Category: filmmaking

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WHY/HOW ENDGAME NAILED IT, WILL IT EVER BE TOPPED, AND DOES IT NEED TO BE TOPPED FOR THAT MATTER…

Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything.

Hopefully you’re all like me and absolutely adored Endgame wholeheartedly. After watching it, my friends and I have been wondering, how can they possibly top it? Well, think back to when you first watched Avengers in 2012; you probably thought the same thing back then, but here we are, 7 years later, still getting surprised to heck.

However, I think they don’t have to necessarily always go bigger and harder in a literal sense, because character development is just as important as spectacle when it comes to entertainment value. In other words, as long as they’re patient and build characters up like they did for the first 10 years, we’ll be emotionally invested no matter what, so it doesn’t really matter what kind of scenerio you put these chatacters into; the weight of stakes is deemed instantly heavier if you care for the heroes on screen.

In other words x2, I doubt they’ll ever replicate or top what we saw in Endgame in some respects/categories, simply because of everything it stood for, but that could be said for a future instalement in a different sense. It’s the same way you can’t replicate that initial circle shot of the original 6 from the first Avengers movie, but rest assured, there have been different things that can’t be topped/replicated since then.

Just look at each of the individual 22 films – some are better than others and people have different favourites, but they’re always consistently good in their own rights because of their unique signatures, so we’ve got nothing to worry about. Unfortunately though, a lot of people are always expecting bigger and better, regardless of whether it’s needed, so they lose appreciation. Like I always say though, each film is way above par when comparing it to other cinematic releases – it’s just at this point, the MCU movies are only ever compared to other MCU movies because they’re in their own top tier category – the only problem is, a lot of people don’t realise/recognise/accept that to be the case.

As I said before, I think a lot of it has to do with character development. The longer the movies go on, the deeper we’re invested. If they’d have done the things they did in Endgame in the first Avengers movie instead, yeah it would’ve been good, but it would’ve been a waste. Marvel were patient and built things up brick by brick for optimal payoff 7 years after the first Avengers. The only way it has the ability to constantly get bigger and better is because of the time between films and the development each installment contributes.

In short, emotional investment is key, so as long as that continues to flourish, develop and evolve in the future, the MCU will never fail, and it’s audience will never fall victim to fatigue. What do you guys think? No spoilers of course…

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THE ORIGINAL SIX AVENGERS, ALONG WITH MASTERMIND KEVIN FEIGE, HAVE A FUN TALK ABOUT THE LAST DECADE, THE UNMATCHED GRANDEUR OF STAN LEE, AND WHAT THEY THINK’S TO COME IN THE MCU’S FUTURE!

Certainly worth a watch, just to see their friendly exchanges. It’s one happy family!

10 YEARS OF THE MCU! Here’s to another 1…

10 YEARS OF THE MCU!
Here’s to another 10!

INFINITY WAR WRITERS CHRISTOPHER MARKUS AND ST…

INFINITY WAR WRITERS CHRISTOPHER MARKUS AND STEPHEN MCFEELY GETTING DOWN INTO THE SPOILERY NITTY-GRITTY
Certainly worth a watch if you’re interested in the writing and filmmaking process of Infinity War, as well as having a few theories and questions answered that you may have about the movie!

BLACK PANTHER REVIEW! (SPOILER-FREE) Ever sinc…

BLACK PANTHER REVIEW! (SPOILER-FREE)
Ever since we first saw T’Challa in Civil War, I’ve been itching to see Wakanda, and to see Chadwick Boseman hold his own in Black Panther’s first solo outing. Eighteen movies in, and we’re still seeing new, refreshing stories and directions! It’s about time we get to see the supremely dynamic world that the Black Panther universe supplies.

The secret African nation is under disarray, so it’s up to T’Challa to not only bring balance, but to figure out a way to maintain it – all whilst trying to stay under the radar from the rest of the world. It’s hard to be a good man as well as a King, according to T’Challa’s Father (from the trailer), and you see exactly what he means throughout the film in different aspects, topics and scenarios. There is a lot of dialogue and general conversation regarding Africa as a whole, the current/relevant state of the world, and the morals and ethics of possessing wealth and safety whilst keeping all of it a secret. I can imagine some topics hitting close to home for a lot of people. They’re certainly not the premise/plot of the film, but those tidbits are definitely there for you to think about or see/listen to at face value.

