As the culmination of 21 movies in the MCU, Endgame is the ending of a beautiful era and the beginning of a new one. Endgame finds our heroes post snap, defeated, desperate, and doubting each other and themselves. They have had to live with their failure to themselves and to half of the universe but as Steve said "Some people can move on, but not us." They devise 1 last 'all or nothing' plan to make things right and defeat Thanos. But will it work and what will it cost?
The Russos once again have given us a movie that managed to be bigger in scale than their last one while still keeping the heart, humor, and impressive story telling. Again they drew from the comics but managed to be completely unpredictable. The Russos have to be on the conversation of best directors of our time after this one.
Endgame does a great job of showing us heroes that we are used to see win, as failures and how they deal with that. From depression, to obsession, the survivors of the snap have been through a lot and were able to perform that flawlessly. This being the ending of the original 6's arc, all of them had moments that shone through the movie and all of their arcs closed fantastically.
Josh Brolin's performance as Thanos was great, and as intimidating as they come yet again and somehow the stakes he raised were even higher than it's predecessor. He has solidified himself as the greatest on screen villain and his role will go down in history.
From the plan, to the battle, to the fan service, and emotional moments, Endgame Delivers! I am certainly looking forward to the next phase of the MCU featuring the newer characters and seeing where they take us now that the infinity saga has came to a close. I will have a spoiler filled article where I explain certain things about the movie for those that have questions. Feel free to leave your comments below.
DC seems to have finally got their act together and have gone 2 for 2 with Aquaman and now Shazam!. Shazam! is a movie with plenty of heart, comedy, lessons about family, and shows how fun being a hero could and should be.
Shazam! was the epitomy of "not taking itself too seriously" as it follows the story of Billy Batson (Asher Angel) an orphan desperately trying to find his mother who abandoned him and in doing so pushes away anyone who tries to care for him. Billy gets entered into a new foster home and finds himself defends his new foster brother, Freddy, played magnificently by Jack Dylan Grazer, from bullies at school the next day. As he's running away he running is chosen by the Wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) to become Earth's champion. The story is as corny and campy as it comes and it seems that the main characters all know it. They all played to the story's campiness perfectly and no one did it better than the Actor who plays Shazam (Zachary Levi).
Zachary Levi's performance was the highlight of the movie. He came across as a child trying to act as an adult, and not an adult trying to act like a child. If DC wants to reboot the DCEU they should center it around Levi's Shazam. Levi really seemed excited to be able to be Shazam and it shone through the movie and made it all the more brighter.
With all of it's strong points Shazam! did have it's drawbacks though. The action was very dull, it didn't have the hard hitting fast action of Man of steel, or the dazzling effects of Aquaman. Thus it took away from the excitement of the movie. It seemed that with so much power they had the potential to really show us what Shazam is capable of and we unfortunately didn't get to see it. Instead he acted as a child and when things got rough he ran instead of pushing his limits for most of the movie. The villain, Dr Sivana, was also a bit of a sore spot as well and although Mark Strong is usually great in his antagonist roles, such as his role in Kick Ass, he hammed this one up a bit too much. The monsters, the 7 deadly sins he would create also seemed a tad too fake, even in this world of CGI we live in now.
In all Shazam! was a great time at the movies and will have you laughing from start to finish and it felt like a very refreshing take on super hero movies.
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