The film presents as something shallow and not really worthy of deep critical attention. Then it feeds the viewers deep issues in rather overt ways.
Each of DC’s major characters is essentially a sun at the center of their own solar system. Their gravity is so strong they maintain multiple planets all on their own.
Thanos has a similar mindset to leftists of the past century or so. He believes anything can be justified if it forwards his well-intentioned agenda.
The scarred heart of humanity that breathes life into all fiction is what makes Superman truly great. And in many ways his story is the story of America.
This little superhero film is a textbook in MacGuffin. It even has an extra featurette discussing the nature of MacGuffins.
‘Legion’ asks: What if a mutant named David Haller (Dan Stevens) hears voices in his head and at least some of them are not the thoughts of humans?
Yes, America, this is a story about the legacy of black pride and the civil rights struggle after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
This solid Batman film is continued proof that the problem with the DC live-action universe is more complex than simply blaming Zack Snyder or saying the films are too dark.
If you forget that Wakanda is supposed to be in East Africa, it starts to sound an awful lot like a Trumpian fantasy land.
‘Justice League’ is more of the same action-packed boredom that Zack Snyder began in ‘Man of Steel’ and perfected in ‘Batman v Superman.’
From the very first scene, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ emits a strong message about vocation — that is, the roles in which one serves his or her neighbor.
The new Netflix-Marvel series asks interesting questions about human dignity, but falls into individualism and identity politics instead of answering them.
For my money, the best Spider-Man is a short-lived, small-screen animated series called ‘The Spectacular Spider-Man,’ a superhero cartoon that ran from 2008 to 2009.
The edge of extinction storyline begun in ‘House of M’ through the end of ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’ resulted in a slog of increasing irrelevance for Marvel’s merry band of mutants.
So, does the film do away with Uncle Ben’s nugget of wisdom, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’? No, it’s just softer in this film.
This new ‘Spider-Man’ has none of the sweetness of the old comics or movies, none of the suffering—but all the gadgets and heroism audiences want.
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ affords the opportunity to compare Peter’s pursuit to wield super-powers responsibly with other, older heroes’ endeavors to do the same.
The actor’s comedic portrayal of Batman may not be considered the greatest or most moving. But he made all other Batmans possible.
Too often, Hollywood gives us attractive villains and bad-boy heroes. Our narratives are morally muddy. Thankfully, ‘Wonder Woman’ avoids this pitfall.
The new ‘Wonder Woman’ film transcends our political moment and offers something—or rather, someone—both inspiring and thoughtful.
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