New ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer, Avenge The Fallen

It is April 2nd, and that means that Avengers: Endgame pre-sale tickets have just gone live! And with that we get another, and possibly the final, trailer for the long awaited film.  The remaining Avengers are banding together, and Thanos is awaiting another battle.

The film opens this month, April 26th, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.

Marvel Studios

Here’s the official synopsis for Avengers: Endgame: 

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

 

 

What do you think of this new trailer for Avengers: Endgame? Are you buying your tickets early?  Have you already purchased them?  Leave a comment below and let’s make it a discussion.  Also, be apart of the conversation by following Kylan on Twitter @KylanReelCritic

Disney Finds New Director For A New Marvel Character!

It was announced late last year that Disney was concidering adding the Marvel martial artist character, Shang-Chi, to the already growing roster for phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However,  according to reports by Deadline, they have moved passed considering it to hiring a director.

Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton  has been selected to direct Marvel’s first film that will star an Asian protagonist in the leading role.  At the moment Cretton is directing Just Mercy with Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan so it is fare to assume Shang-Chi will be his next project.

You can be forgiven for not knowing the character of Shang-Chi, his comic sales were never at the top of the charts. He first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973.  It launched around the time that the globally successful film Enter the Dragon was released.  In the comic Shang-Chi was raised, educated, and trained in martial arts in a Chinese compound closed off to the outside world.  It is in his seclusion that he managed to develop unsurpassed skills in Kung Fu.

At the moment there is no release date for the Shang-Chi movie, but this is to be expected.  Marvel is keeping their lips shut about future projects until after Avengers: Endgame finishes its run in the theater.  However, my estimation is that it will be in the early part of 2021.

What do you think of getting a Kung Fu martial artist added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?  Is it a property that you are looking forward to?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

 

March 8-10 Box Office Report

We just finished with the first weekend that featured Marvel’s first film of 2019, and the box office reflects it!

Captain Marvel just released to great success!  The film became the number one opening weekend origin story superhero movie, and became the 10th biggest opening for a comic book based superhero film of all time!  This puts Captain Marvel in such company as The Dark Knight, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.

The success of Captain Marvel comes on the heels of 2 months of “controversy” claiming that actress Brie Larson did not want to have white males reviewing her film.  Outlets running these headlines created this fantasy in order to try and hinder the box office of a film with a strong female character in the lead, and they failed.  They failed miserably in misogynistic mission to drag Larson and her film through the mud.  The film made over $153 Million!

The rest of the films in the top 5 box office positions did not make much, but that is to be expected.  Captain Marvel was the only newly released film this past weekend, therefore all of the movies were only able to get the scraps left over by the new Marvel film.

Check out the box office breakdown below!

No 1. Captain Marvel – $153,433,423 in its first weekend of release.

No 2. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World $14,685,005. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $119,651,130.

No 3. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral $12,465,383 Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $46,295,193.

No 4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $3,868,248. Bringing its total gross in its 5th weekend to $97,153,209.

No 5. Alita: Battle Angel – $3,215,344.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $78,361,408.

What do you think of this past weekend at the box office?  Are you surprised by the success of Captain Marvel?  Or did you expect it? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

Captain Marvel Review – Not The Best Marvel Movie, Yet A Fun Time At The Theater

Captain Marvel
Source: Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel is the newest film in the Marvel franchise, meaning that it is just one film closer to the most anticipated Marvel movie of the year, Avengers: Endgame.  However, this is not just a stepping-stone movie – a placeholder if you will until we get to the main event.  It is a film that manages to stay as engaging and as entertaining as Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, or Dr. Strange was when they first debuted.

Carol Danvers, the superhuman Captain Marvel, is played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson.  While many criticized her when the trailers came out as being very one-note, she fully proves that she can carry not only this film, but will be capable of can acting alongside future Avenger teammates Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Evans (Captain America).

Alongside Larson is Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as the soon to be S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos.  While Jackson and Law turn in performances that as good as you would expect, Mendelsohn surprisingly is the stand out star next to Larson.  His character has a pivotal shift that you would not have expected, and he manages to convincingly portray every turn his character takes.  I would like to go into more details on this but then we are getting into spoiler territory – so just know that you will walk away from Captain Marvel loving his character and hoping that he will have future appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Rotten Tomatoes Removes Early Fan Reviews

The movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes, is rolling out several changes that are aiming to “elevate the voice of fans” and “increase data relevance.” However, one of these changes meant to “elevate the voice of the fans” is actually silencing “fans”- better known as “trolls” that purposefully tank or raise a film’s audience score prior to a film’s release. Meaning that there would be a very inaccurate score before anybody had even seen the film.

In 2016 the Ghostbusters “fans” rapidly downvoted and tanked the audience score before the film’s release due to the film’s leads being female. In 2018 there was a campaign seen circling Twitter and Facebook to downvote Marvel’s Black Panther due to its black casting. And just recently a small group of misogynistic trolls targeted Marvel’s Captain Marvel due to Brie Larson, a female, leading the super-hero film.

