Movie Review

An episode dedicated to the review of a single movie.

Review: Brightburn (Carson’s View)

An R rated Evil Superman origin story?! What an amazing concept for a horror movie.  That alone got me in the seat.  Who is in it? I didn’t care. Who directed it? I didn’t care. Trailer? No need.  Brightburn sold me at “Evil Superman”.

Everyone knows (should know) the Superman origin story.  Alien baby sent to Earth. He crash-lands into a field in Kansas.  He is found by two loving farmers who decided to raise him as their own.  Johnathan and Martha Kent instill the values of “Truth, Justice and the American Way” into their young son.  Eventually, he decides to use his powers to help those who cannot help themselves.  He becomes the beacon of hope for the world.

Brightburn asks, “What if things went a little differently?”  You now have a 12 year old boy with all the powers of Superman who is evil… for some reason.  And that is where Brightburn lacks.  The writers completely missed what made Superman good, and in turn, what could have made Brightburn evil.  It had all the potential in the world to be truly epic, and they went the lazy, generic route instead. The world tends to let horror movies off the hook when it comes to motivations and good storytelling, but I hold anything that deals with Superman to a higher standard.

If you are looking to watch a horror movie solely for the “death scenes”, Brightburn may just be the movie for you.  If you are looking for a good “what if?” type superhero movie that you can really sink your teeth into, this will leave you disappointed.  So temper expectations, close off your brain, and enjoy the ride!

Episode 94: Brightburn

Garrett and Carson get super dark talking about Brightburn.

Review: Us (Carson’s View)

Us has all the right components to be an all-time great horror movie.  Great concept, wonderful cast, superb directing, and an unforgettable score.  Jordan Peele’s sophomore outing did almost everything right; except for the writing.  Peele sacrificed his script and concept in an attempt to drive home his social message of class inequality.

Us gave us one of the most brilliant and terrifying trailers I have ever seen.  Using a creepy version of “I Got 5 on It” in the trailer and in the movie itself was a stroke of genius.  It set the stage to be the horror movie of a generation. Regrettably, the movie lost the horror vibe after the first 30 minutes.  In what was done so seemingly effortlessly in Get Out, gave Peele major issues in UsUs spent the remainder of the run-time seeking to force his message into the story which only creates questions and plot holes throughout.

I am excited for Jordan Peele’s next outing as he has proven he is a very capable director with many fresh new ideas.  Unfortunately, until then we are left to wonder what Us could have been if he had just set out to make a great horror movie.

Episode 93: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Garrett and Carson prepare for war to talk John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Garrett’s View)

The best of the Wick films, slightly edging out the original John Wick for top honors.

Review: Avengers: Endgame (Carson’s View)

If you are reading this review because you cannot decide if you should watch Avengers: Endgame or not, I can confidently say that you shouldn’t.  Endgame is just that, the end of an era and the culmination of 11 years and 22 movies of Marvel’s grand experiment.  A journey that started in 2008 with Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man has brought us to this thrilling conclusion staring over 30 A-list actors. There is only one way to truly appreciate the magnitude of Endgame and that comes with 48 hours of homework.  If you have done your homework, then you were going to see this one no matter what.  If you haven’t, you shouldn’t.  Plain and simple.

I believe you could get away with watching Avengers: Infinity War without having seen any of the preceding movies. Sure, you might not grasp every joke or call back, but you could follow and enjoy the movie as a stand alone. That is not the case for Endgame.  Endgame is best described as a tribute to everything we have seen over the past 11 years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  All of the previous 21 movies are referenced in one way or another. Which may sound cheesy, but it is constructed in such a masterful way that it works on all levels.

Avengers: Endgame is a movie for the fans.  Comic book and movie fans alike.  It is jam packed full of Easter Eggs for the super fan, but also fully invests the casual movie fan.  It is a movie for all ages that only gets better with multiple viewings.  It should come at no one’s surprise that Endgame will be the highest grossing movie of all time. Deservingly so.  It is an event unlike anything that has ever graced the big screen.  It is a wonderful finale that everyone can enjoy… after they do their homework.

Episode 91: Avengers: Endgame with First Issue Club

CROSSOVER EPISODE: Garrett and Carson are joined by the First Issue Club podcast to breakdown Avengers: Endgame!

Episode 90: Avengers: Endgame

Garrett and Carson are in the Endgame. ‘Nuff Said!

Episode 88: Hellboy (2019)

Garrett and Carson raise hell while reviewing the 2019 version of Hellboy.