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Captain America: Civil War

This is a very good science fiction/action film adopted from Marvel Comics. However, there are a few critics related to the some specific scenes. Personally, I love Iron Man the most. He is a genius, philanthropy and charming scientist and playboy. The story is about a superhero group named the Avengers. It consists of some powerful individuals such as Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man. Others such as Black Widow and Hawkeye make a fine addition.

The story is about political pressure which mounts to have accountability system to be installed. Any collateral damage is to avoid. The government believes that the Avengers are just too free to do their actions while endangering innocent civilians. The Avengers are divided into two sides. Each believes one is right.

The release date was on May 6th 2016 in USA. By spending around 250 million USD, the franchise has gained 1,132 billion USD in the Box Office. This is certainly a great even awesome earning.

It is the latest series of Captain America after The Winter Soldier. There is a melancholy thing for a Superhero movie but that’s okay. As an old buddy of Steve Rogers, Bucky is always loved by him. Even though he has done really bad things, the Captain is still on his side. The most shocking is after knowing that he murdered Tony Stark’s parents relentlessly. The Captain knows that Bucky was not himself but controlled. As the son, it is his nature to avenge his parents’ death. And, he is the Iron Man who will make it happen. Well, the way is not as smooth as expected because the Captain is standing next to Bucky to defend.

There are some other superheroes from Marvel join the fight. Black Panther and Spider Man on Iron Man’s side while Ant Man on Captain Americas. I think that the fight is so immature. I mean they are superheroes who should be. Childish and misuse the powers are just so unwise while destroying an airport along with properties there. What a mess and even to look just like super villains to me.

One of most exciting scenes is when Steve Rogers is pulling down a helicopter when Bucky is trying to run away from hostage. Well, he is a powerful superhero although not his own. Destruction is a piece of creativity the movie has to offer to audience.

For an action movie, this one suits very well for a family entertainment. Although there is a kissing scene between Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, kids should not watch such thing. It is bad for education.

Logan

This movie “Logan” is the latest series of X-Men franchise. Although there are no Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Colossus and other exciting superheroes, the movie is just great. This is the story about the old and vulnerable Wolverine with Professor X, Caliban and a little girl Laura. Mostly, the series tells about Laura who is connected to Logan. The release date was on March 3rd 2017. This means a brand new movie to watch. The genre is science-fiction with drama which has 2h 18m play time with budget 97 million USD.

A weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X at a remote outpost on the border of Mexico. Well, where the mutants are most of them died and vanishing, the plan is to hide from the outside world. Well, the old and weary Wolverine has to deal with dark forces to protect a young mutant girl named Laura who turns out to be his biological child.

My question is how Wolverine has got the claws back? In the previous Wolverine series “The Wolverine”, he lost his claws in the fight against a giant samurai adamantium robot. It said by Bryan Singer that Magneto has the ability to reconstitute them. When? How? Why? I do not think that Magneto is kind enough to help his enemy. I am sorry but both Magneto and Wolverine are not in the same side. I believe that I have heard that once adamantium is hardened, it cannot be broken or melted. The story is labile and immature.

Logan pushes the extreme limits of X-Men movies after Deadpool. The language and violence are intolerable. This is not a movie for family especially children. An R rating is what Logan deserves. This is due to the brutal and bleak action superhero movie.

Okay, Laura the young girl mutant is a biological child of Wolverine. It is fine for me, but how she has the claws? Are they planted onto her body? As far as I can remember, the adamantium Wolverine claws are not original but planted. There should be a story that explains this odd.

Other questions are about how the Wolverine gets old? I mean a super strong guy who has been living for centuries got a parasite inside his body. This is so silly and unacceptable.

Another question which really bothers me a lot is about Professor X. How can he still alive? In X-Men: The Last Stand, it is obviously clear that Phoenix “Jean Grey killed tears him to pieces. This is so unacceptable.

X-Men: Apocalypse

To be honest, this is one of my favorite movies in 2016. In fact, the whole series are just amazing. I love the characters of Jean Grey, Storm, Magneto, Mystique and most of all, Wolverine. But this post is only about X-Men: Apocalypse. There are no Wolverine, Colossus, Gambit and many others. This X-Men series only include Professor Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Beast and some more. The main bad guy to fight is Apocalypse. He was the very first mutant so called in the story. He has some different magnificent powers like transporting, healing and enhancing other mutants’ powers. Apocalypse gained the powers by moving mind and spirit to other mutants’ body. By that, ruling the powers is absolute.

The story of X-Men: Apocalypse is about the awakening of Apocalypse or En Sabah Nur after thousands of years. As the immortal and the most powerful mutant in the world, Apocalypse wants to create a world of his own. To achieve his purpose, he recruits Magneto, Storm, Psylocke and more powerful mutants. He even enhanced their powers to become much stronger to rely on.

