Avengers: Infinity War

4 06 2018

Rating: PG13
Running time: 150 minutes
Opens: 25 April 2018, Now Showing

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) IMDB Profile
3) MovieMistakes Profile
4) Official Site (English)

Yep, I am extremely late to the party, but better late than never right? Not to mention all those backlog and drafts which are still buried, so this is in comparison much better. The cinematic universe has finally reached it’s “climax” event after all these years and all the superheroes introduced over time, and this time it is a super gathering of almost the entire cast and naturally there will be casualties when dealing with Thanos. Surprisingly, I have somehow survived most direct spoilers since knowing that heroes dying isn’t a spoiler as it’s a given.

With so many heroes having to appear and have some role to play in this epic event, one worry I had initially was how the time was going to be split and shared properly. For this aspect alone, I think the movie gave some opportunities to every important character to showcase their talents and action sequences, though some may get more screen time than others, or the scenarios where these are unleashed may not be at its most optimal but the latter is more of the story presentation and details. Plot wise, the big picture is ok, and some of the smaller details and personality portrayal in earlier movies helped the character to jump in quicker (provided you have some knowledge of them). However, when it comes down to the smaller details of sub-events, sometimes it can be quite disappointing and the trend of having plot developments or actions happening for the sake of pushing the plot in the direction and pace, or to create an excuse to showcase something else, or simply to avoid casualties from happening (too early). This aspect is probably the part which didn’t sit too well with me for this epic showdown.

While the movie may have ended on a suspicious note considering some of the later planned movies in the cinematic universe, it gives audience some time to think about and speculate what could have happened and I presume this would be explained properly in the next movie and I also realise why this was initially planned as a 2-part movie but it seems now they are supposed to be separate. Got to wait and see what happens in future (too bad I can’t see through 14 million possibilities on my own). As a milestone in the ambitious cinematic production that has spanned so many years now, I think the overall package is not too bad though there are certainly still many areas which could have been improved. Looking forward to more superhero movies to come along as they are able to maintain a certain level of production quality. My take: 7/10

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Black Panther

19 03 2018

Rating: PG
Running time: 134 minutes
Opens: 14 Feb 2018, Now showing

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) IMDB Profile
3) MovieMistakes Profile
4) Official Site (Japanese)

Typically, I wouldn’t catch a movie in theatres alone but due to a couple of factors, I have decided to do so anyway, for the first time in a long time. I suppose it made headlines in its own ways for its performance and results but for me I suppose it is more of seeing what and how this hero is going to be portrayed in the grand scale of Marvel’s ambitious cinematic universe which is set to have a huge clash in several weeks.

While it is not the first time we see this character appear in the cinematic universe, it remains his first standalone superhero movie, which then will give more limelight to the origins, as well as setting the steps for future involvement with other superheroes. The movie does show a fair amount of how this secluded kingdom is, a glimpse of how developed they actually are while also highlighting some of the key virtues of the people, particularly the ruling and noble factions. This movie, I feel, focuses more about the King and his initial struggles and obstacles in his newfound position, so I am sure the other aspects of this Kingdom will come into greater play in future film involvements.

Technology wise, I was actually expecting a little more considering they are supposed to be in possession of really advanced stuff, though of course there are definitely occasions to showcase them, just that it isn’t always that impressive. Perhaps we will also see more of these in future movies, as we did with Stark and his gadgets. It appears that there is quite some discussion about the proportion of Blacks involved and featured, but I don’t have any particular comments about except that I think the cast did a great job overall.

As a first standalone movie for this character, I would say the storytelling is still fairly decent though I found the climax events weren’t exactly so thrilling while it may have served its purpose. Looks like a promising new addition to the cinematic universe and I am sure he will be back again for more than just the big Infinity movie coming soon. My take: 6.5/10





Maze Runner: The Death Cure

14 02 2018

Rating: PG13
Running time: 143 minutes
Opens: 25 January 2018, Now Showing

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) IMDB Profile
3) MovieMistakes Profile
4) Official Site (English)

I wasn’t exactly expecting to catch this in theatres, so I didn’t actually leave a spot for scheduling it like I would for shows I catch before the home release version for the simple reason that I didn’t have much expectations for the movie considering how it went in its 2nd installment. Well, at least I am glad that they didn’t split their finale into 2 parts like how some productions would. And yes, I would have to publish the entries for the earlier movies first, so this would have a further delay.

Plot wise, I suppose at this point, it is more of seeing how the story will be wrapped up, and to see if it possible to salvage the situation after the previous movie gave me a rather disappointing feeling. As I had envisioned, it isn’t exactly a very satisfying finish, but I guess there’s still some progression because they would finally have to head to an end. That said, the way it progressed there was filled with many cliche developments and moments, and also some of the cliche happenings of what would happen in movies. There were quite a number of occasions I wished I had the jump ahead button (even if just in 5s intervals) because I was literally waiting for things to happen in the most predictable way possible. Lol.

Well, because sometimes I was so bored, I guess I had the time and opportunity to take a look at some of the details such as some of the props and scenes created and I realise that there is indeed quite some attention paid to the details for some of them. I tried to look for continuity errors, but I guess I haven’t been doing this for a while so I can’t be 100% certain that I spotted them correctly. Ah well, not that it’s important while watching a movie anyway.

I guess the series of movies have come to an end, for I don’t see how there can be a meaningful sequel to make based on where we have ended for this one. Definitely not the best trilogy in recent years, but at least we got to see a conclusion. My take: 6/10

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