Tag Archives: Superhero

Wonder Woman (2017)

DC Films hasn’t put out a decent film in almost a decade. Loud, brash, abrasive films with overlong runtimes, grim tones, and bland, muted color palettes comprise just about everything that’s wrong with the superhero genre. Instead of letting up on the oppression, DC Films doubled down placing Zack Snyder as the visionary for a DC expanded universe. Therefore, I had no expectations for Wonder Woman. Continue reading Wonder Woman (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Marvel Studios took a big risk with Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a fringe Marvel property and not the kind of film that on paper would attract the number of fans who went to see the Spider-Man or Captain America movies. Even more than that, they put comedy director James Gunn at the helm and let him take the film in a much different direction than the rest of the franchise. Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Doctor Strange (2016)

Back when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was in its infancy, I was skeptical that it would produce anything good. Iron Man 2 was an abysmal start and Thor certainly didn’t do anything to assuage the feeling that the whole thing was doomed to fail. It was Joss Whedon who finally breathed some life into the MCU with The Avengers. but as the years pass, the warts of that film become clearer and clearer. Continue reading Doctor Strange (2016)

Captain America: Civil War and the Weight of Violence

In a post-911 landscape, the American blockbuster has become a place to reframe and relive the trauma of seeing the twin towers fall. Film after film depicts the rancid destruction of skyscrapers, but in a way that often felt part of pure entertainment spectacle with no people leaping to their deaths or bodies strewn in the streets. Continue reading Captain America: Civil War and the Weight of Violence