Doctor Strange- SPOILER REVIEW

DISCLAIMERS–SPOILERS AHEAD!!!                                                                    

Just want to make this super clear, THIS IS A SPOILER REVIEW!!! If you haven’t seen Doctor Strange, go check it out, it’s a great movie, and you can read my SPOILER-FREE review right here!

Now, Doctor Strange: there are a LOT of things I love about this movie; after watching it a second time, besides the slightly familiar formula, there’s not much wrong with it. Doctor Strange hits the spot on all fronts, and following the formula even helps it, as it makes it a surefire box office, and at least moderate critical, success. Let’s talk about why…

This movie, above all, is just a lot of fun. Let’s start with the opening sequence. You open to a shot of Kamar-Taj, and the movie wastes no time getting to the (AWESOME) fight between the Ancient One and Kaecilius. Right off the bat, the movie establishes what the next two hours are going to be like, mind-bending, action-packed, fun. The fight also does a great job of showing the villain and his power and conflict with the Ancient One. Also, it carries those amazing special effects in that it uses the Inception-esqué city bending…technique, which we see later as well.

We cut to arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange, and the scenes of him in the hospital show off his arrogance and brilliance simultaneously, which leads up to the visually pleasing car crash sequence. This is one of those times that sound actually matters in a movie. As soon as the Lamborghini hits another car, I still jump a little in my seat as the car topples of the highway at high-speed and crashes.

When Strange arrives in Kamar-Taj, we come across one of the sequence that makes this movie live up to its name. As soon as the Ancient One touches his forehead, we witness what makes this movie live up to its title as Strange travels through multiple kaleidoscopic dimensions, and one particularly entertaining one is the hands sprouting out of hands dimension. For eagle-eyed viewers, you see glimpses of Dormammu, which pays off later in the movie. Strange’s subsequent training sequence/second act is also fun, and boasts some humor as well (Yes, I’m talking about that Beyonce moment with Wong).

After the training sequence, the movie becomes more and more action-packed. The New York Sanctum battle is great, and the Cloak of Levitation proves itself as one of this movie’s best characters. Strange’s action and banter with Kaecilius is entertaining, and when Kaecilius describes the benefits of the Dark Realm, you see Strange (partially) convinced, which just proves Benedict Cumberbatch’s great acting. Then, his fight with one of Kaecilius’s zealots (played by Scott Adkins) is a lot of fun, with their movements affecting small things in the real world.

The New York battle truly shows off the Inception-inspired effects, but it improves…a lot. The fight in the Mirror Realm is REALLY cool, and the Ancient One coming in only improves it.

We then get an amazing, actually touching moment from the Ancient One that truly makes her an amazing character. She had already had some good, even funny moments with Strange earlier, but this one tops all. Tilda Swinton gives her all in this performance, and her chemistry with Cumberbatch is great. Her explaining of what she sees for Strange and how she saw her death earlier is one of the most touching scenes from a Marvel movie, which normally doesn’t happen.

Then, the SPECTACULAR Hong Kong battle. Strange’s use of the Eye of Agamotto is just…really cool, and it utilizes some great special effects. The way they incorporate action into that is even cooler. Watching Strange and Kaecilius fight stuck in time is definitely a lot of fun. Then, the same thing happens with Dormammu in probably my favorite scene. The defeat of Dormammu through a time loop is clever, to say the least, and shows that Strange uses his brains, rather than fighting. Also, it’s pretty funny to see Strange’s smug smile and Dormammu’s frustration at the time loop.

Benedict Cumberbatch, as I said in my spoiler-free review, is great, and his character is both well-developed and entertaining. He has wonderful chemistry with all of the cast members, leading up to some pretty funny parts. Chiwetel Ejiofor is also good as Mordo, as Benedict Wong is with Wong. Rachel McAdams’s character also delivers some fun scenes with Strange both early on and around the middle of the movie.

