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The Greatest Showman (2017)

I remember hearing about this movie briefly before it came out in theaters and thinking it sounded interesting. Fast forward almost a year and I watched it on a whim, and it was excellent. A very loose retelling of how the circus began, and the story is infused with modern pop to keep it lively. Great music segments and a few really catchy tunes. If you enjoyed Chicago, Singing in the Rain or any classical musicals, you might want to see this.

4/5
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The Greatest Showman (2017)

I remember hearing about this movie briefly before it came out in theaters and thinking it sounded interesting. Fast forward almost a year and I watched it on a whim, and it was excellent. A very loose retelling of how the circus began, and the story is infused with modern pop to keep it lively. Great music segments and a few really catchy tunes. If you enjoyed Chicago, Singing in the Rain or any classical musicals, you might want to see this.

4/5
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I hate musicals, but The Greatest Showman was pretty decent. It is just so hard to watch somebody burst into song in the middle of a scene. It seems so forced and goofy. But yeah, TGS was worth the watch.
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Michelangelo
Took a brief hiatus from posting about my MCU marathon as I didn't want to spam posts, so I'll post mini-reviews for the last movies I've watched.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Chris Evans was perfect for the role of the First Avenger and the transition from a scrawny wimp to super soldier seemed so real that you could almost forgot that it was done with CGI. The best performance, however, goes to Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. The pacing was a bit slow at times during the second half, but the action sequences, as usual, were excellent. I put it below Iron Man and Thor, but still an enjoyable superhero film.

3.5 out of 5.

The Avengers

Arguably the best out of all the Marvel Cinematic Movies. It features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Tom Hiddleston (Loki), a lot of funny quotes ("Doth mother know you wear-eth her drapes?", "I said...KNEEL!", and "Puny god." come to mind) and I don't think there will ever be a climatic battle in any film like the battle between the Avengers and the Chitauri in New York. I highly recommend it.

5 out of 5.

Iron Man 3

The third entry in the Iron Man trilogy (soon to be a quadrilogy, since they confirmed Iron Man 4). An improvement over the second film, but not as good as the first. Robert Downey Jr once again shines as Tony Stark aka the Iron Man, and we had a much better villain this time around than we did in the second film (Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin). Also, seeing Pepper defeat the Mandarin... badass.

3.5 out of 5.

Thor: The Dark World

The weakest film out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe IMO. We don't see much character development, and the villain Malekith was underwhelming. However, the performances were as usual great and the visual effects were stunning.

3 out of 5.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Marvel Cinematic Universe had previously suffered from Weaker Sequel Syndrome with Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, however, was much better than the first Captain America film. Admittedly, the first film had the better villain, but this film had a better storyline. Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johannson and Chris Evans as usual gave out incredible performances and the chemistry between the three was believable. The Winter Soldier was also badass in every scene he was in. Another fantastic edition to the MCU and a huge improvement over The First Avenger.

5 out of 5

Guardians of the Galaxy

This movie is like the Star Wars of our generation. Chris Pratt portrays the unlikely savior of the galaxy, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, an eccentric gunslinger much like Han Solo, and joined by him are a green-skinned skilled assassin (no racism intended) Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Joe Bautista), who seeks revenge for the murder of his family, the foul-mouthed Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and his sidekick Groot (Vin Diesel) as they try to protect the galaxy from the threat of the evil Ronan the Accuser. Definitely in my top 5 MCU films.

5 out of 5

Phew, that was a doozy!
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vkimo
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vkimo wrote :


The Greatest Showman (2017)

I remember hearing about this movie briefly before it came out in theaters and thinking it sounded interesting. Fast forward almost a year and I watched it on a whim, and it was excellent. A very loose retelling of how the circus began, and the story is infused with modern pop to keep it lively. Great music segments and a few really catchy tunes. If you enjoyed Chicago, Singing in the Rain or any classical musicals, you might want to see this.

4/5
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I hate musicals, but The Greatest Showman was pretty decent. It is just so hard to watch somebody burst into song in the middle of a scene. It seems so forced and goofy. But yeah, TGS was worth the watch.
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Haha yeah, I agree. It's like, "This salad is delicious, can you please the BUUUUUTER-UTER-UTERahhhhhWooooOOooo"

Just finished Thor Ragnarok - Loved it, borrowed from GOTG quite a bit and it worked. 

