Monthly Archives: May 2014

Continuity Errors of the future past – Review and other thoughts. *Minor Spoilers*


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X-Men: Days of the Future Past was one of the most anticipated comic book movies and was said to be Singer’s most anticipated project. Did it work, check out my review?

Days of the Future Past in a nutshell is a movie where Wolverine from future travels in past with help of his Mutant friends, into his younger self’s body to meet his mutant friends to save Wolverine and his mutant friends from apocalyptic future that is in store for Wolverine and his mutant friends. Wolverine also replaces Cable and Bishop as in house time traveller instead of the ones who are actually in the source material.

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I am not hating on this movie. If you see it as a standalone movie then it is brilliant. No wonder it is doing so well worldwide. But the moment you starting looking at it with respect to previous X-Men movies a massive shitload of issues start coming up. Singer has tried his best to compromise story for visual effects and action scenes that till far is of best quality. A large part of this movie is wasted on dynamic of Xavier-Magneto-Mystique that is nowhere close to the chemistry Vaughn did with X-Men: First Class, in second half it gets even feely that at a point I yawned. 90% of the cast along with Peter Dinklage is underused but that is now so common with all the X movies. Something I’ve learned for X movies are that the characters who are promoted the most are first to die or get least amount of screen time. Michael Fassbender and Jenifer Lawrence shine up high and they steal the show with their acting. Not to forget the stunt scenes Lawrence has performed are simply splendid. Singer trying to fix the franchise creates more continuity errors because in the end of the day it is implied that original X-Men trilogy is in same universe as First Class.

I don’t know why every review is saying that Quicksilver steals the show. Yes he does something in 5 minutes of his pentagon sequence that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has failed to achieve in 6 solo movies. For me Bink’s sequences were the most amazing part of this movie. Her teleport sequences are so beautifully choreographed. I’d like to see more of her and Quicksilver in future X movies but it is more likely that she gets wiped out of continuity by the time movie ends.

Now let me tell you about the massive ego Bryan Singer has, not only with Marvel studios where he used Quicksilver for 15 minutes and promoted him as he is part of the main cast of the movie but with his own franchise. He has tried his best to neglect the story and continuity set by Matthew Vaughn with First Class. It is implied that apart from the 3 main characters and Hulk-Beast (Yes that is a term now) everyone is killed. In the end it is all about X-Men franchise and Bryan Singer and no one else.

*Spoilers*

Trying to fix the franchise X-Men 3 is now gone out of continuity and along with it events of James Mangold’s Wolverine no more exist as well. He could have gone with a total or soft reboot for the franchise but he was too busy saving everything that he created and wiping everyone else’s work from the franchise.

Now let’s talk about some continuity errors. No I am not going to tell you about how Pokemon Trask are two different people in this and X-Men 3 (Pokemon coz he must have evolved in future) or how Quicksilver in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a 8 year old kid, a movie that will take place a few years after this movie.

It is implied that Mystique at some point was captured and was experimented upon but when, in X-Men 3 she was depowered so unless Trask was so optimistic that he kept waiting for Mystique to gain her powers again there is no explanation when Sentinels were designed on her gene patterns.

Talking about Sentinels, if there were sentinels in X-Men universe since beginning then why they were never mentioned other than that one danger room training sequence. Also when Magneto attacked Liberty Island in first X-Men movie where were they?

Professor X is seen walking in this movie after compromising his powers, but we saw him atleast twice walking with his mind control powers intact. First when he and Magneto go to recruit young Jean in flashbacks of X-Men 3 and when he appears in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Did I say Professor X and Magneto went to recruit Jean together, well there is still no explanation for that since now they are bloodthirsty enemies and Magneto escaped once again. Also I remember Charles said that he made Cerebro with Magneto’s help, well lol.

Also if The Wolverine never happened, then how come he wakes up in Xavier mansion with strands of white hair? If he never lost his claws and the healing factor that means his aging process is not more affecting him that means he is no more growing old.

*End Spoilers*

Now from general audience’s point of view I noticed something interesting. A lot of people while getting out of theaters were talking about how Bryan Singer’s Quicksilver is the same grown up Quicksilver we saw in Strucker’s captivity. Since X-Men franchise is very much based on capturing and experimenting on the mutants so people kind of believe that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is simply playing the older version of Evans Peters’ character. Keep in mind that they unlike us don’t read as many newspapers and interview and are not keen on knowing what studio rivalry is. This may work in Marvel’s favor when we start getting promos of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Also the sentinels design looks a lot like Destroyer from Thor. People actually thought that sentinels are actually based on same blueprints from where Coulson’s gun was made because you know fire breathing dragons like huge robots are probably made on same design. Someone even said that Tony Stark must be involved in Sentinel creation.