Overall, Doctor Strange is a truly amazing movie, and one of Marvel’s best, and it delivers on all fronts.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story- Movie Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is the 8th addition in the Star Wars franchise, but falls between Episodes III and IV. Rogue One is about how and why the Rebels steal the plans for the Death Star, a weapon of mass destruction made by the Empire. It’s mainly about Jyn Erso, a criminal who’s father was integral to the building of the Death Star and she, along with a team, tries to steal the plans. If you haven’t seen any Star Wars movies before, don’t worry: all you need to know is this: the Empire is evil and building the Death Star, while the Rebels are good and fighting against them. However, there is a lot of awesome fan service that won’t make sense if you haven’t seen other Star Wars movies.

How is it? 8.7/10

Rogue One, overall, is spectacular. It is definitely one of my favorite Star Wars movies, and does so many things right, although it isn’t perfect.

The characters

Jyn Erso, played pretty well by Felicity Jones, is awesome! Her motivations become quite clear, and her character is pretty well developed.

Captain Cassian Andor, who recruits the team, has a pretty cool character, and he shows that the Rebels aren’t squeaky clean and have to make tough decisions, which adds previously unseen layers to them.

Andor’s reprogrammed Imperial droid, K-2SO, is probably one of my, if not my favorite, character. He’s voiced by Alan Tudyk and is a more sarcastic, aggressive, and cold C-3PO. K2 is one of my favorite droids, and whether he’s making sarcastic comments to Jyn Erso or effortlessly knocking down Imperial Troops, he is awesome and hilarious.

Chirrut Îmwe, a blind warrior recruited by Andor is tied for my favorite character with K2. His character is shown believing in an ancient religion (the Force) in a dark time of war, which elevates him from just a guy with a cool fighting style that kicks more butt than anyone else. Baze Malbus, Chirrut’s friend is sort of just…there, and doesn’t do much except crack a couple of one-liners.

Bodhi Rook, an Imperial pilot that redeems himself, has a good character arc as he puts his life on the line for the rebels.

Orson Krennic, the main villain who was critical to the Death Star, has a character that does a pretty good job of feeling menacing. Darth Vader, one of the most iconic movie villains of all time, is there, but not for a long time–don’t expect any more than about 4 minutes of screen time for him, although he does have one AMAZING scene at the end, and quite possibly my favorite scene.

Finally, Saw Gerrara, a character from The Clone Wars is there, and delivers one cool scene, but he isn’t present much.

Another thing that Rogue One does really well is create a world that feels lived in, whether you see the attention to detail in a busy marketplace or a crowded temple.

The plot

Rogue One’s first act was a bit of a slog and was slow. We are introduced to characters like that, and we don’t really have time to take in the environment or characters we meet. A lot of them don’t really have a backstory either. And aside from one cool action sequence, it moves slowly and doesn’t cut to the chase quite then. The second act speeds up a little bit, but, wow, the third act is amazing. It adds a new level of intensity and war to Star Wars, and is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride with amazing action and visuals. It adds to the grit of Rogue One and makes it feel truly like a war movie.

The action and visual effects

Rogue One looks great. The visuals are nothing short of flawless, and although there is one CGI character that’s distracting, Rogue One knows how to capture the spectacle of a Star Wars movie. The space battles, especially in the third act, look like the best CGI we’ve seen yet, as well as the smaller, more gritty conflicts. The action as well, is amazing and it has plenty of time to show this off, as it is, at heart, a war movie. It’s thrilling, gritty, and even funny in all the best ways.

Overall, Rogue One is one of the best Star Wars movies that is definitely worth checking out.

 

 

 

Doctor Strange- Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                      Doctor Strange is the 14th movie in the MCU, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is based on the obscure comic character Dr. Strange. It follows the story of arrogant, but extremely successful neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, portrayed excellently by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) , who loses his hands in a car crash. He tries all possible procedures to restore his hands, but ends up resorting to going to Kamar-Taj, a place in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he learns about a world of magic, sorcerers, alternative dimensions, time travel, and much more. Taught by “The Ancient One” (Tilda Swanton),  he also learns that this magical society faces the threat of Dark Dimension and evil sorcerer Kaecilius. Also assisting him are Karl Mordo, played by Chiwitel Ejiofor, and Wong, portrayed by Benedict Wong. He has to choose either to go back to his old life of success or stay and help fight the Dark Dimension.

