Avengers: Infinity War

2018, Uncategorized

*I have tried my best to avoid spoilers In is review, but would recommend seeing the film first before reading if you want to go in knowing nothing*

Dir. Anthony and Joe Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, Karen Gillan, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Dave Bautista, and Pom Klementief.

Well, this is it. The beginning of the end. It’s a journey that started 10 years ago with Iron Man, and has since grown into the box office behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ve seen Earth’s mightiest heroes team up in Avengers, we’ve been to space for some cosmic adventures in Guardians Of The Galaxy and Thor, and most recently we’ve been invited into the amazing world of Wakanda in Black Panther. Here, they all combine to take on their biggest foe to date, Thanos. The big bad that has been drip fed through the whole series. We know that we still have Ant-Man and The Wasp, and Captain Marvel to come before Avengers 4 brings phase three of the MCU to a close, but this feels monumental nonetheless. Going into the movie it felt like the stakes had never been higher, as there was a real sense that anything could happen. We had entered the end game.

Infinity War follows Thanos. An 8ft, ripped, purple alien born on Titan. Thanos is hell bent on balancing the universe. To him, this means invading planets and killing half of the population residing on them. His ultimate goal is to kill half the universe, and to do this he needs to collect together the infinity stones. 6 stones from the beginning of the universe which when united together give the holder unlimited power. Two of these Infinity stones are on Earth. One is the time stone which is in the possession of a Doctor Strange, and the other is the mind stone which is nestled in Vision’s forehead. Thanos sends his most trusted minions to Earth to retrieve these two stones, whilst he sets out in the universe to find the others. Standing in Thanos’ way are the Avengers, last seen fighting each other in Captain America: Civil War, the Guardians of The Galaxy, Spider-man, Doctor Strange, and the people of Wakanda.

The scale of this movie is huge. It’s ambition is unmatched in the modern day blockbuster. Just looking at the cast list alone is enough to make the jaw drop. Fittingly the Russo brothers decided to film Infinity War entirely on IMAX cameras, and I was lucky enough to see it on an IMAX screen. It truly is mesmerising. Thanos looks huge on screen, and the size adds an extra bit of weight to the action unfolding in front of you. This is event cinema, and considering we get about three MCU movies a year, that is quite a feat. For the film to work, the stakes had to feel real, and for the stakes to feel real the audience had to believe in Thanos. We’ve seen glimpses of him before in Post-credit scenes and GOTG, but these fleeting appearances never gave across the sense that this was a villain to be reckoned with, so it was a bold move when writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely declared that he was to be the main character for Infinity War, even bolder considering that he is entirely CGI. The character is so richly written though, and Josh Brolin plays him so brilliantly, he easily owns the movie. From the opening sequence he is imbued with a sense of weight and gravitas which has previously been lacking, setting up the darkest MCU movie thus far.

Infinity War could have ended up as a complete mess, or just a collection of five minute scenes that give each character their due, but doesn’t hold together as a film. The fact that the fine balance has been expertly walked between story and character is testament to the skills of both the writers and directors. It’s a far from simple plot, with many strands, but it all works, and every character is given their moment to shine. The character interaction is spot on too. It’s rumoured that James Gunn came on to write all the dialogue for the Guardians, and if that’s true, it’s a smart decision and works fantastically. These characters feel like the characters you know and love from their separate movies, and finds joy in watching them interact. If this is the darkest MCU movie, it still remains laugh out loud funny. It’s smart as well that the original avengers get their own little teams to lead, without spoiling it, Thor, Cap, and Iron Man are mostly kept separate, each leading their own story thread. It means that we aren’t watching a rerun of what’s come before, they are mostly with characters they’ve not met before which keeps it fresh. Best is watching Chris Pratt’s Star Lord, trying to macho it up against Thor.

If this is the biggest MCU movie in terms of characters, it’s all the biggest I terms of spectacle. The action is stunning. It’s worth the extra to see it in IMAX, or the biggest screen you can find. The Russo’s continue to manage to make the action dynamic, funny, and ingenious whilst including some great character beats. They get the escalation right too, for a film which breaks into fights almost every 20 minutes, by the time you get to the climatic battle, it still feels big, and manages to hit the emotional beats hard. I felt like the climax of Black Panther was a little underwhelming, and it seems they may have been holding it back a little for the climax of this film. If the film does go in directions that you don’t always expect, and it’s a long watch, it is also completely satisfying. I walked out of the screening numb, I’m going to have to see it again just to completely absorb it.

