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Movie Review – Logan


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James Mangold’s Logan, the third Wolverine solo film in the X-Men series, seems to take place after the events of Days of Future Past. Yes, so did X-Men: Apocalypse, but this one more specifically takes place after the altered version of DOFP‘s future storyline – the one with the “old” cast – where everything’s fine again, all the characters who died didn’t actually die, the Sentinels never attacked, and so on. Sadly, I’m told that this will be the final movie to ever feature the old X-Men and that it’s Young Xavier and company from here on out. As for this being Hugh Jackman‘s final time as Logan/Wolverine, I believe he deserves the break after 17 years of the same thing.

The movie is loosely based on the 2008 Wolverine storyline Old Man Logan by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted). That comic book storyline took place in a world where supervillains actually defeated superheroes and split the United States up into territories ruled by different villains. Wolverine, now old, retired and lived with his family. When his family died, Wolverine came out of retirement and destroyed everyone who got in his way.

In a Children of Men-esque near future where mutant kind is going extinct, he hides with an infirm Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) on a remote farm, providing medicine for the aging professor so as to prevent seizures that, seeing as they’re happening to the world’s most powerful telepath, are significantly more dangerous than regular seizures. The two are kept safe by Caliban (Stephen Merchant), a mutant-tracker who may or may not be the same Caliban who runs the mutant trafficking business in X-Men: Apocalypse.

The acting in this movie is just spectacular. Patrick Stewart steals the show as Charles Xavier. He has played this role many times before but playing the character as a dementia-ridden old man who has a tragedy that his own brain has hidden from him makes for a fascinating character study. Seriously, this is Stewart’s defining moment as Charles Xavier and might be one of the best acting moments in any comic book movie.

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The standout is, of course, newcomer Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney. I’ve seen some reactionary chat along the lines of “Will Logan be the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture!?!?” (no), but if Keen got a surprise nod in the acting categories, it genuinely wouldn’t seem like such a terrible shout on first viewing (though it’s obviously too early to say).

What holds Logan back from being the “masterpiece” many are prematurely claiming it to be is the fact that the quality dips noticeably as the film goes on. For a start, like all superhero films clocking in at two hours and twenty minutes, it’s twenty minutes too long. The “rest and recuperation” section drags, as does its neighbouring, all-too-standard sacrificial lamb sequence.

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All in all, I’d recommend Logan to any high-octane film fan. X-Men and Marvel fans I’m sure will be all over it regardless, but if an X-Men virgin and regular critic of the genre such as myself can enjoy its hard-hitting set pieces, interesting character development, and freshly dark tone, then that can only be a good sign.

Rating – 4 out of 5

Blu-Ray Review – Doctor Strange (2016)


Directed by Scott Derrickson
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.

Doctor Strange arrives on Blu-ray in a release that also includes the movie on DVD and a code for a digital copy. While the movie is a mixed bag, the Blu-ray offers some cool additional features.

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I was first introduced to Doctor Strange when I was in my teenage years. A copy of Avengers introduced me to Doctor Strange. My fascination with magic and sorcery prompted me to read more of his adventures. Sadly, I was not able to follow more of his titles because there was no material available.

Doctor Steven Strange is a gifted and conceited neurosurgeon with the world at his fingertips. Shortly after his introduction in the film, his physical talent is taken from him. After traditional and experimental medicine fails him, he takes a step into the final option and enters a metaphysical and magical realm.

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As part of his journey to regain his hands, he has to relearn everything he knows about nature, the world and science. It’s amazing to see the changes that he goes through and one must really appreciate Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting chops.

Doctor Strange is an amazing movie, one of the most visually appealing Marvel films ever made. The magic in the film looks and feels grounded in the natural universe, which sounds strange, even though it works very well. The filmmakers take full advantage of digital art to create a seamless and completely believable world through magic.

