What (the hell) happened to the series?
What started so promisingly with First Class and peaked with Days of Future Past crashed with Apocalypse, only to never recover with Dark Phoenix.
The latest installment of the X-Men is a work in itself. Basically detached from its predecessors, we are experiencing a story here that is usually fobbed off as a side-story in other movies. This film offers zero added value for the series. Nevertheless: Various scenes are fun and the whole work could entertain me.
What a pity: The always valuable and very worth seeing Quicksilver scenes suffer a total failure here. At least Hans Zimmer rocks with his soundtrack to the film and another highlight of his career. The music enlivens the whole work and gives it the necessary drama.
Hooray for the final fight in the train: It looks really good and pushes the whole movie.
Finally, I would like to mention that the movie is just so full of logic holes and nonsense. That's how Jean Grey gets an incredible power from space and is therefore the most powerful of all mutants. Strange, because that's what she was before.
My favourite scene: Honestly, I have no idea. Maybe when Quicksilver puts the head of Nightcrawler into a glass ball and quickly wraps tape around it to seal it. Maybe not.
Joker takes its time to develop his character. Even so long that the "real" Joker, i.e. Arthur in full clothing and with the final make-up, is only visible for the last 10 minutes. But does that make the movie bad? Not at all. It was important to bring his development so precise and long (although it never really seemed long to me) to the screen. Especially since Joaquin Phoenix is without a doubt playing his heart and soul. His acting is fabulous.
The film lives from Joaquin. It lives from his improvised and spontaneous ideas and interventions, which very often made it into the finished film. Joker lives from the basically gloomy mood with few but well placed amusing interludes. It lives from it's comprehensibility. Joker manages that. It makes it possible to empathize with Arthur. No, it doesn't make you understand every move he makes. But you do understand how and why he breaks. Why he's becoming the man we all looked forward to. And we understand why he's always been exactly that person.
My favorite scene: Arthur throws the Joker mask into the trash and calmly walks past all the cops in the subway.
I still find the young up-and-coming mutants in the movie extremely cheesy, but apart from that, the filmmaker did pretty much everything right when they restarted the series. The main actors were well chosen. The basic mood is somewhere on a serious drama level with a good portion of humor.
Basically, the film lives through James McAvoy and above all Michael Fassbender. Especially Fassbender gives Erik Lensherr exactly the depth that this character deserves. He is bitterly angry and cunning at the same time. Exactly that closes the circle to Sir Ian McKellen's performance in the original X-Men movie from 2000.
My favourite scene: Erik Lensherr's performance at the Villa Gesell, Argentina.
What a wonderfully absurd and loving film. Various psychoses are perfectly passed on to the viewer by the actors, who harmonize with each other in word and deed. It is a story about love. Told as serious and humorous as life itself.
I like the kind of film. I like how the actors act. I like the music. All in all, I like the uniqueness of this work.
Silver Lining's Playbook is an all-time favorite that I can really watch over and over again.
My favorite scene: The film offers countless scenes that manifest themselves in my head. But maybe the one in which Pat orders cereal from a "date" is one of the most memorable.
Altogether Prospect is a good mixture of art and sci-fi that you have to get involved with. Not perfect, but definitely special.
In detail: The plot is coherent, comprehensible and completely okay for a sci-fi movie. The actors are both likeable and convincing. The scenery, make-up, effects, costumes, etc. Yes, low budget. But that's exactly what never bothered me. On the contrary. It certainly had charm. It was like the '80s had found its way back into space. For me, as a fan of that time, absolutely perfect.
The film takes its time. It develops and never really picks up speed. It's an unusual expedition that I followed with great anticipation. Yes, every now and then I had to force myself to stay on it, but I was rewarded every time anew.
My favourite scene: Cee takes something away from Ezra. And this with a serenity... just lovely. To avoid spoilers, I have abstracted the statement here as much as possible.
Now that I have seen Alita: Battle Angel, and especially the ending, I am one of the many fans hoping for a sequel.
What a movie! Alita: Battle Angel was for me from the very first minute what Avatar was for me at that time: a surprise. A matter of the heart. Just like Avatar, the movie is not perfect. But it has a certain magic. And when it starts to work, there's no escaping it. The film has a heart and soul. It thrills with great visuals, cool action and a heartbreaking love story.
Basically, I liked everything about the movie and put it directly on my list of favorite movies.
My favourite scene: Alita and Hugo kissing. I had to wait a long time for this during the film.
Yesterday I went to see Aquaman. The movie is (just) fun and so much better than Justice League. Momoa rocks as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera is simply breathtakingly beautiful, the soundtrack is sweeping and the (underwater) look is more than convincing.
I have no idea what's going on. Give me more!
The actors are good, the atmosphere is great, but at the moment it all seems a bit hasty. But ok, I'm confident regarding the upcoming episodes.