Captain America: Civil War Review

Captain America: Civil War starts off phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic and just in case you didn’t watch any of the trailers and don’t know what the premise is, all I am going to say is, that some political figures want to put the Avengers into some sort of control, stripping them of their full autonomy, which causes a bit of tension between them.

The person at the centre of everything is as you would expect in a Captain America titled movie, Chris Evans, who is as good as he has been in his tenure as Cap, with the charisma and seriousness that everyone associates with the character. Nevertheless, the man who saves this movie, both with his performance and with the writing that involves his character, is Robert Downey Jr., who really has been carrying this franchise and he continuous to do so in this instalment. He is absolutely exceptional, on a different level to everyone else on the roster.

This movie is split into two halves, the first is really poor, in terms of the story and how it unravels and also the action scenes, which are very badly directed. At times it looks like stunts are added, just for the sake of stunts and there is so much cutting between camera angles and so much use of shaky cam, you can’t really understand what’s going on. On the other hand, the second part of the film, picks up where the Avengers left off, with some stunning action sequences and also a very good narrative in complete contrast to what preceded it.

I can’t get my head around on why the directors Joe and Anthony Russo along with the screenwriters, didn’t try, at any point to ground this movie with a bit more background on the villain and also all of the new characters that make an appearance in the movie. It looked as if they just simply through them in the script and thought that adding a few action scenes would make everyone happy.  Even with that mind set, the stunt-work and camera-work in those intense moments, must be better. There is so much going on, yet with those constant cuts and shaky cams, the viewer cannot take it in and as such no edginess or thrill is built up.

Finally, the Visual Effects and especially the CGI were very disappointing in the movie. We’ve become accustomed to stunning FX, and this is not to say that it’s terrible, most of the time everything looks incredible, but to simply point out that at times, the excessive use of green screens is very easily detectable and not up to par.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will probably enjoy this, yet it doesn’t hit the heights that everybody hoped it would.



X-Men: Days of Future Past-The Rogue Cut Review

First off, the original cut by itself, is amazing, the best x-men movie to date, it has everything, from drama, to hilarious moments and exciting action sequences that leave the viewer in awe.

We are used to Hugh Jackman being the lead in the X-men movies, and that is again the case, as he leads the gang in the quest of survival and of course delivers as he only can.  Furthermore it was really great to see the original cast and the First Class cast together, a humongous ensemble in a humongous blockbuster.

The presence of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, even for a limited amount of time, takes the movie to a different level, both because we are used to seeing them in their roles as Professor Xavier and Magneto respectively but also because they are respected legends of the business.  Moreover it was great to see the contrast between the older aforementioned characters next to their younger selves portrayed by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, something that is enhanced by the Rogue Cut (there is a sequence when the movie interchanges setting).

Bryan Singer really takes the franchise to a different standard with this installment.  There isn’t a moment that is dull or uninteresting.  With truly engaging storytelling, impeccable performances required by the complex and dynamic characters, stunning visual and sound effects that bring everything to life.

The “rogue cut”, is probably what they had in mind to release in the first place, however due to the movie being too long, they decided to cut the sequence involving Rogue and probably rightly so.  It’s not that it feels out of place or anything, but it just doesn’t add anything new to the story other than Rogue and a few more action scenes.