At first, I did not know what to expect when I watched Shin Godzilla, but I was in for a collection of surprises. To begin with, the film was a reboot of the traditional Japanese Godzilla films, which brought forth a new way to reimagine the almighty King of the Monsters. The film depicted Japan’s first encounter with Godzilla and how their government would react. As for Godzilla himself, I like this version of the King of the Monsters because we got to see the various stages of its life cycle and how it evolves to overcome limitations. When Godzilla evolved into its fourth form, it looked like the Godzilla we all know and love. When the Japanese military fought Godzilla, I loved watching his famous indestructibility being depicted through 21st century CGI technology. It made the whole experience more believable than the original 1954 film. Also, not only was Godzilla’s infamous atomic breath more overpowered than ever, but we got to see a certain weakness Godzilla had that we did not know was there before. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Shin Godzilla and watched it dozens of times already. I would recommend it to the new generation of Godzilla and Kaiju fans.
I have mixed feelings about The Darkest Minds. It was neither good nor bad. It was just enjoyable. I liked the idea of superhuman children being persecuted by the government because it gave a certain vulnerability to the characters. The ending hinted the possibility of a sequel and I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking an enjoyable science fiction film.
I watched a film that depicted a very interesting version of the DC Comics Universe, complete with its own versions of the DC Trinity (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman). Unlike most versions of the Justice League, who were the ideal superheroes, this Justice League is a trio of morally ambiguous anti-heroes who are willing to kill to get the job done. In addition to the DC Trinity, we also got to see alternate versions of other classic DC characters such as Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, and countless others. I particularly like this version of Superman because he is so much different than the one we all know and love. While the traditional Superman is the son of Jor-El and raised by the Kents, this Superman is the son of General Zod and was raised by migrant workers. The rage and trauma of being persecuted as a migrant combined with being the son of a supervillain like General Zod is a dangerous mixture, which makes this Superman aggressive and morally flexible. I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking a new way of looking into the DC Comics Universe.
Because I thoroughly enjoyed the first film, I have been waiting for the next Incredibles for 14 years and it was well worth the wait. I loved Jack-Jack and how they explored more of his powers and when he had his first battle with a raccoon, which added comic relief. The relationship between Elastigirl and the villain reminded me of the relationship between Superman and Lex Luther. It was also fun to get a closer look at the everyday life of a superhuman family. It has been confirmed that a third film is already in the works and I am counting down the days. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes Pixar and The Incredibles.
Normally, I am not a fan of Deadpool’s humor, but I rather enjoyed his new movie. I found the humor in this film better than the first and it was fun to see certain X-Men characters in a new light. What made me particularly giddy was seeing my favorite X-Man, Hope Summers, in her first live action appearance. I also hope she will appear with X-23 in a future film. Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who likes Deadpool and good humor.
I liked Ant-Man and the Wasp because I got to see my favorite pint-sized superhero team on the big screen. In the previous film, I just saw Ant-Man, but in this one I got to see him with his famous partner the Wasp. The film was funny and easy to enjoy and it gave us some insight of where Ant-Man and the Wasp were during the Infinity War. I look forward to what future role Ant-Man will have in the next Avengers film and I would recommend this film to anyone who is seek good humor and action.
I waited to see the Infinity War for six years and it exceeded my expectations and I am in desperate need for more. Thanos was the ideal ultimate villain because he was insanely powerful, self-righteous, and slightly morally ambiguous. It was great to see every superhero we have seen so far from the Avengers to the Guardians of the Galaxy joining forces against the greatest threat the universe will ever see. In all the previous Marvel films, I saw all the individual Infinity Stones and was eager to see what they would do when all six were combined. In the comics, when all six Infinity Stones were together in the Infinity Gauntlet, whoever wielded them would be omnipotent with all the power in the universe literally at their fingertips. It was satisfactory to see that power on the big screen. The ending was heart-breaking, but as long as the Infinity Gauntlet exists, there is still a chance to undo what Thanos has done. Also, I was pleased to see the reference to Captain Marvel in the post-credits scene. Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who is a die hard Marvel and superhero fan.
I watched my favorite silent movie recently, Metropolis by Fritz Lang. I liked its dystopian vibe, the early special effects and the sense of innocence one gains from watching it. It highlights the gap that separates the rich from the poor. The rich live in luxury while the poor do all of the work to keep the city running. Even though silent films are largely outdated, I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking an enjoyable story.
I saw an interesting film on Netflix called The Ritual. It is about four friends who venture into a forest in Sweden only to run into a group of pagans who worship a horrendous monster. This creature is said to be a bastard child of Loki, Norse God of Mischief. It is one of the most grotesque monsters I have ever seen, resembling a giant demonic elk and it had the most unusual head I have ever gazed upon (which is in the picture above). I must say that this is one of the most unholy interpretations of my ancestors’ gods I have ever seen. I loved the camaraderie the characters displayed in the film and the suspense was killing me. Because of its size and appearance, Loki’s bastard blended in with the trees, which leaves you constantly on the lookout and wondering where and when it will strike next. Overall, this was a scary and suspenseful film that leaves you at the edge of your seat.
One of my all-time favorite science fiction films was the 1998 TriStar version of Godzilla. I am among countless fans who regard the Kaiju in the film as Godzilla in name only and not a true Godzilla. This “Godzilla” is not invulnerable and has no atomic breath. Still, despite this, I thoroughly enjoy this film and the Kaiju in it. It was unique and interesting as its own character and Matthew Broderick was a fun actor. My all-time favorite parts were when the Kaiju arrived in New York and the entire city was reeling from their first encounter with a Kaiju. I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking a good and epic monster movie.