The Mummy (2017) Movie Review

9 years since The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Universal Pictures aims to reestablish the OG of the Cinematic Universe, the Universal Monsters Universe, with a new name: the Dark Universe.

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Directed by Alex Kurtzman (co-wrote The Legend of Zorro and the reboot Star Trek franchise), The Mummy is the first of a series of remakes by Universal Pictures in hopes of establishing a cinematic universe revolving around monsters such as Dracula, the Frankenstein’s monster, the Invisible Man, and the Wolf Man. They already did this in the 1920s to 1950s  with great success.

This version, set in the present day, revolves around the character of Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), a former US military officer, who unearths the tomb of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) and unknowingly placed a curse on himself. With the help of a shady organization called Prodigium, led by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), Nick attempts to stop Princess Ahmanet’s plan to summon Set,the Egyptian god of death.

First of all, I looooooove the dedication Tom Cruise has for his movies. Watching his scenes in this movie proves that he still gives it all. At the age of 54, he still does his stunts! Sure, this is not as cool as him hanging on a plane’s door in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, but it is still astounding to know he pushes himself beyond his age. Nick Morton, his character, reminds me a lot of Mortal Kombat‘s Johnny Cage because Nick is very charismatic. Without a doubt, Tom Cruise is the biggest positive in this movie.

The set designs look cool! I had my eyes peeled when the Prodigium HQ was shown. true enough I saw hints of the Gill-Man (The Creature from the Black Lagoon) and a vampire skull.

There were Easter eggs to the Sommers Mummy franchise (the one with Brendan Fraser), too.

And that is where the positives end…

The story of this movie is messy and all over the place. If taken piece by piece, it is enjoyable and fun. That is true, especially the first scene. But if we are to look at the big picture, which we should to all movies, the viewers will realize that this movie could have been an easy trilogy. A lot of things are happening. Often, it happened in random ways. This movie had SIX writers, and it is pretty evident they had a hard time narrowing the story down.

Also, the character of Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) is completely forgettable and unnecessary. Besides being the damsel in distress and the bridge between Nick and the Prodigium, there is absolutely nothing she had offered as a character. Try to remove her in the story. Will we have the same story? Yes! Then, why include her?

Also, much of the humor in the movie does not work for me. Some of it was provided by Jake Johnson, who portrays Nick’s close friend Chris Vail. It felt too forced, and it strays away much to the supposedly feel of the movie. However, I like how the movie incorporates elements of horror in it, somehow resonating the 1932 original.

Lastly… and a bit nitpicky, I had issues looking at Sofia Boutella’s pre-final form (the one where she is Sofia Boutella but with a cracked nose and a cheek hole). The VFX on her face looks so plastic to me. I end up looking at the background everytime her pre-final form face shows up.

If it is what is about to come from Universal’s Dark Universe, The Mummy should be a warning to viewers to be cautious on the next installments (The Bride of Frankenstein will premiere on 2019). Despite the charismatic Tom Cruise in the lead, its disorganized plot has led me to conclude that this film is…

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Wonder Woman Film Review

The last time a female superhero starred in a movie was 2005, and that was Elektra… Am I nervous? Yes… Am I excited to see Gal Gadot though? Hell yeah!

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Female superhero movies have not been kind to us. The last one, Jennifer Garner’s Elektra, was in 2005 and has been one of the worst Marvel movies ever. A year before that, we had Halle Berry’s Catwoman, which was one of the worst DC movies ever. So despite the announcement of a film about THE ultimate superheroine, I was hesitant.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, the film centers around Diana (Gadot), princess of Themiscyra, a hidden island populated by Amazons and led by Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen). After saving American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) from crash landing, she gets exposed to the bloody reality of World War I. Thinking that Ares, the God of War, is behind all of this, Diana leads Trevor back to London and hunts Ares, whose death would stop all the hate and fear of the Great War…she believes.

