Unlike many other popular superheroes in the ‘mainstream’, Spider-Man is different in that his traits extend far beyond his two identities of civilian and crime fighter. For an early comic book hero, there is a surprising amount of depth to the character when it is done right. In fifteen years or so, we’ve seen three different actors portray Spidey in three different film franchises: Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire), The Amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (Tom Holland). From these three interpretations of the same hero, audiences are able to effectively ‘observe’ what makes the character engaging.
What sucks about Wonder Woman has nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself but with the expectations that have surrounded it. As a female-led action film, it wasn’t predicted by its studio to be especially profitable, and in the years before, there was doubt about whether a Wonder Woman film would even get made. But now that it’s out there, the movie seems to be suffering from a different problem. Don’t be a fool to the raving critics and the high review-aggregate scores, Wonder Woman is quite mediocre as a product on its own—an average superhero movie. But with all the hype surrounding it, I couldn’t help but feel as if it were almost worse than standard.
The relationship between the video game industry and the gaming media has always been quite tenuous. Even before things started to really get rocky, as a long-time gamer, I could never help shake the feeling that the two parties only remained acquainted because of a few mutual benefits.
Before seeing this film, I wanted to be able to sit down here and like everybody else, call Logan the best X-Men film to date. However, unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
Titanfall 2 has to be one of the biggest surprises of this year, and I’m definitely not alone in saying that. The high praise for this game is what drew it to me in the first place, which for a title that was wedged between Battlefield 1 and the latest Call Of Duty, was not something I had expected—good games aren’t sent out to die by their publishers. However, just because the game surprised me, that doesn’t mean it’s as excellent as every other reviewer seems to be saying.
While the crazy visuals and magic featured in Doctor Strange’s promotional material, may lend the idea that this is a fresh new film from Marvel Studios, its formula and plot are unfortunately not as experimental or original as its digital effects. However, the movie isn’t exactly ruined by this one caveat, still remaining an enjoyable superhero popcorn flick.
Clint Eastwood returns to direct the story of another “American hero,” this time stepping away from military snipers and instead choosing the narrative of a pilot. Specifically, the tale of how an A320 Airbus miraculously landed on the Hudson River, and the challenges that faced the man who flew it there. But is this true story better as a full-length film, or should it have remained a news report?