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Quick Thoughts On – Captain America – Civil War

So, I just got back from a screening of Captain America – Civil War, and I thought I’d just share a couple of thoughts on the movie.  I’ll try to limit spoilers, but definitely encourage you to go and see this film.

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  • This is a long movie, with a running time of nearly 2 and a half hours, and it doesn’t help when the cinema played literally 25 minutes of ads beforehand.  Go to the bathroom before it starts.
  • Spider-man is great, the casting is spot on in having an actual teenager play him (or at least closer to than the past 2 versions), and he’s got some really good writing, even if he is only in the film for a few scenes.
  • Black Panther is a great character with an appropriate level of bad-ass.  The only downside is we need to wait another year and a bit to get any more back story to the character himself.
  • There’s a lot of character in this movie, and it really relies on you having seen both the Captain America movies, both the Avengers films, and Ant-Man.  You need to actually be a follower of the Marvel series for this one, but at this point, Who isn’t?
  • The first half of the film is a bit weak, with a lot of jarring, immersion breaking scene transitions where they just cut from one scene to the next, and splash the location on the middle of the scene.  Confusingly, they stop doing this in the second half of the movie, but at least it’s for the better.
  • The choreography and editing in the fight scenes is a strong  point, with lots of free flowing action, and you can mostly tell what’s going on and who’s punching who.
  • The carefully selected Nerd-gasm moment in the middle of the film with the all out superhero brawl that was teased in the trailers throws back to that strange opening to Avengers 2 where they all line up for the camera.  They do a similar thing in this film, but it’s ever so slightly less in your face than someone just saying “Is this what you wanted?”
  • All in all it’s a pretty good film, I give it a 4/5, someone around 75-80%
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Brief Impressions Of The X-men Trilogy

Okay, so I just finished watching the X-men men Trilogy (2000 – 2006)  and I thought I’d share my impressions.

This is just going to be a quick one.

– The Rouge saga seemed to die off after the first part of X-men 1, and, despite an attempt to revive it during the third movie (The Last Stand) it seemed to just fade out.  Because, after all, this is Wolverine’s story….no, actually it’s Jean Grey’s story…..or rather Cyclops……or maybe it IS Wolvies’….or Jean’s….Seriously, the movies can’t decide which is the most important character.  Even in the third movie – in which they play Jean up as the big decider – its still wavers between her and Wolverine.  I understand that it’s based off the Dark Phoenix saga in the comics, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy.

– I don’t understand the mainly negative criticism that the third movie recieves.  The main draw of the movies is the action scenes and the mutant powers, and this movie is quite heavy on it, introducing quite a few new mutants and drawing heavily on the special effects.  It’s quite impressive from a technical standpoint, especially in the final battle between the humans, mutants and Magneto’s force.  The battle itself was great, and all the action throughout the film worked great.

– Most of the characters were insanely well cast, particularly Magneto.  Ian McKellen does an amazing job in the role, and brilliantly represents one of the most powerful mutants out there.

– I seem to remember the winged mutant Archangel being a heavy part of the advertising prior to this movies release.  He appears on all the posters and other advertising, but he only plays a relatively small part in the film, appearing in only 2 or 3 scenes, and even then, playing only a minor role.

———-Warning.  Epic Nerd Rage Imminent——————–

-THE LAST SCENE! OH MY GOD.  WHY? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

Obviously, the only reason this was added was to fuel the ever growing, shit monster that is the sequel.

We don’t need a sequel.  The  trilogy ended well, with a decent storyline, and, most importantly, closure.  The story was obviously intended to end with the finale of this movie, but, of course, the studio wanted the opportunity for a sequel if there was even a chance of them making a buck.

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