For a 2h 27m, this movie is quite messier and heavier than the previously X-Men: Days of Future Fast. Well, as a common moviegoer, people would think that the movie is fantastic. They could say that by seeing its cinematographic and some action scenes. Personally, I love the fighting scenes too especially the fights on the ship. Gosh, Psylocke is really cool with her laser saber. Just love her action scenes. If only she were a personnel of X-Men.

I have no comment on Apocalypse’s powers. He is super strong and apparently X-Men almost unable to stop him. Thanks to Jean Grey the most, Apocalypse is finished.

I love the beauty Jennifer Lawrence but in this movie X-Men, she makes Mystique grim more unrelentingly than ever. This super power Katniss Everdeen just lack of fighting scenes. I was disappointed by her role as Mystique.

For such messy and heavy movie, the X-Men: Apocalypse has gained more than 543.9 million USD in the Box Office with only budget around 178 million USD. The result showed that X-Men series are always awaited by the fans around the globe.

Personally, I consider this movie is interesting yet frustrating at the same time. I do not know about you guys, but everyone is free to share thoughts.

Beauty and the Beast

This is one of classic tales of princesses of Disney. This fantasy/romance movie of Beauty and the Beast was released on March 16th 2017 in USA. Its duration is 2h 19m. Staring Emma Watson as Beauty and Dan Stevens as the Beast, they are directed by Bill Condon. This is actually the remake after remakes of Beauty and the Beast since vintage era. The story is about a beautiful, bright and independent young woman, Belle. To save her father in the prison of the Beast, she lets herself captured to replace him and imprisoned in the castle. First of all, she was afraid but then befriends the staffs in the castle. They are enchanted. As time passes, she finally recognizes a prince that lives inside the Beast. She finds him kind-hearted. This is where the romance begins.

My first comment is that why Disney remakes this story? Are they trying to do the right thing by polishing it with brand new popular faces like Emma Watson? I mean a feminist sass injection on Emma Watson as Belle? Come on! That is a little bit of interesting but I think that there are much better actresses who can play the role. They would be Jordyn Jones, Natalie Alyn Lind, Brec Bassinger, Meredith Mickelson, Peyton Roi List, Debby Ryan and more other beautiful girls who deserve the role.

The coming of Beauty and the Beast is like revamping a material that has gone all out spectacle. However, the director Bill Condon did it very nicely which makes the movie lovable as if there were nice touches. Well, there are cons in every pros. I think that the design is overbearing for the movie.

One thing that really bothers me is about the talking dinnerware. I mean, yes the movie is a fantasy genre but talking teapot, cup and so on? This is just too much to consume even for a high level magic.

Overall, the story of this Beauty and the Beast is bringing 2D cartoon into real human with animation. There is no additional story that makes them different one from another. Nothing at all!

This movie does not suit boys but at least young couples who search for romantic one, this is a nice reference. Girls from tween to teen are for sure to love this film. However, the kissing scene should not be there at all. It is bad for the education. Kids should not see such of thing.

Suicide Squad

They are all expandable figures. They form a team of dangerous and villainous individuals. It consists of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo and more. 2h and 17m make this movie quite a long one to watch. There are intrigue, drama, love and conspiracy poured. It was released on August 1, 2016. Action and comedy mix together.

The story is about super criminals who formed a suicide squad. The mission was to stop “Enchantress” from building a weapon that could destroy the Earth. Well, each story always has its own lines including the bad guys and the good guys. Between self-interest or focusing on the mission, they are crazy enough to take on the mission.

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The plot holes leave a head-scratch. You can see less drama and half-baked support of the characters. However, the story is straightforward without any complicated thing except the love-story between Harley Quinn and Joker. There are slick pieces of action set, zany dark comedy moments, and gripping beats of characters.

Among all super-villains, Deadshot and Harley Quinn are most notable. To the role of becoming the Deadshot, Will Smith has succeeded of bringing his charm and chops of action. A sympathetic entry point is to the movie very well. Thanks to him.

Harley Quinn which played by Margot Robbie is a deranged-minded character. However, she’s quite aware of the assignment given to her and the team. Yes, she’s in the dangerous effort to save the world that hates a-kind-of-her. Harley has succeeded in bringing the dynamic performance with bubbly comedy physically. Thanks to her.

The visual effect and design are striking especially in scenes of Enchantress. Among all figures, I think that Killer Croc is an awkward addition to the plot. I do not know but, he should not be in this movie at all.

Another deranged story of this movie is about the strong relationship between Harley Quinn and Joker. It seems that these two nuts deserve each other well. It is messed up yet captivating relationship in the story of comics brought to the big screen, I suppose.

