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.
Behind the colorful veil of it’s outlandish premise, Everything Everywhere All At Once is a complex family drama that has an axe to grind with the current performative-nihilistic attitude that plagues modern entertainment today.
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.
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.
Eternals is massive in scope yet strikingly personal with its characters. It expands the MCU to cosmic depths that we have not seen before.