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Avengers: Age of Ultron
After the first movie made all my comic reading dreams come true on film I went into this with somewhat reduced expectations, because I just couldn't imagine it topping the original. And of course it doesn't. But: at least it's equally amazing.
While it's skipping a potentially interesting part of "how do they all come back together?" in favor of going all in medias res instead, the first few action scenes are so over the top you end up being a little confused. Thankfully, the film soon after finds its footing in the scenes of the aftermath. Again, it is juggling its ever-increasing amount of personnel so perfectly, this time focusing on some who got the short end of the stick the first time around. And the greatest news is: all the trademarks that made the original such a pleasure are back.
Again there is hilarious banter and the Tony snark. Similar to what I said three years ago, it is a great sign when you don't mind slow character-driven scenes because the characters just work and it's fun to see them interact. Thankfully that goes for the new additions too. Just like the ...
You could easily say director Neill Blomkamp remade his major success District 9 simply by replacing aliens with a sentient robot. You wouldn't be entirely wrong, when it comes to tone, delivery and the look of the film. But you wouldn't do Chappie justice either.
The decision to have the first sentient police robot fall into the hands of gangsters who, of course, want to use it for a heist teach him how to talk like they do both has its perks and flaws.
Chappie is a lovable protagonist, especially in his "baby" moments, the entire gangsta behavior ...
The Hobbit: The Battle of the five Armies
And so our visit to Middle Earth ends. With a bang? Sure. With disappointment? I fear so.
The first two parts of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy already got complaints similar to the Star Wars prequels, the final installment will probably be no exception. The difference being: the last chapter of Bilbo's story actually deserves quite some of the criticism.
It starts with the way the films were split in two. That throws us ...