Monday, February 19, 2018

Black Panther

Some people have said that all superhero movies are the same. They think it will just have a good guy fighting a bad guy, with the same inevitable outcome, with no real substance. That is something that has not been true throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it is especially untrue in “Black Panther”.
While there is plenty of incredible action, the most powerful part of this movie is its substance. The real accomplishment is that they are able to do this without it feeling like it is being forced on you. The writing is done extremely well, with seamless transitions in and out of the action and dialogue.
Director Ryan Coogler seems to be a big fan of sweeping camera shots during the fight scenes. This gives a unique perspective to the events of the film. Many times, if multiple heroes are fighting, the camera pans from one fight to the other, and back again. You really get a feel for them being along side each other rather than the constant cutting back and forth. You can tell they are fighting simultaneously.
The writing was also up there with some of the best in the MCU. The story never really lost its flow. There are one or two points where the dialogue almost gets to the point where you want to get back to the action, but not quite. It helps that there doesn't seem to be much extra speaking. Everything said ties right into the story the filmmakers are telling you.
The acting was terrific. The producers hit it out of the park with pretty much every casting choice. Chadwick Boseman brings our main character, T'Challa, to life in a very convincing manner. There are many movies about princes becoming kings, and there are many movies about superheroes. There are not, however, many movies about one person being both of those. While everything we have seen so far of the Black Panther has been directly connected to his home country of Wakanda, it will be interesting to see the character develop in the future movies such as “Avengers: Infinity Wars”.

Of course, World Wide Blog of Movies is happy to see Lupita Nyong'o in the film. In October 2013, our founder, Jeremy, interviewed her as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange, 12 Years A Slave) and Alfre Woodard (Captain America: Civil War, 12 Years A Slave) at the Red Carpet Premiere of “12 Years A Slave” in New Orleans. Take a look at that right here.                                                 
Marvel continues to up their game with the visual effects in each film. This is certainly no exception. One thing that begins to happen is that they seem to be stretching the concept of believable physics. Of course, many things that happen in the movies are beyond current abilities in the real world, but ever since “Iron Man” they have been able to show things in a way that make you think that would be how it would happen if it was really possible. However, some of the tech introduced here doesn't fit in with that as much. That isn't to say it's bad, it's just different. Although, with the upcoming movies being about the team fighting a big purple space tyrant, I guess they do want a transition into movie of comic book laws of physics.
“Black Panther” is certainly another win for Marvel. Jeremy would undoubtedly call it “Amazing”. Please take a minute and let us know what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments. Please keep it family friendly and NO SPOILERS!!


See you at the movies!



-Brad-






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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ever since the end of "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens", fans have been anxiously wondering what happens next after the big climatic scene between Luke and Rey.  The wait is over and you can now find out what happens next.

This, along with a number of other stories continue on as we join "Star Wars Episode IIX: The Last Jedi".  What is great about these movies is that they follow up with the last installment as if it was part of the same film.  This means if you wondered what other characters reactions were to the events of "The Force Awakens", you'll see some of that here, one in particular.

As of the moment the words "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away" first appeared on screen, these movies have been raising the bar for visual effects.  This one is no different.  The galaxy the filmmakers have created here is stunning.  It moves seamlessly between a single room, to the vastness of space, really appearing to all be connected.

The cast was fully on point.  Mark Hamill brings back the character we remember, with a little Yoda, Obi-Wan, and even Han thrown in.  His view of things may have been altered by experience,  giving some surprises from the beloved Luke Skywalker.  His story arc in the film may not be what you expect.

As for Rey, Daisy Ridley does a terrific job of showing the depth of the character.  Rey continues her journey with the Force, but still struggles with the mysteries of her past.  Ridley brings these pieces together to form a very memorable performance, worthy of her place in Star Wars history.

