My Quick Takes

Just some humble opinions about Movies, TV Shows and Comics

Year: 2021

Army of the Dead (2021)

A fun adventure with zombies!

After a top secret military transport gets into an accident, the cargo (a contained zombie) infects the transport crew. The newly infected zombies then make their way to Las Vegas and infect the entire city. Upon failing to contain the zombie outbreak, the government walls Las Vegas and plans to drop a nuclear bomb on the city. A casino owner hires a team to infiltrate his vault and extract his money before the bomb drops. The team learns that the zombies aren’t mindless drones but an organized unit. Army of the Dead can be described as an zombie heist movie.

Those Who wish me dead (2021)

An Engaging Western Action Thriller

After Conner witnesses the murder of his father, he escapes to the wilderness of Montana to avoid being killed. Carrying his father’s secrets, the boy must find someone he can trust to help him get to the media. Hannah, a smokejumper, finds Conner and gains his trust. Suffering with her own recent tragedies, she has guide Conner safely through a forest fire and away from the killers. Those Who Wish Me Dead can best described as a modern Western action thriller.

Write it in Blood (2021)

A soap opera about hitmen

Brothers Cosmo and Arthur Pryce are on the eve of their retirement as hitmen. Their final job get complicated when news of Arthur’s tryst with the boss’ wife gets out. Cosmo’s retirement plans are put in jeopardy when family loyalty comes into play. Write it in Blood is a character-driven crime drama.

Invincible – Season 1 (2021)

Small start and big finish

Mark Grayson is the only child to Nolan and Debbie Grayson. The three appear to live the typical suburban lifestyle but they share a very big secret: Nolan is actually the world’s most powerful superhero, Omni-Man. Just after his seventeenth birthday, Mark discovers he has inherited his father’s powers. Mark learns of his Viltrumite heritage and trains with his father to become a superhero known as…Invincible.

Shadow and Bone (2021)

A solid addition to fantasy television

Shadow and Bone is a unexpectedly good series on Netflix. The story is set in the fictional land of Ravka which is divided by a permanent wall of darkness known as the Shadow Fold. An orphan mapmaker named Alina Starkov is discovered to be the fabled Sun Summoner and is forced to join the Grisha army. Her magical skills are needed to destroy the Shadow Fold and all that live within it. However, Alina’s new power comes with unexpected reactions. Some worship her, some want her dead, and others want her captured and used. Shadow and Bone follows different factions after Alina is discovered to be the Sun Summoner.

Mortal Kombat (2021)

An enjoyable movie, for what it is

After the first few minutes of Mortal Kombat, it was clear that I was in for some creative violence. And it was a special kind of creative violence too. It wasn’t just an action movie with clever stunt work. Instead it stood out the way The Matrix and the Mission Impossible movies stand out for their action sequences. Mortal Kombat combined martial arts, CGI and fantasy with a heightened level of violence. And this wasn’t the violence seen in gore horror either – this was video game violence in a live action format. For the most part, Mortal Kombat really worked. Sadly, when the movie didn’t work, it really fell flat.

Love and Monsters (2020)

A fun and rewatchable movie

I can honestly say I didn’t expect to enjoy Love and Monsters nearly as much as I did. The movie has been available as video on demand since October 2020 but only when it landed on Netflix did I decide to give it a shot. And I’m very happy I did. The writing, cast, VFX and tone of the movie are all perfectly in sync with each other. Love and Monsters is a fun and rewatchable movie.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2021)

Legacy and Identity Explored

After the success of WandaVision, I was nervous about Marvel’s next MCU series on Disney+. Could they recreate the cult-like fan obsession with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier the way they did with WandaVision? Or was this follow-up series doomed to pale in comparison because of its more grounded subject material? There’s some strength-enhanced individuals and a lot of political commentary here. But the show doesn’t have the witches, body possessions and reality warping of its Disney+ predecessor. Still, Falcon and the Winter Soldier manages to carve out its own niche in the Marvel Universe and stand on its own two feet.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)

Like a long episode of the TV show

I like SpongeBob. He’s a fun character who makes for easy TV watching. His laughs come easy and never feel like they’re at anyone else’s expense. But he’s never seemed like good movie material. Previous SpongeBob films weren’t anything special, but they were fun enough. They felt like really long episodes of the show. And that description just about fits The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run as well.

Spider-Verse: Spider-Zero TPB (2020)

A fun Spider-Ride!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is my favorite Spider-Man movie to-date. In fact, it’s one of my favorite animated movies of all time. And the main reason for that is because it comfortably leans into the strengths of its comic origins. The movie embraces the art, quirky characters and origin stories of its source material. For me, it remains the gold standard for comic book movies. So I was only too happy to pick up Spider-Verse: Spider Zero. Fortunately, like the movie, this 6-issue comic also leans into its strengths – as an unofficial follow-up to the movie. Mostly, the entire comic is an excuse to introduce us to new and creative alternate versions of Spider-Man. And that’s why it works so well.