*NEW* BLACK PANTHER IMAGES

The excitement levels for the release of Black Panther has just gone up a notch as new character images have been released. Have a look below at the images provided by Entertainment Weekly feature a star studded cast including Angela Bassett, Forrest Whitaker and Lupita Nyongo!

They all look amazing and i cannot wait for the film!

WONDER WOMAN – REVIEW

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen
Director: Patty Jenkins
Running Time: 141mins
Rating: 12A

With the questionable failures of DC films recently and what I thought was a lack in general promotional material and marketing; Wonder Woman seemed to be set up to fail at the box office.
While writing this; official numbers haven’t of course come in yet, but whether or not it will make a significant impact isn’t necessarily a sure thing after watching it.

While Wonder Woman is by no means terrible, it isn’t great and leaves a lot to be desired in ways of script, pace and action. What action we do receive is few and far between and while Gal Gadot looks amazing in her fight sequences, I felt a lot more could have been done with them.

The film opens in Themyscira; Princess Diana’s home and we discover a paradise of beautiful and incredibly skilled Amazons led by Queen Hyppolita. It’s during these scenes that we get the most thrilling fight scene as we see what the Amazons are capable of both on and off horseback, one can do something amazing with a bow and arrow! However; once we leave Themyscria and head into the world of man; all the fun pretty much gets left behind.

The rest of the film moves slowly, too slowly and should never have been that long; especially when nothing is really going on. Despite having seen her outfit already; the uniform reveal was a bit weak and could have been a bit punchier – as it was in Batman v Superman – and provided more of an impact.

Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Diana Prince, while very honest and in some ways relatable, got a bit annoying at parts. Not her acting but the naivety and impulsiveness started to get on my nerves. I understood that she was a secluded princess and didn’t really understand the implications of real war; but when this was explained to her; she refused to listen and came away looking a bit stupid which fed into the helpless female stereotype which I didn’t really like.

The villain is another story altogether as it felt rather weak. The film took a kind of fantastical turn by the end that wasn’t particularly impressive or believable. In addition, the rest of the supporting cast were rather pointless and didn’t really add anything to the film.

While I enjoyed the Amazons and Themyscira and Diana fighting; sadly, this wasn’t enough to make the entire film a great piece of work. Where BvS overdid the action; with this there wasn’t enough. Wonder Woman is a fabulous character and through the years of comics and the television show; studios just need to know what to do with her.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – REVIEW

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Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen
Director: Joss Whedon
Running Time: 142mins
Cert: 12A

Okay, get ready to hate me and/or crucify me because you superhero/Marvel fans out there are not going to be happy about this one!

If you saw my previous post on Avengers Assemble you will know that i was less than pleased with that instalment of the franchise and the tradition seems to have continued. Needless to say, i didnt like it. 

Now, before you jump down my throat let me tell you why. There are two types of people in the world who will watch this film: the Marvel/superhero experts and everyone else. I am a proud member of the everybody else club and as such i still expect to go into franchise/sequel films like Star Trek or Star Wars etc. and even having not seen the originals can follow the story. In this respect is why i did not like it. As a fan this was probably your version of multiple orgasms but for a Joe Bloggs movie goer i dont think it was easy enough to follow

  • Who is Ultron?
  • Why is he so angry?
  • Was he a person why he has this odd personality?
  • What happened to Jarvis? 
  • Cant Tony make a new Jarvis? I mean, where is the backup USB data?
  • Why is Cap Am still so boring?
  • Why is Bruce still complaining that he’s the Hulk. Havent you had time to accept this by now?
  • Why does Thor keep going off and doing his own thing?
  • What was he doing in that water?
  • How/why is that water even there?
  • Who is that red man?
  • Is he good or bad?
  • Who pays for the city repairs?
  • Do they have airspace clearance for these jets?

I am fully aware that a lot of these questions can be answered by a true fanatic but my point stands that i should have been able to follow get the general idea of this withiut being a fan. As a regualr movie goer it made little sense and i was actually quite bored.

In all honesty it felt like waiting two years for the continuation of a television show. Just another episode featuring your local neighbiurhood superheros. Nothing spectacular happened, there were no especially amazing stunts, the dialogue left a lot to be desired and the attempt at extra back story with Natasha and Hawkeye was just dull.

Once again, a Marvel instalment has failed to impress me and as much as i can understand and respect the reasons why i didnt follow, i feel this is a short coming in its delivery.

X MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST – REVIEW

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Starring: Hugh Jackmna, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
Director: Bryan Singer
Running Time: 131mins
Cert: 12A

Needless to say, the cinema last night was a packed one as me and my fellow movie goers got settled in for the newest instalment to the X Men franchise. Before I continue however, I must point out that although the film is good and enjoyable, it is unfortunately a bit of a let-down.

 

Forget what you thought it was going to be about because you’d be wrong. What could have potentially been a very exciting story about pasts meeting presents and futures and all manner of unexplainable time travelling rules; ended up being a story loosely strung together to make Wolverine once again the centre of attention.

 

Do not get me wrong, I adore Hugh Jackman and all that he has done for Logan/Wolverine and the X Men films but at what point do the other characters get their screen time? This was a great opportunity to get some real depth out of the characters that we had done with X Men: First Class but DOFP failed miserably in that regard. Although new faces were introduced, it seemed to only be for shock value rather than any real significance. Powers/mutants once again went unused and in some cases overused to create visually stunning effects but not so much so for the overall substance of the film. For an X Men film, it’s sad to say that the best bits are in the first five minutes but then falls into a steady decline of anything worth writing about. The end provides a certain sense of sentimental value but other than that I was left wanting. Not that this is a compeltely bad thing since we all know that there will be another instalment, X Men: Apocalypse, where the other mutants may make a more worthwhile appearance.

 

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender reprise their roles as Professor X and Magneto respectively and do so amazingly. As I’ve found with most of the X Men films (feel free to disagree) there is not much lost in the way of casting and acting but how the characters are executed via the storyline. There is too much left unsaid and there is no change in this instalment. Jennifer Lawrence although very kick ass in this film as Raven/Mystique doesn’t really do it for me as much as Rebecca Romijn did in the first three films; once again feel free to disagree. The biggest confusion of them all though is why Storm (Halle Berry) is even in the films anymore having said all of three sentences throughout the entire film.

 

Needless to say, I didn’t hate X Men: Days of Future Past but I wasnt swinging from the rafters about it either. There could have been so much more in the two hours and ten minutes that was unfortunately not delivered which made it feel incredibly underwhelming.