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Doctor Strange Blu-Ray Extra Features

  • A Strange Transformation – Open your eye to a new dimension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and see how the filmmakers brought one of comic books’ greatest characters to life.
  • Strange Company – Find out what it’s like for the cast to work on a Marvel film, and how Director Scott Derrickson engineered one of the most ambitious, imaginative films ever.
  • The Fabric of Reality – Take a closer look at the movie’s extraordinary sets, meticulously crafted costumes and amazingly detailed production elements.
  • Across Time and Space – Explore the countless hours of dance and fight choreography the actors endured in preparation for their physically demanding roles.
  • The Score-cerer Supreme – Join Composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions, and experience the movie’s mind-bending music.
  • Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look – Get an early peek at Marvel’s spectacular upcoming films, including Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Team Thor: Part 2 – See more of the hilarious partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short.

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Marvel films pace at a very powerful level. None of the scene look force fed or dragging a scene way too much. Not only is it my favourite superhero origin story so far, it’s also the most visually stunning film I’ve seen in recent years, many I’m sure will agree. Kudos to Derrickson who has conjured up this ambitious project. Doctor Stand is like watching 2001: A Space Odyssey on LSD, a visual trip that’ll melt your eyeballs from your skull and leave your jaw firmly planted to floor, it’s also worth noting another huge achievement, so many stories get lost in the visuals, this does not. The colors, and urgency that the VFX department have masterfully conjured up with Doctor Strange not only serve the story being told.

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I am waiting for the sequel and see what great experiments the team can come up with to establish Doctor Strange as a full fledged Sorcerer Supreme.

Rating 4 out of 5

 

 

Review – Batman: The Killing Joke


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The Killing Joke is one of the most popular Batman graphic novel that is even playing a huge role in shaping DC’s mythology till date. When it was announced that this classic tale will be adapted in a animated movie there are no reason for comic book fans to get excited. This 28 year old graphic novel has been one of the finest works of Alan Moore.

Batman: The Killing Joke, centers around Joker and his dark psyche that makes him one of the most popular villains in comic book history, The movie dwells deep into The Joker’s life (Played by Mark Hamill). We meet him as a struggling comedian, to his encounter with Batman (Kevin Conroy) that changes their lives forever. The Joker escapes from The Arkham and now wants to prove that one bad day can make anyone as crazy as him.

Bruce Timm uses killing joke as a foundation of the DC Animated Universe created by him in the 90s. He explores the mythology of Batman Beyond and how Nightwing finds out that Bruce slept with Barbara Gordon. Honestly, I felt that the 30 minutes of backstory does no justice to Batgirl. She could have come out as a strong character, but instead we meet a reckless teenager.

Apart from this backstory, this movie gives you no reason to complain. The moment Joker comes on screen you know that this is where shit is going to get serious. The movie does justice to the Joker’s character and Mark Hamill proves why he is and will always be the voice of The Joker. So many segments of this film had made me feel Goosebumps: Barbara being paralysed, the emotional and sympathetic flashback segments, and the final, immortal panels of the comic brought alive by director Sam Liu,. Also full credits to the voices Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, no one could have done a better job. Trust me when I say that these moments make Batman: The Killing Joke worth watching. Mark Hamill simply outshines Heath Leadger’s joker, because he is so brilliant.

There are a couple of moments that could have been a lot better. Barbara waking up in hospital could have been a lot emotional but she sounded like as if someone reading a book.

Batman: The Killing Joke is awesome if you forget the first half of the film. If not then I hope that it doesn’t repeat again with any other character in future.