And talking about Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is an amazing actor and he truly brings Wolverine to life on screen, I hope one day he’ll team up with original Avengers on screen and I’ll cry my eyes out. Just that they are overdoing him. He is like the center of X-Men movie universe that should not be. One creepy thing X franchise is moving to is that next time we’ll see Wolverine in X-Men: Apocalypse, Jean and Cyclops will be a part of the team and both will be teenagers while Wolverine will be a 100 year old by then. The timeline will coincide with original X-Men trilogy when Jean grows up to be an adult and has a love affair with Logan. I mean Logan hitting on a girl he knew since she was a 16 year old is too creepy even to think about it.

X-Men movies have always been my guilty pleasure. Singer has worked really hard to connect most of the movies as best as he could, but continuity flaws are going to be there, it is not something one can ignore. This could have been a lot better if there was more concentration on the story rather than CGI but there is nothing one can do about it. The movie is still better than The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but just a little bit behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It fails to creates any new standards but it seems Singer has a lot more amaze kept in store if he is involved in future projects is something we’ll see.

My rating 4 out of 5

Movie reivew: Godzilla


Godzilla directed by Gareth Edwards stomped into theaters last week and made a statement, the king of Kaijus is back. Godzilla is the hero in this film, he is the villain and the anti hero as well. The monster with atomic breath deserves the Hollywood flick he deserved.

The movie tries to stay loyal to its original Japanese routes and drops a lot of homages related to classic Kaiju movies throughout the movie. While a large part of the movie is human centric still you can feel the monster’s presence everywhere. It terrifies you, it warns you and then it shows up destroying everything in its path.

The story is engaging, it grips you throughout the movie. All the human actors were on their best and surprisingly they are relatable. Then there is Godzilla who gains the support and love of the audience, they shout for him they cheer for him and worry when he falls down.

The movie is visually striking, the special effects are gorgeous that capture your imagination. When Godzilla passes through the Golden Gate bridge the destruction sequence is so beautiful that at one point you forget to feel for the falling humans. Godzilla’s redesign stays true to its origins. The MUTO’s are creatively beautiful. Godzilla acts like Godzilla and the MUTOs act like villain. He is the force of nature he is supposed to be.

None of the human cast is part of #TeamJerk the military does its work, so does the military who works as realistically as a strike team would during a real life monster attack.

This is the Godzilla we deserve and we want more of him in the sequel

My Rating 4.5 out of 5

Thoughts on Gotham TV series


 

Gotham_(TV_Series)_logoSo, Gotham. A talented cast, to say the least. Ben McKenzie as James Gordon? Erin Richards? Jada Pinkett Smith? Even if it is in the vein of Smallville, I have no doubt that the show will be good. But I really hope it isn’t. I really, really hope it’s cancelled.

Why?

Well, because it’s not connected, of course.

“This is an origin story for young Bruce Wayne,” Reilly said, promising that all of the classic Batman characters and villains would make an appearance, including: The Penguin, The Riddler, Commissioner Gordon, and The Joker. This is a series about “Gotham on the brink” he said, and “how they all became who they were, what events led up to these characters becoming Catwoman [and so on].” The Chairman described the series as “operatic” and “larger-than-life.”

When Gotham was first announced, many fans were upset. Why have a Batman show without Batman? But I wasn’t upset. Remember this was back when Batman VS. Superman was still in place for July 2015, and the folks up at WB had confirmed it would be a new Batman. I thought this Gotham series could have a little back-story of the Bat without actually having the Bat, to feed us over until BvS hit theaters. It could even lead-in the summer blockbuster, if they did it right.

But then… then Kevin Reilly really pissed me off. To quote my source:
“Reilly followed up by saying that this would be a serialized show that will function on its own, separate from the Warner Brothers DC cinematic universe. “We own all the rights.That’s what we’re licencing,” he said. “They brought us the entire franchise for a very healthy licence fee. We’re not negotiating this piece meal. We have all of the underlying Batman rights for the entire franchise for this series.”
He continued, saying, “That’s what I like about this, it’s not some sort of adjunct companion series. This is the Batman franchise, just backing it up. I think that gives it a real focus as to what the show is about and what stories we’re telling.”

