• Inside Entertainment,  Media Rants

    Catching Up on the MCU

    I’m finally caught up on the Marvel universe – well, the cinematic universe, at least. Marvel has concluded Phase Three of their cinematic universe, and now prepare to embark on Phase Four. I would yay if yaying was a thing one done. Instead, here are some short reviews.   Captain Marvel Jumping into the story when it’s already well underway doesn’t allow us to develop a bond or grow to empathise with the protagonist, Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). By the time a series of improbable flashbacks begin to catch us up, we just don’t care (well, I didn’t). There’s a twist that doesn’t work because the story is one-dimensional…

  • Inside Entertainment,  Old vs New

    Superman II vs Man of Steel

    Man of Steel (2013) covers the two original Superman movies – Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). We’re introduced to Krypton, we learn why baby Kal-El is sent to Earth, we watch the sentencing of the Krypton villain Zod and his cronies, we explore the origin story of Clark Kent/Superman, we see Smallville, we go to Metropolis, and, finally, we have the battle against the antagonist, Zod. I respect Christopher Nolan, who decided when rebooting Batman with Batman Begins (2005) to stay away initially from the Joker – Batman’s greatest villain, and already renowned in cinema due to Jack Nicholson‘s portrayal in Tim Burton‘s Batman (1989). It allowed Nolan to…

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