I didn't find the original one from 1986 too appealing, sure it was groundbreaking when it comes to the camera work in coordination with the pilots, but that was the only thing going for the movie, the story wasn't that rich and was filled with an over the top nationalism.
Maverick is without a doubt a superior movie, which is not easy to do on a sequel - the obvious praise is of course the practical effects, the actors went through a great deal of training to prepare to withstand being on a jet plane during insane maneuvers while still acting for the camera. The results are worth it, no matter how good the CGI is your brain makes that connection immediately so when you see something real it's always refreshing, specially in action movies.
For me that's the highlight of the movie, fantastic action sequences, breathtaking scenes (literally) during the plane fights, it's one of a kind and one of the best practical approaches I've seen for an action film.
The story is not bad, they manage to design a good plot however, it has two major problems for me, it relies heavily on the story of the previous film (not necessarily a bad thing but also not original) and in all honesty it's not
that great of a story, it's engaging enough to not make the movie all about flying jets but a bit dry.
It's hard to make a connection with the characters because there's not much back story and for me personally I wouldn't be emotionally invested mostly because, although they don't emphasize on the theme of war at the end of the day this is what these pilots are trained for, so all that risking their lives and having to do their mission, I don't agree or see the appealing in real life war, I understand the comradery between the individuals that fight but war makes no sense to me specially since most of the times soldiers are fighting for the interests of powerful people and for them to become even more rich, rather than actual interests for their country and its people.
With that aside it's a great cinematic experience and highly recommended to watch in the cinemas!
I am from the Harry Potter generation, I grew up with the books and the movies so there's no denying that I am a massive fan of the saga, so when the first news of prequels came out I was as you might imagine expectant!
I thoroughly enjoyed the first movie, sure it lacks the originality and the magic of the original Potter films but it had one thing I really liked: it didn't force itself to be a part of the former stories while still being engaging and clearly happening in the same "Universe".
This changed a bit when the second movie came around, Crimes of Grindelwald made a clear shift on the story and started to force itself in the "Harry Potter" timeline by navigating through the past of some of the beloved characters present in the original movies.
And now the third.. where things just simply go sideways, not only it tries to explore even further Dumbledore's past, but fails miserably on doing so. There are a lot of points in the story that simply make no sense at all, the most annoying being the fact that most characters on screen have absolutely no influence on the plot, they are extras in their own film. Grindelwald "rise to power" is so forced, senseless and so generic to the point of being cringe..
It almost doesn't feel like a Wizarding World movie, the only reason I won't rate it lower is the creatures are indeed a great addition and being able to see Hogwarts always brings good memories, but that's about it in terms of positive aspects.
The Credence plot is pointless after two movies developing it, the climax of the story feels empty after 140 minutes of waiting, the magic these days is used as generic fantasy movie would depict it with complete disregard of the "Potter rules", people throwing spells here and there without pronouncing them and us (the audience) not understanding what actually is going on.. They took the magic out and inserted the desire for money, it's sad for Potter fans around the world.
After watching Kimi no na Wa (Your Name) from the same writer and director Makoto Shinkai, I was stunned by the amazing and realistic animation as well as the mystical romance original plot, and Weathering With You follows the same trend.
Set in Tokyo with a beautiful animation that brings the city to life, we follow the story of a boy that ran from home for a better life and after finding his new job he is tasked to find out more about this strange phenomenon of a girl that is able to control the weather.
The story unfolds in a very natural pace and in similar fashion to "Your Name" its intriguing premise sticks you to the screen.
I have to admit that I was more moved by the romance in "Your Name" but still "Tenki no Ko", which curiously enough is set in the same Universe as the previous, is a master work in animation, great originality in writing and with just enough mysticism attached to the reality it depicts to add beauty to the story.
I strongly recommend it, it's way better than your average Hollywood romance stereotypical story, it's the good kind of cheesy!
For a change I actually had high expectations for this movie, depicting the Viking age, with a Nordic actor as the main character, and what seems to be great cinematography from the trailer it had all the elements to be epic, however turns out it was the opposite.
It's far from a realistic depiction as the Viking series were and it also doesn't get close to the mythical / metaphorical groundbreaking depiction that 300 did for Greek mythology, I even dare to say that being a Viking movie was just an excuse to make a generic violent Hollywood thriller.
The vengeance plot couldn't be more overused and basic, filled with Viking stereotypes shown in an exaggerated manner (I guess for intensity and drama effect) and pointless gruesome moments that seem to serve absolutely no purpose.
Sure it has some nice shots of beautiful landscapes and a also a good soundtrack that does match the themes portrayed, but it fails in mostly every other level, it's boring, predictable, inexplicably violent, not at all realistic to the theme it depicts based on other interpretations of the subject matter, again they are showing a specific group of people that are suppose to be Nordic yet it's an English speaking movie with a funny accent, this again continues to bother me, and this time they have some Nordic actors (Hollywood A-listers as the main one) and they continue to insist on doing this!
A disappointing movie, I wasn't expecting a masterpiece but I also wasn't expecting mediocrity.
It feels I am stuck in the early 2000s when super hero movies where taking off after watching this... What a mess I don't even know where to start, have the writers / director been stuck in the past somehow? I know this was going to be bad but I still wanted to give it a watch, I don't know why I subjected myself to this..
Morbius has every bad thing that you would expect from a super hero movie, the CGI is insanely awful (I mean you can see it in the trailer), no single person on the movie is interesting, plain boring characters that you will make zero connections to. It's filled with clichés, from the over the top villain, the support blend romance interest (?) of the protagonist, the cheesy detectives who make 2 or 3 appearances and have absolutely no relevance to the story whatsoever, the bad attempts at humor with the vampire jokes...
Who actually thought that this was a good final product..? I mean considering the good stuff that has been put out lately specially on the super hero genre, how on Earth a big studio with a huge budget makes this atrocity?
Nothing going on makes any sense whatsoever, these kind of movies are pure fantasy but usually there's an attempt even if fictional to make sense of the plot and the fantasy bits, but this is plain and simply ridiculous and are you really that psychotic that you witness someone killing 8 people out of the blue and still wish to protect that person without even questioning it, as a medical doctor?
Also Jared Leto does a very poor job here, I know he has some great acting skills even though he is not one of my favorites but here he seems to struggle to find the character, he seems dark even before the transformation, but then we are suppose to believe that he grows a conscience and had a hard time accepting what he has done... Or maybe the character is very very poorly written..
Either way, putting it short, don't watch, don't support it, I don't know what the end goal was but they failed miserably.