Oof.  Just as drama ridden and cringy as I remember.  But that is because it all takes place their freshman year of high school.

I appreciate the parallels in the new characters that have been introduced to the characters we know later on in the comics and other films.  Chloe and her school paper as well as Lana Lang both have characteristics of Clark Kent’s later love interest, Lois Lane.  And old favorites have returned but with a more youthful twist such as Lex Luthor.

With the long form seasonal format of a tv series instead of a series of movies we really get to explore the friendship between Lex and Clark, the effects that the Kryptonian meteor rocks have on humans that were in the vicinity of the crashes and even later, the relationships Clark forms with his parents and other friends….even the conflicts that arise from keeping his secret safe. 

It is really enjoyable to watch the stories unfold.  Even if parts of it are still a little more than unbelievable…like a teenager running an entire coffee shop by themselves, or the fact that the Kents keep their son’s spaceship in the basement…without any decent locks.

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Additional Notes:

Tom Welling and Erica Durance did reprise their roles as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane in the DCEU multi-television show crossover mini-series/storyline “Crisis on Infinite Earth”.  This crossover officially tied the early 2000s series into the new DCEU Arrowverse. 

To see the review for the “Crisis on Infinite Earth” crossover mini-series: Crisis on Infinite Earth

To see our article on how the Arrowverse is connected and the shows tied into it: Arrowverse and the new DCEU

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Superman The Movie, based on the comic Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster: a Film Review

Synopsis:

It has been discovered that the planet Krypton is going to be destroyed when it shifts further out of orbit.  But none of the Kryptonian high council believe this is the case with the exception of Jor-El.  To save his infant son, Kal-El, he creates a spaceship and sends the child to Earth where he will be able to blend in due to the fact that the Kryptonians and Humans have similar physical looks…though it will not change the fact that he will have other things he is capable of due to his parentage.

Kal-El’s ship lands near the tiny Kansas, USA town of Smallville, where he is found by an elderly Jonathan and Martha Kent.  The couple who was unable to have their own children raise the small boy to adulthood.  When he turns 18, young Kal-El (now Clark Kent) suffers through the death of his father, Jonathan, eventually hearing the psychic “call” from the spaceship hidden on the farm.  A glowing green crystal and his mother’s blessing send him on the hunt for his Fortress of Solitude where he is meant to learn all about his origins.

Over the years Clark learns of everything he is able to do eventually laving the Fortress with a blue and red suit emblazoned with the House of El Crest on his chest.  Traveling to Metropolis he takes up the mantel of Superman, protecting the city from local crimes and disasters.  Particularly anything the Luthor family comes up with.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story

-Creator: based on the comic Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

-Length: 143 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild smoking, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: HBO Max (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

So, I’m going to try to review this with the perspective that this was a 1978 film and it would have been top of the line for the time period.  We will see if I can do that when I watch it.

Overall, it’s a great introductory film for Superman.  Christopher Reeves is by far my favorite redition of the character.  He has the ability to play the shy, studious and detailed but ultimately forgettable Clark Kent as well as the suave, confident and gorgeous Superman.  The balance he achieves is incredible.

I fid the fact that he tells Lois Lane about all of his super powers as Superman so quickly a little odd…but I also haven’t followed the Superman comics from the beginning…though I am trying to start to catch up on everything bit by bit.

There is some bizarre costuming choices (the glowing suits of Krypton), some set ups that didn’t come back in this movie (Zod and his cronies being stuck in the Phantom Zone)… and just the overall age of a film that was created in 1978 but being watched in 2021.  Don’t get me wrong.  Its CLASSIC Superman.  Honestly, Superman at its finest. 

Most of the effects and stunts hold up even after all these years, the same way the ones in the Original Star Wars Trilogy do.  There is something about practical effects and stunts (as much as possible) that hold up well over the years.

In general I found this movie entertaining and a great entry into the world of Superman…and most superheroes in general

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, OR Birds of Prey, created by Christina Hodson, based on characters from DC Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Joker has (finally) broken up with Harley Quinn for good…four years after the defeat of Enchantress.  He tossed her out on the streets of Gotham and didn’t look back.  As Harley begins to rebuild her life without her beloved Puddin’ she starts to see that she doesn’t need him anymore.

