Friday, May 13, 2016

More Captain America: Civil War thoughts

Emily over at Pajiba has a different take on Civil War:

I’m not usually in the habit of publicly disagreeing with my fellow writers, but I feel it a service to warn you that both TK’s review and Rotten Tomatoes have lied to you. Captain America: Civil War is a garbage movie. Sure, it had its amusing moments. It had some terrific acting, and some amazing action sequences. And a plot so filled with holes I could use it to water my plants.

Emily, you brave soul. Thank you for this. I'm not sure if the "garbage" line is tongue-in-cheek. If it's not I'll disagree on that point. It was entertaining enough to overlook the problem of hinting at making a political movie in this universe.

I think Cap is a lot less wrong than others, apparently. Tony is a selfish prick who is doing this because being a selfish prick killed a lot of people. I don't buy the larger, political reason for him pushing the accords. I despise the UN hatred that goes on in the US. Read a fucking book, Americans. But in this movie universe, I think it is fair to question how the UN would handle Cap and the Avengers.

As we saw in Batman v. Superman, you might need to hold a committee hearing to determine whether they should enter a sovereign country and take action. That committee will be filled with some countries that probably have selfish reasons for keeping the Avengers out of it. So what happens then? Cap sits by while innocent people die? Or as Charlie Rose asks in BvS, you're going to tell a family that we couldn't save your kid because a fucking committee full of self-interested politicians from shitty countries don't give a shit? Sorry, but after typing that out I'm on Cap and Superman's side. But I also think Marvel and DC should move on from these stories because I'm never going to buy that the UN or the US Senate will actually constrain these people and the stories get muddled quickly.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War review

No spoilers

Avengers part 3 Captain America: Civil War is typical Marvel in every way. It's fun, funny, well-enough-executed, a bit overstuffed, and a plot not really tied up that well in service of future movies. It seems to have the same cinematography and score as the others. Though don't see this in 3D, completely useless and even makes a lot of the early fight scenes tough to follow.

What it does unquestionably better than BvS (which for some reason I haven't reviewed here, probably because I put my thoughts on twitter) is coherent editing and a nice narrative flow. I like BvS but there no getting around the fact it lacks there (maybe the director's cut saves it, idk). The tone is so different than BvS. Every other line has to be a joke, though now they don't have Joss Whedon so it's not the same. But some of the actors make up for it (mainly Rudd, Robert Downey Jr.'s schtick is a little stale).

Maybe I need another viewing but I'm not convinced it handles it's themes better than BvS. They are very similar. And the main characters even invoke some of the same things in their most emotional moments. And maybe this is just me, but those moments suffer because the tone is so fun and funny all the time. Whereas with something like BvS or the Nolan movies, the tone is serious and emotional all the time so I guess I'm more primed for it when shit goes down.

Anyway, Civil War is classic Marvel with even more fun characters thrown in. But while being classic Marvel it limits itself by not seeing their big ideas all the way through and still setting up more movies. I'll forgive that this time because one of those movies will have Marisa Tomei. #TeamAuntMay

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Batman v. Superman can't get here quick enough

"They cast Ben Affleck as Batman!?"

"Zack Snyder is directing a Batman movie?"

"Why is the trailer for Batman v. Superman so DARK and SERIOUS? Why doesn't DC make jokes in movies like MARVEL?"

If I have to listen to that for another 2 months I might just


I'm not saying you can't judge a movie by its trailer, its casting, or its director. I mean, I know right away I won't like a movie if it stars Adam Sander. But I think Batman v. Superman is getting unfairly maligned. And I'm worried that if people go in with too many preconceived notions about the movie it will blind them as to the actual quality of the movie (Like what happened with Man of Steel, people wanted the Donner movie and were mad when they didn't get it).

There are legit criticisms of Zack Snyder's directing and Ben Affleck's acting/role choices. Snyder arguably directs for style over substance. I think all of his movies that I've seen look interesting. But I don't think I've ever loved any of them because the story wasn't great. I don't think many would say that Affleck is as good an actor as the previous Batman, Christian Bale. But he's far from a bad actor. I'd argue he's pretty charismatic when given the chance. And he's arguably gotten better since he started directing.

So it's not like Snyder and Affleck are without talent or have earned an instant shit rating like an Adam Sandler. And given the freakouts about casting we saw after Michael Keaton, Heath Ledger, and Anne Hathaway, you'd think we might wait a bit to make judgements. But alas, I'll likely have to endure another two months of this before I finally get to enjoy seeing Batman in a movie again.