Captain Marvel is reviewed by a 40+ year-old man and his teenage daughter

"Em is excited at the prospects of this film. She looks forward to seeing Captain take over a leadership role with the Avengers. Conversations drift back and forth between characters as she imagines whose place she will supplant. This is not excitement for girl power. It's just a person who enjoys the evolution of the Marvel Universe. Will this supplant her love for Tony, Peter Parker or Loki? Does it have to? Em doesn't think so."

Advertisements

Spy (****) is tailor made for McCarthy

Spy - 2015 Written and Directed by Paul Feig Starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law, Miranda Hart, Peter Serafinowicz Melissa McCarthy is unique in the world of comedy. If you don't know why, then you haven't viewed any sort of social media - or media even - since Bridesmaids. The challenge for her is avoiding the … Continue reading Spy (****) is tailor made for McCarthy

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

Grand Budapest Hotel - 2014 Written and Directed by Wes Anderson Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori Wes Anderson films inspire a groundswell of apathy from me.  Often his work feels like Jazz to me, a form of art given much credit, even … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

Side Effects is full frontal storytelling

Side Effects - 2013 Director Steven Soderbergh Starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vinessa Shaw Screenplay Scott Z. Burns There is a propulsive feeling to the first 1/3 of Side Effects.   It's a little like we're heading towards inevitable disaster.  Once disaster strikes, the viewer is somewhat shocked, and like Dr. Jonathan Banks … Continue reading Side Effects is full frontal storytelling

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows is what one might expect after the first one

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows - 2011 Directed by Guy Ritchie Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Kelly Reilly Screenplay Kieran and Michele Mulroney based on characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle When Christopher Nolan received the reigns of the Batman franchise, he had more vision than experience.  Nolan not only … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows is what one might expect after the first one