How is it? 8.5/10                                                                                                                   The MCU has been on a hot streak, since it started and this movie does nothing to change that, maybe even landing in my Top 5. Doctor Strange is, above all,  a great movie. While it may seem similar to previous MCU entries, particularly Iron Man in that it takes an obscure comic book character, casts them with a well-known actor, and gives them a character arc of “arrogant and successful” to “humbled and superpowered”, it still feels fresh, new, exciting, and strange (no pun intended) in all the best ways. However, sometimes the familiarity bogs the movie down a little, as the story is really quite similar to the first Iron Man. It follows Marvel tropes, as the villain isn’t too well developed and the arrogant guy’s assistant becomes a love interest that helps him fight the bad guy. The brilliant score by Michael Giacchino, which definitely adds to the content of the movie is also good. You don’t need to have seen all the previous MCU films to understand this one, but it may pay out more with some references to other Marvel movies.

How are the acting and characters? 9/10                                                                   Doctor Strange boasts great performances from its entire cast, with Cumberbatch acting spectacularly as the title character. He captures the arrogance, but charisma of Strange perfectly. Strange has a great character arc, and it’s definitely fun seeing him be so humbled by the possibility of these amazing powers and worlds.  Also amazing in her role is Tilda Swanton as the Ancient One, and delivers an actually touching moment during the climax of the film, which you don’t always see in these kind of movies. Chiwitel Ejiofor is also awesome as cynical sorcerer Mordo, and Benedict Wong delivers both comic relief and, with Mordo, some serious butt-kicking. Sadly, Rachel McAdams doesn’t do much other than serve as a love interest for Strange and have a couple funny moments.

How is the action, special effects, and humor? 9/10                                            Doctor Strange has truly INSANE visuals, showing off the more magical and mystical element of the MCU, and a couple major set-pieces taking places in the Astral Realm, a place where your spirit is separated from your body, but I won’t give away too much. Let’s just say that this is worth the 3D, or even IMAX 3D ticket, and has jaw-dropping special effects, truly feeling like the $165 million blockbuster it is. Its action coasts off these effects, providing us with something different from the punch-happy fights of previous Marvel movies, but doesn’t go too far from the norm. This action is present throughout the movie, with the opening being one of these kinetic sequences. Finally, the movie has plentiful humor throughout, which always hits and never misses. And the comic relief isn’t just provided by a single character, with each character having their own moment.

Overall, Doctor Strange is a spectacular movie, with amazing visuals, awesome action, irreverent humor, great performances, and interesting characters.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)- Movie Review

What is it about?
Directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven, which is also a remake of the 1954 classic Japanese action film Seven Samurai. It’s set in the town Rose Creek in 1879, where industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (played by Peter Sarsgaard) is taking over the town, and forcing people to abandon it, so he can mine it for gold. Rose Creek resident Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), whose husband was killed by Bogue hires bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (portrayed by Denzel Washington) to fight off Bogue and reclaim their land. Chisolm recruits a team of seven, including gambler Josh Farraday (played by Chris Pratt), Confederate sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (played excellently by Ethan Hawke), knife-wielding assasin Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), expert tracker Jack Horne (played by Vincent D’onofrio), outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). And so the seven try to stop Bogue and reclaim Rose Creek.