Rating 3.5 out of 5

Review: Avengers – Age of Ultron


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The most awaited sequel to mega blockbuster of 2012, Age of Ultron hit the theaters last week in theaters worldwide. Creating a sequel to a blockbuster as beloved and successful as The Avengers is something big for anyone to live upto. One of the reasons the film became such a massive hit because of the novelty of seeing these characters on screen for the first time ever on the big screen; something that was long thought to be impossible. After massive success of the first movie, the sequel would have to shake things up. Age of Ultron feels like writer/director Joss Whedon is constantly trying to outdo himself. For the most part, he is succeeds. The film is more ambitious, emotional, funnier, and darker than its predecessor. However, it’s also less coherent and streamlined. In an attempt to juggle so many characters and subplots, the film loses that magic of simplicity that made the first film so appealing.  Despite those misgivings, the film manages to still be a fun and engaging superhero epic that serves to kick off the summer movie season and serves as a proper farewell to Whedon from Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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For me Age of Ultron is a massive success but it fails to pull off everything with the grace and synergy. The movie is on a different scale unlike Avengers was. The movie is a massive balancing act, pulling in about a dozen important characters and trying to give them all something to do while also telling a cohesive, succinct narrative. The movie is a juggling act that Joss Whedon tries to maintain fairly well. While I was fairly satisfied while walking out of the theater the feeling was not as great as the first movie and there is where the problem is.

Most of the reviews are made comparing it with the first movie when they should not. Most of the reviews have complained about new characters, if there was a sequel without new characters there would still be complains. The movie outdoes the expectations that fans had after the announcement.

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Age of Ultron proves to be a massive entertainer from the beginning. It opens with an exciting, and an entertaining action sequence that reintroduces all of the characters and the dynamic they share as a team. The opening is right on point in nearly all aspects, and creates a sense of high energy and pacing that is never really lost. While there are slower moments in the movie (such as a mid-movie sequence at the Barton farm) the sense of energy is never halted because there’s always something happening that propels the story forward. Unlike with the opening act of the first Avengers film, which tended to lull in some segments as the team was pulled together, Age of Ultron quickly establishes an excellent sense of narrative pacing, and this is arguably one of the film’s greatest strengths.

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The movie shows a great pacing apart from action sequences. Joss Whedon and his team does their best to manage their time amongst the numerous threads that the plot weaves along with the way characters connect with each other. As a writer, Whedon manages to find a great way of doing this, incorporating minor details from previous Phase Two films to show that, yes, they were relevant, while also keeping the focus where it needs to be: the matters at hand, how the team operates, and how the characters evolve because of the ordeals they undergo.

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If The Avengers was about assembly, Avengers: Age of Ultron is about disassembly. The former played on their conflicting personalities while the latter plays on their fears and insecurities. Though Ultron may be the main antagonist of the picture, it’s our heroes who have themselves to fear. How can these people save the world when they can’t even save themselves? The internal struggle of these characters is trying to overcome their mistakes and pain. That is what raises the stakes in this film. The entire world is jeopardy, but it’s also a battle for the Avengers to save their souls.

The film is loaded with terrific action sequences. The Hulk vs Hulkbuster scene is everything you hoped it would be and more. Though there is a lot to take in from the set pieces, they never feel exhausting or overwhelming, despite it being clear Whedon is always trying to top what he accomplish in the first film. Though admittedly, it’s hard to feel sense of danger when you know these characters are going to be back for their individual movies including more Avengers sequels. As usual, each character gets their shining moment. The principal cast has grown into these roles to the point where they could pull them off in their sleep. A most notable improvement is Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), who after being relegated to Loki’s henchman for most of the first film, gets an integral and dynamic role among the team. Not to mention that he gets some of the best lines in the film. I wouldn’t be surprised if he emerged as fan-favorite after all is said and done.

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New additions to the cast vary. Thankfully, Ultron works for the most part and is miles ahead of just about all of the villains in Marvel films so far (which isn’t that hard when you look at how these villains were written). He’s surprisingly more snarky than people would expect an angry, maniacal robot to be. But that imbues the character with a personality that is sorely lacking from the rogue gallery in MCU. Joss Whedon admitted that the initial cut of the film was much longer. It comes out clear at many places as origin story for Quicksilver and Wanda comes out in a very rushed manner. Their origin is touched upon but in a very rushed manner. The Maximoff twins begin to work as characters as the film progresses, but there were missed opportunities to get audiences behind them early on. The breakout character of the film is hands down the Vision (Paul Bettany). While I won’t spoil his origin here, the film will leave you wanting to see more of especially since he does a fantastic job of making an impact in his first appearance.