Infinity War delivers in spades. If this is part one of the end. I can’t wait for Part Two. There are so many ways in which this film could have been rubbish, but it’s just not. If you don’t like previous MCU movies this isn’t for you, if you like the MCU you’re going to love it. There are more spoilerific discussions to come, but for now, it’s a towering achievement. I loved it.

10/10

The Road To Infinity War – Ranking The MCU

2018

Its almost here. Avengers: Infinity War is released in the U.K. on Wednesday 25th April. I’ve already got my IMAX ticket booked. I generally only see two films a year in IMAX, and try to save it for big event movies, and Infinity War is as big as it gets. It’s also the first Marvel movie to be shot entirely on IMAX. Originally billed as a two parter, the second movie is now only known as Untitled Avengers Movie. The two movies are still connected, but directors Anthony and Joe Russo have stressed that they will both feel like their own complete movie, whilst the title is under wraps to not spoil any of Infinity War’s surprises. Although only marking the end of Marvel’s Phase Three of their cinematic universe, these movies represent the end of an era. There’s a sense that the previous 18 movies, all sheperded to the screen by producer Kevin Feige, have been leading up to this, and that afterwards it will be a fresh start, with many of the main actors contracts coming to an end. Marvel will carry on afterwards, but it’s unlikely we will be seeing Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, or Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man again. Of course this is partly speculation, and when Disney rock up to each stars repspective mansions with a garbage truck full of cash, they might all sign another 6 picture deal. For now though, this seems as close to an ending as we are going to get in Kevin Feige’s 18 movie story. It’s been an unprecedented run, and one which has seen every other studio attempt to create their own cinematic universe to varying degrees of success, but none have come close to Marvel. So, on the eve of Infinity War I thought I would rank the previous 18 movies from worst to best. As always, this list is highly subjective, and only represents my opinions at this moment in time. If you do have differing opinions be sure to let me know by commenting. Enjoy.

 

18. The Incredible Hulk

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There is no doubt in my mind that this is the worst movie in the MCU. It’s not that the movie is completely terrible, actually I think it has a lot of redeemable features, it’s that it feels so inconsequential. When I first introduced my other, and frankly better half to the Marvel universe, I actually left this movie out. You just have to give a brief synopsis of what The Hulk is, and that’s it, they’re set for the rest of the 16 movie run. I did enjoy the first 30 minutes of the movie, and Edward Norton does a good job, but Mark Ruffalo has nailed it since. The rest of the film is just forgettable, middling blockbuster rubbish. The post-credits sequence is worth watching though, as it’s the first crossover between movies in the MCU with Robert Downey Jr. talking to William Hurt’s General Ross at a bar. Hurt’s General Ross was also bought back for Civil War, so there is hope that some of the better elements of this film could be cherry picked and enfolded into the rest of the MCU.

 

17. Thor: The Dark World

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Thor: The Dark World is arguably Marvel showing all their bad habits. After the runaway success of the first Avengers movie, this one feels more like a stop gap until Age Of Ultron. Gone was the fish out of water comedy from the first movie in favour of something darker, and all together more boring. It did nothing to develop Thor as a character or to expand the world he inhabits. It also featured one of the blandest villains the MCU has ever produced. Worth a watch because of the introduction of The Aerher, or the reality stone, but for little else. They also squandered Tom Hiddlestone’s Loki, a breakout from Avengers, and was the first time I started to question whether Marvel did have a plan for this universe.

 

16. Iron Man 2

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Iron Man 2 is a tough one to place. It does a lot of groundwork for what is to come, but also shows that in the early days Marvel didn’t get everything right, and have thankfully learnt from their mistakes. Jon Favreau returned to direct, and it had, surprisingly, Justin Theroux on Screenplay duties. There are great elements in the movie, the Monaco Grand Prix sequence being one of them, but it just didn’t hang together as a whole. Sam Rockwell is also fantastic, but given little screen time as Marvel had other things on their mind. Those other things were laying the foundation for Avengers, this meant that plot threads which seemed to go nowhere were introduced, like Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Phil Coulson, Nick Fury, and S.H.I.E.L.D. These are all important bits of exposition for the MCU, but left Iron Man 2 unsatisfactory as a standalone movie.

