Justice League (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Justice League (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Justice League isn’t the worst film ever as some critics will have you believe.  BUT it’s also a long way from being good.  DC’s Sniderverse continues it’s desire to make some of the best superhero of all time as dull as possible with the introductions of the latest batch – Aquaman (Underdeveloped), Cyborg (Terrible design & CGI) and The Flash (Not a patch on the TV version) along side an increasingly bored Batfleck, Sulky Superman and the actually still good Wonder Woman.  They team up, they fight CGI things and little else happens.  Nothing has weight, people com back from the dead (and we don’t really get to see the wider implications of this, despite it being a major story point) and SuperJoss crash lands Snider’s film with the help of a script polish (you know its him as the moments stand out like a sore thumb) and CGI moustache removal (it’s as bad as it sounds).  For me it’s the weakest of the DCEU (but the margins between this, Man Of Steel and Suicide Squad are VERY slim) and pretty much kills any further spin off’s dead.

Best Bit: Wonder Woman. Again.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Wonder Woman, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight 

 


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Batman: Hush (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Batman: Hush (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Batman: Hush continues DC’s impressive run of animated adaptations of their classic comic book back catalogue.  This time is the seminal Hush storyline which gives us a veritable rogues gallery of Batman villains – from The Riddler, Joker, Scarecrow, Bane and many  more…  and once again you are left wondering why DC live action just doesn’t follow this massively successful template rather than the dross it’s produced.  So no surprises for fans of the original story but for everyone else this is super solid.

Best Bit: Bruce/Damien awkward chart

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Batman: Year One, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

 


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Batman Returns (1992) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Batman Returns (1992) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Batman Returns… well kinda.  More like Batman cameos.  I’d forgotten just how little Batman features in Tim Burton’s uber-gothic sequel to his 1989 hit… yup make no illusion – the director is far more focused on his super freaks than Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego. And it works. Danny DeVito & Michelle Pfeiffer slay it as the Penguin & Catwoman and Walken add’s a nice turn as the devious Max Shreck.  Between them they eat up the good lines and the screen time.  But oddly having batman in it less makes it far more impactful when he does appear.   Burton also delivers on the visuals with a much stagier Batman film that lays on the german expressionism and gothic charm. It’s stunning to look at.    Overall not only does this hold up well it still sits as the 2nd best live action Batman film to date.  Brilliant.

Best Bit:The villains

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman, The Dark Knight

 


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Shazam (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Shazam (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Shazam is the best modern (post Nolan) DCEU film to date.  Okay so other than Wonder Woman that’s still a pretty low bar but regardless Shazam is a genuinely funny, genuinely charming and probably top 10 of the year film with loads to entertain kids and adults of all ages.  Of course it’s the cast that make this work and Zachary Levi especially nails the titular character, with Mark Strong once again laying it down thick and fast as the villain.  Okay so the last thirty minute plus smash-em-crash-em goes on too long (the film really shines in the smaller moments) but it, and you, are having so much fun you can pretty much forgive it. Shazam delivers.  See DC CAN make a good film.

Best Bit: Testing powers

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Aquaman 

 


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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Filled with humour, action and heart, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a most enjoyable follow up to the smash hit original that manages to build on that films successes whilst successfully expanding the universe, characters and wit on what came before.  It goes without saying that the cast are uniformly excellent (with former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista being a real stand out) and new comers such as Russell & Stallone just adding to the overall coolness.   It’s not perfect – the pacing of the final act and the inevitable fall into CGI things fighting CGI things let it down but there’s enough investment in the characters, warmth and humour (and man it’s a funny film, probably the funnest of the year so far) to allow you to overlook these.  So not as good as the original BUT still a success in it’s own right and still well worth a rewatch!

Best Bit: The Opening 

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Avengers, Ant Man

 


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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Far From Home shows that Marvel is in safe hands post Endgame.  A confident, funny and charming sequel, in many ways it’s a better film than Homecoming (and in some less so) and once again delivers one of Marvel’s better villains in Mysterio – charmingly played by the excellent Jake Gyllenhaal.  But for all the crash bang wallop of the film (and there is a lot), it’s the central relationships that make this film work so well.  Be it Ned & Betty or Spiderman & MJ… you can’t help but fall in love with these characters once again. Zendaya especially shines as the honest, twitchy MJ and gives us one of the most honest love stories the MCU has ever told.  Yup it suffers from TOO much CGI and the stakes, whilst making perfect sense, are set so high that it needed risk which just isn’t there.  It’s the small moments that shine in Far From Home. So despite its few faults and unobtainable stakes, the film and the cast delivers.  Three for three this year with the MCU.

Best Bit: THAT post credit scene

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man 2

 


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Spiderman Week: Spiderman: Homecoming (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Spiderman Week: Spiderman: Homecoming (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A year on Spiderman: Homecoming is still a top draw Marvel film.  Keaton’s Vulture, Holland’s Peter Parker, even the support from Favreau and Downey Jr enhance the film and it’s still great to see a teenage Spiderman (yes I’m looking at you Garfield).  There’s still pacing issues (second time around the film takes a while to get going) but it’s worth it for scenes like that in the car and the odd Ferris reference.

Best Bit: The car

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Spiderman, Spiderman 2, Ant-Man

 

 


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Spiderman Week: The Amazing Spiderman (2012)  – A Quick Capsule Review

Spiderman Week: The Amazing Spiderman (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Let’s get this straight: Did The Amazing Spiderman Need to be made.  Simply put – no.  But is it worth watching?  Certainly.  It’s a flawed production for sure with CGI issues, a poor villain and a feeling of been there done that that seeps through from start to finish.  BUT the central story of Peter Parker/Gwen Stacy as performed by Garfield & Stone is just devine and the film does a lot to reset the problems of Spiderman 3 that left little room for any further movies.  So not a must see but certainly with some good action, a great cast and a great central paring there are far worst films to watch.

Best Bit:Emma Stone

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Spiderman 2, Spiderman, Spiderman 3 

 


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Spiderman Week: Spiderman 3 (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

Spiderman Week: Spiderman 3 (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Erm… months on after its original release this is a much, MUCH better film on DVD and without the hype attached. The film is a lot faster, more fun and just better when watching it at home and whilst Mcguire is still phoning it in, Rami’s delivers a mostly solid effort.  So Spiderman 3 is flawed but it’s far from bad.

Best Bit: Anything BUT the dancing.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Spiderman, Spiderman 2, Batman Begins

 

 


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Brightburn (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Brightburn (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What if Superman arrived on Earth and rather than being good was actually evil?  Well Lawyers assemble as Brightburn tells the story of a baby boy crashing down in a small farm belt town in a spaceship to a mum and pop family who can’t have kids and soon puts on a costume to go out and show the world his superpowers. Hmmm… Jokes aside Brightburn has a better idea than execution but arriving from the Gunn family (James and brothers) it’s graphic violence, central idea and short run time mean that its flaws are often forgotten.   If you ever wanted to see Superman burn someones’ face off… this is the movie for you.  But not Superman Mr Laywer.  No. Not at all.

Best Bit: The Eye

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Chronicle, Glass, Super

 


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