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Ant-Man and The Wasp–A light and very fun comic book movie–better than Avengers

I’m gonna get right to it.  Ant-Man and Wasp is better than Avengers Infinity War.

Yeah, I said it.

Fight me.

Here is a comic book movie where the characters know they’re in a comic book movie and they are enjoy the crap out of themselves for it.  Please go away sad, dark, comic book characters. We’ve done that.  It’s played out.  And frankly, No one has done it well since Christopher Nolan six years ago—see Superman.

Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, let comic book movies be fun again.

So thank you Antman and Wasp for being fun and silly, and freakin’ enjoying yourself.

The plot is pretty simple.  Sometime in 80s Janet Van Dyne with her husband Hank Pym shrink to stop a Soviet missile, but during the mission they realize that they  need to go to the sub-atomic quantum realm, which is comic book talk for really really small.  Anyway, apparently it is impossible to come back from being too small.  So Janet Van Dyne saves the day by going really really small and shutting down the missile.

Years later, Scott Lang when he steals the Antman suits goes subamotic and comes back.   Which gives both Hank Pym and his daughter Hope Pym, hope that Janet is still alive.  So they build technology to bring her back, but that technology is very valuable.

Fast forward to today where Scott Lang is for whatever reason, under house arrest for two years.  Apparently, helping Captain America in an Avengers movies is worthy of house arrest, for whatever reason.

The house arrest is really just a plot set-up.  It gives Scott a reason to panic later when he is not in the house.

Evangeline Lilly plays The Wasp and she leads the movie.  She does a wonderful job in the action sequences, and holds her own against the comic timing of Paul Rudd who plays Antman.

But the best scenes belong to Michael Pena, as Luis, a former cellmate of Scott, who now runs X-Con security company.

We need a Luis movie.

The movie is light and fun.  Which is a nice change of pace from the super serious comic book movies we’ve been getting.

Wait for the first ends credits scene to see how this movie connects with Avengers: Infinity War.

Final Thoughts

I recommend catching this in the theater.  It is very fun.

Teen Titans Go Movie–Far better than it should be or that we deserve.

 

Teen Titans is far better than it should be, and it is the silliness is what the world needs now.

Strange that I am writing that about a cartoon.  But the fun and silliness fills each frame, and at times it spills out onto the audience.  Several times I found myself laughing harder than my own seven year old daughter.  There are numerous jokes and references for adults.  Many references for adult comic book or movie geeks.  It is just pure silliness.  And it is wonderful.

 

The movie opens with Balloon Man attacking the city.  The Teen Titans intervene and try to stop him.  They are annoyed that Balloon Man has Never heard of them.  So they break out their rap theme song, get distracted and Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern have to come in and finish up the rescue.  And the Teen Titans wonder why no one takes them seriously.

Robin is the leader of the Teen Titans, but everyone else knows him as Batman’s sidekick and that designation is keeping him from getting his own movie.  And that is all Robin wants, his own movie.  (Not saving the world, or getting his parents back, but getting his own movie is the motivation that this Robin has.)  Every other superhero in this universe gets their own superhero movie—even the Batmobile and Bat Utility Belt get their own movie.  Robin and the Teen Titians go to see the premiere of the next Batman movie, Batman Again.  And during pre-show the director Jade Wilson, voiced by Kristen Bell, comes out to introduce all the new superhero movies, and Robin is eager for his moment in the spotlight.  But after trailers for Alfred, the Batmobile, and the Bat Utility Belt, Robin runs out ashamed.

 

Robin next day heads to the set to ask Jade Wilson for his own movie, and Robin learns that he needs his own nemesis.  Batman has the Joker, Superman Lex Luthor, but Robin does not have one.

Then one day he meets Slade.  Slaaaddddeeee….(The name must sound cool.)

Slade looks like Deadpool, but Deadpool is in the Marvel Universe and this is the D.C. Universe.

The one day Robin actually stops Slade, but it isn’t enough.

