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Just some humble opinions about Movies, TV Shows and Comics

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The Father (2020)

A humanizing portrayal of dementia and aging

The Father, based on Florian Zeller’s 2012 play La Perè, is a great example of adapting a play into a movie. In my Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom review, I noted that the movie genre often doesn’t properly switch from play-mode to movie-mode. In fact, they often just feel like plays that are being filmed. Fortunately, unlike many other play-turned-movie movies, The Father feels like it was made for cinema.

Godzilla vs Kong (2021)

Shallow Monsterverse fun

Godzilla vs. Kong is a fairly empty movie. There’s very little depth and the story is mostly fueled by movie logic. Still, it’s a fun ride for what it is. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s the key to the financial success of the movie. In a time of pandemic shutdowns across the world, Godzilla vs. Kong is a reminder of a different time. Watching a big empty blockbuster with giant monsters fighting each other is just what people need right now. It’s the closest most of us can get to the experience of a packed theatre before the pandemic.

The Croods: A New Age (2020)

A fun and re-watchable sequel

I put off watching The Croods: A New Age (The Croods 2) for a long time. It just didn’t seem worth it when there were so many other things to watch or read. But for some reason, the movie just kept living on. Four months after its November 2020 release and it’s still (as of right now) one of the top five earners in North America. So I figured there must be something to this movie that I’m missing out on. And sure enough, after watching The Croods 2, I can honestly say that it’s a really fun movie. More than that, it definitely has the re-watchable factor to it.

DC Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex (2021)

Lex Luthor has his own planet!

For some reason, Superman vs. Imperious Lex was released a full month after the previous seven Future State issues. It was a decent enough comic, but it wasn’t exceptional and it definitely wasn’t worth the wait. Regardless, this comic marks the last of the 52 Future State issues released between January and March 2021. You can find my reviews of all the Future State comics here. Also, I’ve already given a breakdown of the entire comic event here.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story (2020)

A decent origin story for Mr. Freeze

If you’re a fan of Batman: The Animated Series, you’ll appreciate this graphic novel. That’s not to say you’ll necessarily like Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story. But you’ll definitely appreciate these two characters getting their own comic.

Superman and Lois (S01/E1-5) (2021)

Lois and Clark have twins now?

If you’ve even just casually browsed this blog, you’ll know that I’m a Superman fan. I’m also a fan of the Arrowverse shows on the CW. But I never thought I’d be happy to see Superman get his own CW show. After all, quality isn’t what the Arrowverse is known for. Instead, DC’s CW shows are generally enjoyed for their cheap, cheesy campiness. So naturally, I was pretty nervous when Superman was announced as the latest addition to the Arrowverse. Superman is a member of DC’s Holy Trinity and deserves a bit more effort than what the CW normally gives the DC properties. Fortunately, it looks like HBO Max might have pitched in with the budget for this one. Superman and Lois, it turns out, is actually well-written and looks great too.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Feels like a TV movie

If there’s one word I would use to describe The Trial of the Chicago 7, it would be ‘heavy-handed’. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is good. It has effective performances and a strong relevance to current events. However, most of the movie feels exaggerated in its execution. There are a lot of good guys and bad guys. Ironically, the movie would have been much better without the heavy-handedness.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

Justice for the Justice League

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Zack Snyder’s first two DCEU movies. For me, Man of Steel didn’t have any emotional balance and Batman v. Superman was a mess. So I didn’t have much faith in Snyder to do too much better with Justice League than Joss Whedon did back in 2017. I knew it would be better (Whedon’s version was pretty terrible), I just didn’t think it would be by very much. Having now seen Zack Snyder’s Justice League, I can honestly say Snyder’s is the far superior version of the two.

Revolver (2010) (reprinted 2021)

Living one’s best life…in parallel worlds

DC Black Label started re-printing Revolver this week after its debut more than a decade ago. I’m not really sure why this decision was made, but it peaked my interest enough to pick up the graphic novel. I’m glad I did because its sharp storytelling that had me engaged as a reader from cover to cover.

Killmonger (2018-2019)

A decent backstory

I found Erik Killmonger to be the most interesting character in the MCU’s Black Panther. He wasn’t just a bad guy out to destroy the world. He wanted to reclaim his birthright and use his newfound power to open Wakanda to the rest of the world. There was purpose to his character and he made sense. It was his means that made him the villain. So I was very excited to finally read about his backstory in Marvel’s 5-issue mini-series Killmonger.