After getting drunk at a club owned by one of Gotham’s crime lords, things kind of take a downhill turn for Harley.  She is almost abducted at the club, narrowly being saved by the burlesque singer from the club, Dinah Lance.  Deciding that she is completely done with the Joker, Harley drives a tanker into Ace Chemicals to officially announce their breakup.

Meanwhile, Dinah is recruited by Roman Sionjs, the club owner, to retrieve a diamond embedded with the account numbers to another crime family after seeing her break up Harley Quinn’s abduction.  When she and Roman’s right-hand man get the diamond in hand they never expect it to get stolen by a local pick-pocket.

As a group of mercenaries and other people Harley has wronged are after her including Sionjs’ men, Harley realizes she is about to end up in the middle of a territorial feud… and its not just the people who hate her who are going to be an issue.  When the police, a new “crossbow killer”, the criminal underground, and Sionjs’ men all show up to come after the little pickpocket things are going to get pretty messy.  And Harley (as well as her new “team”) better figure out what to do and FAST.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero/Supervillains, Girl Power, Origin Story

-Creator: Christina Hodson, based on characters from DC Comics

-Length: 109 minutes

-Rating: R (for mild sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, severe profanity, moderate drug and alcohol use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: HBO Max (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rozie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, Ewan McGregor

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I absolutely love this film for so many reasons.  Between the fact that the movie focuses so much on Harley Quinn coming into her own and the storyline not focusing on her ass (I’m looking at you Suicide Squad), this is an incredible movie..

The film is such a beautiful piece of cinematography.  The director did an incredible job with so many things.  From the egg sandwich being filmed like a love interest to the fact that she helps out a punk kid (even if its just to save herself at first) this really shows a big difference to the sexed-up version of Harley we see in Suicide Squad.

The women in this movie are strong.  They speak their mind, fight for themselves, and aren’t always the quiet flowers that we see in a lot of other films. They are loud and at times obnoxious, slightly vulgar and don’t shy away from their trauma.  And that is very appealing.  Women being themselves.  Not being overly sexualized and made up to be some sort of fantasy caricature of what women actually are.

However, as wonderful as all of these things are this movie should NOT have had its name changed to Birds of Prey.  While the movie is the origin story for the newest redition of the Birds it is not about them.  It is not a Birds of Prey story or film.  They just happen to be in it. 

It truly is the fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Catwoman, based on characters from DC Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

A brand-new product is about to hit the market.  Hedare Beauty has developed a skin cream that is toted to reverse the effects of aging.  However, there is a dangerous side effect that the company is hiding.  When designer Patience Phillips discovers that they intend to ship the product regardless of the issues she finds herself on the wrong end of an assassination attempt.

Waking up from nearly drowning, Patience realized that she was revived from death by a cat name Midnight who was bestowed certain powers due to his lineage.  She is now the Catwoman, reborn with certain powers granted by Midnight and the goddess Bast for whom he serves.

Donning a disguise and taking on the mantle of a vigilante, Patience is determined to discover who tried to kill her and why.  When all clues lead back to her former employer, she must make a vital decision: expose Hedare Beauty to the world…or take things into her own hands.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero

-Creator: based on characters from DC Comics

-Length: 104 minutes

-Rating:

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), HBO Max (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson, Alex Borstein, Frances Conroy, Sharon Stone

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the film

Review (contains spoilers):

Yeah….i remember why I kind of blocked this one out of my mind.

First off whoever designed the costume…and approved it…was crazy.  It just looks so haphazard.  And not in the cute way that say Spider-man as a teen who had no real resources or abilities to make something was.

All I can say is this character was underutilized and underestimated.

But that aside…its just…yeah.

If you watch it I’m sorry…but you’ll get what I mean.

Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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Elektra, based on characters from Marvel Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

After being killed by Bullseye after an altercation with Daredevil, Elektra Natchios is brought back by Stick, a blind master of Kimagure.  The martial art, which can give practitioners the ability of precognition, is one that few people can master.