 

15. Doctor Strange

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Part of me feels a little bad putting Doctor Strange so far down on this list, but it’s the only Marvel film I haven’t been drawn back to re-watching. I own all the currently released Blu-Rays, and this one is still in its wrapping. It’s not a bad film by any means. Benedict Cumberbatch is perfectly cast, the visuals are fantastic, and director Scott Derrickson creates an interesting finale by cleverly subverting expectations. The problem is the story, it’s a generic origin story that came at a time when audiences had already seen so many. It’s a well made film, but it’s a film that’s hard to love. Of course, if in the future Marvel go down the route of a multiverse, than this film has paved the way for those stories, and it also introduced us to both magic, and the time stone.

 

14. Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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Age Of Ultron is a mix bag of Marvel at their best, and at their worst. It can’t be understated how much expectation was on this movie either. When the first Avengers movie came out, nobody knew what to expect. It was a gamble. Iron Man had set the box office alight, but Captain America and Thor weren’t runaway hits, so when Avengers broke the $1 billion dollar mark, the anticipation for the next team up was at fever pitch. There ar elements of this film that I love. The opening sequence is pure comic book joy, and it’s always fun to watch the character interactions. The problem was that it was supposed to be the big event but felt too much like treading water. Joss Whedon had his hands tied with trying to set up too much for future movies. Marvel have since loosened the reigns with their directors, but this felt like a movie where nothing really happened. Ultron was a disappointment as well, James Spader did good voice work, which helped elevate an otherwise forgettable villain.

 

13. Thor

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Thor comes from an era where Marvel were still finding their feet. I would argue that it’s not until recently that Marvel have really nailed the tone of a Thor movie, not to say that this movie isn’t enjoyable. Kenneth Branagh does great work in the directors chair, bringing a Shakespearean tone to comic book genre. There’s great world building in th  creation of Asgard, and the cast are universally fantastic. It’s probably the most laughable of all the Marvel premises, but they pull it off well. By placing the action on Earth, and introducing Thor in a fish out of water story, it enabled Chris Hemsworth to be able to play it completely straight, whilst mining the ridiculousness of the situation for laughs, and not coming across as too po-faced.

 

12. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2

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Guardians Of The Galaxy have so far been the most self-contained movies in the MCU. That’s all about to change though, as Infinity War is promising the team up of The Guardians with The Avenegrs. It’s not all been smooth sailing though, as this film shows. At times it felt like too much of a re-tread of the first films greatest hits, whilst  the excursion to Ego almost derailed the entire film, becoming too meandering and venturing into boring territory. It still had plenty of laughs though, and the soundtrack was still great. It also operates on a much more emotional level than the rest of the MCU, and the emotional whollop that this film packs will guarantee that there isn’t a dry eye in the house.

 

11. Ant-Man

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I feel like this is the point in the list where my focus starts to shift, it gets harder from  here as I’m now choosing which film I like more, rather than which film I like less. The last seven movies all have things I dislike, whereas from here I generally really enjoyed the films without reservations. Ant-Man follows on from The Winter Soldier where Marvel started crafting indiviual identities for their movies, and moved away from Comic Book Movie as a genre, and made genre movies with comic book characters. Ant-Man is a heist movie, just where the heist revolves around the protagonist having a suit that can shrink him to the size of an ant. Rumoured as a troubled production, it showed no signs of this on the screen. Paul Rudd was great, and there were some ingenious uses of the shrinking technology. Ant-Man fighting Yellow Jacket to The Cure’s Plainsong is still one of my favourite moments in the MCU.

 

10. Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3 marks the point where Marvel started to take over the cinematic landscape. After the runaway success of Avengers, it was only fitting that the man who started it all would be the one to kick off Phase Two. By bringing in writer/director Shane Black, we were given a more complex Tony Stark, and some great buddy comedy moments with Downey Jr. and Cheadle playing excellently off each other. Some people hated the Mandarin twist, but I loved it and thought it worked well in the universe that the Iron Man films had established. It’s a hard line to walk, balancing what makes an Avengers film, and what makes an Iron Man film. Whilst it does take some time for Iron Man to actually appear, it did allow for a deeper exploration of character, which gives Stark’s actions in films like Civil War more resonance.