The movie works and proves that Marvel Cinematic Universe is not going anywhere. Age of Ultron succeeds in teasing future movies with its supporting cast. The movie is entertaining but at the same time worries me about execution of future Marvel movies. It sets up Civil War, Wakanda and most importantly Infinity War and suffers with the same problem that Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Iron Man 2 suffered but on a very small scale. The summer has started with a bang and Marvel is going to rule.

Rating 8.5/10

Movie review: Guardians of the Galaxy


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Before you start reading this review and the way I have gloriously described this movie and start calling me a Marvel fanboy (that I am) let me tell you this. I was really not happy when Marvel announced Guardians of the Galaxy movie was on its way. I among many of the fans wanted to see a Black Panther or a Hulk movie in the first place that was taken by Guardians of the Galaxy.

I mean who cares about bunch of misfits formed together to protect the universe, their stories looked good in comic books and they were needed to Avengers 3 to take place but I wondered why Marvel was putting money on this totally unknown franchise so soon when they have so many better options.

And then James Gunn was announced as the director and the skeptic in me kinda became hopeful.

Long story short I waited for one and a half year for this movie to come out that was obviously being ruined by pathetic run of Guardians of the Galaxy comics series that is left in the cruel hands of Brain M. Bendis and totally destroyed the series (I’ll continue this rant somewhere else in other space time). Finally the day came when I was going to watch Guardians of the Galaxy on 8th August 2014.

After the first trailer and the entire ooga chaka sequence I didn’t watch a single trailer related to this movie so I had no idea what was going to show up, not even a glimpse. I had to pay 300 bucks for this movie in my city because cinepolis is run by bunch of money hungry mongrels (another rant another time.)

What followed after were the best 120 minutes of my life.

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Soon after Peter Quill’s introduction and the music that followed after I knew that the movie is going to own. The way it introduced each character, gave them their space and character was simple incredible. The soundtrack, the references and the jokes felt like distinct characters and part of the film instead of being forced in the movie for no reason.

Words fail me when I start to describe how amazing the Marvel’s first cosmic outing was. The movie passed beyond the expectations and the benchmarks both Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier created. I feel kinda bad for Joss Whedon that he is constantly facing new challenges on a regular basis to make Avengers: Age of Ultron set a new benchmark when it comes out.

The movie is about a group of misfits caught in between of an interplanetary battle and are forced to take desperate measures to take a side and save the universe from brink of destruction.

They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy – What a bunch of A-holes.

Guardians of the Galaxy is an origin story of the team, they are not called by their team name until by the end of the movie. This is the story of how a bunch of A-holes come together and ultimately form a team and learn to fight besides each other.

I’ll start talking about this movie with Peter Quill played by Chris Pratt. When his casting was announced I only knew him from Parks and Recreation and the amount of cheeseburger he stored inside him made me hard to believe that this guy is going to be Star Lord. In 6 months he bulked up for the movie from family pack to 6 packs. The way he walked and talked in the film reminded so much of Harrison Ford from Indiana Jones or Star Wars that right now it seems he’ll be the perfect person for the role if they decide to reboot Indiana Jones. He is someone who now seems on the levels of Robert Downey Jr. on the level of awesomeness.

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The best part of the movie were two CGI characters Rocket and Groot voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Rocket owned the movie, as said earlier he is the heart of the film, he is rude has a terrible past and loves guns. On the other hand Groot is a cute monster, who is as dangerous as he can be. I just loved the role they played in the movie. Thanks to censor board I missed a foul mouthed raccoon abuse on screen so a huge middle finger to them.

