Yet, somehow, Top Gun: Maverick soars and is one of the best action movies I've seen in recent times. It's efficient and compelling with a plot grounded in reality. Coupled with a dynamic camera that will satisfy any audience member's need for speed, fans of the first movie will leave theaters feeling like they've had the ride of their life.
It's disappointing, underwhelming, and counter to everything I expected it to be.
But maybe that's the point.
Three separate and converging scenarios are spliced together to form the narrative -- one beginning a week before (land), another starting a day before (sea), and the third (air) taking off an hour before the final events in the movie.
In comparing Wonder Woman the film against the rest of the superhero movies out there, it's got a lot of what you'd expect -- an origin story, a plot that puts the world at stake, and some brilliantly choreographed and filmed action sequences. The cinematography is beautiful, and the musical score is well done, eliciting the appropriate response -- whether it's an adrenaline rush or a moment of reflection.
Everything that is wrong with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story can be summed up in one thing. Well, there are a lot of things wrong with Rogue One: paper-thin characters, a middling pace, a largely forgettable (and, within the mythos, unnecessary) plot. But the tank – the TX-225w “Occupier” combat assault tank, as Wookiepedia... Continue Reading →
For the casual fan wondering what the fuss is, Rogue One isn't a major episode, and Luke Skywalker is nowhere to be found. It does have Darth Vader, and several other cameos, but the focus is on a set of characters who have never been mentioned by name before, and -- for all intents and purposes -- may never be mentioned in any new movie ever. (Notice I put down "new.")
While Fury may have cinematic cues in part due to Steven Spielberg's epic war movie, it's a much more stark look at war that doesn't attempt to glorify or try to make peace with it
Star Trek Into Darkness trailers suggested JJ Abrams' rebooted film franchise would be filled with action (get down!), more action (get down, again!), and even more action (just stay down!). And it delivers in that department. It doesn't even take long for the movie to put it into high gear -- the first scene charges forward with... Continue Reading →
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then what is satire? Ben Stiller leads an ensemble squad of A-list stars in a movie about actors acting as Vietnam soldiers who get themselves into real trouble when they head deep into the jungles of Asia to explore Hollywood's heart of darkness. Ben Stiller plays action... Continue Reading →