 

9. Captain America: The First Avenger

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It’s funny how some films get better with age. Captain America: The First Avenger is definitely one. At the time some felt it was too camp, but I’ve always really enjoyed it.  The way in which director Joe Johnson subverts the iconography which could have made Captain America cheesy into a parody of propaganda is great. The casting of Chris a Evans is only matched by RDJ as Iron Man, in the way the actor seems to have inhabited the character, and made him his own. Although it didn’t seem like it at the time Cap’s first outing has become the lynchpin of the MCU; the introduction of the Tesseract leading straight into Avengers, and with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely being the most consistent MCU writers. They went on to write Winter Soldier, Civil War, and are on screenwriting duties for Infinity War and Avengers 4. This consistency enabled them to build Cap a proper story arc, and provides the truest throughline for the MCU. The call back in Civil War of the line “I can do this all day” only happens with the same writers, and if Captaim America is going to die, I bet it will be in a self sacrifice along the lines of Steve Rogers jumping on a dud grenade.

 

8. Thor: Ragnarok

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If you had told me this time last year that I would be putting a Thor movie in my top ten, I would have laughed at you, but such is the magic of the work Taika Waititi has done on this movie. It’s the first time we’ve seen Marvel hand over the reigns completely to one directors vision, and we get an acid-tinged comedic trip of a movie. The visuals are stunning, the jokes are hilarious, and Chris Hemsworth finally owns the role, proving his ability as a comedic actor. Not everything lands; Cate Blanchett looks fantastic and does her best, but her villain Hela is underused. The comedy does also hamper some other scenes By undercutting their importance. If you’re a fan of the previous Thor movies there are some key elements which are perhaps discarded too casually.

 

7. Spider-Man: Homecoming

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If his cameo in Civil War got you excited, Homecoming was the Spider-Man movie you had been waiting for. Tom Holland did something that no other actor had previously achieved, which was to nail both the role of Spider-Man and Peter Parker. His performance elevates this movie above what had come before. It also used the MCU as a smart way to avoid telling another origin story, we all know how Spider-Man got his powers, but by inserting Tony Stark we still got the father figure which is key to Peter Parker’s motivations. Director Jon Watts used the John Hughes formula to create a fun and enjoyable diversion from the main MCU story, capitalising on all the elements which make Spider-Man a fan favourite.

6. Iron Man

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The film that launched a cinematic universe. It’s hard to imagine now, but back in 2008 Iron Man was considered a b-list title. It was Marvel’s first movie as a studios, and they hadn’t been bought by Disney yet. Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t the star that Iron Man would make him, and it was considered a risk hiring him for the role. It came out the same year as The Dark Knight, but it was by taking these risks, and a more colourful approach which made it a run-away success. It still sets the high watermark for making a great origin story. It’s rumoured that the end tag which introduces the idea of The Avengers was only added after successful test screenings. Which is perhaps a note other studios need to take, you create a successful universe one good movie at a time, not by assuming that people will turn up. Jon Favreau also came of age as a blockbuster movie director with this film, and some of he choices he made were truly inspired and still echo through the MCU.

 

5. Avengers

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To think that in the U.K. This was titled Avenger Assemble to avoid confusion with the long running TV show of the same name is almost laughable now, and is just evidence to how far this franchise has come. People forget how risky this movie was, how much of a feat it was to pull off a movie this ambitious, you only have to watch Age Of Ultron or Justice League to appreciate how well Joss Whedon captured lightning in a bottle. The logistics of this movie, and balancing characters who had never met before, all with their own mythology and back story must have been a nightmare, but Whedon pulled it off with a lightness of touch. Blending character moments with some stunning spectacle, and arming his characters with the best quips since Buffy, Avengers sent the MCU into the stratosphere, turning it into a true pop culture phenomenon.

 

4. Captain America: Civil War

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If you felt that Age Of Ultron felt a little to meandering, a lot of action but not a lot of forward momentum in terms of character arcs, Civil War was the film to reignite your faith in Marvel. The subtle cracks that appeared between the team in Age Of Ultron exploded open here. Some billed it as Avengers 2.5, but what makes this film really work is that it remains all the way through a Captain America film. It’s his relationships with Bucky and Tony that become the driving force and emotional centre for the movie, and the way that the themes of Winter a Soldier are carried forward here makes it the finest sequel to a marvel film so far. It also proved that the Russo brothers could handle juggling this many characters, whilst fantastically introducing audiences to Spider-Man and Black Panther. It’s a skill that will have come in handy when they directed Infinity War.

