Tomorrowland Review, Tilda Swinton in Dr. Strange, Aquaman Director and more!

6/3/15

Welcome back!  I’m writing this late into the night and I hope to get this before midnight Alaska Time.

Tomorrowland could have waited until tomorrow

So, let me say this first: I didn’t think this was a bad film.  There was a lot I liked.  Certainly, it’s 49% on Rotten Tomatoes made me stay on my toes at the beginning.  However, there are several things I thoroughly enjoyed.

We open up watching a kid named Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) trying to win $50 for his invention at a convention.  However, after being rejected by David Nix (Hugh Laurie), Walker is very dejected.  But he is told to follow Nix’s group after being encouraged by Athena (Raffey Cassidy).  What I enjoyed about this sequence was Athena.  She was fantastic.  One of the best child actors I’ve seen in a while (granted, I haven’t seen films such as Boyhood but still).  She was really convincing and yet mysterious with her identity.  Robinson was able to hold his own as well.  I enjoyed seeing him test out his invention and failing, then having that piece about his father.  It didn’t have to be a lot understand how important that scene was.  Plus, the look on their faces could really tell the story.

We come back to the present day with Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) trespassing on federal ground to prevent NASA from deconstructing an unknown project her father was working on.  In all honesty, Newton is a pretty one dimensional character.  She goes through her day wanting to be optimistic in a pessimistic world.  She wants to know how to fix the world’s problems (ice caps melting, international conflict and other impending doom scenarios).  Her optimism can come off as naiveté.  Newton is like that annoying friend who looks on the brightest side of life but does it in a whiny and obnoxious way.

However, her idealism pays off when we see Athena enter her life.  That’s when I began to wonder who Athena was.  My immediate thought was that she was an android.  Newton discovers she has a pin that transports her to a new world.  Visually, this is incredible.  I thought that Bird was fantastic in communicating this world, visually.  I wanted to be there; I wanted to be in that world.  Best of all, Newton became a completely different character when she entered this world.  Also, the fight scene that happens completely took me by surprise in a good way.  This was like coming home with a freshly baked cake to eat.  The action scene was awesome and really established Athena as a great asset.  Watching Athena drive is quite entertaining.

Athena’s charm is undeniable in this film.  She drives Newton to an older Frank Walker (played by George Clooney) who absolutely kills it.  Clooney was fantastic in this film.  There must’ve been five or six lines that would have been cringe worthy but when Clooney said I was about ready to give him more money.  The dynamic between Clooney and Cassidy is amazing.  I would have loved to see the trio of Robertson, Clooney and Cassidy in a longer film.

The entire film began to come to a screeching halt in the 3rd act.  The villain, Nix, came across very poor, flat and just plain bad.  Then when we find out that the way to save the world was to think positively it was just… bad.  There’s no way Newton was the only person who could have thought positively.  Also, if Nix said that Tomorrowland is a different dimension from Earth, then why would he care if they kill themselves or stay alive?  His plan seems to really fall flat with that.  I didn’t quite understand why he wanted the world to end since it would just have negative effects; they recruit people from Earth and if there is no more Earth, you can’t recruit people.  So why would he want that?  His plan doesn’t make sense and having Newton as the key makes even less sense.  There are plenty of optimists who want to improve the world, why is Newton such a key?

This is one of the few films I’ve watched where the first two acts were fantastic but the third act really disappointed me.

I would say this isn’t not a bad film but I would say this film is best as a rental.  It’s not worth the money to see in theaters but its fine to watch at home.

60/100

Tilda Swinton in Dr. Strange

So it was reported earlier that TildaSwinton will be the Ancient One in Dr. Strange.  I love this move.  Tilda Swinton is a fantastic actress and can embody any part.  Also, it is an interesting change from being an old man to being a woman.  If you didn’t know, the Ancient One teaches Strange how to be the Sorcerer Supreme.  This cast is looking unbelievable and we only know two people.  Cumberbatch and Swinton will be a great 1-2 punch.  This is like being able to get Dwayne Wade and LeBron James on the same team.  And they won championships.  Now, I’m not saying that this will win an Oscar (in fact, I think the chances are better that we’ll see a Justin Bieber sex tape) but this could be a huge hit for Marvel.  I want to see a Doctor Strange film that is full of suspense, weird monsters and other dimensions.  I think there is a lot of potential to have a thriller/horror film for this and the better Marvel does in casting and directing the better it’ll be.

Aquaman Director

James Wan has been hired as the director for Aquaman.  This film will follow the King of Atlantis as he tries to keep peace on the globe between the growing pollution in the oceans and a rising rebellion underwater.

I enjoy how Wan has been progressing in his career.  This guy directed the first Saw and the Conjuring.  So we know he can tell a good horror story but then he was given the reigns to the Fast and Furious franchise and knocked it out of the park with Furious 7.  He proved he can handle a big blockbuster and he has a great way of working with characters and getting to know those characters instead of falling into Michael Bay curse by getting caught up in the special effects.  So, hopefully Wan will be able to handle the dark and gritty-ness that this film will require.  He did two horror films but that might not be dark enough.  He needs to take himself super seriously.

In all honestly, I think this will be a good choice and he has proven he can be a good director.

No Nick Fury in Civil War

So, Samuel L. Jackson has confirmed that he will not be appearing in Civil War.  He has also indicated that Nick Fury may be taking a bit of break from Marvel films.  I actually like this.  Look, I love Nick Fury but we have seen him pop up so much that it might be nice not to see him.  I think that he will have plenty to do outside of what some of these characters are doing.  It opens the opportunity for other characters to emerge and it also seems like a foreshadowing: we are not going to have the original Avengers forever and Fury’s extended absence might just be a sign of that.  This shows that Marvel will need to move on from the old guard at some point or another.  This is the beginning of the transition period and I believe in Marvel.

That’s it for today!  Looking forward to writing tomorrow!  If you have any questions you can email me.

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