“Reign of the Supermen” Movie Review

Synopsis:

Following Superman’s sacrifice to defeat Doomsday, the world reels from the superhero’s death. Several different versions of the hero pop up on Earth to take his place, including Superboy, Steel, Cyborg Superman, and Eradicator (Wikipedia).

Review:

To be honest, this was an unplanned review from me, and y’all can thank the snow for me being able to see this film.

This film is the sequel to “Death of Superman” and serves to complete the famous comic arc, and as an animated adaptation- this is as faithful an adaptation that we’ll get because the DC Animated movies have always been great 9/10 (we don’t talk about the animated “Killing Joke” film.) So I feel like if this got a live action adaptation, it wouldn’t have been as good.

The voice cast in this film does its job well, and I have to give credit to Patrick Fabian as Cyborg Superman for being able to capture the madness the character possesses, this also goes to the animators for being able to physically twist the character in certain shots to truly show the audience the torment and shear madness the character is going through.

Another thing I’ll say about Cyborg Superman is I understand his motivation- I don’t agree with his methods, but I get where he’s coming from.

Another character I really enjoyed is Superboy voiced by Cameron Monaghan, (famous for his portrayal of Jerome in the TV Series “Gotham”) the thing I liked about the character is he’s cocky and arrogant, and feels like he has a chip on his shoulder, but over time he acts more mature in the film, especially when he learns vital information about himself.

The one thing I was hoping to see that I was excited about was the debut of the black suit, mullet Superman- and it was worth the wait in my opinion. Superman isn’t fully powered because of the process used to revive him, so his fight with his cybernetic counterpart becomes more nerve-wracking.

Grade:

DC has always excelled at their animated features, as opposed to their live action counterparts, and after seeing this back to back with Death of Superman… it’s a sequel that serves its purpose whilst also telling its own narrative. I felt like Steel was shafted, but that’s the only negative I have with the film, so I’ll give this a 8.5/10 or a B+

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review

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Plot Synopsis:

Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality (IMDb).

Critique:

 I’ve got a weird relationship with Sony Pictures Animation… They’ve made great movies, like “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, and they’ve also been responsible for the atrocity known as “The Emoji Movie”- so I’m sure you understand why I went into this movie being extremely cautious.

The first thing I’ll say about this movie is I really dug the visual style they went for as far as the look of the movie goes. It has a real comic book look to it that I really appreciated, however- that same style also made it difficult to see what’s going on in about the first ten minutes of the film. There were certain shots where it looked like it was supposed to be in 3-D, but it wasn’t finalized- however after that, the film looked fine to me.

Going back to style and look of the film, I appreciated the fact that there were comic book elements added, such as mental dialogue being shown in a boxed format, and some of the actions are written out like a real comic book- and I really appreciated that added touch. Speaking of which, there’s comic book-like origin stories for some of the other Spider-Men characters like Spider-Gwen, Penni Parker, Spider-Ham, and Spider-Man Noir (who’s voiced by Nicholas Cage).

There’s some Spider-Man references meticulously placed into this film in the form of quick visuals that if you’re keen to it, you’ll pick it up, if not the film will just move along.

Spider-Man is normally a funny character, and that’s certainly no exception with this film… this movie is laced with humor that works most of the time for me, and it reminds me of the comedy style in “The Lego Movie”, which is ironic considering that Phil Lord, who directs this film, also directed “The Lego Movie”.

The last thing I’ll say about this movie is while it’s super funny, there’s also some touching and serious moments in this film. When someone bites it, the impact is felt significantly- and it helps raise the stakes in the movie, you know besides making sure that the universe doesn’t end because of the space time continuum collapsing. The stakes are felt, and as an audience, we feel that.

Grade:

The movie visually appealing for the most part, and it tells a great story while also balancing superhero action. It’s got plenty of humor and heart, and while I still can’t forgive Sony Pictures Animation for “The Emoji Movie” I will applaud their efforts in this film and give “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” a 9/10 or an A.

 

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” Review

Plot Synopsis:

In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet–the Netizens–to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces–so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had (Rotten Tomatoes).