Robin realizes that he needs to stop all the other superheros from ever happening.  So The Teen Titans get on time traveling tricycles.  Yes, time-traveling tricycles, complete with Back to the Future sound track.

The movie continues with ever increasing comic timing and silliness as they battle Slade.  (Slaaaaaadddddde….)

Nicolas Cage voices Superman, which is subtle reference to the Tim Burton, Superman movie Superman Lives that Cage was suppose to play Superman, but it never was finished.

Nevermind that this is a DC property Stan Lee makes a couple of wonderful appearances.

Final Thoughts

If your child watches the show, they will enjoy this movie.  If you enjoy comic book movies, you will enjoy this one as it deftly skewers comic book troupes.

I would recommend catching this in the theater with your kid.  If not then, definitely use a Netflix disc rental on this one.

 

Incredibles 2 Movie Review–It’s Jack-Jack’s Movie

It’s been 14 years since the first Incredibles movie. And it was worth the wait.

The Incredibles is a joy to watch. The energy of the movie is a mix of a Sean Connery Era James Bond movie and a comic book.

The world in which the Incredibles is set is a retro future setting of a late 1950s to 60s-cars have tail-fins, studio cameras have three rotating lenses, telephones have cords and a number pad, televisions have curved glass fronts. The style of the setting is part of the joy of the movie.

The movie begins with Agent Dicker questioning Violet’s date Tony Rydinger, the boy she had a crush on in the first movie and is scheduled to go on a date with. As per usual custom Dicker does a memory wipe, unfortunately also wiping out the memory that he has a date with Violet later that week, which will come into play later.

We move back to where the first movie left off with the Underminer attacking the city. It is loud and visually stunning action sequence. Mr. Incredible follows the Underminer down through the ground under the city where he discovers an entire laberyenth of tunnels which leads to the most elaborate bank heist ever. Blowing up explosives underneath the bank, which then falls underground, allowing the Underminer to walk into the vault and vacuum out the money from the safe. The Underminer escapes with the money, (are we looking at an Incredibles 3?) and Frozone and the Parrs stop the Underminers Runaway drill from crashing into more buildings and in the aftermath Dicker informs the Parrs that he can no longer help them, his department is being shut down. The Parrs need to move back underground and hid their identifies as superheros.

A familiar theme from the first movie, hiding ones abilities in hopes of staying safe and secure.

With the Incredibles and Frozone saving the city from even more distruction wealthy telecom businessman Winston Deavor and his sister Evelyn decide that now is a good time to changing the public perception of supers. Winston wants to change the world’s perception of supers because his father was a big believer in supers having a close relationship with previous Supers. Unfortunately their father was killed in a robbery when instead of hiding in the safe room in the house he called Gazerbeam but the phones were cut. (I love this world of superheros but landlines still in use.)

The villain in this movie is not the UnderMiner, but the Screenslaver. A hypnotist who gets people to do his bidding through screens he has hacked.

The Screenslaver and the UnderMiner provide the opportunity for Winston Deavor to show the world that Supers are useful and not a problem. Winston decided that it would be best to leave Mr. Incredible out of the first rescue, as according to the huge amount of data collected he causes a lot of damage. While on the other hand Mrs. Parr is able to do the job without as much damage or people being hurt. You don’t want people hurt when bringing Supers back into the public eye.

So Mr. Parr becomes a stay at home dad to Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack.

And this is Jack-Jack’s movie.

In the world of the Incredibles apparently Supers can have different types of powers, and Jack seems to have seventeen of them. One of them is the ability to jump to different dimensions. That’s sort of like a super-super ability. But it is played as a joke when Mr. Parr can’t find Jack-Jack when he is jumping between dimensions. He of course also shoots lasers out of his eyes, turns into a demon baby, and when he visits the ever popular Edna Mode he can’t replicate himself to other people, like a human chameleon. As in the first movie, the best scene in the movie is when Bob visits Edna Mode, and this time he brings Jack-Jack along with him.

