Kong Skull Island, old trope with a slightly new twist.

                                              I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to go given how many times the source material has been used over the years. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised with both the execution and the prospect of expansion they teased with the end credit scene. I won’t spoil it for you but if have yet to see the film stay for the credits. They went away from the old storylines where they take Kong from his home and bring him back to NYC to climb the empire state building and swat planes. I like this latest rendition better than the Peter Jackson version because it strayed from the usual plot line and it placed an importance on Kong not present in other iterations. Kong in this film is more than a huge mindless overgrown ape, and its refreshing. Not to mention that they waste no time in introducing him to the viewers unlike the latest Godzilla film, but it that films case I agreed with it to a degree because that’s what they did in a lot of the Godzilla films. John Goodman plays a survivor of some old attack on a ship from years past who has put together a team of researchers that are looking for a mystical island that for some reason (insert Bermuda triangle cliche) they cannot easily find and travel to where the thing that attacked the ship now resides. With the help of a politician he finds passage and...

Logan….Wolverine done right…finally!

                                  20th Century Fox who owns the rights to X-men, and Wolverine have always had the bad habit of putting kid gloves on their films from the Marvel universe. I’m thinking the surprise success of Deadpool gave them the confidence to give Logan an R rating. Comic fans from the 80’s or prior who may have kids…this is not a kid friendly movie! There is extreme violence, vulgar language, and is themed for adults despite it’s comic book origins. That being said I think it had to be that way in order to be faithful to the character and it hit the perfect tone for an old disgruntled mutant on his last leg as far as how they would act and see the world if it ever happened in reality.             In this latest effort we see Logan who is not a spring chicken anymore, seems to have fallen on hard times scrapping for money as an uber driver with a limousine. He is taking care of Charles Xavier who is suffering from ALS and mutants have been gone from the world as far as Logan knows. He later finds out there are in fact other mutants and one in particular is a clone which shares some of his genetic material. Enter Laura or X-23.  The X program is still going and this little girl is a fugitive from the company currently running it. She turns to Logan for help.             Donald Pierce...

Is less more when it comes to certain characters?

                    Everyone was in an uproar when Vader wrecked shop at the end of Rogue One myself included! I reviewed the film and left thinking what an awesome movie featuring just Darth Vader after order 66 would make. Two hours of Jedi hunting mayhem sounds like a good thing to me. After posting my review  I looked at other reviews online and most people were excited about the small doses of Vader we’ve been given but ultimately felt a feature film would be a disservice to both fans and the character. That surprised me. Then I thought of one of my own characters Malice who is used sparingly throughout my book, and it is meant to add some punch to the story but he’s definitely not featured. When he enters a scene it adds more weight to it which would not have the same effect if readers are used to seeing him all the time. Another character similarly used in the Star Wars universe is Darth Maul. Side note there is a novel featuring him which is no longer canon called Darth Maul Shadowhunter which I loved, but for the most part I am talking about the use of that character in Phantom Menace which I know many fans hated because of Jar Jar. Boba Fett would be another great example and he is rumored to be getting feature film as well.             Fett has I believe one speaking line in the original trilogy and those who unashamedly read most of the EU before it was relegated...

Dr. Strange the impossibilities may be endless but they got some of them wrong.

                                                          I’m a day late with my review but here it is. I got a chance to go check out Marvel’s new adaptation of Dr. Strange and for the most part it was well done. Benedict Cumberbatch looks the part and plays a good arrogant, self absorbed neurosurgeon. Most people familiar with the comic book origins will be familiar with this story and newcomers will find things easy to understand and it’s all very well presented. The special effects were what can be expected of a sci-fi/fantasy film of today. I have never indulged but often wondered how the experience would have gone if I had been tripping on acid or some other neuro-tropic drug while watching this in 3-D. I bet I would likely be freaking out quite a bit as the characters repeatedly bent time and space to manipulate the environments during the fight scenes. It was a fun ride and the writers for the most part remained faithful to the source material, but for some reason added a casting change that has been a topic of hot debate since the release of the cast some time ago. First let me go through the casting choices I liked aside from the aforementioned Cumberbatch casting. Mordo is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor whom I have liked a lot ever since seeing him in Serenity. The rigidity and at times uncompromising aspects of this character are well portrayed and he seems to have...

Ben Hur and the Passion of Christ

Should have had this written weeks ago when I went to see the film but here we are. I went to see this film with very little resonance left from the 1959 Charlton Heston version. I mean that film was before my time but they did have old reruns of it for me to see as a kid. The one thing that surprised me about this latest reboot was the focus on Jesus Christ. Not that I minded it’s just that for the most part all I remembered was the chariot races and gladiatorial aspect. Talking it over with some family they informed that even the 1959 version had a good helping of Jesus Christ in it and there’s even a silent version from the 1920’s. Interesting but I don’t think I’ll be going back to catch those anytime soon. In the latest version Jack Huston plays Judah Ben Hur, a Jewish prince living in Jerusalem as Rome is coming to the height of its’ power. His family adopted a Roman boy Messala Severus played by Toby Kebbel. The characters are familiar and so is the plot. Pseudo sibling rivalry ensues as one leaves to climb the ranks as a Roman soldier as he did not feel quite at home with his Jewish foster family only to return later to clash with his brother. Ilderim played by Morgan Freeman is who helps Ben Hur make his comeback after his betrayal. He is also a wise Yoda-like character who advises Ben Hur on how to go about it. Not going to spoil this for any of you but that’s basically...

Review of Suicide Squad

  Well to be honest I wasn’t sure of what to expect given all the negativity expressed towards the latest addition to the DC cinematic universe, but I am happy to report that the critics Trek were dead wrong about this one! If you’re a DC fan or even if you’re not and want a refresher course on a few of the more notable villains in the DC universe go see this film. For me it hit on all cylinders. The action was good. The banter between characters was good, and surprisingly yet most importantly for the most part the portrayal of those characters was spot on! Although Jared Leto’s Joker I am still undecided on but since he wasn’t a main focal point the performance here sufficed. Specifically I was more than pleased with Margot Robbie and Will Smith as Harley Quinn and Deadshot.     Margot does not often use the accent familiar to fans of the animated series portrayal but does from time to time slip into it. This showed she at least did a little research and cared about the role. “Puddin” is Harley’s term of endearment for the Joker and true fans will appreciate that as well. Will Smith is well…Will Smith as Deadshot and in this case that’s not a bad thing. Typist: In fact wholesale jerseys he makes the character more personable which should help film goers actually become emotionally invested. This film does carry the common theme of unlikely misfits forced to work together with a twist that this team is actually comprised of criminals and super villains. In this case it...