Spider-Man: Homecoming

Hello, my darling leaders!
Welcome to my review on Spider-Man: Homecoming. This film marks the proper introduction of another new player in the MCU after giving him a quick appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Let’s check it out!

The Plot:

Peter Parker struggles to balance his regular life as a teenager and his responsibilities as a superhero. All he wants to do is be good and impress Mr. Stark. However, some of the problems Peter takes on may be too much for him to handle…

The Rating:

There’s an abundance of Spider-Man movies out there. I only saw two of them, I think. So, I wasn’t sure whether we need another film about the spider dude. However, after Tom Holland’s initial appearance in the third Captain America movie, I was intrigued.

First of all, Spider-Man: Homecoming lives to 100% off of little gold nugget Tom Holland’s performance. After seeing numerous interviews with him, he did to a certain extent play himself, which is definitely one of the reasons the film was good. I honestly hadn’t expected to like the film all that much, but Holland managed to convince me.

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Black Panther

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I already mentioned it in my review on Captain America: Civil War. Chadwick Boseman’s solo movie for Black Panther is the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So let’s take a look at our latest addition!

The Plot:

After Civil War, T’Challa returns home to Wakanda. He is supposed to be crowned king of this African can nation but his leadership skills are being tested before he can properly ascend…

The Rating:

So, this was rather different from what we’ve seen so far in the MCU.
The world believes Wakanda to be a poor third world country when it has actually the world’s most advanced technology and valuable resources.

As you can see, Wakanda is a far cry from what everybody expects which leads to some awesome imagery. Super space-y and modern looks paired with amazing outdoor shots of waterfalls and jungles make this film quite unique.

One thing I’d like to address up front is an interesting thought a friend shared with me. She talked to me about how she felt the film was covertly racist in its depiction of black people. As mentioned before Wakanda is actually super forward but at the same time old (fighting) rituals are practiced, for example when T’Challa has to prove to be worthy of the crown. So, no matter how advanced they are, at the same time, they are shown as backward jungle people, to put it drastically.
I’ve thought a lot about that after talking to my friend but I still can’t seem to make my mind up about it. I’d love to read in the comments what other people have to say about this!

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Captain America: Civil War

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Welcome to my little TED-Talk about the third Captain America movie. So sit down and buckle up, we’re about to get started!

The Plot:

As the title suggests, this film deals with a rift within the Avengers. As authorities are trying to reign them in, two camps emerge, splitting our heroes…

The Rating:

This one was really good! I’m sure by now you figured out that I’m a bit of a sucker for Bucky, so I was really excited about Civil War.

I love that the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes finally gets some more screen-time. This character is so complex and deserves to be explored. Barnes is battling himself as he was brainwashed into a killing machine. Trying hard to get a grip on his life he struggles.

By the way, Daniel Brühl stars in this film (he is a major part of the Winter Soldier story arc). I hadn’t known that he was cast, so imagine my surprise! However, I am always amazed by Brühl sheer range of acting. In Civil War he really gave me the creeps and played his character to perfection.

Another new face that certainly needs to be mentioned is Chadwick Boseman. In this film, his character Black Panther is first introduced before getting his own movie. I hadn’t been aware of that before watching and was a bit confused when he made his first appearance. My thought process: “Now who are you? Cat…Woman…Man?” (my finest moment!)

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Ant-Man

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Welcome to another MCU review. Today I’ll take a closer look at Ant-Man, the new guy in superhero-town!

The Plot:

After he gets out of prison, Scott vows to lead an honest life. He tries hard to get a job, to reconnect with his daughter and leave his past behind. But that is easier said than done for an ex-con.
When all his honorable attempts fail, he turns to one last big coup. That heist is bound to change his life forever…

The Rating:

Hands down, Ant-Man bored me to death.
Paul Rudd’s performance was good, he’s a funny guy. But honestly, that’s the only thing about the film that remotely makes it worth checking out.

Out of all the superheroes presented in the MCU, Ant-Man is probably my least favorite and I don’t even know why. It’s not that it’s an entirely bad movie. I just couldn’t be bothered to care for the superhero Ant-Man and the surrounding drama.
I am inclined to care for Scott when he’s out of the costume, his struggle is real. But everything else? Sorry, but no.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Welcome back to another MCU review. After lots of new introduction and sequels, the team up again for Age of Ultron. So let’s see what our heroes and heroines are up to!

The Plot:

The Avengers take a trip to Sokovia but it’s not exactly a family holiday. They raid a Hydra facility and got more than they bargained for. Not only do they get a world-threatening presence to deal with, but they also have to face a volley of public backlash for their methods…

The Rating:

I know Age of Ultron is generally not rated as favorably as the first Avengers movie. However, I enjoyed quite a bit!

The stuff surrounding Ultron wasn’t my favorite part of the story or even the most captivating thing happening in the film. Honestly, I couldn’t be bothered to care about his arc.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has better things to offer. First of all, we are introduced to Wanda and Pietro Maximoff. Especially Wanda has so much potential, I can’t wait to find out how this character will develop in the next films. There is so much inner conflict, it’s just brilliant.

This film also includes two of my all-time favorite scenes. The first one features all of the Avengers hanging out together. At some point, everybody decides to lift Thor’s hammer, or, better said, try and fail to lift it. It’s such a funny scene and there’s one moment where Thor has a look on his face that I’d call foreshadowing (if you know what I mean).

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Let’s stick with our favorite band of space misfits for a little longer. Before we take a look at the next Avengers movie, it’s another Guardians fo the Galaxy review (if you are going through the films following the Infinity Saga timeline).

The Plot:

The Guardians (who are now pretty famous) have trouble keeping their family together. When Peter Quill’s long lost famous comes into the picture, big changes are afoot…

The Rating:

As is often the case with MCU movies, the second one is weaker than the original film.

While film #1 was charming and funny, I found this one a little weird and irritating at times.
Especially when it comes to Kurt Russell’s character I am still unable to decide what I think of him. At times I loved his performance, some moments, however, felt a little over the top.

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