The Suicide Squad is the reverse version of superhero movies. Colorful costumes and dulling glossy visuals are shown by the costumes. You can watch the movie in 3D and 3D IMAX. However, very dark is unavoidable. In 3D, we can experience a bigger screen with a better sound just like any superhero blockbuster. Well, it might be better sticking to 2D screen at the moment.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

This is one of moviegoers’ favorite movies in 2017. Personally, I love the characters of Vin Diesel in his movies. He is always tough, strong and almost invincible. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is an action movie with heavy stunts like its predecessor with fights and shoot-outs. Women have also become one of the objectifications.

Released on January 20th 2017, this movie was directed by D. J. Caruso. And, it has Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures as its distributors. Its duration is 1h 50m. Well, as a movie lover, I am giving comments on this one hell of movies. Although I am a fan of this movie, there are some critics on it.

Cage is Alive!

It is mentioned that Cage was dead in XXX: State of the Union by Gibbons. I mean why he gave false information to the second xXx, Ice Cube? Did he just have no idea about where Xander cage’s existence after the mission? I mean, hey how unprofessional Gibbon was by giving the statement. In xXx: Return of Xander Cage, it proves that Gibbons’ statement is nonsense. If Gibbon was a professional agent, he should be able to track down a non-military or unprofessionally trained Xander Cage. What do you think?

No One Can Save the World Except Xander Cage!

I am sorry Cage but you are just a “PUNK” character in the movie. You are not a military, special agent or professionally trained individual by the government. This movie shows that US government was nothing before The Almighty Groups of Punks.

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Overall, I think that this movie is weak on characterizations. Sloppy direction completed its poor story. Most of moviegoers must love this thriller / action movie. But for me, it is just a brainless action fun one. Completely lacks of unique styles and plays.

Well, these comments are my own only. You have your own.

The Legend of Tarzan

The film was released on July 1st, 2016 in USA. The genre is drama/action with 1h 50m duration. The story is about Tarzan who lives in Victorian England. He is married with Jane and uses the name of John Clayton III. A treacherous Leon Rom who envoy for King Leopold lures Tarzan to come to Kongo. This is where the story begins. It turns out that he killed the son of chief Keewazi, the leader of Waziri tribe. It was not without reason but because Kolunga the son of chief Keewazi has killed Tarzan’s Ape mother first. So this is about vengeance after vengeance.

In the Box Office, 356.7 million USD has been earned. The Legend of Tarzan is a lot of fun, adventure, romance and adrenaline. There are beautiful forests, natural landscapes, digital animals and more. Well, there are pros and cons about this movie. And, we are discussing them with you.

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Where is the original story of Tarzan? The real Tarzan would not love to stay a long time in the city. Jungle is his home sweet home where every single day is an adventure. I mean, Tarzan in a suite? Oh come on! This is simply not right for the story relatively to the king of the jungle. Well, apparently many viewers love it at all due to uniqueness and distinctive story line.

When it comes to optics, this Tarzan has always the bad one. I do not mean to be racist but hey it is so obvious. Except his childhood which was raised by apes and turned into a wild man. Although it is impossible and irrational, the story is not too hard to accept at all.

Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan has given the character a very good attraction. The diamond-cut muscles of his are indeed an attraction to the big-screen. It is a part of the allures to expose to audiences. I say just “nice”.

Leon Rom with his beaded talisman, he seems so powerful with it at his hands. I mean he is like an expert of martial art with talisman stuff. Even the mighty Tarzan cannot stand against him. Strangled and choked Tarzan looks helpless. But well, he is the hero in the story so it would not be funny at all to see him defeated.

One of the most exhilarating scenes is that the flock of wild the beast rumbling to destroy Leon Rom’s port house. It is so much. Another scene is where Tarzan fighting Akut. It is just awesome although only a few minutes scene.

Underworld: Blood Wars

This movie is one of the most awaited by moviegoers. Since its first sequel in 2003, it has been making action/adventure movies combined with horror more thrilling. It was released on January 6th 2017 in USA, Underworld: Blood Wars has reached 81.1 million USD in the Box Office. The theme is about the wars between two races, Lycan and Vampire. The main character here is Selene as a Death Dealer which played the role by Kate Beckinsale. She is against both Lycans and Vampires who betrayed her. Allies are David (Theo James) and Thomas (Peter Andersson).

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So what are the comments about this movie? I love to see the classy black-leather badass. I think it is more playful with guns and swords to settle the old-feud for centuries between the races. The fights are just nice with quite fabulous scenes especially, the cage-fight between Selene and Marius. Although there’s a drama in the scene, it ended furiously. It was so horrified to see the spine of Marius pulled out easily just like that. Well, it is quite great to see such of it.

What I am curious about are the fate of Michael Corvin and Eve. It is too bad that Michael died and his blood all drained. About Eve, where was she? I believe the movie would be more intriguing with the existence of her. More drama is certainly a thing for sale in the movie whether she’s dead or alive in this sequel. Let us see whether the next one (5th sequel) shows character of Eve or not.