Director, Ryan Coogler brings Wakanda and it’s characters to life brilliantly. The Afrofuturism is off the chain – there’s a mixture of high tech architecture and traditional African colours and styles. The fact that we’ve seen outer space and Asgard (Guardians and Thor), you’d think we’ve seen it all… and to think that the most advanced and asthetically appealing enviroment has been sat hiding on Earth all this time! The cinematography and the design of Wakanda is truly immersive, making you feel like you’re no longer even on this planet. The differing tribes bring their own vibes to the forefront, so when they’re all together, you have a rich abundance of culture. Black Panther’s fighting style is very close quarters, and it seems that everyone else in Wakanda follows that same style. It was great to see these advanced claws, swords and spears in battle as apposed to a giant firefight. It’s a great twist on what is considered primitive, seeing as though all of Wakanda’s tools and weapons are deadlier and more advanced than any actual firearm.

Boseman, along with his co-stars feel like they were born in Wakanda… to the point where you forget that the whole nation is completley fictional. Their dialect and accents help make things all that more authentic – kind of like Tolkien’s Middle Earth with made-up languages – it makes everything feel real. T’Challa is of course the main character in the story, but Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyon’go) and Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) all feel on par with the King. A King is only as good as his people after all. All the ladies kick as much butt as Black Panther himself! The Dora Milaje move as one unit and take each other into account when attacking, so you have this force that comes at you from all sides. The whole cast were able to shift from fun to serious with ease. Also, we hadn’t seen T’Challa evoke anything other than sorrow and anger in Civil War, so it was nice to see the character given some extra layers and dimensions. The. Cast. Was. Amazing!
There is a good balance of drama and action too. Some parts feel like an espionage film, whilst others feel like cut throat political tension (I also got a mini Game of Thrones feel from all the different tribes, all of which had a right to the throne).

The soundtrack and score were superb. If you pay attention to the music throughout these movies, you’ll notice that each film has its own sound, which gives it its own flavour and personality. This is used to the film’s advantage in this case especially, as we get to hear an exceptional twist on the traditional ‘Superhero’ score. As well as the typical “triumphant” melodies that back up the hero’s journey, we also get a load of classic African instruments and tones at the same time, creating a hybrid of what we’re used to and something that was previously, dare I say, more or less alien to the audience (when it comes to the MCU). I found myself bopping my head slightly when the badass orchestral music was accompanied with the beautiful sounds of Wakanda’s continent.

As a whole, Black Panther stands out a hell of a lot more than most of the other MCU movies, and it certainly deserves its own pedastal, as it is truly like no other. In some ways, it didn’t feel like an MCU movie (in a good way!) simply because of how different it was to what we’ve seen before. In other words, it wasn’t “just” an MCU installment… it was so much more. I love it. The score, the action, the drama, the style as a whole – it was killer! The cast was perfection and I can’t wait to see Wakanda again in Infinity War (Thanos may be a force to be reckoned with, but so is Black Panther and his people!) I also can’t wait to watch it again tomorrow!

Have you seen it yet? Let me know what you think in the comments! And of course, no spoilers!

BLACK PANTHER IMAX POSTER!

BLACK PANTHER IMAX POSTER!

FIRST LOOK AT BRIE LARSON AS CAPTAIN MARVEL! …

FIRST LOOK AT BRIE LARSON AS CAPTAIN MARVEL!

Now, before you say “That looks nothing like her comic book costume!”, surley it’s clear to see that this will be an initial/prototype outfit prior to the actual suit we know and love.

It looks very “space age” and militant, as though it was provided by extra terrestrial forces (could the blue imply the Kree?)

I imagine once she establishes herself as Captain Marvel, she will alter the colour scheme and tweak the outfit to match her comic book style. If you’re still fearful, imagine the suit red and navy blue!

FIRST LOOK AT ANT-MAN & THE WASP! The sup…

FIRST LOOK AT ANT-MAN & THE WASP!

The superhero couple rocking their sweet looking suits!

AVENGERS 4 WRAPS PRODUCTION! Check out that ca…

AVENGERS 4 WRAPS PRODUCTION!
Check out that cake!

BLACK PANTHER: FROM PAGE TO SCREEN FEATURETTE …

BLACK PANTHER: FROM PAGE TO SCREEN FEATURETTE

Awesome cast, amazing director, epic action, beautiful visuals, killer music – who’s excited?!