Gal Gadot delivers as Princess Diana. Just one look at her and you’ll agree that she is truly a princess. Her portrayal in this film is much more naive and innocent compared to her previous portrayal. This is totally different from her firm and worn-out character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Once the action starts, she reminds us how we liked every second of her in BvS. It is very obvious, however, that she still needs to train her acting skills. There were key emotional moments in the film which did not hit its mark because she can’t deliver the emotions.

The film is so different in style compared to the other three DCEU films. The humor is much more natural. It does not feel forced (Suicide Squad) or too out of place (BvS). Much of the humor is provided by Chris Pine and Lucy Davis, who portrays Trevor’s secretary Etta Candy. The shots are definitely more colorful than the other films. One look at Themiscyra and you will agree that it is indeed a Paradise Island.

I also love how they revealed Wonder Woman’s costume. They teased the costume multiple times, but when it was time to show it…BOOM! I was actually trying to reach out to Gal Gadot… It feels like the time I watched 2014 Godzilla.

The action pieces were also amazing to watch. There were three big action sequences and a few smaller ones scattered around the film. It felt raw, powerful, yet graceful at the same time. However, it has too much slow-mo. It came to the point that I was reminded of 2014 The Legend of Hercules, a movie with horrible and lazy use of slow-mo.

I also like the easter eggs and shoutout to past DC films/properties. My personal favorite was the 1978 Superman reference.

Though a lot of people I know (and reviews I read) does not like the last part where it centered on love (as a theme), I personally like it. In fact, I cried when Wonder Woman had a short speech on how love is the only cure for the problems of mankind. It is a heartwarming callback to creator William Moulton Marston’s original idea for the character. After playing a lot of Injustice and Injustice 2, it is such a pleasure to see a loving Diana again.

However, much like the three DCEU films that preceded it, this film still has a problem regarding pacing. If the MCU has a problem with its villains and, as of late, overuse of its humor, DCEU seems to have a problem with its pacing. I understand it is an origin story, but some scenes could have been cut short (not removed, to be clear). The film could have been 20 minutes shorter.

Also, though I said it was an MCU problem, the antagonists of the film is too underdeveloped. Screen time is at a low for the bad guys. Thus, it gave us little to nothing to understand their motivation. We simply know that they are…evil.

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Lastly, I do now know if it was a coincidence or purposefully done, but a blonde soldier named Steve riding a dangerous plane that could destroy a city/country and sacrificing himself in the process sounds too Captain America: The First Avenger to me.

Wonder Woman is a film that exceeded expectations. It brought the DCEU back to its knees. Though it still has the ever-present pacing issues, this film is truly the best DCEU film so far. Justice League has a lot to live up to…because Wonder Woman is indeed…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

“The worst pirate we’ve heard of” returns in the fifth installment of the franchise.

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If The Fast and the Furious can get 8 movies, then Pirates of the Caribbean can do so as well. In its latest addition to the franchise, Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush welcome new characters portrayed by Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, and Kaya Scodelario.

Five years after On Stranger Tides, Captain Jack Sparrow is down on his luck; he lost his crew, his ship, and a sense of purpose. Imprisoned, he meets Henry Turner (Thwaites), the son of William Turner (Orlando Bloom), who asks for his assistance in retrieving the Trident of Poseidon and informs him that Captain Salazar (Bardem) and his cursed Spanish crew are coming their way to kill him. With the help of the intelligent Carina Smyth (Scodelario) and Jack’s old pirate crew, they sail away in search of the infamous artifact.

Though this is the first movie in the franchise not to feature Hans Zimmer’s music, the soundtrack is still beautiful to listen to. The main theme still has remnants of the past theme, yet it is still fresh.

Both Thwaites and Scodelario are effective as solo characters. Their own character arcs are well-motivated and relatable. Their romance sub-plot, however, feels forced and is just a bootleg version of Will Turner-Elizabeth Swann.

Captain Salazar has the motivation of almost all Pirates bad guys, but Bardem manages to make it feel personal. His Captain Ahab-level obsession to kill Sparrow has lead to his demises (yeah, plural). There were time when I had a hard time understanding him though.

Johnny Depp has portrayed the character for over 14 years (sometimes in Disneyland). Evident in the latter movies, Jack Sparrow walks in a very thin line of being a parody or caricature of himself. The Curse of the Black Pearl portrayal has always been my favorite.

