Anthony's Film Review
I am simply a regular person who enjoys watching cinema and writing down my thoughts on movies I see. (Website: https://www.anthonysfilmreview.com)
Anthony's Film Review - 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' (2022)
Once again, I am reviewing a Marvel Cinematic Universe film without having seen all of the key relevant prior films and TV shows. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as far as I can tell, follows the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and the Disney+ series WandaVision. It's actually not necessary to have seen those two, because I did see Spider-Man: No Way Home before and it's directly referenced very briefly in just one scene in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and I could still follow the latest events going forward even without watching WandaVision yet. That said, I have not forgotten how many times a good friend of mine who follows the MCU closely has pestered me about seeing WandaVision on Disney+. If anything, I am finally planning to watch all episodes of WandaVision after this film has stirred my curiosity.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' (2022)
Every now and then, a movie will come along that is very weird and bizarre compared to the usual type of movie. When I say "weird and bizarre," I am referring to things like highly unconventional storylines, genre clashes, and unusual visual presentations. I imagine this can apply to many movies depending on what you subjectively think is weird and bizarre. I'll give you one recent example to explain what I mean: the 2018 movie Sorry to Bother You, which starts out as a comedy about telemarketing before it morphs unexpectedly into a sci-fi satire involving horses and corporate greed. If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about. Once you understand that, then you will know that the movie I shall review here, Everything Everywhere All at Once, falls along similar lines.
Anthony's Film Review - 'The Batman' (2022)
If you ask me which cinematic version of Batman is my favorite, it's Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, hands down. I was blown away when I watched those three movies (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises). Even if it's been a decade since I last saw the final entry of that series, I could never imagine another Batman movie coming along that would surpass, or even be in the same league as, the Dark Knight trilogy. So when I heard announcements about a new 2022 movie called The Batman, I didn't really care at first. In fact, once the movie came out, I felt no rush to see it opening weekend. I ended up seeing it in a theater a couple of weeks later, thinking that it'll be at least good and feel like a standard superhero movie. Nothing more.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Jackass Forever' (2022)
Let me first provide details of my familiarity with the Jackass franchise. I've never been a fan. I have heard of the MTV show of the same name back in the early 2000's, just as I would hear about the theatrical releases of its follow-ups: Jackass the Movie, Jackass Number Two, and Jackass 3D. But I never watched any of it. The content isn't my kind of thing at all. It totally appeals to an audience with lower standards of humor, decency, and intelligence. This is not meant to criticize the people involved in Jackass or their fans. I'm just simply pointing out the type of comedy that's involved here.
Anthony's Film Review - 'The King's Man' (2021)
If you've seen Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, you know the style. Those two movies are spy action movies that are like the James Bond movies, but with more bloody violence and a comical overtone. After those two, I had expected that the third Kingsman movie would be another follow-up adventure in modern times, but the filmmakers surprised me by announcing instead a prequel, The King's Man. I will say this right now. It's bloody and comical just like the two previous films. The only real difference has to do with historical twists.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' (2021)
The trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third Spider-Man movie that is officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is one of those movie previews that a significantly larger number of people than usual viewed and discussed excitedly. I'm not one of those people, because I sometimes like to go into a movie completely blind to any teasers. For this movie, I only saw a few screenshots of the trailer, including one of Alfred Molina reprising his role as Doctor Otto Octavius, after playing that character in Sony's Spider-Man 2. When I noticed that, my first reaction was, "Whoa! Is this the MCU version of Sony's Spider-Man 2, with Alfred Molina, not someone else, playing Doc Ock?" Then I thought about how Marvel Studios has been in the process of buying back rights to their characters from other studios that adapted those characters into their own films.
Anthony's Film Review - 'West Side Story' (2021)
The 2021 version of West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg, is a remake film that can serve as an example of how cinematic remakes should be handled. For one thing, this movie maintains the spirit and core story of the previous 1961 version of West Side Story. That's the vital first step. It doesn't mean the remake should do nothing new. If anything, there should be something new about it, whether it's related to style or content, but without being overdone. The result should be that the remake is both a reliving of the previous work and a fresh retelling of it. Also, it should captivate two generations of audiences, the ones who remember the original and the ones who did not, so that everyone can find interest in seeing the other version after seeing one of them.
Anthony's Film Review - 'House of Gucci' (2021)
If you've ever been to shopping malls, high-end department stores, or luxury shopping districts, you'll recall plenty of designer brand names for clothes, fashion accessories, fragrances, jewelry, and other items that supposedly boost one's social status and class. Now here's an interesting question to consider: have you ever been curious about the people behind those brand names? Take, for example, the designer brand name Gucci. When you hear that name, you may think of signature handbags, shoes, and clothes with the Gucci label. But have you ever stopped to think about who Gucci, the person, is? Well, if you do some research, you'll know that Gucci is the name of an Italian family that ran this luxury business for decades.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' (2021)
So far, we've had three theatrically released Ghostbusters movies: the original in 1984, a sequel in 1989, and a gender-swapping remake in 2016. When I heard that there would be a fourth Ghostbusters movie called Ghostbusters: Afterlife, one question naturally came to mind. Will this be a follow-up to the 2016 female Ghostbusters or the 1980s Ghostbusters movies? I would learn from the trailer that this would be a sequel to the first two Ghostbusters movies, so that this 2021 movie is the second Ghostbusters sequel after the first one in 1989. And it would involve a new generation of characters descended from one of the original Ghostbusters.
Anthony's Film Review - 'Eternals' (2021)
As always, Marvel Studios has developed a movie that is set in specific places and times in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like with many MCU films, this latest one takes place in different spots on Earth in the present day. But it also takes the audience back in time, not just to one specific period in the past, but to several. What you have here is a story that spans all of human history, as well as all of universal history. Yes, folks, it evens goes all the way to the early moments of the universe's creation.
Anthony's Film Review - 'The Supporters' (2021)
The Supporters is a documentary-style political comedy film done in the spirit of Sacha Baron Cohen, the same Sacha Baron Cohen who played the Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev in two films, both involving interacting with and pranking real people to put together a funny fictional story. If you enjoyed those Borat movies, and perhaps the movie Bruno and the TV series Who Is America?, you should be able to enjoy The Supporters. I will say right now, though, that it's nowhere near as funny as Cohen's work. But don't take that as a huge criticism. The Supporters is still a delightful comedy overall.
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.