Today, Rotten Tomatoes announced a series of changes made to its site that have become immediately implemented. Here’s the full list of changes:

  • Streamlined user interface that positions the Audience Score adjacent to the Tomatometer Score, which represents the collective opinions of thousands of professional critics, giving fans easy access to compare and contrast critic’s and fan’s view of movies and TV shows.
  • Prior to a movie’s release, fans will no longer be able to leave written comments or reviews.  That functionality will be available once the movie releases into theaters.
  • The fan “want to see” score, which was previously represented as a percentage, will now be presented as a raw number that will be tallied in real time. This change seeks to eliminate the confusion that sometimes occurred between the “want to see” score and the “audience score” which is also represented as a percentage.
  • Throughout the roll out of new audience rating features, Rotten Tomatoes will call out enhancements on the site and link to a product update blog, where users can find explanations.

These are all positive steps. Frankly, there are many other sites and social media websites that should do more to silence the trolls of the internet. Toxicity, especially in the film “fan” community has become a serious problem for the past several years. Targeted negative attacks against other fans, and people who worked on films has become overwhelming.

So yea, no trolls – good riddance.

What do you think of these changes? Do you even look at the Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

First Official Trailer for Captain Marvel!!

The first trailer for Captain Marvel debuted today on Good Morning America, and introduces academy award-winning actress Brie Larson as the very anticipated Captain Marvel in the continuing Marvel Cinematic Universe.

We got our first tease of Captain Marvel in the post credit scene in Avengers: Infinity War, just as Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury became dust due to Thano’s triumph over the Avengers (spoiler, I guess, if you have not seen the movie by now).

The trailer doesn’t reveal much of Captain Marvel’s story, however it does show a lot of cool shots from the movie.  I get the feeling that Marvel Studios is holding back a lot of the “wow moments,”  and are using this first trailer as a way to introduce us, the audience, to a relatively unknown character.

Captain Marvel will be in theaters on March 8, 2019.

‘Free Fire’ Review (non-spoiler)

If you haven’t heard of Free Fire then you are not alone; as the film could’t even cross $1 Million on its opening weekend at the Box Office.  I missed its opening weekend as well and had to catch it in the middle of the week following the film’s initial release.

Free Fire is an adrenaline filled black comedy directed by Ben Wheatley and stars Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, and Sharito Copley.  Set in Boston (1978), Free Fire tells the story of an Irish gang and a group of arms dealers meeting up at an abandoned warehouse to make a trade.  After personal agendas and personalities clash things go south very fast.  Resulting in everyone shooting at each other.  As the night goes on, the odds of making it out of the warehouse alive gradually decrease.

Right off the bat I must say I enjoyed the film very much.  Wheatley is able to turn the premise of a paid-by-the-numbers shootout film on its head by showing this assortment of idiots and weirdoes forced to crawl around on a warehouse floor through dust and broken glass, randomly shooting at whoever they see near them.  And while that seems like a very simple movie, it really is.  But Wheatley is able to keep the film engaging by sprinkling dark humor throughout the entirety of the film.  I almost feel bad about how much fun I had watching these poor thugs and gun runners get shot at for almost 90 minutes straight.

The acting is great in this movie as well.  Every one of the well-known, and most of not so well-known, actors manage to portray characters that are desperate to survive, determined to kill, and yet have their own standout personalities.  Out of all the actors, Armie Hammer is the standout – probably giving his best performance to date; portraying a stone-cold hit man for hire stuck among a bunch of basic idiots with guns and no guts.

While the prospect of following a group of the same characters in the same situation in the same place and having it take only 90 minutes to tell can sound like it would get old, it doesn’t.  Wheatley’s formula of building up a character’s confidence, then cutting them off at the kneecaps (or literally blowing off the kneecaps) manages to draw out the intensity of the shootout for as long as possible, while also showing character development as the situation intensifies.  This formula also makes the film feel random and chaotic – something a film would normally get destroyed for doing.  However, since the film is almost entirely the one shootout, making it chaotic is the best way to build suspense in this situation.

Now, Free Fire is not a perfect movie by any means.  There are two things in particular that stand out.

The first is that not 100% of the characters are likeable, or even necessary.  There are two or three that probably could have not even been in the movie and nothing would have changed.  Most of the time I would forget they were even there until the camera showed them hiding behind small slaps of concrete.  Then Id be pulled out of the movie because I couldn’t remember who’s side they were on.

The second thing is something that a lot of shooting based films suffer from, and that is characters having nearly an unlimited supply of bullets.  Wheatley is not shy about showing the characters as they franticly reload their guns when the clips run out, but it happens over and over and over again.  And at some point, it makes no sense the number of bullets being shot by some of the characters.  At the very beginning of the movie they are seen being frisked for wires by Hammer’s characters, but no mention is made of the fact that each person apparently has enough rounds in their pockets for a 90-minute shootout.  Eventually a few characters do manage run out, but only when it conveniently fits to movie the plot along.  Unlimited ammunition at the end of the day is a very small nitpick but it still manages to take away from the overall very realistic feel the rest of the movie manages to convey

However, like I said before, I enjoyed Free Fire.  Its real world, shoot out scenario is a breath of fresh air among big CGI blockbusters. I highly recommend checking this film out if you are a fan of dark humor, or shootouts.  My score for Free Fire is 3.75/5.

Are you one of the few that have seen Free Fire? If you haven’t seen it, does it seem like something you’d be interested in? Leave a comment below and we can make a discussion about it.