Through 17 films, I would only count one MCU film as a disappointment (though some are certainly better than others) and that’s Iron Man 3. The only thing that has kept me from loathing the film more than I do was the Marvel One-Shot (I really miss those) that they did “All Hail the King” in which they fixed the film’s biggest blunder: making The Mandarin, Iron Man’s only good villain, into a complete joke.
Aside from The Mandarin debacle, Iron Man 3’s main problem is that it butchers Warren Ellis’ classic Extremis storyline, doesn’t do anything to advance Tony’s character other than blow up all his stuff, which he starts rebuilding before the credits finish, and the film generally stands outside of the MCU’s storyline. That’s fine for a lot of films, but Iron Man has been the backbone of the MCU since he started it, and to waste his last solo film was unforgivable.
There are two things about IM3 that are good enough that the film ekes out a positive rating (post-All Hail the King): Tony & Harley and the plane rescue sequence. I honestly could’ve done with a whole film of just Tony and that kid hanging out in Tennessee, but the film’s best sequence is a mid-air rescue of 13 free falling passengers after Air Force One is compromised. It’s an amazing F/X sequence, a great use of JARVIS, and some very creative problem solving by Tony. Would that the rest of the film had lived up to it.
Here’s my advice to you: if you’re going to go see Alien: Covenant in the theater and you have not watched Prometheus since it came out, you will be vastly better informed if you give yourself a refresher course. Now, if you hated Prometheus, that’s going to be a problem, because Alien: Covenant picks up 14 years after those events and the end of Prometheus spawns by far the most interesting parts of Covenant. The quick and dirty of my opinion on Covenant, because I am going to have to get into spoiler territory a bit, is that I think two episodes into Ridley Scott’s demystification of the origins of the xenomorphs have convinced me the entire endeavor is a mistake. Sometimes things become a lot less interesting the more you know about them (Wolverine’s origin should still be a mystery, for example). Prometheus was gorgeous, dreamed big, was massively flawed, but was admirable in its ambition. Covenant provides answers….eventually, but is criminally boring in getting to them with 75% of Prometheus‘ budget (no one will be calling this film “gorgeous”). It’s not Aliens 3 or Resurrection….but, honestly, it’s not even Prometheus. Continue reading Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”
I was not hugely impressed by the first Alien: Covenant trailer, and I thought Prometheus was a beautiful mess, so it’s a relief that the second trailer for the sixth film in the ALIEN saga (not counting AvPs) looks like a massive improvement. We all know going to the xenomorphs homeworld is going to end even more badly than going to the builders’ homeworld did in Prometheus. The only question is are qetting the Ridley Scott who knocked The Martian out of the park or are we getting his doppleganger who made movies under his name for ten years before that? Refreshingly a movie not in March, Alien: Covenant is sandwiched in-between Guardians 2 and Pirates 5 in mid-May 2017.
Continue reading Trailer Time: Alien Covenant Trailer #2 (2017) “Paying the Xenomorphs a Visit”
After the, shall we say, polarizing Prometheus, Ridley Scott has returned for the sixth film in the Alien franchise; a promised return to the xenomorths and horror that made the first two films science fiction classics. Entitled Alien: Covenant, the film will be following Prometheus‘ ending, and Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce are returning. FOX has been releasing promo photos all week that show familiar looking locales, and this first trailer (which be warned is red band) runs Christmas red. Look at the photos released this week below and catch the official synopsis. Alien: Covenant will open May 17, 2017. Continue reading Title: Alien Covenant Trailer #1 (2017) “Run”
I honestly didn’t want to write a review, but I feel I have to given the blog. This is going to be short, general and as spoiler-free as I can make it. The movie has only been out two days and a lot of people have still to see it. I may write a more in-depth on later, but I doubt it because the sum of my feelings is that this was a giant misstep.
Obviously, given its Rotten Tomatoes rating, reviews of other people I trust and the financial windfall it will gain, that’s a minority report. I felt this film was, by far, the worst of the seven MCU films. It is, for me, the only film that failed in its overall mission. I thought the plot was bloated, wildly indulgent and all over the map. The film clearly missed Jon Favreau in the director’s chair. The only pieces that felt like they had investment from anyone on set were the heavy F/X pieces. There has been a lot of speculation about whether Robert Downey Jr. will continue in the role. I think he barely showed up this time. Everyone seemed to be sleepwalking through this. The film did not seem to fit within the MCU. Stark seemed out of character. When I walk out of the movie thinking that I would have liked Tony and Harley in Tennessee for two hours more than that, we have a problem.
The strength of the MCU films has been a deep reverence for and adherence to source material and respect for these characters as grounded in a Modern Marvel-esque reality. I can’t go into details without blowing some of the film, but this was not adhered to in the film. This felt like an early FOX Marvel film, not the quality we’ve been getting.
I’m truly saddened and depressed by it. I feel like I did about Pixar after I saw Cars 2. Something that was spot on and perfect, isn’t anymore. I really have no desire to see this again. I hope Thor puts us back on track.