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Buckle up boys and girls because this review is going all out. I deserve to let my anger out because of what this film did to me. I have never gotten out of a film with such a massive headache before, and Aquaman did that to me. I mean I hated Pacific Rim 2, but that film was just boring and flat. Aquaman is just a mess, a huge stinking mess. I don’t know when DC will get it. It is so sad. Because I am huge fan of DC’s comics. They have so much content, flavor, and character when compared to Marvel’s comic books in my opinion. Their world has so much potential. Not only that, I actually like Aquaman’s comics. I know he has become somewhat of a meme over the past few years. But I thoroughly enjoy his comics. It doesn’t stop there, Black Manta is one of my favorite villains in comic books ever. The way they portrayed him in this film was such a shame. It makes me so sad. I think the only solution for DC is to stick with independent films that don’t all tie into one “universe” like the MCU. Which is why I am hopeful for the new Joker film. They need to scrap everything, and just get experimental. Do something different. For example, Man of Steel, although it has many flaws, it was still trying to do something different. Now they are just trying to follow the same formula that Marvel is doing. And its all just so sad. Anyway, let’s get into this stinker.
When the trailer for Into the Spider-Verse came out, I was cautiously optimistic. You see, aside from the X-Men, the Miles Morales series is actually one of my favorites Marvel has put out. I had always seen the potential in Spiderman. There is so much in the character that just feels right for comic books. He is relatable, fun, quirky, and most importantly real. That sentiment was even truer when I read the Miles Morales series that was just riddled with so much character and realness into the whole series. So when I saw that they were creating a movie based on the comic, I was excited. Then I was scared again, at the end of the day it was Marvel. I know its Sony, but I was scared that producers would play around and force generic decisions onto the film that would just ruin it. Nevertheless, the film came out and I decided to give it a shot. The animation looked nice, so why not? Well, I definitely wasn’t expecting coming out of that film and thinking it was the best Marvel film ever released. That’s what happened by the way.
Every time a new action-blockbuster comes out in the theaters, I rarely care. These films have become so similar that they all start to mesh into one big blob of Hollywood clichés. However, something strange happened this time, one of these films managed to grab my attention. Mission Impossible: Fallout for some reason was being highly praised. All over twitter and letterboxd I see some of my friends giving it rave reviews and speaking its praises. At one point I even saw some people comparing the film to The Dark Knight and even Mad Max! I was certainly intrigued. Why was this film singled out from all the other action blockbusters? What is it doing differently? I had to find out. Unfortunately, even after watching the film, I am still asking the same questions. Why is this praised so highly? I have no idea.
I think I have this reputation between people that I know personally of being "not fun". Since every time I go into a blockbuster I leave the theater with this dissatisfied look and just had a horrible experience. Whereas everyone else was just there eating popcorn and shutting off their brains watching explosions. I obviously don't hate every blockbuster, but I am very critical of most of them. Because the worst thing I hate from films is not something being bad, its something being average. Films being average are in my opinion one of the biggest detriment to modern films. Since they live in this grey area where the film wasn't good in any certain way, but it wasn't bad as well. It was just okay. Which, should not be okay. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I am sick and tired of constantly being fed the same thing over and over again. This generic three act structure riddled with cheesy one-liners, forced romance, and awful plot. It just gets tiring to watch, and I went into Ready Player One with those crappy expectations of what I will see. However, one word came into my mind when I left the theater after watching this film. Entertaining.
Black Panther is very important film in the world of Blockbuster films. It marks an important step in diversifying the mainstream film industry with a more multicultural taste. Obviously this film isn't the first film to have a person of color as the main superhero. The Blade Series and Hancock are some to mention. However, what Black Panther proves is that being multicultural can succeed at the box office. It shows that its not about where the character is from, because if you make a good film (well..) then you are able to get the support needed for that. Hopefully this will bring out more variety in Blockbuster films so that we are able to see more interesting characters and backgrounds in these movies. Now. Although I do think this film is very important in many regards, I actually do not think it is a good film. It has taken me around three days to muster up the courage to write this review because of the overwhelming amount of praise this film is getting, along with the overwhelming hate anyone is getting for not liking this film. I will get to the response of the audience at the end of this review, but for now, I just want to talk about why I personally did not like this film.