REEL FEATURES SEASON 13 TICKET 01
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This is an interesting place to start at. On one hand, this is the Premier ticket for Season 13, yet at the same time this is my last mcu movie. On the basis of, where do you go, from endgame?
I have been watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it first debuted in May of 2008. And in those 11 years, I have seen the Cinematic debut of Iron Man, the Resurgence of The Incredible Hulk on the big screen, the arrival of Thor and a much more credible big screen outing of Captain America.
The build up to endgame was one of anticipation, excitement, tension and suspense. Now that the fight is over and the Threat of Thanos is gone; where does the mcu go from here?
Captain America has retired, the Avengers have been decimated, black widow is gone and arguably the greatest avenger in this Cinematic Universe: Tony Stark is dead. The man that began this Cinematic Universe in the early summer of 2008 will not be having any follow-up appearances. Unless these are archive Appearances but the other same token these do not count as new footage.
So, we follow up endgame with a follow up to spider-Man: Homecoming with Spiderman: Far from home. It's interesting to see what kind of mindset and emotional state that Peter Parker is now in knowing that his Mentor is no longer there to bail him out of trouble. Mind you, we don't really get too much time to explore this because the tone of this movie cannot decide what direction it wants to go in. For a time it has this emotional weight of mourning for Iron Man, but then proceeds to go from dangerous tension and then to carefree, happy-go-lucky mentality of the school trip to Europe and then to a sweet and charming romantic set up with Michelle.
The movie also seemed to go through another round of people that have been screwed over by Tony Stark, with Quentin Beck being the latest. I can appreciate that some people have an axe to grind because Tony didn't always have the best tact whether it was upsetting Obadiah Stane for shutting down the weapons division at Stark Enterprises and then two taking Beck's holographic technology that was showcased in Captain America: Civil War and renaming it Barf. And then subsequently firing him. I love Tony Stark don't get me wrong, but subtlety was not his strong suit. Mind you that's probably one of the very few suits that he didn't own.
I would have been able to enjoy the movie more if it could have just stuck to one tone consistently and then only change the tone of the movie when it was appropriate and unfortunately this movie could not make it's mind up.
That said, despite the inconsistent tone shifts that the movie had to offer the cast did great with what they had to work with. Tom Holland performed a lot more competent as the titular character, Jon Favreau was a lot more relaxed as happy Hogan, Zendaya was a lot more charming as Michelle Jones this time around as the obnoxious traits had been toned down considerably since the last movie and Jake Gyllenhaal was actually quite charming as Quentin Beck whether he was face or heel.
The score is decent and does it's job well in elevating scenes where it needed and making some scenes much more charming where there are romantic angles or just moments of triumph.
I will go on record as saying that this is not as bad as the press are making it out to be; and by that statement this movie is nowhere near as bad as Amazing Spider-man 2 which at this particular point in time is the benchmark for how not to do a Spider-man movie! Yeah at the same time - this is nowhere near the level of grandiose of Spider-man 2. That is the measuring stick of how you do a Spider-man flick. 15 years later and they still can't do a decent sequel...
But as ever, I will let you decide for yourself. For at the end of the day the only person's opinion that should truly matter to you is your own. I am merely offering my subjective two cents and I thought this movie was..... Ok. Nothing amazing nor spectacular but certainly not awful.
The movie gets a Loaner at the very least and for context that is me being generous. It's not the awful levels of "No!" or "Stay away from this!" but it's certainly not "A must."
Goodnight from the Knight.
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Kicking off the 13th Season