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.
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 — becomes the beating heart of the movie despite the character’s descent into darkness.
Eternals is massive in scope yet strikingly personal with its characters. It expands the MCU to cosmic depths that we have not seen before.
Villain-deficiencies aside, while Black Widow was never made with the intention be groundbreaking – it is more than worthy as a solo outing for Natasha Romanoff.
What sets Cruella apart from Disney’s other live-action attempts is that it does not feel shackled by the need to stay true to its source material.
Soul’s main strength is its willingness to let its characters simply breathe, and meander within the world they’ve so beautifully constructed.
There’s no getting around it, Artemis Fowl is unfortunately…Well, foul. A soulless, hollow film that never really tries to get you to care about the characters, nor the story.