There have been many features to define the animation genre, but few have the prestige as the Toy Story series. The film that kicked off Pixar’s cinematic career has become one of the most successful franchises in movie history. Yet all good things must come to an end […]
When thinking of Marvel Comics on the silver screen many look towards The Avengers. However before Earth Mightiest Heroes assembled another Marvel team was making a name for themselves. Since 2001 the X-Men have played a role in movies and though the franchise has had its share of highs and lows Marvel’s team of mutants continue to be a prominent player for the superhero movie genres. However, with 20th Century Fox merging with Disney, it seems that change is upon the series and this was evident in the latest film in the X-Men franchise: Dark Phoenix. Directed by Simon Kinberg Dark Phoenix is a finale of sorts for the story that began in 2011’s X-Men: First Class as well as another attempt to adapt one of the X-Men’s most iconic stories to the big screen. Despite the delays Dark Phoenix has finally made its way to theaters and while it may not be the most stand out entry in the X-Men franchise there is something special about this superhero film.
A few years ago a little action film by the name of John Wick hit the scene. I thought little of it as the movie looked to be just another action movie, and ever since I have been kicking myself for not getting on this thrilling ride. John Wick was more than just another action film as its compelling world and endearing lead character made the movie an exciting experience; and its sequel, John Wick Chapter 2, only enhanced on the first film’s strength. Now the story of famed hitman continues in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. Parabellum ups the stakes for the action hero as John (Keanu Reeves) finds himself on the run from an array of assassins, and the sequel sees Chad Stahelski return to the director’s chair. The latest instalment had much to live up to thanks to its predecessors making such bold statements. How this film ranks in the series I cannot say, but I can say that John Wick Chapter 3 is an action blockbuster worthy of the summer season.
There have been many monsters to grace the silver screen, but of all of them there is only one king; well two kings if you count the colossal ape. For years Godzilla has played a big role in pop culture as the atomic lizard has had over 30 films to his name. The icon made his return to states in the 2014 film, Godzilla, and the blockbuster found some success during to its run in theaters. It took a bit but the sequel to that film has found its way to theaters as the monstrous reptile returns in the massive blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Directed by Michael Dougherty King of the Monsters brings a titanic showdown to the big screen as the movie features some of the series’ most prominent kaijus. Being a Godzilla fan I was eager to see the new film and wondered just what would be instore for this blockbuster; and in this Film Adventurer’s opinion Godzilla King of the Monsters is a monster movie through and through.
Disney’s live action adaptations are in full motion. The concept of bringing Walt Disney’s classics into the second dimension has been going on for a few years now with the studio already adapting some of their most cherished movies. With this year featuring five of these adaptations, with the first being Dumbo, the latest remake takes moviegoers to a whole new world with none other than Aladdin. Aladdin is one of the most notable films to come from the Disney Renaissance and now this eastern tale turned animated classic seeks to be told in a new new format with director Guy Ritchie bringing the story to life. Aladdin has always been a significant film to me and while I was not anticipating this new interpretation I must admit the film still peaked my interest. Venturing to see this Arabian Night for myself I discovered that while it may not have been filled with wonder there was still a little magic to Aladdin.
When it comes to the world of video games perhaps no series has broken more ground than that of Pokemon. What started off as games for the gameboy became a worldwide phenomenon as Pokemon has played in a pivotal role in pop culture such as trading cards games and television. Pokemon is no stranger to the silver screen as the series has had a several movies to its name. Now the franchise seeks to break new ground yet again with its first live action film Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. Directed by Rob Letterman Detective Pikachu is based off the 2016 adventure game where players solved mysteries with a sleuth Pikachu. With its intriguing concept, as well as its energetic title character, Detective Pikachu looked to be a delight for the summer season. The film has now made its way theaters and while it may not be the most flashy of blockbusters, Detective Pikachu was still an entertaining adaptation.
And there came a movie unlike any other when The Avengers came to big screen. Throughout the years Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have graced the silver screen with their various adventures and their massive team ups. However after 21 movies the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings the Infinity Saga to a close with Avengers: Endgame. Directed by the Russo brothers, Endgame continues the events of Infinity War with the Avengers heading into one final clash with Thanos (Josh Brolin) and the Infinity Stones. With a year of build up and culminating a decade of storytelling, the stakes for this finale were at all time high. So when dust settled on Avengers: Endgame I did not find myself in complete awe, but I was satisfied with this conclusion.
When moviegoers think of hit animated features they tend to think of the likes of Disney or Dreamworks. However,for me, I tend to get excited from the latest work of Laika. The successor of Will Vinton have made a name for themselves with their stop motion animation, and they have proven to be successful with features such as Coraline, ParaNorman and Kubo and the Two Strings. So naturally I was thrilled to see Laika’s latest venture, Missing Link, making its way to theaters. Directed by Chris Butler Missing Link brings out the lighter side of the animation studio while playing with the concept of mythical beasts. While it did not appear to be the most captivating of animated movies Missing Link looked to be an entertaining time, and after seeing it for myself it turns out that the new animated feature was just that.
When it comes to comic books heroes the likes of Batman, Superman or Spider-Man tend to come mind. However to others heroics come from the most unlikely of comic book characters. A case in point of this is none other than Hellboy. Created by Mike Mignola Hellboy is the story of a demon raised by humans and tasked to take on supernatural conflicts while being a part of the B.P.R.D (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense). The silver screen is no stranger to the big red hero as Hellboy has been featured in two major blockbusters directed by Guillermo Del Toro. It has been sometime since Hellboy was on the big screen, but now the hero is making a comeback with a brand new movie. Hellboy is a reboot for the series with director Neil Marshall taking the helm from Del Toro. With a gritier look and a new studio behind it Hellboy could be a resurgence for the character, or just be an entertaining time at the movies. After seeing the film for myself I can say that it is the latter for this new reboot.
When Disney is not releasing a new animated feature or the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio is recreating classic their films. For sometime now Disney has taken some of their most cherished animated films and brought into the realm of live action with films such as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast becoming anticipated blockbusters yet again. 2019 sees the biggest haul of live action adaptations as five films are set to be released this year, and it all begins with none other than Dumbo. One of Disney’s first animated feature gets a new spin to it with Tim Burton, who also directed Alice in Wonderland, takes the helm on this adaptation. Judging from the trailer it look as though this new film would go into a different direction from its 1941 counterpart but that hardly swayed me from not giving this film a chance. After seeing this movie for myself I can say this new take is not the most magical from either Disney or Tim Burton, but that was not to say that Dumbo was not a joyous flight.