Elektra is expelled from the training grounds as her rage and fear take hold.  Instead she uses what skill she had acquired to become an contract killer.  One of the best in the world.

When she is contacted by a mysterious client with an abnormally large sum, things get complicated.  The job?  Spend some time in a rented home where the assassination is to be carried out…and only then will the buyer reveal who the names of the targets are…

Add in the fact that it is hard to not fall in love with the adorable Abby and her father, Mark Miller, and Elektra has a tough choice to make.  Do what she is good at and get the payment…or dig deeper to see what is really going on with this contract?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero

-Creator: based on characters from Marvel Comics

-Length: 97 minutes

-Rating:

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tafawa, Terence Stamp

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This one goes right up there with Green Lantern….its about as bad as I remember.

Sadly, Elektra is a pretty cool character and this movie just doesn’t do it justice.  I hope that they decide to remake this like they did with Daredevil.

I just feel like her character was wasted on this early 2000s film.

The one good thing is that these early superhero films…the good and the bad…were what paved the way for the films we enjoy so much now.

Here’s hoping they redo things.  No offence to Jennifer Garner because she really did everything she could with what she was given.

Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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Wonder Woman 1984, based on characters from DC Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

While competing in a competition against much older Amazonian warriors, young Diana falls from her horse and in an attempt to regain her footing takes a shortcut, missing a crucial checkpoint.  As she makes it to the end of the competition, ahead of her fellow Amazonians, Antiope grabs her out of the contest…explaining that anything worthwhile including winning the competition should be obtained honestly and with the truth.

Now in 1984, Diana is working as a curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.  Between her work and her heroic moments as Wonder Woman, she has carved out a satisfying life for herself as the years went on.  When new museum employee Barbara Ann Minerva, shy and unnoticed, becomes jealous of Diana wishing to be like her while holding an old artifact…one that is inscribed with the ability to grant someone’s greatest and deepest desires…if they only wish it.

Failing business tycoon Maxwell “Max Lord” Lorenzano tricks Barbara to get his hands on the stone.  When he wishes to “become” the stone itself all of its powers are transferred into his body. 

But what are the consequences of our wishes?  And will Diana be able to set aside her own deepest desires in order to live her truth and save the world?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Cautionary Tale/Fable, Action/Adventure

-Creator: based on characters from DC Comics

-Length: 151 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, very mild use of alcohol, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: HBO Max (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Once again I am absolutely floored by the work that Patty Jenkins and her crew are doing for the film world.  She is truly showing that the combination of excellent writing, great casting, stories that have morals and teach real (and often difficult to swallow) truths, and costumes/hair/makeup designed for the female gaze are creating a world that is more immersive than so many before them.

This film was incredible from the first set of action sequences featuring a 9–10-year-old Diana competing against full grown Amazonians to the ending cameo of Linda Carter.  The world that was built up in the first film was just continued in this one…even though it took place nearly 40 years after.

The lesson in this one is absolutely needed, particularly in this time.  The things we wish for will always have consequences…and if we all got exactly what we wanted the world would be chaos

Having Chris Pine reprise his role in the way he did was surprising and a wonderful insight to Diana and what drives her.  I also loved all the little nods to the Wonder Woman comics that came up in this film from the Invisible Jet to several of her flying positions.  It so nice to see little things like that in the movie versions of the comics.

Action packed with a great story to back it up this film did a spectacular job taking a really big villain from Wonder Woman and turning both his fate and his story on their head. 

The cast did an incredible job.  It was wonderful to see Pedro Pascal without a mask on in a role (though his performance in The Mandalorian was incredible).  The introduction of Kristen Wiig to the story was a great idea…her Cheetah was so great. Gal Gadot was wonderful, as usual…and Chris Pine’s reprisal role was perfection.

I highly recommend watching this film.  One of my new favorites and one of the few shining stars in the DCEU.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Wonder Woman, based on characters from DC Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In present day Paris, Diana Prince reminisces on her past after receiving a gift from Wayne Enterprises.

