Wonder Woman (2017)

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Wonder Woman is the origin story of Diana, a princess of the Amazons and trained warrior. The characters, story, and tone show a huge improvement over previous DCEU ventures, this time around there is hope, curiosity, and wonder as well as a much-needed lack of brooding characters and desaturated colors. I’m finding that the plentiful use of slow-mo during fight scenes is splitting audiences a bit, I personally think it was put to good use. My two complaints with Wonder Woman are both related to the final battle sequence, there is a bit too much CGI and the main theme suddenly disappears from the score right before the sequence begins. Overall though, Wonder Woman is a pretty great superhero movie that could have easily gone wrong and instead is a milestone not only for the DCEU, but female-lead comic book films.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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UNMISSABLE

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the long awaited sequel to Marvel’s unexpected success in 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy. This sequel follows the guardians as they learn Peter Quill’s true lineage. In my opinion, Vol. 2 is just as great and probably better than the first film, the plot is better, the music is almost as awesome, the visuals are amazing, and the characters get more depth. I believe the reason there is so much more characterization this time around is because the first GotG devoted a lot of its runtime to setting up various areas of the MCU, that is not the case for Vol. 2 which means there is more time for the characters. It may be because I’ve seen the first one so many times, but more of the jokes in this installment landed for me than in the original. I highly recommend going to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it is 2 hours and 16 minutes you should not miss.

If your kids have seen the first Guardians, they can see the second.

Currently in Theaters

Suicide Squad (2016)

image⭐️⭐️⭐️⛅️☁️ 3.5/5   [PG-13]

Suicide Squad is an entertaining summer blockbuster about a team of bad guys who have been assembled by the government, and are put into action when a threat arises. The character introductions are definitely not great, however the action certainly is and everything gets so much better in the third act after some character development finally adds the depth this movie needed. Suicide Squad tries very hard to look just like a comic book which at first is a little strange but I was on board with it a little ways into the film. Overall, Suicide Squad has its flaws, but you can tell the cast had a blast making it and like I said, the third act is awesome!

I wouldn’t recommend seeing this with kids any younger then 13 or a mature 12.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

 

Deadpool (2016)

image⭐️⭐️⭐️☁️☁️ 3/5   [R]

Often witty and wisecracking yet a little too unnecessarily vulgar, Deadpool is a pretty good addition to 20th Century Fox’s comic universe. The characters are more likable than I expected, but only after around 20 minutes in when we’ve been shown the backstory. Wade Wilson’s constant breaking of the 4th wall and all the wisecracking humor makes Deadpool a mostly worthwhile experience that I would recommend to mature teens and up who enjoy vulgar anti-heroes and violence.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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I went into this movie with very high expectations and I was not disappointed, the Russo brothers managed to give every character a good chunk of the story, and without compromising the flow of the plot! There is less humor than in many other  Marvel films, which helps to reinforce the conflict between Cap and Tony’s respective sides. When there is humor though, it is very well executed. The new characters in this movie, Spider-Man and Black Panther, are very well done as well. I would not recommend seeing this movie if you haven’t watched about every other MCU film, because it really feels more like a mid-season finale of a TV show than a standalone movie. If you are already into Marvel movies however, I would strongly suggest you go see Civil War as soon as possible! You could definitely let kids watch this if they can watch other Marvel movies.

Currently out of Theaters

TV Review: Daredevil (2015-) [Season 2]

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⭐️⭐️⛅️☁️☁️ 2.5/5   [TV-MA]

Wow, way to ruin a a great show! Daredevil season 1 was amazing but this time around, everything went wrong, the characters sucked, the writing sucked. The Punisher and Foggy are the only characters who I actually still care about because Matt Murdock is just a jerk to everyone around him now and the rest of the characters just became so uninteresting. The first 4 episodes or so are actually good, but as soon as Elektra shows up the season just goes to trash. After that the entire season has so many different unconnected plots that it’s just unpleasant, and that’s really bad for taking place in the wonderfully connected Marvel Cinematic Universe! Anyway, the second season of Daredevil is just an overly violent mess of uninteresting characters and I really hope the next season is more like the first. In my first daredevil review I said would not recommend anyone younger than 13 watch this show, same goes for this season except it has quite a bit more violence.

Available only on Netflix.

Click here to read my review of season 1

Ant-Man (2015)

image⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☁️ 4/5   [PG-13]

Ant-Man is a family-friendly, humorous, comic book movie that, although feeling a bit too over-the-top at times, is still a good addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s pretty different from the rest of the Marvel movies but it has some great scenes and a pretty good soundtrack. The good guys are likable and the villain is unlikable so I recommend you watch it! As with all MCU films, make sure you stay until the very end of the credits!

Available on iTunes and Amazon.