The story in itself is nothing new. Change a few character names and artifact names here and there, and you soon realize you’re basically watching the same thing.

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However, the scene between Barbossa (Rush) and Carina, who was revealed to be her long lost daughter, is completely surprising and emotional…or maybe I have a soft spot for father scenes/stories.

Also, despite appearing to be the last movie in the franchise, the post-credits scene at the end tells us otherwise.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales features the same story with minute differences. Let us all hope that the next movie ends this franchise with a satisfying bang because Dead Men Tell No Tales is…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Film Review

In just two films, the GotG franchise has achieved what The Fast and the Furious has lazily attempted in eight: showcasing the value of family.

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Director James Gunn attempts to recapture the surprising success of the first GotG film.  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Dave Bautista return as the core members, while Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, and Pom Klementieff join in on the action.

After their victory against Ronan the Accuser, the Guardians of the Galaxy gained fame all around the…galaxy. After a conflict against the Sovereign, the Guardians meets the father of Peter Quill (Pratt), Ego the Living Planet (Russell), who has Mantis (Klementieff) as servant/company. As father and son bond for the first time in three decades, the rest of the Guardians discover something sinister in the shadows…

The very first scene of the film reminded me of the unsung character of the previous film: the soundtrack. As expected, the soundtrack of the film is fantastic. Most of the time, it is very retro, but very emotional in a few (more to that later).

James Gunn managed to juggle an ensemble of characters again. Each character had a time to shine (much more in a positive light compared to the first one). Further backstories were given to Gamora (Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Drax (Bautista), and Rocket (Cooper). I personally like the Drax-Mantis chemistry in the film. Most of the jokes I like were from scenes harnessing the energy of that tandem.

But without a doubt, the scene stealer of the film is Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker). The character went such a huge development that his very first scene immediately made me watch him intensely. His relationship with Peter went deeper in this film.

Visually, GotG2 is one of the most colorful in the MCU franchise. It is vibrant to watch, and each world/ environment is designed well.

Also, the typical Marvel humor is present. I mean, if you need to show someone the typical Marvel humor, show GotG.

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As written in the intro, GotG2 managed to tug at my heartstrings with the theme on fatherhood. Quill explores his relationship with his two dads: the biological (Ego) and the father figure (Yondu). And each relationship is both tragic when you think about it.

For me, this is the most emotionally gripping film in the entire MCU franchise…A surprise considering the negative comment I have for it…

However, it seems that the film sacrificed simple story structure to make room for the Marvel humor. The film had no BIG conflict until its last 30 minutes. Everything is just a series of unfortunate events that leads to the Guardians meeting Ego. Most of the action sequences are caused by the sub-plots that are scattered in the film. Let me be clear. It is funny and entertaining! But looking at it in an objective perspective takes a lot away…

Also, it infuriates me to see a few scenes with obvious green screen use. This is a BIG budget film, by the way.

Though the space/sky battles are good, the hand-to-hand action scenes are still too choppy. Every piece of movement gets cut! It makes it so hard to follow the action. HOLLYWOOD, learn from your Eastern brothers!

And another (though it’s super nitpick), the character of Adam Warlock is teased in a post-credit scene, but it totally ignores a former tease of the same character in Thor: The Dark World.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a fun and emotional ride but lacks the decent structure of its predecessor. Add the same problems it had in its first run (fight scenes). This film is…

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The Fate of the Furious Film Review

A Russian submarine vs five cars… This franchise has truly went 180 degrees!

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Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton), The Fate of the Furious (AKA The Fast and the Furious 8) is the latest installment to the FF movie franchise. At this point, having 8 movies in the span of 16 years might be too exhausting. But the latest addition to the franchise proves it still has a lot of fuel to burn.

During his honeymoon with his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Dom (Vin Diesel) gets recruited by top cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron), who has leverage against Dom. This causes Dom to betray his team. In a desperate attempt, intelligence operative Letty (Kurt Russell) recruits Luke (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to join the FF team.

