“Shazam!” is a superhero movie that’s sweet, funny and pure of heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uilJZZ_iVwY As comic book movies grow larger and larger and become epic on a scale far beyond what anyone thought imaginable, there’s something about the pure joy and wonder of watching a costumed hero soaring into the air and shooting lighting out of their hands that has become lost. Enter Shazam!, a movie that embraces … Continue reading “Shazam!” is a superhero movie that’s sweet, funny and pure of heart

“Aquaman” is too busy being visually stupendous to be smart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wcj6SrX4zw Question for the reader: What happens when you take an action movie from the 80s-90s era of machismo and lack of subtly and mix it in with an expensive, luminescent comic book epic that entertains with an endless parade of seemingly impossible spectacle and as many fish as you can handle? The answer is … Continue reading “Aquaman” is too busy being visually stupendous to be smart

Justice League’s heroes are barely strong enough to fight off the film’s (many, many) flaws

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNdE1Gq_a1c   When Batman v. Superman came out in 2016 I saw a movie that was, in short, not good. But it’s not good in ways that feel unique to it. It was bad because director Zack Snyder took a risk by doing something bold and sadly fell short. I would even go as … Continue reading Justice League’s heroes are barely strong enough to fight off the film’s (many, many) flaws