Anthony's Film Review
I am simply a regular person who enjoys watching cinema and writing down my thoughts on movies I see. (Website: http://www.anthonysfilmreview.com)
Anthony's Film Review - 'No Time to Die' (2021)
No Time to Die, the 25th official James Bond movie from EON Productions, was released under extraordinary circumstances. It was already newsworthy that production of the film had delays because of changes in the director and composer for the film, such that the film would come out in 2020, five years after the previous film Spectre. But then the emergence of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus disease 2019) and the ensuing pandemic resulted in the release of No Time to Die being pushed back a total of four times, ultimately settling for a fall 2021 premiere. The COVID-19 pandemic truly caused shakeups in all aspects of society and life, including the functions of the entertainment industry, and the Bond film series was no exception. Bond fans like myself rejoiced at the opportunity to see No Time to Die after a long one-and-a-half-year wait.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Free Guy' (2021)
Free Guy is a movie geared especially toward video game enthusiasts, with a premise that can be summed up like this: "Grand Theft Auto meets Wreck-It Ralph." Let me explain.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' (2021)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Marvel superhero movie with an Asian protagonist, naturally lends itself to comparison with Black Panther, the first Marvel superhero movie with an African protagonist. Both films focus on racial groups that have been marginalized for decades in America and are designed to provide much-needed inspiration for those communities. Even though I am not of African descent, I remember watching Black Panther and feeling so happy for the African American community, knowing what black people had to endure throughout American history. I can honestly say that this feeling is similar for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in relation to Shang-Chi. This film is definitely not a rehash of Black Panther, yet it still results in the wonderful boosting of a minority group, something we especially need more of given the turbulent events of 2020 and beyond.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' (2021)
For some movies, the trailer makes you think it's gonna be cool once you see it, only to find that the movie is not so great after all. Other movies have trailers that make you think the movie is mediocre once you see it, only to find that it's better than you initially assume. Space Jam: A New Legacy falls into the latter category. Although the trailers looked visually stunning, I had a few questions. One, what exactly are the stakes with a basketball game between one team with LeBron James and Looney Tunes characters versus another team of powerful goons? Two, Don Cheadle plays the villain, but why exactly is he evil? Three, what does the villain have in store? And four, is the basketball game mainly a rehash of the one in the original Space Jam movie?
Anthony's Film Review - 'Black Widow' (2021)
Whenever I hear the name Marvel, I automatically think superheroes, science-fiction, fantasy, and explosive action. These are the things you see with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc. At this point, Marvel clearly outcompetes other comic book providers in adapting their creations to film, practically having a monopoly on superhero movies. Yet, if you think about it, Marvel Studios isn't restricted to being a superhero movie studio. It really has the capability of being an action movie studio in general.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Bosch' (TV Series, 2014-2021)
In the genre of crime thriller novels, one of the most popular authors is Michael Connelly, a former journalist for the Los Angeles Times as well as newspapers in Florida. He is best known for a series of novels featuring fictional police detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch (named after the 15th-century Dutch painter) of the Los Angeles Police Department. As someone who has read all of his books, I can tell you why Connelly is a master of the genre. His writing style is smooth and crystal clear, showcases an incredible attention to detail, and presents realism that makes the story and characters feel so lifelike. In addition, Connelly has the amazing ability to throw in the biggest plot twists and surprises based on the tiniest of details. It's no wonder that his popularity has endured since the release of his first novel in 1992, with more than 25 books written over more than two decades, and counting.
Anthony's Film Review - 'In the Heights' (2021)
In order to understand and appreciate the 2021 musical film In the Heights, you first need to understand and appreciate the creative genius behind it: Lin-Manuel Miranda. He has become a big name in musical theater, having created the unique memorable musical Hamilton that presents early U.S. history with a mostly nonwhite cast and modern styles of music. If you've seen that show, you know how catchy and unforgettable the music is while the story still moves along. I won't be surprised if, in the coming years, he becomes the new Andrew Lloyd Webber. I say this after being so impressed by another one of Miranda's musical projects, In the Heights.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Mortal Kombat' (2021)
The 2021 movie Mortal Kombat is just like the video game series it's based on. It's all about the bloody fighting, and the plot and characters are minimal, just enough to provide some kind of context for the action. After all, when Ed Boon and John Tobias created the first Mortal Kombat game in 1992, I doubt they were striving to be storytellers. They just wanted to provide a fun video game experience, so the focus was about how to keep players amused. The game and its sequels proved to be popular, such that many players could pick out their favorite characters from the games.