Sunday, May 21, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Review

Robin Hood got his gritty prequel story not too long ago, so why not King Arthur? I must admit the trailers for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword were intriguing.  They had flair, and the Arthur legend is such a classic journey of the hero story that you can do almost anything with it and still have a good movie.

The key word there being "almost."  We had a King Arthur movie starring Clive Owen where they tried to do the "real" Arthur, and that sucked pretty hard.  So it was with that in mind I went into Legend of the Sword with tempered expectations, but hope for something fun and different.

Well, I certainly got the "different" part because it seems director Guy Ritchie couldn't decide which particular "anything" he was going to try with this and just decided to do everything.  Sometimes that does indeed turn out to be fun, but is it enough to save Legend of the Sword? Let's talk about where it went wrong enough to become a box office bomb, and of course why it made me cranky:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

I am Groot. Groot. I AM Groot. I am...Groot. I aaaaam Groooooot.

Or in human speak: at last, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel has arrived.  Like most people I was skeptical of the first one when Marvel announced it and then pleasantly surprised at how good it was when I got to see it, though it wasn't without a few issues. Then, again like most people, when the sequel was announced I wondered if they were going to be able to recreate whatever dark magic allows them to make a movie featuring a talking raccoon and a tree that can only says his own name and not have it turn into complete garbage.

Of course this is one of those movies where what I have to say about it really isn't going to matter. Everyone loved that first one so much there's no way anyone was missing out on this even if the reviews were Batman v Superman-level bad, but for what it's worth, I can confirm that Marvel does in fact keep dark wizards chained up in the basement at Disney because once again they have produced another fun ride.

It is truly impressive how many times I've gone into one of these Marvel movies thinking "well, this is it. This is going to be the one that finally wears the whole comic book thing out" only to thoroughly enjoy myself even in spite of whatever problems that movie does have.  So without further ado, let's talk about what does make me cranky in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: