Jericho Reviews: Captain America Civil War

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

United We Stand, Divided We Fall” says the marketing campaign for Captain America Civil War which just recently hit the theaters last Friday. Thousands of Marvel fans and I lined up  in anticipation for the movie and swarmed in filling the theaters on opening night.

In my opinion Captain America Civil War is the best superhero movie released so far this year. The movie makes itself different by tackling very dark themes like the issue of freedom vs security. Also, the ensemble cast delivers great performances and the inclusion of Spider Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe only sweetens the deal.

The first thing that the movie does right is in its character interactions and development. Each time the characters interact with each other, the arguments and fights justifies both sides their arguments over what is right and wrong. It just shows two differing opinions on having a government power monitor and control the actions of superheroes.

Also, the movie shows how far each character has come since their initial introduction and allows newer characters to have their chance to develop. A prime example of this is King T’Challa a.k.a The Black Panther portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. T’Challa has a full character arc in the movie that shows  one of the major themes of the story: setting up his progression into becoming a superhero.

The second thing the movie does right is the story line as the writers made a smart choice by taking elements of the original comic book and creating a conflict that fits the already established universe. The story is very easy to follow with twists and turns that keep the audience engaged and entertained. Also, it is paced greatly and balances out action scenes and talking scenes.

On the topic of action scenes, all the fights in the movie are well choreographed and keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The trailer fight scene at the airport is so good, that at the end of it, I had to catch my breath to process all that just happened. Also, the fight between Captain America, Iron Man, and Winter Soldier is both heartbreaking and breathtaking at the same time because of the setup and the motivations of why these characters are fighting each other.

All in all, Captain America Civil War is a solid movie and is definitely one of the best movies released this year. I give the movie a perfect 5 out of 5 stars; it is a must watch for all movie goers and Marvel fans.

  • Credit for the poster goes to Marvel Studios

 

 

Jericho Reviews: Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice

 

The two titular heroes, Batman and Superman, are confronting each other, with the film's logo behind them, and the film's title, credits, release date and billing below.Batman V. Superman just hit the theaters a couple weeks ago and many people including myself flocked to go see it. Although the initial satisfaction of seeing some of the two biggest comic book characters go head to head on the big screen was great, problems soon arose and the experience became very mixed. The movie started having issues with its plot and character portrayals, but the movie overall did not disappoint.

On the topic of story, Batman V. Superman has a great setup, but the payoff is unsatisfying. To put it straight, if you watched the trailers before seeing the movie then you’ve already spoiled about half of the movies key plot points. Besides the immediate spoilers shown in the trailers, the plot of the movie becomes very hard to follow with many questions being brought up and almost none of them being answered. The story, however, is well paced and has great choreography making it entertaining to watch.

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman maybe the most threatening Batman ever to hit the big screen, and in my personal opinion, is the best representation of the character since Christopher Nolans Dark Knight Trilogy. Also, Henry Caville, as the Man of Steel Superman, once again gives a fantastic performance and brings his best to the role. 

The complete opposite of those two is Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor. Eisenbergs portrayal of the character is without a doubt a case of miscasting. His performance is not bad.  He makes Lex Luthor look and sound more like the Joker and that is what brings him down. Also, the appearance of Gal Gadot as Wonder-Woman is one of the movies strongest points because she shows up near the end of the movie and her brief appearance is entertaining and her performance is noteworthy.

Finally, the main reason why most people will go to see the movie is the fight between Batman and Superman. The fight is amazing as it showcases how someone without powers like Batman can take on the god-like power of Superman. Without spoiling the winner, the outcome is  as expected and it answers the age old question of who would win, Batman or Superman? Also, the fight is greatly choreographed and keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see who will come out on top.

But it still is worth watching. I recommend the movie to those who want to see Superman and Batman duke it out making the movie a 3 out 5, not perfect, but its still entertaining.