I’m going to state the obvious (and the expected). The car scenes/chases/sequences in this film is beautiful. After 8 films,  it is heavily expected that it would be poetry in motion…like a perfect blend of demolition derby and ballet.

It is also amazing to see Vin Diesel grow as an actor. I am not saying he turned into Denzel Washington, but this is the most layered portrayal he has made so far.

Hearing Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham banter each other apart is cool to watch. Filled with much testosterone, their scenes together are well-executed.

The chemistry between Scott Eastwood and Tyrese Gibson provides the comic relief in the film. Their interactions are similar to those buddy cop movies.

The cameos from past characters and new ones are also a welcome sight.

The entertainment value of this film is still surprisingly high. This is just visceral entertainment for you (much to the same effect as Schwarzenegger’s Commando). At first, I was extremely skeptical to FF’s turn to the action genre. Then, I found myself deeply questioning their physics-defying sequences, but the franchise has grown on me. The FF movies know what they are, and if you still demand a life-changing experience after watching this…then sorry for you.

However, the film still has problems that other FF movies have. The last act of the film wraps too conveniently…as if all the trouble and problems given were nothing all this time.

Also, though I admire the genre change, the FF movies as of late portray Dom similarly to another character of Vin Diesel: XXX. Just like the third XXX movie, this film portrays Dom as this one-man wrecking crew/army. Dom’s team repeatedly tells us how badass or how unstoppable he is. He is a racer! Add the fact that Dom is slowly being overshadowed by Luke Hobbs (and Deckard Shaw in the film’s climax), and you got “Red Ranger vs Green Ranger Effect”.

The Fate of the Furious only shows us that The Fast and the Furious franchise still has a lot of fuel left, but it still has the same problems. Only time will tell if the filmmakers will finally learn from this (two sequels and rumored spin-off movies are on the way). This film is…

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Kong: Skull Island Film Review

King Kong is sick and tired of these stupid @$$ humans in his stupid @$$ island!

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Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island is the second installment in Legendary and Warner Bros’ MonsterVerse, a cinematic universe where Godzilla, King Kong, and other kaijus exist. With an ensemble cast featuring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly, this film features the second monster in the upcoming 2020 showdown.

Monarch senior official Bill Rana (Goodman) hires tracker James Conrad (Hiddleston), photographer Mason Weaver (Larson), and a helicopter squadron led by Preston Packard (Jackson) to journey to the mysterious Skull Island, a place where gargantuan monsters live. One big problem though… Only Rana knows about the monsters part…

The biggest (get it?) positive I can give to this movie is the action sequences whenever King Kong is on screen. You can truly feel the aggression and the ferocity of each blow and stomp. King Kong is menacing!

Do you know who else is menacing in this film? Samuel L. Jackson! The moment he locked eyes with Kong is one of the best scenes in the film. His character slowly loses his rational thinking and, much like Moby Dick‘s Captain Ahab, falls to a state of insanity and obsession.

The way the human characters get picked on one by one is also a pretty sight. A new set of monsters means a new way to die. However, it was predictable when it will happen. After the first two deaths, the film gave us a pattern that tells us it is about to happen.

The monster designs do not seem original. Of course, I’m not talking about Kong. The big bad monster looks like the creatures chasing you in Temple Run.

I can’t help but compare Kong to 2014 Godzilla. One of my biggest issue with Kong is that he does not feel that big. Perhaps, it is due to the way his scenes were shot. True, most of Kong’s shots were beside a mountain, but there’s something different in Godzilla‘s cinematography which makes it feel like you’re really looking at the King of Monsters.

Also, it is quite a waste not to use Toby Kebbell as the mo-cap actor for Kong. To use him as Packard’s second in command could have been okay, but the film decided he’s just a random cannon fodder to the Skullcrawlers.

The main cast, for most of the film’s run, stayed the same. There was no big character changing moment for them. Conrad and Weaver may have decided to protect Kong at the end, but they already had doubts and questions since the mission briefing.

