This year seems to be, for me anyway, the Comic Book adaptation year. I have seen quite a few of them. I have two standouts that I would love to talk about.
The first by far is Logan. I was watching Fatman on Batman a YouTube show by Kevin Smith, and both Kevin and Mark talk about how well written Logan is. For me, Patrick Stewart gave his best performance (maybe edging out A Christmas Carol by just a smidge). Logan is an amazing movie even without the superhero/mutant stuff. Hugh Jackman showed an aging Logan who needed to care for a “father” with dementia and find out that he was a “father” to a girl who grew up as a lab experiment. Yes, there was violence in the movie, but it was important to the narrative.
The second was WonderWoman. Although it was not as put together as Logan, or written as well as Logan, it was well crafted. There were some moments that put this in second place to Logan (with a deep sigh), I felt that we were left with an ending that was lackluster over the top and very dark. The pacing wasn’t as good as the first 15 minutes of the movie (which IMHO should have been given at least 30 minutes I would have liked to know how Amazons age and would have liked to see a gap between when Diana finding out that she was powerful to seeing Steve Trevor crash). Aries seemed to be a little blah to me, not as robust as he should be. Although we have in Batman V Superman a Diana that pined for 100 years, the ending didn’t seem to match the level of pining or longing.
These two movies really were great! I don’t think I can say that enough. I think they both surpassed anything that I could have hoped for.
(Okay, I know that Star Wars the Last Jedi is out in December. I think that movie is in a different category, they can’t screw it up, can they? I mean fans have forgiven Lucas for the 3 90s movies, or have I? Plus Princess Leia! Oh My Goddess I will cry if they mess it up…. Just saying…. )
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Beauty and the Beast
PowerRangers (yes, I liked it better than Spiderman Homecoming)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Underworld: The Blood Wars
The Fate of the Furious
Transformers: The Last Knight
Kingsmen and the Golden Circle (I really wanted this movie to be great!)
The Dark Tower – Disappointing horribly made, didn’t watch it to the end.
Movies that I want to watch
I still have a few movies that I want to watch to round out the year. I wanted to wait for them to be on On Demand or a paid service so I can watch for free. Movies are expensive. I try to reserve theatrical movies to movies that work well on the big screen, ones that are filmed in 3D, have the 4D experience or something I really think that I will like. For instance, I am happy that I didn’t see the Dark Tower in the movies because I stopped watching within the first hour.
Battle of the Sexes
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Goodbye Christopher Robbins
Despicable Me 3
Blade Runner 2049
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Update: It was on On Demand. It was a decent movie. The original series Valérian and Laureline was a French comic 60’s to present. Valerian is a Major and his partner Laureline is a Sargent. Although the description says that are time travelers, they don’t actually time travel in the movie. It is action packed and has some memorable parts. Over all I would give it a grade of B. It won’t win any awards, but it’s a decent way to spend the afternoon!)
War for the Planet of the Apes
The Smurfs: The lost village