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Avengers: Infinity War

27 Apr, 2018

I thought I was watching the Return of the King of the series, and instead it turned out to be The Two Towers. It was about 2 hours of setting up for the next story arc in the MCU. What should have been dramatic, came of like every season ender in a soap opera where you are left wondering how they will reverse what they just showed you.

Once again, like most MCU movies, the acting and characters are solid – but the story is shallow and a bit silly. Most of these popcorn movies are pleasing enough to enjoy on their own. This one works more like a giant infomercial for what is to come, and doesn't give you the satisfaction of a fully contained ride.

Justice League

15 Apr, 2018

This movie was savaged by the reviews – easy to see why. However, after seeing Infinity War; I am revising to say this is on par and I actually cared about the characters more.

DC is working with just 6, as opposed to MCU's cast of thousands, which made it easier to make connections.

I saw it on a plane, and it was worth the free price. Aquaman and The Flash are the two characters who redeemed the movie as entertaining enough to watch while flying.

Ready Player One

16 Mar, 2018

I enjoyed the book and was excited that the reviews coming in were not vicious. I'll be honest, I had low expectations and it hit about where I had expected. The novel is a nerd's fantasy that years of useless obsession will be the exact thing needed to make him a hero and save the universe. Like when Fry had to save earth from Nintendu64.

Spielberg bring in hi heavy handed schmaltz and pumps up side characters to make the story more about the power of friendship. It comes off more as a teen adventure movie, albeit better than most and would happily watch this over Hunger Games or Twilight any day.

Brave to make a teen franchise movie with no clear sequels. But like Tron Legacy, they stripped what made the story interesting in hopes of making mass appealing – instead it is just boring and formulaic.

As players hunt for clues that seem obvious, it comes off more like a well budgeted Where in the World is Carmen San Diego than the epic quest it could have been.

Black Panther

17 Feb, 2018

If I am going to spend a year watching super hero movies, this one was at least good. Solid acting, plot, effects, etc. You like the characters, and it does what Marvel does best; you also like the "villains."

The movie is epic but touches on a lot of human issues. It was very timely in today's political environment; asking comic movie watchers questions about isolationism, race, and our duty towards our fellow man.

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