Kong: Skull Island is an enjoyable film with awesome King Kong scenes and good action. Also, that post-credit scene had me sold on the MonsterVerse franchise. However, it suffers from predictability and lack of character development. Therefore, this is…

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Hacksaw Ridge Film Review

If there’s something Mel Gibson proved in The Passion of the Christ and Hacksaw Ridge, it’s that he can make masterpieces with blood and gore.

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Director Mel Gibson delivers yet another war film filled with intense action and and a lot of people dying.

At the outbreak of World War II, conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Garfield), enlists in the army as a combat medic, much to the disappointment of his father (Hugo Weaving). During the course (ahem) of his training and even that of the war, many of Doss’ co-soldiers (platoonmates? squadmates? I don’t know the term) and senior officers think of him as a huge liability. His faith and strong beliefs are tested as his division is assigned to take over the Maeda Escarpment/Hacksaw Ridge.

What I really like about this film is how it builds up to the brutal and high-octane second part. It might be too much for some audience, but the film shows war in its true state: nothing but carnage and mayhem. Beautifully choreographed and well-shot scenes of metal slugs bursting through anyone.

Garfield’s character, Desmond, attempts to patch it all up, literally and metaphorically as he mentioned in the trial scene. This is Andrew Garfield’s best acting yet. He has escaped the Spiderman’s shadow.

Hugo Weaving is amazing as a troubled WWI veteran and father of Doss. One scene he is an abusive husband; the next, he is a dad to the rescue. Through him, we see what Doss could have been if he let the war engulf him.

And that is what I like the best about this film. Doss’ belief of no killing and no guns is shown in such a way that we understand his reasons and we obviously understand his superiors’ annoyance of it. Is he a zealot or is he just stubborn? In the face of Armageddon, is it okay to let go of your morals and beliefs?

His relationship with Dorothy Schutte (Teresa Palmer) is also a very integral part of the film. In his most vulnerable state, he clings to his love of Dorothy to help him stick to his beliefs.

The last scene which features real interviews from Doss and other people in the war made me tear up a little. His life story reminded me of another WWII hero, Audie Murphy.

Hacksaw Ridge has amazing everything: cast, story, cinematography, action, and drama. I enjoyed every bit of it. Because of this, I truly believe this is…

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Logan Film Review

Tears fall as the X-Men film universe says goodbye to Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman.

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Director James Mangold (Knight and Day and The Wolverine) teams up with Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in what could possibly be one of the highlights of the X-Men franchise. As the last X-Men film for both Jackman and Stewart, Logan should be viewed whether or not it is good.

In 2029, Logan (Jackman), whose healing factor has greatly declined, now works as a chauffeur, lives with Caliban (Stephen Merchant), and takes care of a senile Professor X (Stewart). Soon, they meet Laura (Dafne Keen), a mysterious girl with a blatant similarity with Logan. They soon find themselves on the run and protecting Laura from a group of mercenaries known as the Reavers, led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook).

Hugh Jackman goes all out in this film. This is definitely his best Wolverine film and his best portrayal of the character. You really feel the toll of his weakened healing factor. His walk is limp; his body is bruised and scarred; his face is definitely rugged. Logan has seen and experienced a lot… and most of it is bad.

The same goes for Charles Xavier. He really looks vulnerable.He has a hard time speaking. He regularly experiences seizures. He really looks old.

In fact, they both look old! It’s such a painful sight to see these two beloved characters in such a dilapidated state.

Meanwhile, Dafne Keen is surprisingly amazing as Laura. She expressed both innocence and ferocity in her scenes. She had more character development than a lot of characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The action sequences and fight scenes are brutal in its execution, and it truly deserves its R rating. For the first time after 17 years, we finally get to see what Wolverine does best: slicing and dicing.

The tone of the film is obviously different compared to the rest of the X-Men movies. It doesn’t follow your typical superhero story.

However, the film suffers from the same sickness the Marvel Cinematic Universe is having: weak antagonists. Logan’s internal conflicts are obvious… yes- his age, weakened healing factor, and his rejection of being in a group/family (again). But the people who are in his way (external conflicts) only appeared as minor grievances.