Review:

When I saw the trailer to “Wreck It Ralph” in 2012, it looked cute but I wasn’t quite sure how I was gonna feel about watching an animated movie full of video game references, but when I finally saw the movie on DVD- I was thoroughly shocked on how deep of a movie it was and I loved it. And with the sequel, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” I felt the same way!

The animation in this film is top notch and beautiful! There’s a lot of care and thought that went into this movie and you can really feel that! When Ralph and Vanellope get into the Internet, the world that’s created is truly breathtaking and it’s a visual sweet tooth’s dream! There’s a lot of visual gags and references that not only internet savvy people will get, but I believe a lot of people will see something they’ll understand!

The thing I really like about the plot in this film is there’s a clear understanding of the goal in the film. Sure, they may deviate from the main plot and they’ll explore various parts of the Internet, but it’s all for the big goal of buying a new steering wheel for Vanellope’s game. Another thing I like is there’s a clear understanding of the motivation for the characters: Wreck It Ralph wants to keep things the way it is, and Vanellope wants something new in her life- and these two different motivations cause conflict.

When I said the creators of the film put some thought and care into this, it wasn’t just the animation… it’s also for the culture of the Internet. There’s a scene where Ralph looks at comments from the knockoff YouTube site, and the way they handled trolls was a thousand times better than the lazy attempt “The Emoji Movie” did. The message behind the scene was that sure, the Internet can bring the worst out of people, but it’s not all bad.

The last thing I’ll say about this is I felt so many emotions in this film. I felt joy, happiness, laughter, and there were even scenes that made me shed a tear. The thing I love about this movie, and the previous movie, is the deeper messages hidden within. In “Wreck It Ralph” it was understanding who you really are, and accepting it. And in this one, it’s about the importance of friendship, and letting them do what makes them happy- even if it means you have to let them go for a bit.

Grade:

I was rocking with a solid 9/10 or a 9.5/10 as the credit were rolling, but then something happened after the credits (that I obviously can’t talk about) and it bumped it up to a solid 10/10 A+ Grade.

This movie has a lot of heart, it’s gorgeous, it’s a lot of fun, and it has a positive and vital lesson that I feel like kids and people need to see!

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Theatrical Release Review

Plot:

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, decides to spread Christmas joy to the world. But his well-meaning mission unwittingly puts Santa Clause in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for all good little boys and girls everywhere! Who will save Christmas? (Ben Fancher IMDB)

Critique:

I remember the first time I saw “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was the summer of 2014 (ironic, I know) and I remember absolutely adoring it ever since. Now there’s been, naturally, a debate whether this is a Halloween or a Christmas movie… my input is that it can be both. My tradition has been to watch this film every Christmas because I’ve never been able to watch this on Halloween, until this year.

Well, I guess October 26 is close enough to Halloween. Originally I wasn’t going to do this review because I felt like there wasn’t going to be much input I could provide on here that I couldn’t already tell you from the 5 other viewings I’ve had of this film, but alas, by popular demand I’m doing this review to also add my theater experience to this review.

The stop-motion style of this movie is top notch, and it’s incredible that it still holds up even after its 1993 release. The thing I noticed about it on the big screen, rather than the small screen that I’m used to, is you can see more details on the characters, including rips and tears in the clothes.

The score in this movie is so good, that I actually own it on iTunes, but the sound quality is much better in the theater, the bass is boosted, and you can hear every individual instrument all around you. The musical parts seem natural, and it helps the exposition of the film as it goes along. “This is Halloween” Kidnap the Sandy Claws” “Oogie Boogie’s Song” and “Finale/ Reprise” are still my favorite songs off the score, and it was neat to be able to hear them and gage some of the audience reactions to see which songs they liked.

Grade:

This is probably the most predictable review I’ve done, but since y’all wanted it y’all got it.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is in my top 3 all-time favorite Tim Burton films along with “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice” so this is already going to get a good grade.

I haven’t been able to see this in 3D yet, so until then it’s a 9/10 or an A.