Drax guardiansDrax was a surprise package, I never knew that Batista can act so well. His role kind of grew up on me as the movie proceeded. Driven by revenge he almost drives the team on the brink of death only to revive himself later. I personally feel that Drax was underused and was not upto his full potential but I have hopes high for the sequel and Avengers 3 where we may see him pulling the heart out of Thanos’ chest with his bare hands.

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Zoë Saldana plays Gamora, she comes out as another of the strong female characters in the marvel movies and has her own role and backstory developed in the film. She had the best hand to hand fight scenes in the film especially with Star Lord in the introduction of the film and later with Nebulla.

Now talking about the villains,

We finally get to meet the big bad playing behind the scenes till now come out of shadows. Yes I am talking about Thanos the Mad Titan himself. He looked simply Menacing played by Josh Brolin. For a 5 minute scene he turned out to be one of the most amazing parts of the movie because this time there was more of him rather than just a smile. BTW the way events of this film proceeded I strongly feel that Loki on Asgard throne is what Thanos planned as his actual mission to retrieve the Infinity gauntlet from Odin’s vault (discussion left for some time later :P).

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I liked how Ronan and Nebula’s role were developed in the film, Karen Gillian went from pretty Amy to menacing daughter of Mad Titan assisting Ronan with his mission. Lee Pace has changed his race from Elf to Kree and kind of looked scary. Unlike many other Marvel villains he looked like a villain but a well justified mission and came out as a threat not for the heroes but for the entire galaxy and the main major baddie himself, although I am disappointed that he had to die in the end of the film but the part where he had the holographic conversation with Thanos reminded me of Star Wars conversation between Darth Vader and the Emperor. It was amazing.

 

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One of the best part was checking out Collector’s vault that supposedly is filled with all kind of Easter eggs from Marvel universe. I saw a Chituari soldier, a Dark Elf, possibly a Karbonite horse like creature that looked like Beta Ray Bill along with Cosmo and Howard the Duck. I mean so much awesomeness in one movie that I cannot stop describing. The references, the cameos and everything that followed was simply incredible.

Also how can I forget Yondu, the original Guardian although looked nothing like his comic book counterpart and maybe he’ll evolve into a future Guardian but in this movie his role was so well written. I love Michael Rooker and though he initially wanted to voice Rocket that I feel would have been perfect for the role he did a beautiful job with Yondu. His comic timing and posing a fear factor in Quill’s life upto revealing that he was hired by Quill’s father to abduct him but he changed the deal and how can one forget the way he killed all the Skaaran soldiers with one arrow.

There is a lot to talk about this movie that I feel will take one more part if I keep going on like this. Coming to the direction James Gunn has done a tremendous job with the film. His vision simply plays off and makes the movie worth watching. The comedy and the seriousness simply blends with his style. He knows what he is doing and he proves it by placing all the Easter eggs, cameos and references throughout the movie.

The graphic sequences used to this film are better than any of the movies that I have seen this year, the 3d really supports the storyline and will look amazing on IMAX screen. The concept art for every characters and landscapes looks like the one from its comic book counterparts. The best use of the design really comes up with introduction of Knowhere and the Milano chase sequence.

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Talking about the soundtrack, I for one really felt old after watching this movie. Once these songs used to be the instant hit numbers that used to come on radio, today has evolved into classic pop from the 80s. 26 years later just like the time since Peter left Earth, the cassette is the reminder how awesome our childhood was. The MP3 players and the digital tracks can never define the identity the way this Sony Walkman and the cassette of awesome mix volume 1 and 2 have done. I have been continuously listening to Cherry Bomb and Jackson 5 since Friday on loop. The movie is reminded of good old days and the era that is gone by. Like metal is synonymous with Iron Man franchise, the classic pop is now synonymous with Guardians.

