Watchmen (2009) [Director’s Cut]

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Watchmen is Zack Snyder’s film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name which takes place in an alternate 1985 and is about former superheroes coming out of retirement after an old colleague is murdered. As far as book-to-film adaptations go this is a job pretty well done, its very faithful to the source material and cuts out and changes only minor things and only when necessary, until, that is, 30 minutes before the end of the movie when a major plot point is severely altered which I believe took a great deal of emotional weight out of the story. The casting choices for all the characters (especially Jackie Earle Haley who is perfect casting for Rorschach) are great, except for Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt which I think was the wrong decision for the character. There is plenty to like about this film though, the cinematography, tone, action scenes, and music choices (nearly all of them are directly from the novel) are all great. Even though Watchmen is not as emotional or deep as the graphic novel, it is a great action epic that is worth watching.

There is a lot of violence and sex in this film so I definitely wouldn’t suggest younger than a mature 14 to watch this.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Spider-Man Homecoming is about Peter Parker’s life after his brush with The Avengers in Captain America Civil War. This film is way better than the marketing had convinced me it would be, the comedy, action, and tension are all handled excellently. The characters are great, Tom Holland does a marvelous job as Peter Parker, Micheal Keaton plays the best MCU villain in quite a while, and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark does not overstay his welcome in the plot as I feared he would. A particular scene in Homecoming caught me off guard more than any film has since I saw Fight Club and created brilliantly crafted tension over the next 10-20 minutes. If you still can, I would definitely recommend seeing the highly refreshing and charming Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters.

Kids 10 and up shouldn’t have a problem with this film.

Currently in Theaters.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

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Valerian is a sci-fi film by Luc Besson about two special operatives trying to protect Alpha, the City of a Thousand Planets, a huge metropolis housing species from a thousand planets. For a film from the director of The Fifth Element, a movie ahead of its time, Valerian is years behind its time. Similar to the 2009 film Avatar, Valerian received lots of hype, is full of CGI, has a cheesy and obvious message, and will leave no lasting impression on our culture. The casting for this film is really what killed it, Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne deliver mediocre at best performances and are just a bad fit for their characters. The score is highly disappointing because if nothing else this movie could have had good, memorable music, but instead it’s a cheap and generic imitation of the Star Wars scores. I wouldn’t recommend seeing Valerian unless all you want is eye candy, because that’s all it is.

Pretty much all kids should be able to watch Valerian.

Currently in theaters.

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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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.

Suicide Squad (2016)

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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)

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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.