3.5/5
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vkimo
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)


This definitely surprised me! It was funny, and while the themes were old it felt fresh. I enjoyed the dialogue and thought it was interesting whenb Alex asked Bethany if "Phones" meant something else in the future. 

4/5
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Vaporman87
vkimo wrote :

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)


This definitely surprised me! It was funny, and while the themes were old it felt fresh. I enjoyed the dialogue and thought it was interesting whenb Alex asked Bethany if "Phones" meant something else in the future. 

4/5
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Agreed. I was expecting a repeat of Journey to the Center of the Earth, but it was much better than that. Here's to hoping that Rampage turns out to be a sleeper hit as well. Looking forward to playing the updated arcade game too!
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Clash of the Titans (1981)

A superb Greek mythology adventure flick with a clever mechanical owl.

Image result for bubo clash of the titans

It's easy to love a movie like this.

5 stars.

Do I dare watch the remake? I dunno. I'm pretty skeptical about it.
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Michelangelo
Continuing my posts about my MCU marathon.

Avengers: Age of Ultron:

What I liked:
- The action, especially the opening battle sequence with The Avengers battling Wolfgang Strucker and HYDRA.
- The introduction of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
- Vision. They did an incredible job building the arc for this character.
- Ultron.

What I didn't like:
- The farm scene. That could've been left out of the film.
- The forced romance between Black Widow and Hulk. I don't see any chemistry between Ruffalo and Johansson.

Overall, not as good as the first Avengers film, but still a satisfying sequel.

4 out of 5.

Ant-Man:

This is a rather surprising movie, as I originally had low expectations for this film. Because really, how could shrinking to the size of a thumbtack be considered cool? Nonetheless, this film exceeded all expectations. The highlight of the film is where Ant-Man and Yellowjacket battle on top of a Thomas the Tank Engine toy. Overall, not on par with Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy, but still a f-ant-astic voyage.

4 out of 5.

Captain America: Civil War:

I'm gonna try to briefly give a review of this movie without drawing comparisons to the other superhero movie that came out in the same year. Captain America: Civil War is something you don't see every day in modern day cinema: a threequel that somehow surpasses the first two films. While the absence of Thor and Hulk are lamentable, the newcomers are welcome to fill their shoes, mostly Chadwick Boseman as the prince of Wakanda, T'Challa, and Tom Holland as Spider-Man, which is quite possibly the most memorable part of the movie. I can definitely say that the MCU is in good hands with the Russo Brothers.

5 out of 5.

Doctor Strange:

Benedict Cumberbatch was the perfect choice for Stephen Strange, the special effects were amazing (and trippy, I might add) and the scene with Dr. Strange going up against Dormammu is proof that you don't need to have characters to engage in fisticuffs to make up for an epic battle scene. Overall, a magical experience.

4.5 out of 5.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2:

This film focused more on character development than plot device (especially on the Ravager Yondu Udonta ("I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!"), which is effective because it gives the audience a chance to connect with the characters. Such a weird and bizarre universe captured beautifully on the big screen.

4.5 out of 5.

Spider-Man Homecoming:

Just got finished watching this film tonight and I must say that this is the best Spider-Man film in a while. Tom Holland once again excels as Peter Parker both in and out of the suit, and there's a lot of shocking plot twists to look out for. Overall, a VAST improvement over the Amazing Spider-Man movies with Andrew Garfield.

5 out of 5.

I'll probably conclude my Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon tomorrow night with Thor: Ragnarok and write a review the next day, so stay tuned!
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echidna64
@Mikey

My biggest issue with Age of Ultron is well.. Ultron. 

They left out his motivation and he literally comes out of the box a bad guy, I still don't really understand why he hates Tony Stark aside from seeing some news clips.

They should have had him start off as "good" who then becomes evil. Maybe he decides to kill a bad guy since it is the logical choice, putting him at odds with the rest of the Avengers and then before Tony can shut him down, he rebels sort of like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. 




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echidna64
Mr Magic wrote :

Clash of the Titans (1981)

A superb Greek mythology adventure flick with a clever mechanical owl.

Image result for bubo clash of the titans

It's easy to love a movie like this.

5 stars.

Do I dare watch the remake? I dunno. I'm pretty skeptical about it.
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Hell yeah! Fantastic movie! Forget the remake and watch The 7th Voyage of Sinbad instead if you want a mythology fix
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