It’s a swashbuckling geopolitical thriller, but it’s also an exploration of grief and the uphill process that one must go through to heal from it — told from the lens of our lovable characters from Wakanda.
While marred by less-than-stellar writing, and an atrociously crafted villain that looked like it came out of 2002’s Scorpion King — it still has it where it counts; great entertaining characters, propelled by entertaining action.
The tragic hero archetype is much less compelling when 99% of all the heroes we see on screen are using it. Which is why it was so refreshing to see that Kamala’s journey as a hero is a wholesome one.
Thor: Love and Thunder finally utilizes Natalie Portman’s true talents in the MCU and introduces a strong antagonist in Christian Bale’s Gorr. Yet, it does very little to further the God of Thunder as a character.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has a hard time justifying its existence within the Star Wars canon but it’s great performances and high-tension moments are undeniably entertaining to watch.
Oddly enough, despite being marketed as the ultimate finale to the franchise. Dominion is short and focused, even its action sequences are nowhere near as bombastic as its predecessor.
Top Gun: Maverick not only manages to stick its proverbial landing by honoring its wildly-iconic predecessor, but it accomplishes the impossible feat of surpassing it in spades — injecting heart into both characters and bombastic action scenes.
This 6th outing for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange felt somewhat light despite the compelling arc that he has in the film. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Olsen puts on a clinic with her performance as the Scarlet Witch — becoming the beating heart of the movie despite the character’s descent into darkness.
The Batman is aesthetically pleasing to watch and it’s elevated by Robert Pattinson’s excellent portrayal of the World’s Greatest Detective. But it’s unfortunately crippled by lousy pacing and a convoluted final act.
The idea of a character living the life of someone in the past as she goes to sleep is riveting, but it is Wright’s execution of the premise — by having a such a lovable lead to navigate through the ghostly narrative — that makes it such a pleasure to watch.