How is it? 7.5/10                                                                                                                    The Magnificent Seven is an entertaining, fun Western that has a great cast, great characters, and thrilling action. The movie also has a great score throughout that helps with the tone of the movie. Another plus is its scenery: a couple shots of the CGI mountains are quite nice to look at. Where the movie does encounter problems is in its pacing and length. For starters. the movie begins slow. There’s nothing wrong with its intense beginning that introduces us to Bogue, it’s just that it takes too long to get to its main characters. Also, it waits until the end for the action, and spends too much time preparing for the fight instead of just getting to it. Now to the length. The movie stands at a lengthy 2 hours and 13 minutes. The movie wastes some time at the beginning, and as I’ve mentioned, preparing for the final fight. It could’ve been much more concise, and would’ve felt more action packed if it had done that.

How are the acting, characters, and chemistry? 8.4/10
One great aspect of this movie is its acting. Denzel Washington was one of its biggest standouts. His portrayal of Chisolm is very realistic and really brings the character to life. Chris Pratt is also awesome. He brings no shortage of humor, and acts pretty well as the tricky gambler. Also, Ethan Hawke acts great as a Confederate sharpshooter haunted by the lives he took. His character has a satisfying arc and definitely, along with everyone else, kicks butt in that finale. The cast’s interactions are also top notch, and makes the film more entertaining. The characters are all very interesting, and have great development throughout, except for a couple ones that are actually underdeveloped. Haley Bennet is great as Emma Cullen, who is also a very strong, well-executed character. Finally, they did a good job making the villain menacing, and although he isn’t present for the middle chunk of the movie, when he shows up, it pays off, not to mention that he was quite well-acted.

How is the action and humor? 8/10                                                                               The action in The Magnificent Seven may not be present for a large amount of time, but when it comes, believe me, it delivers. The last two fights of the movie are breathtaking, and so entertaining. The choreography of the action is also great, and while it may seem a little busy at times, it’s still super fun to watch. Finally, the movie actually has quite a bit of humor. Chris Pratt brings quite a bit of it, but each member of the cast has their comedic moment. This does its job of lightening the tone of the movie when it needs to, and also adds to the sheer fun of the movie.

In conclusion, The Magnificent Seven is a great Western that may have its pacing and length problems, but delivers on the action, humor, and acting fronts.

Suicide Squad- Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                     Suicide Squad is about a group of notorious supervillains recruited by a stone cold government agent named Amanda Waller (played perfectly by Viola Davis) to fight missions that will likely result in their deaths. These “metahumans” (superhumans), include: Deadshot (played by Will Smith), a hitman with incredible aim; Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie), a woman whose insanity and gymnastic skills make her lethal; El Diablo (portrayed by Jay Hernandez), a metahuman that can manipulate fire; Captain Boomerang (played by Jai Courtney), a thief that is incredibly skilled with boomerangs (trust me, it’s not as ridiculous as it sounds); Killer Croc (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a human crocodile (yes, you read that right); and Slipknot, a man who’s…good at climbing ropes (yeah, this one is actually ridiculous). They are led by Col. Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman and joined by samurai Katana (Karen Fukahara) whose sword “captures the souls of its victims”. They are sent to capture/stop a extremely powerful villain, whose identity is a minor spoiler. However, the Joker (played by Jared Leto), who has a romance with Harley Quinn, threatens to set the mission off-course.

How is it? 7.8/10                                                                                                                  Suicide Squad is a great, albeit flawed, movie full of awesome action sequences, lots of humor, and definitely more than Batman v Superman, an amazing cast, and great characters. The movie benefits from an overall fun tone, and is a super enjoyable, entertaining movie. Another plus is the movie’s soundtrack. Although some say the movie relies too heavily on music to make it better, I feel like some of the songs actually go with the tone very well. However, one down to the movie is that it does have some plot holes, and some parts don’t make sense. Also, the movie lacks a definite three act structure, and the entire second and third act is sort of just one (big) scene. How they occupy that scene, I don’t have problems with, but it is messily structured.

