Avengers: Infinity War (Spoiler) Review

Hi everyone, I’m back! It’s been way too long since I posted but it feels good to write again. I had to take a break because I got a new job in publishing and I needed to settle in. During my time away, however, I have seen plenty of movies and had some very interesting things happen to me. I can’t wait for you guys to read about them! So, without further ado, let’s get it.

I hope all of you have seen Avengers: Infinity War by now but if you haven’t, this is your final SPOILER WARNING. Like everyone else, I have been waiting 10 years for the culmination of the Marvel universe. I’ve seen every Marvel movie up to this point so to say I was excited is an understatement. The only reservation I had was I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this movie. The Last Jedi messed me up so immensely that I feared Infinity War would do the same. I’m here to tell you it didn’t, but maybe it did?

Let’s start with what I loved about Infinity War. Thanos is unrivaled when it comes to Marvel villains. Until Thanos finally appeared on the big screen, Kilmonger from Black Panther was my favorite villain (lasting a whopping five months) but Thanos is everything that Kilmonger was, just on a much larger scale. The movie opens with a badass scene that tells the audience Thanos is by far the most ruthless villain the Marvel Universe has ever seen. Within the first 15 minutes of the film, Thanos literally chokes Loki to death in front of Thor. He kills one of the primary villains of the previous movies, and a villain in Loki that had “conquered” death before. You immediately feel the gravity of the situation which makes the rest of the movie that much more powerful. On top of that, Thanos truly thinks he is doing the right thing which always makes for a compelling villain.  Aside from the brilliance of Josh Brolin as Thanos, Infinity War had all the humor we have come to expect from Marvel. This movie was, at times, can’t breath I’m laughing to hard, funny. I almost died choking on popcorn when Drax was standing in the corner and he said “1-hour”. All the interactions between Thor and Peter Quill, as well as with Iron Man and Peter, were hilarious. Another reason I really enjoyed this movie was the dynamic between Gamora and Thanos. I 100% felt the emotion and conflict that surrounded their relationship. They both loved each other even though they had different views on right and wrong. Thanos was never the best father to Gamora but he was still her father and she was still his daughter. The clear struggle in Thanos when he had to decide to sacrifice Gamora or end his life long goal was as heartbreaking as Gamora realizing he was going to pick the latter. I personally love when there is this amount of emotion in a Marvel movie. Although there were many things to love about Infinity War, I felt it fell short of being amazing due to one big negative, the finality of it all.

I want to first say that I think it took some major cojones to end Infinity War the way they did. I actually loved it. It was a perfect way to end the movie, one that everyone prior to watching it thought they wouldn’t dare do. This movie was not an Avengers movie, it was a Thanos origin movie. He was the main character and he was the one who won in the end. Thanos snapped his fingers and hero after hero dissolved away (Spiderman though, oh God). My only problem was the fact that the original Avengers all survived and only the new Avengers died. If the originals had died along with others, then their stories would have ended and the finality of their deaths would have been truly universe altering. When someone is killed in Game of Thrones, unless it’s Jon Snow, you really feel their death is final and the impact is greatly felt. The fact that the new avengers died, many with only one movie to their names, means the ends of their stories are not final at all. Marvel has already announced future movies with the heroes that perished at the end of Infinity War. We know that they will be brought back in some way which taints their deaths. There’s no world where Marvel and Disney will risk billions by not having another Black Panther movie, for example. This is the main reason I can’t say I absolutely loved Infinity War. I left the theater thinking that was insanity but how long will they actually stay dead? I guess that’s just how the world is now though. Imagine if this movie was filmed in the 80’s with no social media. The making of the other movies and who is in them would not be known and the finality of these deaths would be felt far greater than in today’s social media world.

All in all, I thought Avengers: Infinity War was a great movie but it fell slightly short of the massive 10 year build up. I have it in the top five Marvel movies of all time and I would love to see it again. However, the pending reversal of the events knock it down a peg. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 Jeff Goldblums! Till next time normal dudes.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Spoiler Review

