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Warning: Minor Spoilers below
Everybody’s talking about Black Panther. Marvel Studio’s film centered on T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the superhero Blank Panther and king of the fictional African nation Wakanda, provides many meaningful topics worthy of discussion. Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) the real world concerns raised in Black Panther is open to different levels of examination and perspectives.
Black Panther begins with a flashback to Oakland in 1992, when T’Challa’s father makes a couple of fateful decisions. In the present day, T’Challa’s father recently died and now T’Challa is to become king of Wakanda, a technologically advanced country due to an all-purpose, virtually indestructible vibranium meteorite landing there ages ago. The use of a cloaking device prevents the outside world from knowing the truth about Wakanda and their decision to remain in relative isolation.
Call Me By Your Name (2017) and Lady Bird (2017) Movie Review
Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird are well received by both film critics and movie fans. Heading into the Oscar nomination announcements, these two films are getting a certain amount of buzz. Coincidentally, Timothée Chalamet is the lead actor in Call Me By Your Name and he also plays a minor role in Lady Bird.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Review
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher
Star Wars: The Force Awakens left us hanging with some intriguing questions including who are Rey’s parents and what’s going to happen now that Rey has found Luke Skywalker. On the critical side, Star Wars: The Last Jedi needs to take risks and tell an original story in order to address some concerns with the 2015 reboot.
The two years in between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi may have felt like a long time but not as long as the decade between Episode III and VII. Still, for Star Wars fans the anticipation level is very high and The Last Jedi has a plenty of hype to live up to. Overall, The Last Jedi is decent enough in the first half and then hits its stride after the middle section. Fan reaction has been polarizing to say the least.
This post contains spoiler-free reaction. For spoiler-filled comments on specific events please check out the full review.
Wind River (2017) Review
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille
Shot Caller (2017) Movie Review
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell, Emory Cohen
Justice League could have been worse. The DC superhero team up flick is a run-of-the-mill mediocre effort that shouldn’t be written off as a complete mess. There’s some decent moments here and there. The sum of the good parts: Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman is not enough to elevate Justice League into an above average spectacle.
Dunkirk movie review continues below.
Spider-Man: Homecoming movie review. Minor spoilers below.
As mentioned in previous reviews, I was cautiously optimistic about Wonder Woman and Logan heading into 2017. On the contrary, I was pretty sure that in the hands of Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: Homecoming would turn out to be at the least a good superhero flick.
The Girl on the Train (2016) Review
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans
The Girl on the Train is a missing persons mystery that manages to be somewhat satisfying despite the lack of genuine thrills.
Adapted from Paula Hawkin’s novel, The Girl on the Train is about psychological manipulation. It reveals how memories and perception is impacted by isolation, abuse and emotional anguish. The story is a deeply troubled portrait of female characters primarily told from an unhinged woman’s point of view.
In case you missed it, this post is part of MovieRob’s Genre Grandeur on Foreign Language Films (2013-present).