 

3. Black Panther

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If Avengers was a pop culture phenomenon, then Black Panther is nothing short of a cultural movement. Already having grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, this film became a juggernaut. Marvel let director Ryan Coogler tell the story that he wanted to tell, and the result is the first Marvel movie which actually has something to say. It’s also the first movie in the MCU to have a black lead, shattering the notion that only white actors can sell movies. It works as both excellent popcorn entertainment, whilst still being socially relevant. Filled with instantly iconic moments, and characters, Black Panther is one of Marvel’s best standalone movies, and finds them pushing the MCU into a higher gear. It’s the last movie before Infinity War, and I couldn’t think of a better lead in.

 

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy

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In terms of purely standalone Marvel movies, Guarians Of The Galaxy is the best. There are no ties to any of the past movies, and besides the inclusion of Thanos and the Infinity Stones, has no relation to other events in the MCU. If Iron Man and Avengers seemed like a risk, Guardians was a property that even comic book fans were surprised by. Add to the mix a director best known for b-movie schlock, the schlubby boyfriend from Parks and Recs as the male lead, a talking tree that only says ” I Am Groot”, and a wise cracking talking Racoon. Everyone was fully expecting Marvel to have their first flop. James Gunn had other plans though, injecting the film with the giddy excitement you had when first watching Star Wars, and matching it with one of the best soundtracks ever compiled. Chris Pratt buffed up, and cinema found its new Harrison Ford. It was simultaneously Marvels best adventure film, and its funniest. Gunn grounded it all with a whole load of heart, making it thee most emotionally engaging movie in the MCU.

 

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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My number one choice, after a lot of deliberation is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There are so many Marvel films that I love, but this is the one I keep coming back to. The first MCU movie to really break the comic book genre mouldy by staging the film as a modern day political thriller. It was the introduction of Anthony and Joe Russo as directors, and has been the key to everything Marvel have done since. It perfectly carried on the thread from Avengers, and built towards Civil War. The genius move here was to pair Steve Rogers with Black Widow, and watch these two characters with differing ideologies bounce off each other, and become friends. This is Marvel at the top of their game, creating character driven spectacle. The Russo’s also gave weight to the action, and for the first time you actually felt the hits, in both a physical sense, and an emotional one. They also made Captain America cool, which is the films crowning achievement.

 

So, there you have it. My ranking of the MCU thus far. Of course, it’s not definitive, as I want to leave myself room to change my mind, but on the eve of Infinity War, this is how I feel the journey has gone. Disagree with me? Great. Leave a comment and let me know what your favourite movie in the MCU is, the only condition is that you have to tell me why. I’m hoping to re-assess this list before Avengers 4, but until then enjoy Infinity War.

Black Panther

2018, Uncategorized

Dir. Ryan Coogler

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Sterling K. Brown.

 

Black Panther is based on a comic released in 1966, and it’s about time it got its big screen adaptation. In a world where #oscarssowhite was only trending a couple of years ago, representation is a huge issue. Black Panther isn’t the first black superhero to grace our screens, but it is the first black, solo superhero movie in the MCU. I was excited going in, Ryan Coogler is a director with a unique voice, which he isn’t scared to use. He managed to bring his socially conscious film making from Fruitvale Station to Creed, and I was interested to see what he did with an even bigger scope. He also assembled a fantastic cast, and crew, and with Kendrick Lamar on song duties, a rapper whose socially conscious songs seem to gel perfectly with Cooglers M.O., I went hoping for a Marvel movie which offered something more.

 

Black Panther carries on from where we left T’Challa at the end of Captain America: Civil War. After the death of his Father, King T’Chaka, Prince T’Challa heads home to Wakanda. Wakanda is perceived by the rest of the world as a third world African Country, but in fact it’s the most scientifically advanced country in the world. T’Challa is home to take on the mantle of King, and Black Panther. Black Panther is the super strong protector of Wakanda, a role passed on from King to King. Soon, T’Challa sets out to correct one of his Fathers biggest failures, capturing Ulysses Klaue, a thief who stole Wakanda’s precious supply of Vibranium, killing Wakandians whilst doing it. It doesn’t go smoothly though, and T’Challa finds himself facing competition for the throne.