Spoiler Alert! Do not read this post if you haven’t seen The Last Jedi. That was your last warning, here we go! Now I have said before that I absolutely hate spoilers but there was no way I could do this review without them. I was one of the people who loved Force Awakens so I was beyond excited for The Last Jedi. All my friends were crazy excited as well because Star Wars is amazing. I wanted Kylo Ren to become my favorite Sith and for Luke to be a bad ass. I was completely ready to watch one of my favorite Star Wars movies. We went the Saturday after it came out and I don’t think I have ever been more disappointed in my life. There were things in the movie that I certainly liked but a couple of events that happened totally ruined the movie for me. Lets start with the good first. The Last Jedi was a beautiful movie. The cinematography was outstanding which made the opening space battle one of the best in Star Wars history. The Kylo and Rey fight vs. the Praetorian Guards was awesome and so was seeing Yoda again. This was also one of Mark Hamill’s best performances of his career. After that though, there wasn’t much good left for me. I’m going to try to explain all the things wrong with The Last Jedi but I’m sure I’ll miss some stuff. How bout we talk about Princess Leia becoming Superman. As you all know, Carrie Fisher sadly passed away. This led fans to believe they would have to kill off Leia in The Last Jedi but apparently not. In the movie, Leia was blown out of a starship into space which would kill most people. Instead of having a powerful death that would resonate for years, the makers of The Last Jedi decided to have Leia use the Force and FLY through space back to safety even though up until this point she had only shown a small connection with the Force. Somehow she managed to surround her entire body with a Force bubble and fly back. Leia ends up surviving the entire movie which makes no sense because she can’t be in the next movie. They better not just put “Leia has died” in the opening crawl, that would be insanely disrespectful. It wouldn’t be the first time the director, Rian Johnson, killed off a beloved characer by just stating it. At one point, a character just says “Admiral Ackbar died”. Rian Johnson just wanted to get rid of him and make way for the new characters without giving him a proper death (more on this later). Lets move on to Luke and Rey though. At the end of Force Awakens, we were left with Rey extending Luke’s (and Anakins) lightsaber to him. Luke hasn’t seen this lightsaber since his father cut off his hand. You would think that Luke would be crazy interested in how this girl he doesn’t know has it years and years later but no, he just throws it over his shoulder. This was the beginning of the end for the Luke we knew. For some unknown reason, Rian Johnson completely switched Luke’s personality and whole character. Luke is reduced to a hermit who drinks milk out of alien tits. Later on we discover that part of the reason Luke is on the island is because he tried to kill Kylo Ren in his sleep. We are suppose to believe the man that went to turn Darth Vader good, the most evil man in the galaxy, all of a sudden tries to kill the son of his sister and bestfriend just because he saw a little dark side in him. It makes no sense at all! We’ll return to Luke after I talk about the other characters. Rey, after maybe a day of training all of a sudden is a master with the lightsaber. Not sure how that works but later on she takes on like 7 Praetorian Guards, who have been trained their whole lives. Also in that one day of training she somehow becomes strong enough with the Force to basically move a mountain even though it took days for Luke to move rocks in the originals. This also brings me to one of the Force Awakens plots they just threw away. For the last two years we have been excitedly debating who Rey’s parents are. Is she the daughter of Luke? Maybe she’s Obi Wan’s kid or the child of one the Sith lords. Nope! Her parents are nobodies who are “laying in a ditch on Jakku”. So you’re telling me some random girl is as powerful as Kylo Ren who has Skywalker blood, the most powerful Force users the galaxy has ever seen. This just sounds like Disney wanting to push “anyone can be a Jedi”. That may be true but they can’t be as powerful as a Skywalker. The other storyline that was a huge topic after Force Awakens was who is the mighty Snoke. We were told and shown that Snoke was the most powerful Force user we had ever seen. He was just throwing Rey around like a rag doll, which was pretty awesome until it wasn’t. Without telling us who Snoke really was, they killed him. I actually had no problem with him dying, it was a fantastic twist, but the way he died was just plain stupid. After showing us how powerful Snoke was, he was able to connect Kylo and Rey’s minds from light years away and read their thoughts, Kylo used the Force to turn on the lightsaber near Snoke, cutting him in half. You’re telling me he was that powerful with the Force but couldn’t sense a lightsaber moving next to him or read it in Kylo’s mind? It would have been insane if Kylo and Rey teamed up and killed snoke together rather than just tricking this supposedly crazy powerful person. I would talk about Finn and Rose but literally they did nothing and their storyline just took you out of everything else that was important. I want to move on to my last couple of points. Kylo Ren is really cool and has awesome Force abilities but he basically didn’t do much. In the last act, he went with the First Order to kill everyone hiding on the resistance planet, which included his mother. To allow enough time for Leia and everyone to escape, Luke finally showed up to face Kylo. Now up until this point I was fine with the movie for the most part but then it all changed. I had been waiting forever to see Luke back in action and for him to fight Kylo. It would have been the most epic fight of all the Star Wars movies. Instead we got Luke not even showing up in person and sending a Force spirit or something to distract Kylo. The thing I was waiting for the entire movie was fake and kylo’s lightsaber was just phasing through Luke. Once everyone else had escaped Luke just peaced out. Then the unthinkable happened. Luke died because he was too tired… Are you kidding me?? That’s how your going to kill off the most beloved Jedi ever?? I just didn’t understand it. I know that it was a crazy use of the Force but literally he just disappeared. We were robbed of the epic fight between Luke and Kylo for no reason. Everything could have stayed exactly the same except Luke showing up in person and dueling Kylo for 10 minutes while everyone escaped. Rian Johnson made Luke into a coward. A coward that wouldn’t go help his best friend before he died or help his sister out and tell her he’s sorry. I just don’t get it. There is so much more but I’ve already gone on too long. I just hope these things get corrected in Episode 9 but for right now I absolutely hated this movie. This was like the complete opposite of how Game of Thrones makes me feel. That’s the end of my rant, let me know what you guys thought about The Last Jedi whether you agree with me or not. Till next time.