Anyways coming to the last part of this movie, I am overwhelmed the way Marvel and James Gunn presented this movie. I am one for sure that the this franchise will develop into Annihilation conquest saga as the finale, all I hope is that Marvel gets rights for Fantastic Four back from Fox and we will get to see Galactus and Silver Surfer in the future installments.

Now I’ll just sit around and wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. For now here is a dancing Groot looking cute and all that.

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PS: No Raccoon or Tree creatures were harmed during making of this film.

Movie review: Transformers Age of Extinction


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Title – Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Director – Michael Bay (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

Cast – Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J Miller

Plot – Are you kidding? Plot in Transformers. just a lot of Robots, fighting, more robots, Mark Whalberg, comic relief, robots, product placement, eye candy in the form of a young hot female (definitely not an actress), robots, Frasier and explosions. Don’t forget the explosions!

“Sweetie, get my alien gun!”

With 3 films well and truly done and dusted and with this 4threleasing this year, there is no question that by now everyone knows that what Transformers movie is all about and it totally depends on the viewer if he likes the way these movies take place or not.

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It has been four years since the destructive battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons in Chicago, leaving over a thousand civilians dead in the process.  Humans have since cut their alliance with the Autobots, and instead are hunting down and destroying them one by one with the help of Lockdown; a Transformer bounty hunter .  Optimus Prime has decided to go into hiding in Texas, where he is discovered by inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and his co-worker Lucas (TJ Miller) as an old, worn-out truck.  The Government- led by Kelsey Grammar & Titus Welliver’s CIA characters- realizes Yeager is in possession of an Autobot, and threatens him and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), only before Optimus helps them escape.

One thing the movie does that is interesting though is it greatly reduces the groups in play. Optimus and the humans soon recruit the last few Autobots still surviving by hiding out; Bumblebee, Crosshairs, Hound and Drift. Acting as a rogue group with their backs against the wall gives them an edge that the previous movies lacked. It was hinted at in “Dark of the Moon” when Optimus proclaims that they will kill all Decepticons once and for all but here, he’s completely lost his faith after losing countless friends protecting humans that ultimately betrayed them.

Unfortunately, for every large action scene/set piece, there’s also weird establishing shots and largely unnecessary moments that drag down an already overstuffed 165 minutes of run time. The script is just as flimsy as ever and introduces tons of new ideas and attempts to add to the lore while largely ignoring everything from the previous films that isn’t the battle of Chicago. Shane, the boyfriend character, is awful and underdeveloped and at times, him and Tessa both just seem like whiny brats.

Which leads to the elephant in the room; Sam Witwicky, Shia LaBeouf’s hero from the first three films is not mentioned once. Nowhere, nothing. It’s hard to believe because not only did he go to robot heaven and find out it’s his destiny to help the Autobots, but given how hard Bumblee and Optimus fought to protect him, watch him and honestly just liked him, they don’t once ask for him to come help or that he’s safe and ok and that’s a move that becomes more and more glaring as the Tessa/Shane relationship feels more and more shoe-horned in, with Shane even dressing almost exactly like Sam from “Dark of the Moon” in the climax.

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The plot presents several questions to you, such as the origin of the Transformers, which look like they will be resolved by the end of the movie. They’re not. In fact, by the end of the movie it’s apparent that these are mysteries that will fuel future sequels. But until you reach the end, you’ll get this lingering sense that you missed something in the movie.

Chances are if you are going to see Transformers: Age of Extinction then you know what you’re getting yourself into. You’re prepared for the plot holes, the sub-par acting, and the plethora of explosions. If you just want to see more giant robots fighting the movie certainly delivers that, and we can actually tell which robot is which when they are duking it out. I just think the formula is getting old, but Bay apparently doesn’t think so as the movie sets up yet another sequel to come. If you didn’t enjoy any of the previous movies, you aren’t going to like this one. But for those of you who can’t get enough Transformer action, this installment offers more of the same.

My Score: 6 out of 10

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.

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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.

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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