 

Black Panther is a breath of fresh air in the MCU. After going through a phase of releasing homogeneous, if fun, super hero movies (I’m looking at you Doctor Strange), they have started to add some different colours to their palate. Thor: Ragnarok was hilarious, but I felt it suffered within the MCU because of its irreverence. Black Panther though is a film that takes the super-hero genre seriously, and offers an origin story that looks and feels completely fresh. It’s nice to see one of these movies not set in New York, and the Coogler leans heavily into the African influence with fantastic results. The use of colour in this film is incredible, the set design is fantastic, and the score is thunderously good. The brilliant world building of Wakanda means that even though there are ties to the MCU, Black Panther really does stand on its own four feet.

 

The conversation around Black Panther is always going to concern reprentation. It’s one of the great joys of this movie, watching so many talented black actors excelling in roles which have been for so long reserved for white actors. Coogler goes one step further and fills his film with lots of powerful black women. In fact Boseman’s Panther generally comes in second to all he women around him. His sister, played by Latitia Wright is more intelligent. His general, Danai Gurira, is better tactically and perhaps a better fighter, and his ex, Lupita Nyong’o, is arguably morally superior. Coogler does well to create this fictitious African country, but he crucially doesn’t forget the American part of the African-American experience. This comes in the form of a Michale B. Jordan’s villain Killmonger. A boy who grew up in Oakland without a father, Jordan is superb, and completely believable with his righteous anger. Coogler uses his rivalry with T’Challa to impart his social messages, but never in a way that is preachy, both their ideologies are flawed. These are lofty sentiments for a movie of this size, and at times you can’t believe Marvel and Disney let Coogler say these things, but the film is all the better for it.

 

For the most part, Coogler has knocked this movie out of the park. With a firm grip on tone, he swings from family drama to bond-esque spy movie without missing a beat. The action scenes are for the most part fantastic, Coogler bringing his single take, Creed style to the film. The climax does feel slightly under cooked, a savanna fight scene involving some armoured rhinos feeling a little bit like second hand Lord Of The Rings. The film is littered with great performances. Boseman and Jordan are the stand outs, but special mention has to go to Letitia Wright, who is a great deal of fun, and Andy Serkis who seems to thoroughly enjoy not being in a mo-cap suit. Martin Freeman is perhaps the only under-used actor, there for some good jokes, but ultimately feels like a character Coogler doesn’t really care about. Special mention must go to the score and original songs by Lamar. Ensuring that not only does this film look like no other Hollywood blockbuster, it doesn’t sound like one either. I loved the contrast of the organic African drums used in Wakanda, and the processed drum machine used to represent Killmonger.

 

Black Panther is perhaps the best stand alone MCU movie yet. It’s smart, funny, and full of thrilling action sequences. It’s also a movie rooted in family with a whole ton of heart. Coogler doesn’t shy away from using his movie to comment on the African-American experience. His villain is nuanced and complicated. His hero is thoughtful and wary. Coogler offers a depiction of the things that divide us, but has ultimately made a movie that we can all get behind.

8/10

The Most Anticipated Movies Of 2018 – Part One

2017, Uncategorized

2017 is drawing to an end, and so it’s the perfect time to look ahead at 2018, and see what movies will be filling our theatres next year. This article will be looking ahead at the most anticipated movies of next year. First of all, this blog is based in England, and whilst there are some movies coming out next year which I’m really looking forward to, they have already been released in the US. These films, such as Three Billboarda Outside Ebbing, Missouri, or Lady Bird, have been omitted from this list. They have already been received incredibly well, and this list is more about films where the anticipation is high, but we don’t know how they will turn out. This list might also be slightly heavy on the big blockbusters. Anticipation is a subjective thing, and it’s hard to predict how smaller, independent films will do. Get Out was one of my favourite films of 2017, but if you’d asked me in 2016 what I was looking forward to seeing, it wouldn’t have made my list. There are surprises every year, and I’m not trying to predict them.

Any way, 2018, there’s a lot of good stuff to look forward to. We have Marvel movies, Star Wars Movies, video game adaptations, auteur returns, and some original properties, all vying for the blockbuster crown. Here are our most anticipated movies of 2018…

 

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Black Panther

The first Marvel movie out this year, and the first Marvel movie in our list. Black Panther sees Chadwick Bosman reprise his role as King T’Chala, last seen in Captain America: Civil War. With Creed writer/director Ryan Coogler behind the camera, the trailer for this movie looks fantastic. It also serves as a lead in for Avengers: Infinity War, but more of that later.

