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.
When it comes to superhero movies, origin stories are the bread and butter for the genre. While the concept of seeing heroes get their start has been done excessively it has proven to be effective as the likes of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and Iron Man have paved the way for many movies to follow this trope. Regardless, the origin concept remains alive and well as evident in the new superhero blockbuster: Shazam. Directed by David F.Sandberg Shazam is the next movie in the DC Films lineup and brings the iconic Captain Marvel (well DC’s Captain Marvel) to the silver screen. Despite the character’s longevity bringing this DC hero to the big screen would be no easy feat as the character is rather unbeknownst to most general audiences. In any case the movie has made its way to theaters and despite the array of superhero origin movies out there, Shazam proves that the concept has not lost its muster.
At this point heralding the accomplishments of Marvel Studios would just be unnecessary. With the movie studio finding success with the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and a perefula of other heroes, the implications that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had in the movie world truly goes without saying. However the franchise is reaching an impasse as Avengers: Endgame looms on the horizon. To get to this conclusion the MCU has bridged off into two different movies with the first being Ant-Man and the Wasp (which came out last summer) and the other being the film in question: Captain Marvel. Directed by the team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel is not only the studio’s first superheroine film but the movie has also been marketed as a major point in the MCU as it serves as a prequel to many of the previous entries. Needless to say there is plenty riding on Captain Marvel and with the franchise’s track record one cannot help but wonder: what could possibly go wrong? Well after seeing the film I would have to say plenty because this superheroine film was anything but marvelous.
If there is one anime/manga that has transcended into pop culture it is none other than Dragon Ball. The work of Akira Toriyama has enthralled fans for years and its popularity continues to escalate even to this day. The series has seen a resurgence of sorts with Dragon Ball Super, but this renaissance may not have been possible if not for the series’ success on the big screen. In 2013 the franchise made a return with the film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, which was followed up by the 2015 sequel Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F and both were successful in their own right. Now with its momentum in full force the series comes back to the silver screen with perhaps its biggest movie to date-Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine the new movie not only continues the story of Goku and company, but it also brings back the fan favorite Broly to series now reimagined by Toriyama himself. Despite its limited release Dragon Ball Super: Broly was an anticipated film to see this year for the likes of Dragon Ball fans, myself included, but could the new film power up to expectations? While the movie did not go as I anticipated this anime film managed live up to the exciting nature of Dragon Ball.