Black Mirror (Season 2)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) “Be Right Back” – A dead man recreated as an identical android whose behavior is based on his social media activity.
2) “White Bear” – A dystopian world where a “Justice Park” is executing daily psychological torture of criminals for the amusement of visitors.
3) “The Waldo Moment” – People disillusioned from the democratic system relying more on a computer-animated character than a live politician. We see something similar in Volodymyr Zelensky winning the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Jack: Look we–we don’t need politicians, we’ve all got iPhones and computers, right? So any decision that has to be made, any policy, we just put it online. Let the people vote–thumbs up, thumbs down, the majority wins. That’s a democracy. That’s a–that’s an actual democracy.
Jamie: So’s YouTube, and I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but the most popular video is a dog farting the theme tune to Happy Days.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) The epic finale of the 11-year-old journey culminating with the 22nd film. A journey started by Jon Favreau, led by Joss Whedon, and concluded by the Russo brothers. A rare grand emotional movie event of this generation.
2) The time travel plot enabled the screenwriters to add all the good & bad, major & minor characters from the franchise to make one final cameo in this grand finale.
3) Captain America lifting Mjolnir is got to be the most epic scene of this movie. A scene 4 years in the making.
4) A fulfilling climax for Steve Rogers.
5) Fun filled storyline with great comic-relief from Ant-Man and Thor “The Dude” Lebowski.
6) An epic finale needs an epic sacrifice. It had to be Tony Stark.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Rocket: What did you do?
Thor: I went for the head.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) “Veronica” vs. Hulk
2) Opening Sokovia Battle; Absolute comic-book action
3) Dark Haunting visions instigated by Scarlet Witch
4) Ultron: supervillain with a personality
5) Superhero conversations – just like The Avengers (2012)
6) Paul Bettany finally making a physical appearance as Vision (and lifting “Mjolnir” ).
7) Seoul street battle (with flying truck scene)
8) Hawkeye’s family

 

CONS –
1) No post end credit scene – it was a bummer
2) The story is multi-layered in the first half but ended up with a mediocre AI droid with the most cliched mindset.
3) Loki’s scepter is “still” the cornerstone of the story.
4) The shallow character development of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
5) Andy Serkis – strong screen presence but less screen time (hoping he’ll return in MCU)
6) Thor and Dr. Selvig plot – leaves too many unanswered questions

 

QUOTE –
“Peace in our time.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Action-Packed
2) Return of HYDRA
3) Neck-To-Neck fights of Winter Soldier & Cap. America
4) Nick Fury’s Epitaph
5) Falcon
6) Robert Redford’s Screen Presence
7) Easter Eggs (2 Future Capt. America / Dr. Strange / Quicksilver / Scarlet Witch / Crossbones (Brock Rumlow)

 

Cons –
1) The tone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe was set by Jon Favreau’s Iron Man and now it hardly matters who is directing the movie.
2) Predictable sub-plot (except the Bucky Plot, the whole movie is a Die Hard Sequel)

 

Quote –
“Captain’s orders!”