This past weekend, I went to the movie theater—not once, but twice—to catch arguably the most hyped movie of the past year, Avengers: Endgame (2019). Following the events of 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, expectations from fans and critics alike were through the roof. Infinity War left all of us with more questions than answers, and with the knowledge that Endgame was the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe narrative up to this point, there was a certain sense of wonder to all of the speculation. Who would live? Who would die? Who would return? Among other questions flooding social media platforms, far and wide, and this past weekend proved that no matter how much we pondered and wondered what might happen, the Russo Brothers had their own plans. I want to preface this review by saying, while I enjoyed the movie thoroughly, much of it does not quite hold water in the way that a movie of this caliber should. You'll see what I mean in a moment.
This past week I made the decision to check out Jordan Peele's latest project, Us (2019). This was a film I had little intention of seeing, not because it seemed uninteresting or generic, but simply because horror is a hard sell for yours truly. It is a genre I find to be not only uninspired, but plainly formulaic. So much so that I can almost completely call what a horror film will entail based purely on the trailer and title alone. With that being said, I had heard the rave reviews Get Out (2017) received, so I figured another work by visionary director Jordan Peele had some amount of potential to succeed in my own personal wringer of criteria that makes a movie good in my eyes. Per usual, I do have some thoughts on this one. Buckle up if you don't care for spoilers.
It feels like Warner Bros. has the rights to only a handful of heroes sometimes, which bothers me more than it really should. It seems as though every year we see a new Batman or Superman pop into the public eye. Where are all of the other characters from the expansive DC universe? This is especially sad when taking into account the vast amount of heroes Warner Bros. do in fact have the rights to. From Blue Beetle to Doctor Fate, the sky really should be the limit for the franchise. The DCEU on paper had no reason to fail. After all, Marvel has consistently blown away audiences with less than stellar characters. Look at the popularity of characters like Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy or Bucky Barnes from the Captain America series. These folks were by no means A-listers this time 10 years ago, yet all it took was a chance to show how great they could be on the big screen for audiences to care. As you can probably tell, I like variety in my shared film universes. Thus, you could imagine my excitement when Warner Bros. announced a Shazam/Captain Marvel film was in the works. I was so excited that I went two weeks before its nationwide release to see it. It is safe to say I was by no means let down by what I saw.
This weekend's big talking point for many has been the release of Marvel Studio's latest installment into their Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel (2019). From the lack of acceptance over a superhero movie that was female-led to misunderstood comments from Brie Larson that some took as racist and sexist, the film stumbled to sell many on its blockbuster quality. I tried to go in with an open mind, as I didn't want anyone's camp ruining this theater experience for me. I believe the MCU is one of the greatest cinematic achievements of the past decade, and I was eager to see Carol Danvers come to life on the big screen. I was able to make an afternoon showing last night, one which I was very lucky to make it to. It was a very packed house inside the small, recliner-lined theater. After the credits rolled, I was left with mixed emotions, some of which I have addressed and others I simply choose to ignore. Let's break this one down, shall we? Also, I'm warning you guys now, it will get spoiler-y here so turn back now if you don't want the movie ripped apart before your eyes see it for themselves.
Though the title may seem to tell you otherwise, this is in fact a fair, unbiased movie review ... For the most part. Look, I loved Green Book (2018) and I'm not gonna act like I didn't or that I'm some sort of snob who needs to find negatives in stuff. It missed a few points, sure, but there's a reason it swept the Golden Globes this year. In fact, there are many that I'm gonna break down here. It may not be your cup of tea, but hear me out when I tell you this movie is worth the watch for many, many reasons.
If you would indulge me for a moment, I'm gonna talk about some pretty heavy stuff that pertains to life. I normally keep things pretty light-hearted around here, but I feel a need to help forward a message that the film I am going to review tonight was trying (in my opinion) to get out there. Life is a funny thing, in fact, it is something that a lot of us forget to experience. We get so caught up in conforming and following the same dull path so many of us had walked before. How often do you really take the time to sit down and think about what you are doing for you? How often do you ponder if the life you find yourself is really the one you want to see through to the end? I'm willing to bet it is infrequent enough that the very concepts I'm discussing here seem foreign to all of you. This is the big, story-driving message behind the criminally underrated tale of a man who was woken up to his true self too late, this is Boulevard (2014).