So I have to put a disclaimer here in saying that I have never watched an Alien movie before. None of the Alien movies or Prometheus, I have only seen Alien Vs Predator. So I can only speak to this movie as a standalone with minimal ties to the other movies.
I think that the Alien lineage is an interesting path to follow. First it was truckers in space, then marines in space, to scientists, and with this instalment couples in space. Now from this description alone could muster make you worry, but don’t worry. The first act in the movie plays like a really bad setup to a horror movie, or similar to Prometheus. You have characters doing things against their personas and overlooking simple things. I feel like these people are probably qualified professionals who know the proper procedures when under stress. This does not show, making a mess of the believability of the story and veracity of their situation. There is only one character I can excuse for this kind of behaviour and they play a minimal part in the story anyways.
The rest of the movie is pretty fun to watch though. After you get the garbage out of the way, the movie turns into a fun action movie with a couple of tense moments. I don’t think it's possible to recapture Alien in today’s movie landscape, but this movie doesn’t even try. This is a good thing. The movie knows that it is more of an action movie with slight thinking moments. You’re never on the edge of your seat wonder what is going to happen next. The movie is very obvious once it sets itself up leaving no questions.
I enjoyed this movie like if it was the first Transformers movie. It wasn’t a deep thinker and didn’t try to be. The Alien franchise finally realised it’s role in movies, a action movie with some cool Xenomorph shots sprinkled in. All in all, even if you know very little about the Alien franchise you can sit and turn off your brain and have fun.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was a really interesting release last week. The majority of the reviews were really bad, getting the movie a rotten on the Tomatometer. So it was not a movie that I was planning to see, but I am so glad that I did.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was criticised for having some good and bad CGI. I can say that it all looks great. The movie was fun to watch and nothing looked like it was obviously green screen. The effects were pretty cool when on screen, adding to my enjoyment of watching the movie. Most of the effects used in most shots are more subtle, but the big action sequences use CGI very well. I would say all the money they spent on effects was well spent.
Another topic that people had a problem with this movie was story and pacing. I can say that there was a pacing problem at the end of the second act and beginning of the third act, but those were the only pacing problems. The rest of the movie flows smoothly other than that slow hiccup. The story was solid, I don’t know why people had such a problem with it. It doesn’t expand or explore the majority of the King Arthur legend like some might have expected, but the story that it does tell is solid. Sure there might have been aspects you might have wanted to see, but the storytelling was pretty tight here with no real holes. An off chute of the story problem people have is the acknowledgement of a sequel. When the ending did come, I realised that it wasn’t a nod to more King Arthur movies at all, it was just a easter egg to the King Arthur mythology itself.
All in all, King Arthur Legend of the Sword was a solid movie that didn’t deserve all the hate it was getting. I believed the story, and this is probably the best movie Guy Ritchie has directed since the first Sherlock Holmes movie he did with Robert Downey Jr. I really liked this movie a lot.
Guardians of the Galaxy was a big gamble for Marvel Studios back in 2014. It was different from all the other movies that were being made from the studio. This gamble would pay off for them and Guardians of the Galaxy would become one of the most loved movies from Marvel to date. I have no reason to believe that Vol. 2 will stray from that path, though this time around I cannot bask in the movies glory.
When I first watched the first Guardians movie, it seemed to be a nice average movie with a lot of jokes. But upon recently rewatching it I found out that I actually really don't like that movie. There are too many pacing problems along with a real lack of convincing story during the first half of the movie. I only say this so that it can help you determine if you even want to hear what I have to say about Vol.2.
Before I go on and talk about things I didn't like about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, let's talk about the good stuff. This includes the amazing visual effects. The visual effects and overall art direction for the movie is crazy good. Nothing seems to truly be "inspired" by any other work of art before it. It all seems original and beautifully put together. The backgrounds and locations all seemed really cool, the obvious being the main planet the movie takes place on. It really blows me away how good visual effects are getting in movies now. Which leads into a weird connection to this movie and Ghost in the Shell. They both had amazing visuals but failed in the story department.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 tries to have a deep story, and there is evidence of an attempt. The main problem is that the attempt was unsuccessful. The movie is plagued with pacing problems, jumping from a really quick lighthearted action scene to slow it down with unnecessary slow motion, or cutting to just a different scene that is inherently slow. To add insult to injury, the movie will try to drop these heavier sequences on you to try and ground the story, but they all don't hit their mark. They seemed haphazardly thrown in just for the sake of trying to be deep. The movie, especially towards the end, really tries to make you feel in these deeper moments. The main problem is that tonally the movie isn't meant for this and it doesn't earn the moments. There is no reason to feel anything other than the occasional chuckle from the jokes.
Again, the movie did try to go for that deeper meaning and it makes me sad because if it had done it right it would have been really good.
The music choice was spectacular and I think that Awesome Mix Vol.2 really beats out its predecessor. All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy is a really good looking movie that has a ton of problems.