Now, in this day and age, if you have a FILM FRANCHISE, one that is iconic as BATMAN, why would you not connect a TV show on a well-known network to the films? Let’s not talk about Arrow and Flash in this article; they haven’t had the success that Batman has, even Superman hasn’t it. So why not connect them when a large section of the target audience is begging for connectivity?
The answer, many argue, is that it would be limiting. No matter the character, you’d be limited to what that character can do because of what might happen later, in the movies. But, in my personal opinion, this argument is invalid. How could using, say the Red Hood gang, be limiting? An older version of Black Mask (Armadeus Arkham, anyone)? Penguin is old; in this series he could be young. There’s the Falcone’s, there’s Harvey Dent, and they have already casted a few original characters. You pull a del Toro and create a character/story “bible” and share it with Warner Bros.
Another argument is that if it worked for Smallville, it’ll work for Gotham. And this is true; like I said, I have no doubt it’ll be entertaining. But again, that was before the whole cinematic universe thing happened. We literally are living in a era of superhero movies, and it’s downright saddening to me that the show and the movie won’t take place in the same universe.

In My Mind: Ultimatum


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Ultimatum was Marvel Comics epic event that saw pretty much demise of Ultimate Universe. This storyline is subject of constant hatred among the fans has got a lot of negative reception over time for no apparent reason as if there is nothing good about this event.

While everything being said about this event I am one of the few people who actually liked Ultimatum and is one of my favorite Graphic Novels I have collected till date. Everything about this series is top notch a fan can get.

Normally when a event starts with This will end/change everything fans take it lightly as per cliche someone would die and will be brought back after a year or so. Fans were expecting the same with Ultimatum and what they got was more than what they expected. The Ultimate Universe was always on a verge of destruction and this one proved to be its melting point.

Ultimatum is one of the brilliantly written books although I hate Loeb for ruining a lot of things in current Marvel comics series especially what he did with Red Hulk and so on but what he did with Ultimatum was simply brilliant. If someone thinks that a universe built on constant fear of destruction and death will have something hopeful come out of it after an event that claims to change everything they are wrong.

The best part of Ultimatum is how it unfolds itself events by event. The villains reveal themselves slowly some driven by thirst of revenge and some by love. Ultimatum is a storyline where every hero fights nad struggles for his own survival and survival of humanity in process. Even after lots and lots of heroes die in Tsunami still the remaining ones gather for a last fight and do what they can do the best.

Another best thing about this event was its art, it compelled brilliantly with the storytelling and really kept up with pacing. Ultimatum is the brutal version of DC’s crisis events the only difference is that the way Marvel Ultimate universe went after this and the way it is going now really sucks.

My advice, give it a chance and try reading this graphic novel for once without any expectations.

Movie Review: The Amazing (?) Spider-Man 2


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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 released last week and was projected as Sony’s highly anticipated project that will kick further comic book projects like Sinister Six and Venom franchises. While somehow it succeeded in foreshadowing what is to come it failed to concentrate on the actual story.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 continued the story of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy after events of first Amazing Spider-Man movie. Peter and Gwen were dating again in the beginning of the movie and then suddenly Peter breaks off with her as movie proceeds to keep her safe. Well he should have realized that in first place itself. There are massive amount of loop holes in the movie, like how Richard Parker built a massive lap in an abandoned subway station and how come he implanted Peter with the DNA that triggered when the Spider bit him.

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Story-wise this movie seems like a teen romance flick than a Superhero movie, I know many would say that Spider-Man is a teen hero so it should be but this one was way over the top. The story is filled with massive amount of cheese. Dialogues and sequences feel too cheesy and during 60% of the movie you feel as if there was no need of 3-D glasses. Movie is balanced by outstanding performances by Andrew Garfield who seems like a living embodiment of Spider-Man, Emma Stone and Dane DeHann as Harry Osborn. Jamie Foxx’s electro is one poorly written villain whose motives and rage don’t seem reasonable at all. The entire movie seems hurried to foreshadow the future events and Harry Osborn turning into Goblin seems too fast and hurried by the time movie ends. A lot of supporting cast is left not utilized at all and is wasted.

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Amazing Spider-Man is an easily avoidable movie if you want to save your money otherwise being a Spider-Man fan you’ll like to give it a chance.
Rating 3 out of 5