The daughter of Queen Hippolyta, Diana was raised on Themyscria.  The island of the Amazonians, female warriors created to protect mankind, had been hidden away from the world.  There Diana was trained as a warrior.

At 18 Diana does the unthinkable and saves a pilot who has crashed just off the island.  Her good will and kind heart cause an issue with the barrier around her world allowing for the German Nazi’s to invade Themyscria.  Though the Amazonians win the fight it is not without great losses.  When it is discovered that a Great War is happening outside of the world of the Amazonians Diana decides that she will go into battle with the pilot to try and save the world.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story, War Story

-Creator: based on characters from DC Comics

-Length: 141 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, very mild use of alcohol and drugs, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: HBO Max (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is just such a good film for so many reasons.  Above all it is just a beautiful film from start to finish.  The crew that worked on it made sure that every location was absolute perfection…I mean, I don’t even like the beach, but I want to live on Themyscria.  It’s that stunning.

Gal Gadot was the perfect choice for Diana.  She had that air about her of belonging no where and everywhere all at once.  She is beautiful and exotic in a way that catches everyone’s attention…and the dress with the sword just put it all over the top.

This is what happens when you get a female director for a female led superhero film.

You get costumes that look like proper armor (more on that in the Justice League review…), a handsome leading man, a stunning female lead, a script that is a real story from start to finish….it is just an overall excellent piece of art.

This is one of my most rewatched superhero film.  I cannot get enough of this or its sequel. 

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Fant4stic, based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Reed Richards has always dreamed of creating the first teleportation device for biomatter.  Laughed at as a child and still adamant that he will be successful Reed works quietly in his home garage trying to build a prototype.  When he is caught by Ben Grimm at the Grimm family junkyard looking for a piece the pair become fast friends, bonding over the success of a first attempt as sending matter through space.

As the pair grow up they enter the high school science fair.  While literally disqualified from the contest they catch the eye of Professor Franklin Storm who is the director of the Baxter Foundation, a research institute for young prodigies.

Reed is offered a place at the Foundation, where his focus will be on working with Sue Storm and Johnny Storm, Professor Storms children, as well as Victor Von Doom, to complete the “Quantum Gate” that Von Doom had designed before his dismissal from the program.

When they are successful the facility supervisor plans to override Professor Storm and send a group from NASA to venture into the parallel dimension the group has discovered.  After getting drunk, and angry about the fact that they were told they would be travelling through first, Victor, Reed and Johnny decide to make the trip themselves.  Reed drags Ben in and the four travel through the rift into the other dimension remotely.

When the exploration goes badly the group needs Sue’s help to return…but all is not what it seems when only three come back and the entire facility, as well as the machine, are reduced to rubble…

When they awake it is to a myriad of changes…and captivity from the US Military…which isn’t exactly the best situation to be in.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story

-Creator: based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee

-Length: 100 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, very mild alcohol use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Rim Blake Nelson

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

It’s not as bad as I remember it being.  But it isn’t great either.

The biggest issue that I have with the changes that were made to the story isn’t the origins of the Fantastic 4 so much as the fact that they are all teenagers/very early 20s (in the case of Victor).

So much of what I remember in the comics of the Fantastic 4 (it has been years since I read them so if I’m wrong, I’m sorry) deals with the fact that they are all adults.

Between the traditional superhero stuff…fighting general bad guys, having nemesis, dealing with cosmic entities that want to eat the earth, etc.… there is a lot of depth to their relationships that doesn’t really translate well to teenagers.

Unlike Spider-man who grows up in the comics and his life changes based on his age such as the relationships as well as his personal life, the Fantastic 4 are grown adults with degrees and are dealing with situations as such.

It’s quite unbelievable that four teenagers, no matter their powers, would get handed the keys to a government facility like Central City.

But maybe I’m just looking at it from the perspective of an adult who knows how teens work, regardless of how smart they are.

Overall, it’s not the worst twist to the comics.  But its not the best.  It’s just…okay.

Rating:

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.