The sensational draw of Birdman may not be what sticks the most from the film. While the film dips its toes into the superhero world, most of the film is a dramatic story about everyday human characters trying to find their way. In a lot of ways, Birdman feels like the antidote to the superhero film but muddles this by also trying to give itself moments of superheroism. Continue reading Birdman (2014)
Note: An early twist in the film is discussed. It is in some of the promotional material for the film.
The problems of cramming long-form comic book storytelling into a feature length film plague Big Hero 6. The slow-building origin story takes up over half of the film’s runtime. The heroes don’t suit up for the first time until the halfway point of the film. By the end of the film, only two of the six titular heroes have gone on any sort of personal character arc. There’s too much story crammed into the film’s modest runtime. Continue reading Big Hero 6 (2014)
Spoiler Alert: the last act and a couple of surprise cameos are discussed.
The Lego Movie surprised me. The clever story with deep themes, the amazing sense of comedy and some of the smartest and funniest cultural jokes of recent years made it a continual delight to watch. Yet the element that continues to impress me, the one I come back to time and time again is how effective the film is as a demonstration of the power of play. Continue reading The Lego Movie and the Power of Play