If you aren’t excited about Shazam! you probably just haven’t seen any of the glowing reviews that it’s getting. You can read some of those HERE but my favorite line comes from Benjamin Lee of The Guardian. Read his whole review HERE but the best part is when he says Shazam!, “plays like a cross between Big and Superman.” Sounds good to me! So who wants to see Shazam! EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
Director James Wan was not going to let Aquaman be another gazillion-dollar disappointment for DC, so he threw everything he could at this movie.
It has mermaids, not-quite-as-pretty mermen, talking fish-people and a sea-princess who looks almost too much like Ariel. There are also dinosaurs, battle-sharks, a drum-playing octopus, the Kaiju monster from Pacific Rim (for some reason) and I haven’t even gotten to the main characters, yet. You’re left with a mish-mash of every super-hero movie you’ve seen in the past five-years (except this one is underwater), with a little Raiders of the Lost Ark and Flash Gordon thrown in for good measure. It makes for a fun, but cluttered movie that sometimes leaves you wanting just a little more of Aquaman‘s biggest asset: Jason Momoa.
His special quality of winking, let’s-get-a-beer charm is on constant display here, but it gets diluted in the process of turning Momoa into a HERO. He’s the reason I’m giving Aquaman a B-, but you’re probably just wondering what your kids will get from it. Continue reading →
I love Teen Titans GO! Yeah, I know I should be embarrassed to admit that, but my kids watch it occasionally and, when they do, I tend to stand in the doorway and laugh along with them. It’s smart, funny, and has a flat out goofy streak that I can relate to. That’s why I’m kind of relieved that DC is giving the Teen Titans their own movie before tackling Titans or Aquaman. So, wanna see Teen Titans GO! to the Movies EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
The one massive downside to all of these superhero movies is that, after a while, they all start to look the same.
Even the characters are interchangeable: Batman is the money/gadget guy (Iron Man) while Aquaman is the rebellious God (Thor). The Flash is the joke-cracking youngster (Spiderman), Cyborg is the half man, half something-else-entirely (The Hulk) and, of course, Wonder Woman is the beacon of goodness (Captain America). This doesn’t mean that Justice League is a bad movie. I don’t think it could be BAD with this cast and this much material (introducing the League, fighting evil AND mourning a dead Superman). No, Justice League isn’t a bad movie but it does feel awfully familiar. It also highlights a huge difference in the way Marvel and DC tell their stories and why the Marvel films are consistently stronger: Continue reading →