The Russo brothers weigh into the superhero collateral damage debate with an endlessly enjoyable, edge-of-your-seat thrill that’s not only the biggest and best Avengers film yet, but an intriguing and complex political thriller too.
Civil War is a product of talented fan directors, a passionate and unobtrusive studio that gives them the freedom to flourish, and a tone that grounds the farfetched genre conventions and plot contrivances with believable, three-dimensional characters alone.
It’s everything Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice wanted to be and so much more.
The Last Son of Krypton
The battle of the summer blockbusters has commenced, and after Marvel’s failed attempt to bring sympathy and emotion to an unpleasant egotist, DC looks to eclipse their rivals with what had the makings of an intriguing retelling of their iconic hero. Unfortunately, the result is another underwhelming superhero flick that struggles beneath the weight of its own ambition and doesn’t once come close to matching expectation.
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It was around this time last year that moviegoers were rewarded for their perseverance through the inconsistent period of five genesis movies with the breathtaking Avengers Assemble. With eye-popping action, acute self-awareness and exemplary Hollywood conventions, Joss Whedon’s incredibly successful blockbuster may not have redefined the popular superhero genre, but it did set a remarkably high standard for any film or filmmaker who dared to follow.
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Telling the same story, but in a slightly different way.
The middle part of 2012 proved incredibly popular for the superhero genre as three monumental blockbusters dominated the summer releases. Whedon’s stunning culmination of Marvel’s most famous heroes in Avengers Assemble, the breathtaking conclusion to Nolan’s trilogy and even a new Spiderman film – each of these films, though focussed on different concepts, are all anchored to the same genre shift.
Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man Review
Comic book adaptations are fast becoming the most popular genre in cinema with a plethora of blockbuster releases as well as franchise reboots being developed, such as Daredevil, Fantastic Four and Batman. While the studios are correcting previous mistakes there are a multitude of other fantastic comic book series that have been overlooked and deserve a similar big screen treatment. Here are five recommendations. Continue reading Five Contemporary Comic Book Series that Deserve Big Screen Treatment
You spat in the faces of Gotham’s worse criminals. Didn’t you think there might be some casualties? Things were always going to get worse before they got better.
When coming into the Batman franchise Christopher Nolan set out to take a unique approach. From the secret funding for military weapons to the science behind the surreal elements, the British filmmaker’s interpretation has remained firmly grounded in realism. While each film before it hurried past the subject, the standout element of Nolan’s trilogy is that his films focus on Bruce Wayne, and with Bale they found an ideal balance for the character. Continue reading The Dark Knight Rises Review
Ghost Rider 2 – The Do-over
It is safe to say that the original film is best forgotten, so much so that for the sequel the director relies on voiceover cutaways to provide a painstaking explanation of the backstory throughout the narrative. Continue reading Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Review