Batman Ninja (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –
1) Great quality art. Putting Batman in Sengoku Period Japan.
2) Steam-punk time-travel story
3) Robin with Monkichi

 

Cons –
1) Pretty useless Batman, fooled twice by Gorilla Grodd and Joker

 

Quote –
Catwoman: Isn’t a gorilla eating a banana a little cliche?
Gorilla Grodd: Says the cat burglar wearing a cat costume.

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A comic-book movie plot gains weight when the heroes hit rock-bottom and a triumph costs enormous sacrifice.This was not even a triumph but the casualty is huge.
2) Not a single boring sub-plot.No time wasted on built-up.High on emotions, not just from the Avengers but Thanos as well.
3) In spite of all the battle sequences, the comic element was not compromised.
4) The jaw-dropping climax that will put Rains of Castameres to shame.
5) Thanos on one side, single-handedly balanced the scale with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on the other side. Probably the best multi-starrer.
6) Avengers musical theme used extensively for the first time.
7) The presence of Red Skull on Vormir left a lot of unanswered questions.
8) Ebony Maw: Boba Fett of MCU.

 

Cons –
1) We know the timeline will eventually get reset in Infinity War II.

 

Quote –
Tony Stark: I’m sorry.Earth is closed today.

Black Panther (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Return of Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue
2) Michael B. Jordan as “Killmonger” – Villain with a motive
3) Winston Duke as M’Baku – entertaining character

 

Cons –
1) The whole Wakanda civilization is full of contradiction – super advanced science with a functional xenophobic monarchy where the king is chosen by a ritual combat.
2) Entertaining one-time watch origin story- it’s hyperbolically cherished by critics as an emancipating movie for the black community.
3) Forest Whitaker as Zuri – seriously stereotyped.

Quote –
T’Challa: We can still heal you…
Erik Killmonger: Why, so you can lock me up? Nah. Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ’cause they knew death was better than bondage.

The Defenders (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Plot-Twist: Elektra killing Alexandra
2) Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra – Great casting
3) Stick cutting his own hand – badass!

 

Cons –
1) Stick’s death – end of a very powerful character.
2) Over-stretched climax with lousy action sequences. The hand-to-hand combat is ruined by excessive cuts and editing.
3) Iron Fist – probably the weakest super-hero of MCU

 

Quote –
Jessica Jones: Nice ears.
Daredevil: They’re horns.

Justice League (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

 

Pros –
1) DC establishing that Superman is indeed the strongest DC superhero
2) Aquaman playing “Jason Momoa” – rowdy, drunk and foul-mouthed
3) 2 hrs running time – not wasting time in the origin story of Cyborg and Flash.

 

 

Cons –
1) The resurrection of Superman is over-simplified.
2) Steppenwolf – generic run-of-the-mill supervillain trying to destroy the world.
3) DC needs to get rid of Zack Snyder. He’s worn out and got nothing new to offer in this genre.

 

 

Quote –
Barry Allen: What are your superpowers again?
Bruce Wayne: I’m rich.

 

The Tick (2016 – Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) A world of Superheroes and Supervillains – however, the plot of AEGIS is not exploited too much.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Mediocre supporting cast.
2) If you’re making a comedy, go full-throttle like Future Man. Half-measures will give you sub-standard output.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Arthur: We’re taking Ramses to AEGIS.
Tick: Yeah.
Overkill: Those stapler-fondling bureaucrats? They’ll drown you in red tape.They’ll file your file under “where the fuck is that fucking file?”

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Funniest movie in MCU – Thor and Hulk team up in this action-packed laughter ride
2) Filled with lovable characters – Korg, Grandmaster, Skurge
3) “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin – overall music is not great but an effort is made after a long time in MCU.
4) Out of all the MCU movies – this is thoroughly entertaining with high rewatchability.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Effortless end of 3 important characters: Hogun, Volstagg, and Fandral.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Valkyrie: This team of yours, it got a name?
Thor: Yeah, it’s called the… uh… Revengers!