The Punisher Review

In one of my previous posts, I  made it clear that I watch a lot of Netflix. Some of the best shows to watch on there are the Marvel Universe series. You’ve got Daredevil and the rest of the Defender’s like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Out of all the Marvel shows however, Daredevil has always been the best by far. In season two of Daredevil, we were introduced to Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle, The Punisher. Bernthal’s scenes in season two stole the show and everyone who watched it was dying for him to get his own series. The Punisher has been one of my favorite Marvel character’s since I watched the 2004 Punisher movie, so I was insanely excited for this new season. First off, one of the reasons I love the character of Frank Castle is how dark his story is. Castle is a former Marine and special ops soldier who’s family was murdered. He then goes on a path of revenge that can only be matched in its carnage by John Wick. Before watching season one of The Punisher, I was a little worried because I wasn’t sure if Marvel would decide to go as dark as it needed to in order to really pull this off. To my immense satisfaction, they knocked it out of the park. There are a few actors that seem like they were born to play a specific character, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is the greatest example, and Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle is definitely one of them. He brings so many different layers to Frank that I have never seen before. There’s the unmatched ferocity of The Punisher, the symptoms of PTSD, the brokenness of a man who lost his wife and kids, and many more. Bernthal carries the whole show to insane heights. Aside from Frank though, this show has some great supporting characters. David Lieberman, played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, is an amazing partner to Frank and the dialog/relationship between the two provides some of the best moments in the whole season. Curtis, played by Jason R. Moore, is one of Frank’s only friends and another enthralling character. Ben Barnes plays Bill Russo who is integral to the story and phenomenal as well. The Homeland team of Madani and Sam (Amber Rose Revah and Michael Nathanson) round out the amazing group of characters. This show not only delves into Franks feelings and his story, but it explores the very real and scary problems that come wih PTSD which was a great undertone throughout the whole season.  Punisher season one does so many things right especially the violence that brought everyone there in the first place. The reason I was worried that Marvel wouldn’t go as dark as it had to for The Punisher was because I wasn’t sure they would get as brutal as they did. This show is pretty gory and violent. There is a scene that is even more bloody than a similar scene in Game of Thrones. I loved every single second of Frank’s rampages. It was pure craziness unlike anything I have really see in a show before. This was some movie quality gun fights and choreography. I’m not gunna lie, some parts were hard to watch but it was so worth it. What’s crazy to me is the low score on Rotten Tomatoes (I believe it’s a 61% but its a 9 out of 10 on IMDB). I honestly think the reviewers where blinded by the fact that this show might “glorify guns and violence” even though it was so much more than that. I loved everything about this season and I strongly recommend it. The Punisher is probably my favorite show on Netflix right now and my favorite Marvel show, taking Daredevil’s spot at the top. Pick a weekend and just sit back and get lost in the world of The Punisher. You wont regret it.

Thor: Ragnarok Review

The third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, hit theaters this weekend. I was lucky enough to avoid all the crazy lines on Friday night to watch it for you guys and let you know if it’s worth watching. Wasting no time at all, yes. A million times yes. I loved this movie and I think I love it more and more each day I go without it. Thor: Ragnarok was directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor. I’ve heard from some people that the beginning of the movie threw them off a bit, this is due to Taika Waititi completely reinventing Thor. The first two Thor movies were more Game Of Thrones like than Deadpool like. They were pretty serious movies with spots of humor here and there. Thor was still awesome in those movies but his personality was a little dull. He was kind of above everything and everyone. That old Thor was thrown out the window though. Chris Hemsworth was hilarious in this movie. Like I said before, it took a little time to adjust to the new Thor but once you do it’s full steam ahead from there. Not only was he funny but he also kicked ass like never before, often to Led Zeppelin (everything is better when Led Zeppelin is played to it). The greatest thing about the new, lighter, Thor was the opportunity to let everyone in the movie shine comedically. Tessa Thompson was great as Valkyrie, and Tom Hiddleston was perfect again as Loki. Jeff Goldblum was fantastic as the Grand Master. Every time he was on screen I was laughing. He was so eccentric and just so Jeff Goldblum, if that makes sense. Similarly to the way they change Thor for this one, they changed Hulk for the better as well. The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, actually has more than 1 line and his banter with Thor provided some of the funniest scenes in the movie. Although everyone in the movie was hilarious, one character stole the show for me. Korg, played by Taiki Waititi himself, killed me. I couldn’t control myself whenever he said something. It wasn’t normal laughing either, it was one of those silent, mouth open, rocking back and forth, ugly laughs and I don’t know why it just happened. I wanted to talk about some of the jokes because I crack up just thinking of them, however, I absolutely hate spoilers so you will have to watch it yourself to ugly laugh like me. This movie had every thing I could have wanted in a Marvel movie. It was hilarious and kick-ass from start to finish, even featuring a formidable villain played by Cate Blanchett. From the characters, to the setting, and the overall vibe, Thor: Ragnarok is one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time.  I cant wait to see it again and for you guys to check it out too. I’m going to give it a 5 out of 5 Jeff Goldblums!