  • Credit for the poster goes to Warner Bros. Pictures
  • You can see Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice in theaters and IMAX

 

Jerichos Thoughts On: The Second Captain America Civil War Trailer

Captain_America_Civil_War_posterMarvel fans assemble! The new Captain America Civil War Trailer was just recently released and it is fantastic. As most Marvel fans know, Civil War is the beginning of Phase 3 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up all the way to The Avengers: Infinity War. As already shown in the previous trailer, the premise of Civil War is that the world’s governments want there to be some form of control over the Avengers. Captain America, of course, disagrees with this, and in the trailer it shows him and fellow hero, Tony Stark: a.k.a Iron Man, having opposing opinions which soon leads to violence. In my solid opinion, Civil War (based on what the trailer is showing us) will be the biggest event in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that preludes Infinity War. Also I believe that this is the studios way of getting rid of characters because in the trailer it shows James Rhodes, a.k.a War Machine, being shot down from the sky with a narration from Tony stating that Captain America just started a war. One thing that raised some concerns for me is that this movie is introducing a new character to their universe; the Black Panther. This concerns me because the Black Panther, up until now, had no formal introduction into the universe. This might cause the movie to suffer from a lack of character development until the eventual Black Panther movie comes out. Another concern for me is that I don’t think that moviegoers are ready for civil war to occur. Because for those who have read the actual comic, it doesn’t end well for all the characters involved, and it ends on a rather grim note, which I think audiences are not ready to see. Other than those concerns, the trailer is amazing as it not only expands more on the motivations for these characters fighting each other, but it also introduces a certain web-slinger into the universe. Hopefully Marvel keeps its momentum and makes Civil War a great movie and makes the following movies equally as great.

Captain America Civil War Trailer 2

  • All credit for the trailer and poster go to Marvel Studios.

Jericho’s Thoughts On: The New Ghostbusters Trailer and Its Reactions

Ghostbusters

The new cast of Ghostbusters.

With the release of the new trailer for the upcoming reboot of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters, Fans all over are outcrying over the new cast and the deviations the film producers took from the source matieral. While looking at the comments section on youtube for the trailer several patterns became apparent in the comments. One being that the new female cast consisting of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mckinnon, and Leslie Jones are not qualified to fill the shoes of Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Harold Ramis from the original Ghostbusters. Another common thread I saw in the comments is that the new movie will not live up to the legacy that the original left and that the original should just be left alone. Looking at these comments made me think two things: The people making these incredibly misogynistic and close minded comments are unwilling to accept the new cast on the grounds that the choice was made primarily to satisfy “feminists” and that they are outrageously close minded. After the watching the trailer for myself, I found that the film looked good and that the style and tone of the movie while updated, still retains some of the originals charm. Although some elements felt unneccesary, the trailer seemed to go in the direction that these are just people trying to be ghostbusters. This aspect remains true to the original, which just shows that the angry fans are just not open to changing elements from the original film. Now with that being said are the fans complaints justified? In my opinion no. Most of the complaints fans bring up are not justified based on what is seen in the trailer. From what is seen, it seems that the producers are taking steps to ensure that the movie will satisfy fans of Ghostbusters and common moviegoers. Set to be released in the summer Ghostbusters looks like it will keep true to its promise of a satisfying Ghostbusters movie.

Here is the link to the trailer: Ghostbusters Trailer

Jericho’s Movie Reviews: Kung Fu Panda 3

The third movie in Dreamworks’ outstanding series of movies, tKFP3he Kung Fu Panda gives moviegoers a masterful animated feature that wraps up the animated series. On its own the movie is great and delivers the promise of a satisfying third sequel. But when compared to its predecessor, Kung Fu Panda 2, the movie feels like it took a step down. The new villain of the movie feels less threating. The villain of the last of movie,  Lord Shen, was intelligent and conniving which gave him an intimidating presence, whereas the new villain, Kai, felt lacking in the intimidation factor and is played more for laughs than being actual threat.

Outside of having a weak villain, Kung Fu Panda 3 has a good story with a great mix of comedic and serious moments that gives the movie a more adult tone, while at the same time keeping it light-hearted for younger audiences. Like any good sequel, Kung Fu Panda 3 continues where the last movie left off with the main character Po moving on from the events of the last movie. In his new role, Po faces the responsibility of becoming a teacher of Kung Fu, and throughout the movie, he slowly develops more into what he truly is destined to be, while at the same time dealing with Kai who plans to steal the chi of all the Kung Fu masters to become all-powerful. With everything that made this series so great, and an ending that brings all the characters into full circle, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a great movie for all ages. I give the movie a 4.5 out of 5, not perfect, but it is definitely a must see for everyone.

Credit for the poster goes to Dreamworks Animation.