Monthly Archives: April 2016

#CaptainAmericaCivilWar – A Tango’s Thoughts review

Wow, okay… well, I’m not even sure where to begin right now. But…. uhm, yeah, this is a tough one. Okay, let’s start it up with this…..
As much as I love the Civil War storyline in the books, I have to get one thing off my chest right away, and that is this; Captain America: Civil War is (and this is me talking personal opinion here) not the Civil War we all know and love from the comics. The events leading up to this story was massive, sure, but they were not in the slightest as intense as the ones from the books. It pulled on some heartstrings here and there, which was cool, but to blow up an entire school like they did in the comics would’ve been too harsh for the audience intended, I believe, and what we got instead was a good enough substitute. To do the comic book story justice, this would’ve had to have been cut up into 2 or 3 movies, like they’re doing with the Infinity War films, so I won’t be a fanboy and take it as is.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to why you’re here, my thoughts on the movie. And remember, I’m not a by-the-books-kind of critic, I’m only here to talk about some things I thought about when I watched the film and give it a “rating” in the end.. so bear with me.
CA Civil War bannerOne thing I was really looking forward to in Civil War was Brock Rumlow’s Crossbones. Frank Grillo was amazing in ..Winter Soldier so to see him back in action again would be a delight, right? Wrong. Or, partially wrong. I felt that his inclusion in this film was cut way short. Sure, the angle of the film was the fact that it would be hero vs. hero, but come on! Yeah I know that it was intended to set up the rest of the film and the little we got was great, so there’s at least that.
Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo was in it as well. If that’s what you wanna call Baron Zemo. Again with the weak villains, Marvel. Snap out of it, ’cause I firmly believe that Loki wasn’t a fluke. Never before have I seen such a great character as Zemo be so underutilized.It’s almost sad.

We were introduced to a few new characters in this one, most importantly T’Challa’s Black Panther and Peter Parker’s Spider-Man. This is where I’m kinda stunned as to what to say. Let’s just start with Spidey, shall we? Okay.

Tom Holland did a FANTASTIC job. Maguire who? Garfield what? Yeah, that’s right! I’m willing to go as far as to say that this iteration of Spider-Man is the greatest iteration of all time (outside the comics, of course), which includes all live-action (is it 4 or 5 of those now?) and all cartoon versions. The little we got (we all knew he wasn’t gonna be in it beginning to end) was pretty damn close to the best part of the film. His scenes alone was worth admittance.

And then we have Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Again, wow. It was not the Black Panther I’m used to from the comics and it was not the Black Panther I was expecting, but god damn it, if he wasn’t a balls to the wall badass, in every awesome sense of the word. I just can’t wait for their first solo outings in the MCU!

This movie dove a little deeper into Bucky’s past, which I think was just amazing. The Winter Soldier has been my favorite Marvel character for a long time and the way Sebastian Stan portrays him in these films is beyond great. I could not have asked for a better live-action version!

Cap vs Iron ManThe main story of the film is that Steve and Tony disagree on the Sokovia accords, which divides the Avengers right down the middle and turns the two sides on each other and the clashes between the two teams that occur throughout the film was just as fantastic as you’d expect. Apart from some minor CGI-misses here and there (that’s nitpick territory), they were amazing to say the least, but the one they showed in the trailer, with Bucky and Cap ganging up on Iron Man… yeah, I would pay thrice the admittance to see that scene alone!

There are a lot of other things going around in my mind right now, especially about Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross, and some other things that happened throughout the movie, but I feel that if I continue to talk about this now, I’m gonna have to put a HUGE spoiler warning at the top and I don’t want to do that. Instead, I’m just gonna go ahead and call this one. Are you ready? Here it comes. Captain America: Civil War gets……. the Tango’s ‘Platinum Stamp of Approval’. Yeah, you read that right. All of the minor negatives about this film is forgotten once those end credits roll and you leave the theater (after Both end credit scenes) with a big smile on your face. Joe and Anthony Russo did a magnificent job with Civil War and I am 100% sure that they’ll do a fantastic job with Infinity War.

And now, it’s Grimm time. I’ll check back with you tomorrow with a review on Favreu’s The Jungle Book. Don’t miss it!

Pop In A Box – A Must for the collector.

I have for a long time now been aching to start my collection of Funko Pop! vinyls but I never really got to it… until I stumbled upon Pop in a Box. The way they let you decide what you like and dislike for your own personal collection is great, and I humbly invite you all to start your own collection, if you haven’t already, that is…

If you check out the link below, you are guaranteed to find a lot of Pop!s and other related stuff that you’ll be sure to enjoy.

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Now, I’m off to watch a movie so you’ll have something to enjoy later on…

#BatmanVSuperman – A Tango’s thoughts review

Whoa.. first off, let me just say that it has most certainly been a while. Sorry about that, but I just got stuck, all caught up in my creative writing. Working hard toward being recognized as a published writer alongside my reviewing of films. But on topic of films, let us just boot this one up in high gear and get the show on the road!
First up, on this second of winds, is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Let’s see what Hank thought about that one…
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First of all, I simply must begin review by calling out one of my own, older, posts… that’s right, you called it. And as I stated back then, in Ben Affleck… As Batman?, the choice in casting was a solid choice and by the gods, was I right! Ben Affleck was, to put it the easiest of ways, Ben Affleck’s Batman was Awesome! Sorry, Keaton, but you’re only my #2 favorite Bats now, ’cause Ben’s moving on up to 1st!

Second. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman? I was very skeptical at initial announcements here, are some of you may recall, but I’m not so skeptical anymore. Granted, Wonder Woman’s place in this film was not grande at all, so there’s really not enough ground to stand on in regards of an argument either with or opposed, but I’m definitely going to go with my gut on this one and call it. Gal Gadot is a good, if not even great, Wonder Woman.

Cavill is just as solid as Superman as he was his last go of it, so there’s really not much to say here, apart from one thing. Clark Kent, or Kal-El, or Superman or whatever you want to call him, he needs to get off his high horse a bit. Being a grande idol basically everyone looks up to is not due process to behave so selfishly when it comes to a woman. You’re supposed to be better than us, Superman. What happened?
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As for the film itself, well… I didn’t hate it, and that’s a good thing, right? But I didn’t love it either, so….. nah, I’m calling it for what it is, a disappointment. Sure, it was great to see Batman and Superman duking it out there for a bit, but that’s about it. The fight scene between Johnson’s Hobbs and Diesel’s Toretto in Fast Five was on all accounts a more epic fight scene than this. The miniscule ammount of JLA member teasers was obismal and downright hypocritical given the title of the film and all. Also, there was either no red thread to tie the narratives together, or there was too many read threads to follow, given it a slurry, chopped off, messy finished product. The visuals were great, though. There was nothing wrong in that department, but Zack Snyder isn’t really known for substance or subplots or character building, but rather a visually perfect piece of cinema, and in that manner… I’d say he did it. The film was beautiful to look at. But, as it was for Man of Steel, so shall it be for Batman v Superman. The negatives overshot the positives by just a smidge. I’m going to stamp this with an ‘Approved’ garnish, but that is dependent on two things. One of which being, that whatever faults the movie had, it still had Batman and Superman in a brawl. And the other being, that even if it fell right in between ‘love it’ and ‘hate it’, it’ll still be a piece of my collection when it hits blu-ray.

But that’s all I got for you on this one, but hey… it sure is good to be back! I won’t be tackling Deadpool on here, mainly because I’m a huge DP fan myself, so I know what pressure it lies behind to do a product like that justice, so I’m not even going to attempt any such thing, for you or for myself. But hey, there’s other stuff coming so stay tuned…