Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2will open in theatres everything in just another few weeks, and you can cut the excitement with a knife. There are a lot of high hopes for the film, and that’s not just true of the fans, but with the critics too, so there was a lot riding on the first press screening for GOTG2 and the immediate reaction of some of the internet’s most well-known and trusted film experts. So what did they think? As you’ll see below, there’s a lot of praise, but be warned, there are still a couple of Doubting Thomases. (more…)
At last, our long national nightmare is over, we now get to see if Ghostbusters is terrible or good. Next weekend we will finally get to see the new all-female Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Boy, has this film had its (un)fair share of criticism. For the most part, people just did not like the idea of a reboot of such a classic original film, but they also did not like that it was a completely all female-led film as well. Everything from the trailers to the theme song, have been universally disliked. The film has already been screened by critics and with the embargo being dropped today, the reviews are starting to come in. Is this the giant turd some are secretly wishing it to be? Will it shut up the haters and show that girls can be Ghostbusters too?
Not sure if you know this but The Avengers is releasing in the U.K. before it does here in the good ‘ole U.S. of A. Bummer, right? What did we do to deserve this punishment? They’re our superheroes, RIGHT!?!
Not much can be done about this, so let’s look at the silver lining here. We can read those early reviews now, two weeks before it releases here on May 4th. What’s even better is they are almost unanimously positive. In fact, most of the reviews are positively glowing. Some even make the bold claim that The Avengers is the, “best superhero movie ever.”
I’m getting goosebumps I’m so excited. io9 was awesome enough to collect a good chunk of the incoming reviews, here’s what they’re saying,
To Whedon’s credit, he pulled it off. He didn’t just make the best superhero action film that has ever been made, he somehow did it while making a Joss Whedon film – smart, funny and dramatic, but with all the trappings of a sci-fi action movie presented fully intact. Imagine if Transformers 3 had a plot, a script, actors you liked and comprehensible special effects: that’s what Avengers feels like. It’s all so very… big.
Best superhero movie ever and a damn good Joss Whedon flick. This is gonna rock!
Crucially, sequences that might have played as laborious buildup are handled in a brisk, straight-ahead manner that quickly focuses attention while methodically elevating the stakes, scene by scene… The battles are excitingly staged, with a sweep and coherence that actually gain something from the 3D conversion, especially when the camera starts to pinball from building to building in a breathless flurry of digital zooms and tracking shots.
I’m happy to hear the 3D adds to the experience rather than detracts. I’ll be seeing The Avengers as part of Marvel’s Ultimate Marathon at AMC (I know,jealous?) and my only option is 3D. Usually I wouldn’t choose 3D so hearing it won’t fuck up the movie is good news.
Though overlong and inevitably burdened by the need to juggle so many protagonists – not to mention their different emotional arcs and back stories – this much-anticipated kick-off to summer movie season manages to maintain a playful, crowd-pleasing spirit… The Avengers’ tart comic timing and plethora of funny quip help keep this nearly two-and-a-half-hour movie as breezy as it is.
It’s clamorous, the save-the-world story is one everyone’s seen time and again, and the characters have been around for more than half a century in 500 comic book issues. But Whedon and his cohorts have managed to stir all the personalities and ingredients together so that the resulting dish, however familiar, is irresistibly tasty again.
The J.J. Abrams love letter to all things Spielbergian, Super 8 doesn’t open until June 10th but everyone whose seen it is abuzz with positivity. It’s being hailed as the best movie of the summer and an ode to everything you loved about Amblin classics of the 80s and 90s. But don’t take my word for it, I haven’t seen the film but these lucky bastards have,
Slashfilm: Loved it, they don’t make these types of movies anymore. The best thing I can say about the film is that I loved the characters/setting/tone so much that I probably would have enjoyed it just as much as a Stand By Me-like coming of age drama without the sci-fi/train crash/action. Its one of those films that feels like it was made just for me. (someone asked if its more E.T. or Cloverfield, I responded: It’s Cloverfield with the characters and setting of E.T.
Jenna Busch: #Super8 is AMAZING!!!! Nostalgic, action-packed and just damn entertaining! Woot!
LA Times Hero Complex: Remember how the academy expanded the best picture race to include crowdpleasers and sublime spectacle films? Meet “Super 8″…
Nostalgia, action, spectacle; these are words I associate with classic Steven Spielberg films and I really want Super 8 to deliver on that promise. These first impressions give me a lot of hope, and definitely guarantee I’ll be out opening night to catch the flick, will you?
For more early impressions, all spoiler-free, click the jump. And if you’re still fuzzy on just what Super 8 is here’s the trailer as a refresher. Of course, being an Abrams project, don’t expect to understand much beyond basic premise. Oh, and be prepared to have your ocular senses assaulted by lens flare.