Fans of Westerns are likely in for a treat.
The Coen Brother’s latest project, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, was originally intended to be a Netflix series but turned out to be six-part Western anthology film about the American frontier, with each chapter telling a distinct story about the Wild West.
While it’s too early to tell how good the “film” will be, the first official trailer makes it very clear that it will be goddamn beautiful. And who doesn’t like to see Liam Neeson in a crazy bear suit?
The two minute piece on the Best Screenplay prize at the 75th Venice Film Festival. Watch it and let us know what you think. What do you hope to see in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs?
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Non-Spoiler Review
The fifteen movie in the Marvel cinematic universe is an entertaining fusion of action, comedy and heart-wrenching drama.
Following up to the funny and action-packed formation of the team in the first movie, Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 sees the Guardians travel the universe to unravel the mystery behind Peter Quill’s parentage. And that’s essentially the plot — simple and short.
I enjoyed Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 a lot more than I thought I would. It strikes a nice balance between action, humor and drama. Whereas the first movie’s sole intention was to bring the team together, this one flushes out not just Quill, but also the other characters, including antagonists Nebula, Yondu and Mantis, a new character whose abilities adds greatly to the humor.
In Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, we get an understanding of why Drax is so obsessed with killing Thanos, and why Thano’s own daughter, Gamora, not only detests him, but also wants him dead.
As for Rocket Raccoon’s tough, big-guy attitude, let’s just say it all stems from a traumatizing experience that transcends animal abuse. You will definitely feel for him.
We don’t get to learn a lot about Groot, unfortunately, but what little screen time he has is entertaining and memorable.
Nebula’s bitter and destructive rivalry with sister Gamora rears its ugly head in Guardians 2, but there is a lot more complexity to their relationship that we learn about. Daddy issues, anyone?
Yondu’s backstory in connection with Quill’s is arguably the most heart-wrenching. The blue alien man has some serious depth to him and there is a very good reason why he couldn’t kill Quill in Guardians 1.
In fact, I would go as far as to say that without Yondu’s sub-plot, Guardians 2 wouldn’t have been as engaging.
Not only does Guardians 2 add more meat to each character’s lore, but it does so with sheer quality in everything — writing, acting, cinematography, etc. — and at the right amounts.
The writing, while predictable at times, is as good as in any other marvel movie and masterfully executed by the cast.. The characters are portrayed masterfully, and you can connect and empathize with each one, good guy or baddie.
As for cinematography, while the Marvel Cinematic Universe has built a reputation for and even reinvented the scope and artistry of ensemble action, I think the Guardian films are the most dazzling of all the Marvel series.
Like the first Guardians, Guardian 2 is a swashbuckling adventure flick complete with a vibrant array of sweeping panoramas, epic action sequences, dynamic framing and composition, with a healthy serving of slapstick comedy injected throughout.
The CGI is mostly spot on, demonstrating Marvel’s mastery of the art. One CGI character especially had me fooled.
Music is another hallmark of the Guardians Of The Galaxy films, and Guardians 2 delivers in spades. While you may not agree with the song selection, you will appreciate how well they are used throughout the adventure, be it during the chaos of the opening credits, big action pieces or scene transitions .
Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a thoroughly enjoyable superhero movie, but I can see a few places where film and especially comic book enthusiasts will find issue.
The first deals with the main crux of the story — Peter finding his father Ego. Many viewers will find it fairly predictable, but the writers probably couldn’t have done anything drastically original with with. I found it to be fine, but nothing special.
Speaking of Ego, avid comic book fans may scuff at his backstory deviating from the comics. The same can be said about the true relations between Quill and Yondu, and many other dissimilarities that carry over from the first movie.
This is not a major issue, however, considering that most audiences know relatively little about Star-Lord’s squad and have no basis of comparison.
Finally, there is an increase in comedy compared to Guardians 1, and it could feel at times that the movie is trying too hard with the humor. The gratuitous amount of silly gags could turn off those looking for something more dialed-backed and mature.
As funny, dramatic, action-packed and even cliche as Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is, it is really about family at the core, particularly building and repairing relationships. It tries to cement the relationships between the original characters, while adding a new one.
It delivers an action adventure that ticks nearly all the right boxes. It has a more than an adequate script, impeccable acting, great humor and great cinematography, but in the end, it was the quirky roster of heroes (and anti-heroes) and their chemistry that sells the flick.
Like it or not, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will put a smile on your face.
First Justice League Trailer is Entertaining, Heavy on Humor
Warner Bros. dropped a lot of great content at San Diego Comic Con, including an impressive first trailer for Wonder Woman and a teaser for the Justice League movie.
In the case of the Justice League trailer, it makes a very good impression. It’s heavy on humor between some of the world’s greatest superheroes but a little light on action, indicating a tonal difference between Justice League and Batman v Superman.
We also get a our first looks at The Flash and Cyborg in action — let us know what you think about their design…
I gotta say, after watching the trailer, I am much more optimistic about Justice League. Let’s just hope the finished movie is as entertaining.
Justice League: Part 1 is scheduled to hit theaters on November 17, 2017. It is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Mamoa, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher.
First Wonder Woman Trailer More Than Impresses
At San Diego Comic Con, Warner Bros. revealed the first trailer for the Wonder Woman movie, giving comic book fans their first taste of what actress Gal Gadot’s powerful heroine will bring to the DC cinematic universe.
That’s right, after many false starts, a live-action Wonder Woman film is on its way and it looks better than we could have imagined…
What do you think?
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, and Saïd Taghmaoui. It releases in theaters on June 23, 2017.
What do you hope to see?