In the months leading up to the release of the movie, there was a lot of speculation about Carrie Fisher's presence as Princess/General Leia.  I won't tell you the story but I will at least lay to rest any rumors of a computer generated Leia.  Her scenes had all been filmed prior to her passing.  I believe she would be proud of how the film turned out.  On that note, be sure to watch the credits closely.

If I had to pick something I would like them to have done differently, it would be the screen time for Chewbacca.  The lovable Wookie was dealt a devasting blow in the last installment, yet we never really saw much of his coping other than his reaction in the moment.  His time here is mostly played for laughs, which is great but I feel like they didn't use him to his potential.

Overall, this is another huge win for the Star Wars series.  I cannot wait to see what Episode IX has in store for us.  If you aren't already planning on it, I fully recommend adding a trip to the cinema to your holiday activities.  Our founder, Jeremy, would absolutely call this one "Amazing."  Would you agree?  We'd love to hear from you.  Please leave your opinions in the comments.  Please remember to keep it family friendly and Spoiler-Free.


See you at the movies!


-Brad-





Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 








The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 










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Sunday, November 12, 2017

"The Sweetest Christmas" on The Hallmark Channel


Hallmark's Christmas movie season is in full swing. The first new one I caught this year is “The Sweetest Christmas.” As a big fan of making gingerbread – this one immediately caught my attention. Ok, so I'm a big fan of love stories too. Lacey Chabert plays the role of Kylie so well, and right off, you just want her to find true love and happiness. As with many love story movies – you may also find yourself wanting to reach into the tv and slap her “boyfriend.” Without spoiling it, I will say – give it time and watch the story unfold – it is most definitely worth it! Lea Coco and Jonathan Adams are both great additions to the movie.

~Jenny~

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor is back for his third title movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Thor: Ragnarok".  Marvel continues to create great, entertaining movies.  Everyone has their own opinions of how each film ranks in the MCU, but I definitely feel like this could be close to the top for many.
It starts off jumping right into the story.  If you are one of those people that don't like it when a movie takes too much time setting up the story, you'll like this one.  They don't waste much time getting to the laughs either.  At some points it seems like the movie makers tried hard to make it funny, but I don't feel like that took from the movie at all.  If anything, it added to the impact of the more serious moments in the film.  There are no spoilers at World Wide Blog of Movies, but I can tell you there is still plenty of emotion in "Thor: Ragnarok".

Director Taika Waititi said in a recent interview that much of the movie was improvised.  Not discrediting the writers, they are still responsible for laying the ground work for the movie.  Improvising just means that they didn't go with the script, word for word.  I think this is why the comedy works so well.  It isn't all the actors just saying jokes that were written, it is also them having fun and giving a more natural reaction.  The improv wasn't just in the comedy, but that is usually the clearest view of its effect.

Marvel continues to impress with visual effects.  Unlike many of the films in the MCU, movies like this installment of Thor, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange are based primarily in completely fictional worlds.  Which means, aside from some on location shoots in places that look the part, every location you see is created by a team of very talented artists.  They create Asgard beautifully, as well as other places you see throughout the film.

Chris Hemsworth returns as the God of Thunder.  He continues to give a great level of depth to the character.  Thor is unique to many of the other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in that he is not only based on a classic comic book character.  Thor, Loki, Odin, many other characters, and even Asgard itself are based on Norse Mythology.  This is something that they appear to treat with respect as well.

Despite several fan pushes for the Hulk to get his own sequel, it doesn't look like it is going to happen anytime soon.  They do somewhat make up for that in this movie though.  Hulk/Bruce Banner has a pretty interesting story arc within the main story.  Mark Rufalo again does a fantastic job portraying the man and the beast within, while Bruce continues to search for balance between the two.

Overall, this is definitely another one in the win column for Marvel and Disney.  I can't wait to see where they go from here.  I know that our founder, Jeremy, would have labeled it "Amazing".  What did you think of "Thor: Ragnarok"?  Let us know in the comments below.  Remember, this is a family friendly site and NO SPOILERS!

See you at the movies!


-Brad-




Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 




The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 





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