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Movie Review – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

I can’t believe it took me a week to see this flick.  Maybe my reputation as the Internet’s greatest nerd is ill-deserved.

BQB here with a review of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Where did the past 10 years go, 3.5 readers?  I remember watching “Iron Man” in 2008, thinking Marvel was really onto something here and, well, if only I could time travel back 10 years, take the seat next to me and give myself some advice on how to negotiate the next decade.

Oh well.  No use crying over spilt milk.

Speaking of not crying, we have a seasoned cast of superheroes now, and damn, there are a lot of them.  You’ve got the Avengers…the various hangers-on who help the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the assorted interlopers who mingle in these worlds…you’ve got a lot of characters.  Is it too many?  Maybe not.

After all, this film is our reward for sticking with the franchise for so long.  Once you watch the individual films, as well as the group get-together films, you spend a lot of time with these characters, getting to know what makes them tick, and thus films like this are possible, i.e. where the individuals come and go, make their entrances and exits and you understand their motivations by now.

There was a brief moment in the beginning where I wondered if this whole spectacle hadn’t jumped the shark.  Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older but when you really think about it, I mean, seriously…you’ve got a man in an iron suit, a Norse God, a green monster, a patriot, a computer man, a witch, wizards, a spiderman, a cat man, a flying guy, another guy in an iron suit, a lady assassin, a band of space pirates and their talking raccoon…WTF?  How do these all fit together?

At one point, I was like, “Wow.  There are way too many Avengers.  Like seriously, I can’t keep up with all these Avengers.  There is a ridiculous amount of superheroes on screen right now.”

Somehow, Disney/Marvel makes it all work.  In past movies, we’ve been teased with an impending Thanos (Josh Brolin) attack and it pays off big time here, as he’s the villain to end all villains, the big bad that the Avengers et. al. will have to throw everything at, including the kitchen sink, the toilet, the toilet paper, the plunger and so on.

It’s an intergalactic battle royale featuring different planets, different locations on Earth, different bands of heroes duking it out with different bands of Thanos’ cronies, all in the name of gathering the infinity stones, which the infamous ne’er-do-well hopes to use to engage in acts of evil-doery across the cosmos.

There are touching moments, hilarious moments, humor, laughter, suspense and I don’t want to give it away but Disney/Marvel does go in quite an unexpected direction, one that defies the typical ending of these films and perhaps when all 3.5 of you have had a chance to see it, we can discuss it further.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy.  Kudos to Disney/Marvel for keeping this franchise alive, still going strong, still being as magical as ever.  Thank you to all the actors who didn’t let fame go to their heads and bail on their recurring characters.  It’s been quite a ride and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Movie Review – Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Strap on your web slinger, true believer.  It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

BQB here with a review of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

I’m just going to say it, 3.5 readers.  This is the best movie ever made about America’s favorite wall crawler.  The first two Tobey Maguire films were great.  The first Andrew Garlfield one was decent but this one blew me away.

In this incarnation, a very young, inexperienced Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is fresh off his big mission helping Tony Stark fight a rogue Captain America.  Months have passed and Stark has named Peter his “intern.”  Peter hopes this means another awesome mission is coming his way but alas, Stark thinks Peter is too young.  He has a point.  At a mere fifteen years old (and being played by an actor around that age), this is the youngest Spidey we’ve seen on film.

Not willing to rest on his laurels and take the time to hone his skills (as Stark advises), Peter seeks action and finds it in the form of the Vulture, Michael Keaton as a contractor who is screwed out of a contract to clean up they city after an Avenger vs. aliens fight and decides to use the alien technology he finds for nefarious purposes instead.

The movie moves fast, putting Peter in all sorts of trouble, ranging from a rescue mission at the Washington monument to a showdown on the Staten Island ferry.  Throughout this whole ordeal, Peter tries to balance out his social life, trying to score babes at parties, building lego sets with buddy Ned, competing in the Academic Decathlon and bringing dream girl Liz to the Homecoming dance.  The film brings just enough high school drama so you realize what pressures a teenage hero is under without turning the whole thing into American Pie with tights.

Overall, Disney/Marvel has spent nine years building an extensive cinematic universe, filled with its own backstory and folklore.  This film is the ultimate payoff.  Because so much has been built already, we can dive right into the action and be spared the origin story that’s been drilled into us so many times before.  There’s no need for us to see Peter cry as he realizes he failed to save Uncle Ben.  Been there.  Done that.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy.  Worth a trip to the theater.  Check it out, 3.5 readers.

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Movie Trailer – Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

Hey 3.5.

BQB here, still posting behind the Yeti’s back.  Shh!  Don’t tell him.

The trailer for Spiderman: Homecoming is out and it looks like the best Spiderman movie in awhile.

The first two Tobey Maguire movies in the early 2000s were great then they hit a wall with the third one.  Emo Spiderman.  Blah.

The most recent two were fine but didn’t really knock my socks off.

Here, it looks like they’ve come up with a great idea, setting Spiderman in the world of the Avengers and making Tony Stark his mentor.  It makes sense.  Tony is a scientist.  Peter is a wannabe scientist.

We don’t need need to see yet another origin story where Peter is bitten by the radioactive spider and he doesn’t stop the robber and the robber shoots Uncle Ben so from then on Spiderman pledges to never let anyone down again and so on.

We’ve got it.

Yet, while we don’t need an origin story, we do need an explanation as to what this current incarnation of a character is all about.  That’s why the latest DC movies have been struggling.

No, we don’t need another movie about young Bruce Wayne seeing his parents getting shot (shot parents/guardians create so many super heroes).

But yes, we could have used a movie to explain what this version of Batman is all about.

If you missed, SPOILER ALERT – in the latest Captain America film, we were given an introduction to Spider Man.  It was good.  It was all we needed.  Now we know what makes this current version of Spidey tick.  Now he can hit the ground running in his own movie without any need for devoting half the film to the spider bite and the Uncle Ben sadness.

What say you, 3.5 readers?

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