Anticipation level: 9/10

 

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World was a huge hit. Whether you liked it it or not, there’s no denying it was a box office phenomenon. Whilst many felt it was the perfect mix of new and old, some felt it cleaved to close to the original, but with the world now reastbalished, Fallen Kingdom can now venture into uncharted territory. Yes, the trailer was awful, but apparently it only contained footage from the first act. So there are still plenty of surprises left in store.

Anticipation Level: 7/10

 

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Tomb Raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider looks the perfect video game for a big screen adaptation, but, as we all know, it’s not that simple. Whilst some enjoyed Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of the titular heroine, those films were largely awful. Can Alicia Vikander break the video game to film curse? The trailer looks promising, and focusing on the grittier origin story of the most recent games seems to be a smart move. We’ve got our fingers crossed.

Anticipation Level: 6/10

 

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Isle Of Dogs

The first original property on this list. Isle Of Dogs is the new stop motion animation from indie auteur Wes Anderson. The story is set in Japan, and follows the tale of a boy as he goes in search of his new dog. The trailer showcases all of the style and charm that we are used to from Anderson, along with a fantastic voice cast. It’s also his first stop motion since Fantastic Mr Fox, which was great. So we can expect this to be another instant classic.

Anticipation Level: 7/10

 

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Any other Star Wars movie would instantly be a must see, but Solo comes with baggage. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired off the project only to be replaced by veteran film maker Ron Howard. Tracing the origin of charming rogue Han Solo, this could turn out to be great. We just wish we could see the Lord and Miller version, as we love their left field vision. We’re excited for this, but apprehensive too.

Anticipation Level: 7/10

 

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Aquaman

The next movie up on DC’s slate is Aquaman. It’s the first movie to be released after Justic League, and a reshuffle behind the scenes at Warner Bros. but that shouldn’t effect it much as it’s too late to change much now. It’s still got a lot going for it. James Wan is in the directors chair after showing he can do big budget with Fast and Furious 7, Jason Mamoa’s take on the character has been well received, and it’s stand alone, with the makers even saying that the under water dynamics which didn’t work in Justice League will be different in this one. Here’s hoping for the next Wonder Woman.

Anticipation Level: 7/10

 

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Mute

Set 40 years from now, and about a mute bartender in Berlin going up against gangsters to find his missing partner. Mute could be the sleeper hit of 2018. It’s Duncan Jones’ return to more personal film making after the disappointment of Warcraft. Starring Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd, it’s an idea which Jones has been teasing since Moon came out. We can’t wait.

Anticipation Levels: 8/10

 

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Ready Player One

Who isn’t excited to see a new Steven Spielberg movie. We can’t wait. Adapted from Ernest Cline novel, the film see’s a future where people escape the day to day by entering the Oasis. A virtual reality world. The creator of this world dies, but leaves behind an Easter egg which will grant the finder access to his fortune, and control of the Oasis. Mixing together a whole bunch of pop culture, including Freddy Krueger and a DeLorean, it’ll be great to see Spielberg play around with the pop culture he helped to create.

Anticipation Level: 8/10

 

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The New Mutants

Set within the same universe as X-Men, and directed by The Fault In Our Stars’ Josh Boone, The New Mutants follows the Fox playbook of experimenting with their properties, as seen with Logan and Deadpool. The film follow a group of teenagers struggling to come to terms with their mutant powers. So far, so generic, but The New Mutants is positioned as a straight up horror movie. The trailer teases the scares, but most exciting is how little we do know about it.

Anticipation Level: 7/10

 

Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Following on from where they left us in 2004, 2018 sees the return of our favourite super hero family. Not much is known about the plot, but the teaser trailer shows that Pixar haven’t lost their touch when it comes to physical comedy. Pixar sequels have been hit and miss, but their reluctance to bring out a sequel to Incredibles makes me think they must have had a prettt good story to bring them back.

Anticipation Level: 8/10

 

So that concludes Part One of our Most Anticipated Movies Of 2018, tell us what you think in the comments below and keep your eyes peeled for Part Two.