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Review: Aquaman (Carson’s View)

I have held off writing my review of Aquaman until I could fully grasp how I felt about the movie. The best that I could come up with is that it was “Good?”.  I love comic book movies.  I love Jason Momoa. I really want DC to turn things around and make can’t-miss movies like Marvel does.  I keep hearing all the hype and praise around this movie and it makes me conflicted.  On one side, it makes me happy that comic book movies are still being so well received so they will continue to make more.  On the other side, it makes me upset that people are satisfied with what Aquaman gave us and that future movies will be made similarly. 

Jason Momoa is awesome.  The guy is a bad ass.  He makes Aquaman cool.  He carries this movie on his massive shoulders. They should have kept the orange costume off the posters and revealed it in the movie. That could have been an epic scene.  Dolph was cast perfectly as King Nereus, although they did not give him much to work with.  The effects looked good for what they were. They weren’t perfect, however, it is very hard to make a guy riding a seahorse underwater look real. It absolutely superseded the Justice League effects which is definitely a low bar, but moving in the right direction is a plus.

My main issue with Aquaman is the lazy, stale, unoriginal, 100% predictable, standard plotline.  It feels like director James Wan spent his time on the action scenes and the effects and never cared about the dull screenplay he was given. Had Aquaman come out in 2002 side-by-side with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, it would have been legendary.  But releasing in 2018 along side of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you can’t hope that your action scenes will cover up your boring story.  Comic book movie fans expect and deserve better.

Episode 73: Creed II

Garrett and Carson are back in the ring to discuss Creed II.

Review: Creed II (Carson’s View)

In what is said to be Sylvester Stallone’s last run as Rocky Balboa (we have all heard that before), Michael B. Jordan is back in the ring as Adonis Creed in his quest for boxing immortality.  But he is not alone in his return.  Creed II brings back fan favorite Ivan Drago from Rocky IV, the man who killed Adonis’ father, and introduces his son Viktor Drago into the mix.  That alone is worth the price of admission.

Florian Monteanu is cast perfectly as Viktor Drago.  He is a mountain of a man.  Very few people in this world could even come close to making Michael B. Jordan’s physique look small.   Finally the Rocky Series has come back to the legendary intimidating opponents of the past.  Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Thunderlips, Ivan Drago, and even Tommy “The Machine” Gunn all looked like a threat to Rocky.  Mason Dixon, Ricky Conlan, and Donnie Wheeler may have been “real” boxers, but they never passed the eye test and are all forgettable antagonists.  Their movies excel despite them.  At 6’4″ and weighing in at 240 lbs., Viktor Drago captures the same awe-inspiring moments as his father. This guy looks like he could repeat history and kill Creed in the ring.  Sitting in the theater, you can feel it when he lands his devastating blows into his opponents. It is awesome!

Creed II could have been easily turned into a movie called Drago.  That would have been a very bold and interesting take, and all the components were there to make that happen.  I love everything Michael B. Jordan does on screen, but in hindsight I would have been in full support of that choice.  I was surprised how well developed the Dragos were with such little screen time.

Nearly all of the supporting cast of Creed is back for Creed II as wellEvery single one of them turns in another stellar performance.  There is a lot going on in this movie.  If there is a criticism to be had, it is that.  It is difficult to give weight and feeling to a situation when you are bouncing from one issue to another.  While it is not distracting, a more focused direction could have been more beneficial.  If you are a fan of the Rocky Series, Creed II does not disappoint.  I am looking forward to the next 6 installments!

 

Review: Creed II (Garrett’s View)

Creed II may not be the knockout punch the first film was, but it is a successful title defense for a franchise that it is the undisputed champion of sports movies.