How is the acting, chemistry, and characters? 8.5/10                                          The performances in Suicide Squad are excellent. Margot Robbie definitely shines as insane psychiatrist-turned-supervillain Harley Quinn with an amazing performance and adds lots of humor along with the rest of the cast. Another great performance was Will Smith as Deadshot. Will Smith also adds humor, while perfectly delivering his character’s role. Another gem in this movie is Viola Davis playing Amanda Waller: she spotlessly illustrates the coldness and ruthless of her character. Jai Courtney is also actually pretty funny as Captain Boomerang. Jay Hernandez, as well, does a great job of showing how El Diablo is haunted by his unfortunate past, in which he accidentally killed many through his powers. Jared Leto is, honestly, OK as Joker. He does a relatively good job of playing Joker, and is definitely the right amount of scary at times, but his character suffers from not nearly enough screen time- the movie would’ve been the same without him. Also, Deadshot and Harley Quinn also have amazingly well-developed characters: Deadshot and his relationship with his daughter, whom he can’t see anymore, adds humanity and heart to the film, as well as Harley at times, when the movie shows her (twisted) relationship with the Joker. Also, the movie benefits greatly from the cast’s excellent chemistry. However, a major downfall is the movie’s villain, whose motivations and plan are generic and muddled. The character also lacks largely in development.

How is the action, special effects, and humor? 8.5/10                                         Suicide Squad benefits from generic, but definitely fun and enjoyable action. It’s climax may be very similar to other movies but the action is still solid. The special effects in the film are nothing special: they are just as good as any of the other blockbusters this year. Finally, the humor, as I mentioned before, is great, and is present throughout; that is, when the movie gets dark, it still generates humor to lighten the mood.

In conclusion, Suicide Squad is a great movie, with action, lots of humor, and a great cast.

 

Star Trek Beyond- Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                     Star Trek Beyond follows the adventures of the USS Enterprise, led by Captain James Kirk (played by Chris Pine). The rest of the crew, including logic-driven Vulcan, Spock, the sarcastic medic Leonard McCoy (perfectly played by Karl Urban), and more are all present in the movie. Kirk is beginning to doubt his space voyages, as he approaches his birthday and grows a year older than his father lived. However, the crew is attacked by the mysterious villain Krall (played excellently by Idris Elba), and get separated. While trying to come back together, they come across the alien Jaylah (played by Sofia Boutella), who was stranded on the planet the crew crashes on.  With Jaylah’s help, the crew must band together to defeat Krall. Star Trek Beyond requires basic knowledge of Star Trek characters, and knowledge of the events of Star Trek from 2009, so read this link to fill you in on it.

How is it? 8.75/10                                                                                                                  Star Trek Beyond is a terrific movie, full of fun action, entertaining humor, and a great cast. The  fact that the characters are all separated, but paired together, brings out their great performances and awesome chemistry. This also adds to the humor. For example, logic-driven Spock and sarcastic McCoy generate lots of humor together. The movie is also very fast-paced and never feels slow, benefitting from a great story with awesome set-pieces.

How is the action and special effects? 8.5/10                                                          The action in Star Trek Beyond is boosted by amazing special effects and really cool visuals. One particular sequence, in which the Enterprise is attacked by torpedoes, showcases these awesome special effects. The action is very exciting, and never disappoints, even when there are no large-scale special effects behind it. For example, one sequence, where Jaylah fights one of Krall’s henchmen is really, really awesome, even when it doesn’t involve huge space battles.

In conclusion, Star Trek Beyond is an amazing movie that benefits from its awesome action, great special effects, wonderful humor, and great cast chemistry.

Ghostbusters (2016)- Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                     Dr, Erin Gilbert (played by Kristen Wiig), a professor at Columbia University, previously wrote a book trying to prove the existence of ghosts with her former friend Dr, Abby Yates (portrayed by Melissa McCarthy), but soon abandoned the idea to become a professor. However, reports of ghosts popped up all over New York, and Erin has to reunite with Abby, and Abby’s new friend and oddball engineer, Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (terrifically played by Kate McKinnon), to catch the ghosts. With the help of Patty Jenkins (played by Leslie Jones), who knows New York inside out, the Ghostbusters set out to stop an enormous number of ghosts from taking over New York.