Because he just can’t handle it anymore. Edna at first wants nothing to do with Jack-Jack, but soon Edna falls in love with Jack-Jack and the coolest relationship in the movie is born. Edna makes a suit and matching tablet to help Bob know which ability Jack-Jack is about to manifest. A very useful trick.

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A video short with Edna and Jack-Jack would be the perfect addition to the Blu-ray.

And as fun as Jack-Jack and Edna are together, the best scene in the movie is when Jack-Jack gets into a fight with a raccoon.  A scene that felt out of place, but my  six-year-old says is the best scene in the movie.  She maybe right.

 

Final Thoughts

The Incredibles 2 is a lot of fun. The style and setting is something to take in. Jack-Jack brings joy whenever he is on screen. The villain maybe too complex for younger viewers, but exists well in the universe.
If you can check out Incredibles 2 at the theater this summer.

Top Ten Reasons Why Star Wars is the Greatest Movie Ever Made.

(This post originally appeared on my Steemit page.)

Star wars came out when I was four.

According to my parents it was the first movie I ever saw in the theater. I’ll let you figure out how old I am based on that information.

And when I say Star Wars, I mean the first one, A New Hope. When I first saw it wasn’t called A New Hope, it was just Star Wars.

Star Wars is a great movie.

Star Wars became my childhood.

Star Wars became my birthday and Christmas for years.

It became visits to my grandmother. She would regularly have a new action for me. It was always wrapped in a brown paper bag.

It became playground games—lightsabers verses lightsabers.

It became Halloween costumes.

The music made my four-year-old chest just stick out. I grew muscular and taller listening to opening music.  Star Wars was the world I was in.

Yes.

We all know the cultural phenomenon that it has become. And the huge intellectual property that it has become to Disney.

5 Billion dollars to be exact.

But it wasn’t just me. An entire generation of boys and girls, who are now middle age with children of their own who are into Star Wars. We are passing down the world to another generation of movie lovers.

But there has to be reasons why it is so good…

Here are the ten reasons why Star Wars is the greatest movie ever made.

1. The opening. Beginning a movie with loud music and a title crawl was ripped directly from the Flash Gordon serials of decades previous. But they weren’t done nearly as well as this. Then flew in the ship in. But it flew in FROM OVER HEAD! And not just one ship but two!

2. Darth Vader. Five minutes in we are introduced the greatest villain we have ever seen. And here is the thing, he doesn’t say one word. But you know, you need to be scared of him.

3. The Music. Let’s face John Williams is the Master at cinematic music. There is John Williams, and then everyone else.

4. Lightsabers. They were described originally as laser swords and they’re such an obvious invention, but I know of no other place before where laser swords existed in a movie.

5. Ralph McQuarrie . The average movie watch does not know who Ralph is. The hard-core of us do. And we know that it was him who took George’s words and turned them into beautiful illustrations.

6. The Toys. Lucas made a seismic shift in how movies were promoted. The toys were just awesome. I got new toys every Christmas and birthday from 1977 to 1984. Have toys allowed children to replay the movie. (Remember kids, this was before DVDs.)

7. Sound Effects. Without Ben Burtt there is no laser blast, no lightsaber sound, no roar of a tie fighter, no growl of Chewbacca, no rumble of the trash compactor, no explosion of the Death Star. In other words, no Star Wars.

8. Industrial Light and Magic. Lucas needed special effects that had never been done before. In the process he created a company that is used by most of Hollywood.

9. The spaceships. The x-wing, tie-fighter, and of course the Milineum Falcon. The Falcon itself is a character in the movies. The Falcon is such a character than when I saw The Force Awakens the crowd cheered when the Falcon finally appeared on screen. Personally part of the reason that Return of the Jedi is not my favorite of the series partly because no scenes really occur in the Falcon.

10. The Force. Everyone wants to have the Force. The Force is the spirituality behind the story. It is with the Force that the movie goes to a different level. We all want the Force. We are all interested in that sort of power.

This was a love letter to a movie.

A remembrance to my childhood.

That is why it is the great movie ever made.