Underworld: Blood Wars full movie is 1h 33m. The time should enough for watching. However, it is constructed in a poor quality. It has failed to engage in any impactful manner in audiences. Many of choppy editing and close-ups make the screen hard to keep track. They are by design to hide poor works of stunts. However, Karl Walter Lindenlaub the Cinematographer has been done a great job in every scene with low lights. His works make the movie shrouded in darkness. This makes it impossible for a 3D version.

Messy and sloppy narrative makes this Underworld: Blood Wars a poor one. Noteworthy performances are caused by bland and uninteresting players. Connecting with audiences is a fail. However, Kate Beckinsale proves that she is the ideal for the cool action heroine including in this movie.

In short, there is nothing new to say in this sequel. It is unlikely that the movie to move the positive direction for this series.

Kong: Skull Island

One character that makes me open my eyes is that “Loki” (Tom Hiddleston). He plays the role as Captain James Conrad in Kong: Skull Island. Born on February 9th 1981, this English actor appeared in West End theatre productions at the beginning of his career. He is also a producer and musical performer. In this 2017 Kong, it is included into fantasy/science fiction movies. The duration is 2 hours. It was released on March 10, 2017 with 185 million USD budget.

The story is about adventurers which include soldiers and scientists who explore a mythical uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Eventually, the adventure is cut off from everything they expected after entering the mighty Kong’s domain. It is where humanity does not belong. It eventually leads to the ultimate battle, a battle between nature and man. And, everyone should have to survive by escaping from a primal world.

One of the differences from other Kong movies is that the entire scenes are on Kong’s jungle island. There is no skyscraper where Kong climbs up and gets fired by planes. Let us say that this film is less ambitious than other series.

This Kong: Skull Island is a good remake after watching it. It shows us all about wide-eyed amazement of primal world. Kong is the king of the jungle island while the real monsters are living below ground. What kind of monsters are they actually. They do not look like dinosaurs at all. I see them more like mutated worms with two legs and sharpened mouth full of teeth. The fights between Kong and the monsters are extraordinary. This is due to a very good and creative cinematography. The military adventurers make the better fights with all monsters that are up against. This is a plus.

The set is in 1973, you can see that by taking a look at the model of the choppers and guns. The clothes are not very much different from nowadays’ trend. I personally prefer the 2005 Kong to the latest one in matter of sceneries and coloration. The older is brighter.

Primeval wonder is shown in this King Kong movie for the first and foremost. Array or giant creatures make the watcher of the movie to pop eyes. One of most exciting scenes is when a giant buffalo/wild the beast comes out of water. If it was in 3D, it would just be amazing to watch.

I think this is a very good movie of 2017 which should earn an award as best cinematography. Yes, it is!

Doctor Strange

The story is about a disgraced former surgeon played by Benedict Cumberbatch. As a egotistical neurosurgeon, Dr Stephen Vincent Strange had an accident which destroyed his professionalism. He can no longer use his hands to his works. It led him to a maddening quest. He was hoping for a miracle cure to bring back the function of his hands. It eventually introduces him into the magical and mystical realms.

The rating was PG-13 for the action and violence sci-fi also for its intense of crash sequence. Included into the genre of action and adventure as well as fantasy and science fiction, the movie’s runtime is 1h 30m. It has reached $232,630,718.00 in the Box Office.

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There are various categories of outstanding achievement in Oscar nominations. Most part, superhero movies tend to be moneymakers. This is one of the reasons of why superhero movies never got any Oscar. If the Academy recognizes, then it is surely in the category of cinematography, visual effects and sound editing. Best hairstyle and makeup are possible too as award-winning materials. Well, for the customs, I think that Dr Strange deserves an award. The movie does also deserve a nomination for the best screenplay. Another category would be for the best director nomination.

The movie adopted from Marvel Comics was intended to be a mind-bending and rule-breaking. I mean in the field of superhero cinema which eventually turns out into a rebel. Well, at least in name only.

In comparison with other superhero movies, Dr Strange is weird. I mean, like particularly weird.

Although not better than other Marvel Comics movies, Doctor Strange gives a bit bigger show after all. This should be appreciated, though.

Impressive visual effects with head-spinning mythology are a too much, at least a bit more than others owned by Marvel Comics.

A sizable return has always been received by Marvel on their investment. This is because of the movie was not a wonky sell only. In fact, it became mired before its release in controversy.

In matter of visual, the film is classily distinctive and coherent mostly. The complexity is handsome, fascinating conundrum endlessly.

Personally, I think the story is simple and easy to follow. A comedy is also a good addition for some more interesting section of the film. With mate or family, it is enjoyable since there is no inappropriate scene at all. So yeah, everyone at any age can watch this film.