How is it? 8.5/10                                                                                                                     Ghosbusters is a fantastic movie with tons of great jokes, eye-popping special effects, and great action. Ghostbusters is super fun from start to finish, and has great performances from all its stars. Its minor jump-scares work as well, and even they are balanced perfectly by the wonderful humor and chemistry between the Ghostbusters. Another huge plus to the movie is Chris Hemsworth, who plays the empty-headed, but attractive receptionist Kevin. Hemsworth  terrifically plays Kevin, who generates tons of laughs throughout the movie.

How is the action, humor, and special effects? 8.5/10                                         Ghostbusters has amazing special effects throughout the movie which culminate in the final battle in Times Square. That particular sequence is packed with great special effects in the form of the CGI ghosts. The scene also contains exciting action between the Ghostbusters and the ghosts they’re trying to catch. The movie has excellent humor backed by its cast’s chemistry and great performances. Kate McKinnon is probably the funniest out of the new Ghostbusters and has lots of jokes with her oddball personality which has you laughing throughout the movie. Chris Hemsworth, as I mentioned before is also terrifically funny, producing tons of laughs with his dim-witted character.

Overall, Ghostbusters is a great movie boasting lots of laughs, awesome special effects, fantastic performances, and exciting action.

Finding Dory- Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                     Finding Dory follows the story of Dory,  a blue tang fish who suffers from short-term memory loss. She can only remember that she was separated from her parents at a very young age.  As an adult, she came across a clownfish named Marlin and helped him find his son Nemo. Now, she helps Marlin raise Nemo. She remembers something about her parents and sets out to find them. She brings Nemo and Marlin along, but loses them at “The Marine Life Institute”, where she think she will find her parents. So while she sets out to find her parents, Marlin and Nemo set out to find her. Along the way, she finds Hank (voiced by Ed O’ Neill, who you may know as Jay from Modern Family) , a grumpy, but secretly caring octopus that lost a tentacle, Destiny a nearsighted, clumsy whale shark (voiced by Kaitlin Olson), and Bailey, (voiced by Ty Burrell, who plays Phil in Modern Family), a beluga whale who lost his ability of echolocation through a concussion.

How is it? 9/10                                                                                                                          Finding Dory is an excellent movie that has top-notch voice acting, amazing animation, and is a very sweet and heart-warming story. On top of all of that, Finding Dory is entertaining, and will have you smiling until the end.

How is the humor, animation, and voice acting? 9/10                                         Finding Dory is a hilarious movie, that has very funny jokes boosted by its voice acting. All of the jokes in Finding Dory work very well, and even when it gets sad, it’s funny tone returns with more great jokes. The animation in Finding Dory is beautiful, much like the short film, “Piper”, that precedes it, and is an immersive experience. Finally, the voice acting in Finding Dory is great, and fit the characters very well.

Overall, Finding Dory is a spectacular Pixar flick that is sweet, funny, and beautifully animated all at the same time.

Batman v Superman- 2nd Viewing

DISCLAIMER-Spoilers for BvS ahead

Batman v Superman just came on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, so I decided to rewatch it. In rewatching it, I noticed some positive aspects I hadn’t pointed out in my original review. First off, I didn’t point out that the movie’s opening, Batman watching Superman destroy half of Metropolis in trying to fight Zod is amazing. It shows Man of Steel from Batman’s perspective, and just makes his motivations so clear–everything he built was destroyed by Superman’s immense power. It really points out just how much potential destruction Superman could cause with his powers.

Secondly, I said that the movie lacked a sense of humor and fun, and while the first part may be true, the movie is still fun. The fight scenes and overall plot is enjoyable, and the movie still has fun, just not as much humor.

Thirdly, I didn’t mention the warehouse scene. The warehouse scene, in which Batman rescues Martha Kent from Luthor’s henchmen, is amazing. Although I dislike the fact that Batman kills in this representation, this fight is simply awesome. It shows how Batman isn’t in his early years, and is experienced. The action is well-choreographed, and might be my favorite scene from the movie.