Also, given that this is the last appearance of Jackman and Stewart in an X-Men film, it bothers me greatly that there are a lot of questions the film left unanswered. Some of them are continuity questions; some of them are new ones.

Logan is a great sendoff to Jackman and Stewart in roles that they have played for almost two decades. It has great character development, brutal fight scenes, and a new character with full of potential. However, it suffers from the same problems the X-Men film franchise suffers. Because of that, this film is…

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The Lego Batman Movie Film Review

yet another Lego film filled with fantastic humor and incredible fun

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A spin-off of The Lego MovieThe Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay, whose directorial works has been mostly Robot Chicken episodes. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writers and directors of the 2014 The Lego Movie, only served as producers.

The film follows the adventures of an egocentric Batman (Will Arnett) who attempts to stop the evil plans of The Joker. Along the way, he accidentally adopts the orphan Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) and reluctantly works (at first) with the new GCPD commissioner, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson).

This film absolutely bursts with fun, humor, entertainment, and a rare heartfelt moment about family and friendship.

The film had amazing special effects. Each individual piece looks like real Lego toys (except of course for the eyes and mouth). And though each character moves in spectacular ways, they are still limited by the physical capabilities of their Lego form. I can only imagine the immense planning the animators went through.

Besides Batman, the biggest selling point of the film is its humor. From the very start…and I do mean the very start of the film, it presents to you the level of humor the film has. Like last year’s hit Deadpool, this film is very meta in its humor. Good comedic timing from each character and very colorful visuals make this film such a sight to behold.

Also, the soundtrack of the film just screams of Batman, action, and humor. You know it’s an animated film, but you have this feeling that you’re listening to a Hans Zimmer-esque soundtrack.

However, my only gripe with it is it has moments of slow pacing, especially the scenes where it addresses Batman’s fear. It only builds up when the same moments ended with a sudden joke. There was not much moment to address or digest it. Only in its final reveal or epiphany did we get a clear answer, but because of the way it was handled it did not mean that much as it should be. It was just fortunate that I know a lot of the Batman mythos and have invested a lot in the character.

The Lego Batman Movie is a film for all ages, especially for Batman fans. A lot of Batman reference and pop culture Easter eggs are scattered in the film. Tons of action and humor make this film…

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John Wick: Chapter 2 Film Review

After the 2014 surprise action hit, Keanu Reeves returns as “Death’s very emissary”, John Wick.

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Almost three years after the first film, Chad Stahelski, David Leitch (now as producer only), Keanu Reeves, and other returning cast members join forces once again to give us this action packed film full of entertainment and headshots.

Set shortly after the end of the first film, John Wick (Reeves) is visited by Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scarmarcio), the man who helped him retire/live a normal life. He asks Wick to assassinate a high ranking official of an assassins’ guild in order to seize control of it. Bound by a blood oath or mark, Wick reluctantly agrees.

The best thing about the John Wick franchise is its action sequences and fight scenes. Every scene of gun-fu and hand to hand combat screams of action and adrenaline. Wonderfully choreographed shoot ’em up made shooting someone a crimson poetry in motion. Not surprisingly, the action gets better and bigger. And we finally see Wick dispatch someone with a pencil!

The music provided by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard contributes well to the final product. The action scenes feel more engaging as each beat or note echoes.

But none of the action would sell to the audience if not for Keanu Reeves. This guy delivers in every scene he is in. Watching some of his training in Youtube made the action scenes all the more believable. It only shows how far Reeves is willing to go to make this film as authentic as possible. Also, Reeves’ stoic expression is just perfect for Wick’s character.

Lastly, I just love how the film unwraps the hidden world of assassins for the second time. It presents new places, new people, and new processes that are involved in Wick’s world. The world-building and mythos of the two films are incredible.

The only negative thing I can think about is Wick’s motivation to go back to his Boogeyman ways. In the first film, his motivation was clear: vengeance. In this movie, it took a lot of minutes to truly flesh it out.

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a fun and engaging shoot ’em up action film that surpassed the intensity level of the first one, but lacks the depth of character motivation. This film, however, is still…

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