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Review: Aquaman

aquaman_movie_poster_1_by_jpgThere’s no secret that the DC movies have all been met with some pretty harsh criticism.  I have also voiced my distaste in the past.  However, after seeing Aquaman, my expectations were exceeded.

I went into it with both my kids thinking that it would be bad effects, dialogue and just lacking in story with major plot holes.  Boy was I wrong.

The special effects were fantastic, and while there were a few parts that looked off, the majority of the film was seamless.  The story did a great job of telling the heroes and villains’ pasts and set up not just a great origin tale, but addition to the existing dc universe.  Acting was on par with the entire cast and dialogue (although a bit cheesy in parts) was acceptable.

The addition of humor made this feel like a Marvel movie in many aspects, because it worked.  There were a couple places that felt too over the top as though they tried too hard to get the humor in there.  Then there is one scene where Pittbull’s version of Toto’s Africa song began playing and I became confused as to why they chose this.  It didn’t fit the scene and his cover of the song was horrendous…

Overall I (and my kids) enjoyed the movie, and look forward to more in this universe.  I actually will go so far as saying that it was better than Wonder Woman (which until this point was my favorite DC film), it was better than Antman and the Wasp, and I will dare to say I think it is even better than Black Panther (which is very high on my rewatchability list).

I give it 3 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think?  Did you love or hate the movie or find it just alright?  Be sure to comment below.

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Think, Sip, Write: ep 56 – Marvel vs DC

In this episode of #thinksipwrite, my son Tony sits in for Roberta as we talk about all things Marvel and DC. Who is the better comic book universe and why? What are your thoughts and favorite characters?


Review: Wonder Woman

Wonder_Woman_(2017_film)It’s no secret that the DCEU of movies has met with harsh criticism, and in some cases rightfully so.  Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman were split down the middle by fans and Suicide Squad was an absolute disaster.  Even before those the films were less than perfect.  Bad interpretations of villains in the previous Batman movies, a heavily CGI Green Lantern film, and the 5 prior Superman films were only good for the first two.  So the track record of DC films hasn’t been anything spectacular over the years.  Sure there were high points, but it really had me worry for Wonder Woman.

Then I saw it, and while the story felt similar to Captain America the First Avenger, it was Gal Gadot who really made this a great watch.  The actress is not only stunning, but connects with audiences on an emotional end, and then turns into a complete badass.  Chris Pine as Steve Trevor added a great amount of chemistry and humor needed.

The supporting cast did well, and the visual effects with the lasso were straight from the pages of the comic books.  The director’s decision to add more color to Wonder Woman’s costume was a smart one as well.  It made her stand out more in a very cold looking era film.

My complaints would be minor overall but still bothersome.  Ares was a great villain, but I saw the twist coming from the moment the actor stepped on screen.  It was way too predictable.  The over usage of Wonder Woman’s theme song grew tiresome, and some of the Amazonian fights looked off in the CGI department.

What I did like is that for the most part this was a true interpretation of the character.  I’d watch Gal Gadot in anything, but the comic fan in me couldn’t be happier.  I’m not sure I enjoyed the sort of force blast she showed with her gauntlets, but I think this was to show how she can ricochet most attacks that way.

Finally, DC films has something to list as their best movie to date (Yes that includes all other movies mentioned above).  We now have a female hero who is both a princess and warrior hero.  I give Wonder Woman 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think?