Next, I must clear up my reception of Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luthor. Although it’s not fitting toward the character (the comic book Lex is more assertive) his performance is cool. I dislike it because it’s more of a mini-Joker or mini-Riddler. Also, he offers more philosophical ideas than you watch the movie for–you’re watching it to see Batman and Superman fight! The performances by Amy Adams and Jeremy Irons as Lois Lane and Alfred, respectively, are also pretty good.

Another issue with BvS is the actual fight you want to watch the movie for–it’s only 8 minutes long! The fight, for the time it lasts, is cool, but the reason for the fight prevents you from enjoying it. Superman and Batman are only fighting because Luthor manipulated Batman and he’s holding Martha unless Superman kills Batman. You know Superman won’t actually put up a fight because he would never kill Batman even if someone was controlling him. This prevented me from truly enjoying the fight, and even made me dislike Batman a little bit.

The death of Superman is both a positive and negative aspect of the movie. Although it is sad, his death is very well-handled and really shows how much Superman is willing to do for Earth. It shows that he accepts it as his planet, and that he is willing to sacrifice himself for it. What I dislike about his death is that He‘s. Not.  Actually. Dead. This issue has come up time and again in superhero movies. It happened with Bucky in Captain America: The First Avenger. It happened with Loki in Thor. It happened with Phil Coulson in The Avengers. I can keep going. Deaths in superhero movies have no effect anymore. You know that whoever dies is going to be brought back. Therefore, Superman’s death had no weight whatsoever. First off, they don’t even give you the benefit of the doubt–they literally show that he’s gonna be brought back by showing the dirt on his grave flying. Second of all, you know studios would never pass up on the option of having another character to sell merch with. So deaths in movies have become empty and have no impact. <sigh>

Finally, I will mention the amazing soundtrack in Batman v Superman, which I didn’t talk about in my review. The soundtrack, composed by Hans Zimmer, actually added a lot to the movie, especially Wonder Woman’s theme. Normally I don’t notice the soundtrack in movies, but Batman v Superman made me notice. The other movie I had seen where I noticed Zimmer’s score was Inception, and I absolutely loved that soundtrack. I think that overall Zimmer’s work on soundtracks is great, and definitely improved Batman v Superman.

That was my spoiler-filled, 2nd discussion of Batman v Superman. Is there anything I missed or you disagree with? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

The Secret Life of Pets- Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                     Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) is a terrier living a comfortable life with his owner, Katie, who he’s extremely attached to. Katie brings home a larger, messier dog named Duke (voiced by Eric Stonestreet, who you may know as Cam from Modern Family), who Max feels will take his place. He refuses to share anything with Duke, and both dislike each other. In trying to get rid of each other, they come across a series of mishaps and encounter the seemingly cute, but actually ferocious, Snowball (fantastically voiced by Kevin Hart), who leads a group of animals thrown away by their owners for revenge against humanity. Max’s friends, joined by a hawk named Tiberius, set out to find him.

How is it? 4/5                                                                                                                             The Secret Life of Pets is a terrific and uber-funny movie, with a great voice cast and extremely well-animated visuals. TSLoP (what I’m going to refer to the title to from now on) will keep a smile on your face from start to end, and will definitely entertain you for an hour and a half.

How is the animation, humor, and voice acting? 4.5/5                                        TSLoP is beautifully animated and is very nice to look at. For example, the movie opens with a sweeping shot of (animated) New York City that looks great. It’s super funny and some characters that I personally thought were hilarious were Gidget (voiced by Jenny Slate) , Max’s friend who is secretly in love with him, and Kevin Hart’s Snowball, who generates tons of laughs. The voice acting is also fantastic, and enhanced the humor, especially Kevin Hart, who did a marvelous job.

Overall, The Secret Life of Pets is a hilarious, entertaining movie with awesome animation.