Avengers Endgame

There’s not a whole lot I can tell you about the Avengers’ last outing without throwing in a ton of spoilers. Best if I just stick to the facts then:

  1. First off, it’s epic. And I do mean epic. It weighs in at a bladder-straining three hours, and there’s not a minute of it you’ll want to miss, so make sure you go before you sit down, and go easy on the water.
  2. It’s spectacular. Just about every marvel character from the past decade makes an appearance. Sure, there’s no way you can give everyone the screen time they deserve, but I didn’t get the feeling that anyone could’ve been cut.
  3. It’s exhausting. The movie starts with a whisper, and in the space of a few minutes it ramps up to full tilt and does not let go until the closing credits. Some genuinely sad moments along the way too.
  4. It really is the end, and that’s also kind of sad, but y’know, all good things …

Holding that many characters together in a single film is impressive work. The script was top-notch, though it lacked the same level of humour that I’m used to seeing in a Marvel production. Having said, that half the universe has just been wiped out, so perhaps now’s not the time for a comedy skit. Still, it still has its moments in what was a much more sombre outing. Having just trounced in the previous movie, the characters were a lot less sure of themselves, a lot more vulnerable, a lot more human; that was good to see, especially from Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.

Okay, so I enjoyed it, a lot, but it did have one or two moments that left me a little bit confused, mainly the bit with Captain America near the end – how does that work? Won’t say any more, but watch and see.

Ten out of ten. Go see it. Then see it again.

Film review: Aquaman

Okay, I’m going to start straight off by saying that Aquaman was a pleasant surprise. If you’ve read any of my other reviews then you’ll know I’m not a huge fan of the DC’s big screen efforts so far. Biggest complaint? They lack a sense of fun. I get that superhero movies don’t have to be a laugh a minute, but there’s just something in everything they’ve done so far; it’s not just humour – it’s heart. Character and heart.

Aquaman is still lacking in character development (and a little in the script), but on the whole, the film works … just about.

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Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse

Yes, it’s a cartoon, and yes, I’m going to review it. I got a cheap Wednesday seat at the local multiplex, and I thought, why the hell not.

So what’s the deal here? Okay, the story is set in an alternative dimension where Spider-man is … different. Following the obligatory lab accident in a facility owned by the obligatory billionaire super-villain, the walls between dimensions are punctured, and Spider-folk from other realities start pouring through. The home-team Spider-man has to stop the villain and get his counterparts home … and that’s all I can say.

So what’s it like? Well, as I said, it’s a cartoon, so I wasn’t expecting to be blown away; but you know what? I think it was …

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