Category Archives: Adventure

TURNING RED (2022): New Trailer From Domee Shi and Starring Sandra Oh, Rosalie Chiang…

From writer/director Domee Shi (Bao 2018); starring Sandra Oh and Rosalie Chiang, Turning Red is Disney Pixar’s latest animation/adventure/comedy. The story of a thirteen year-old girl. Specifically what happens whenever she…

Isn’t this a pleasant surprise of a trailer? The super cuteness; the sound of Sandra Oh’s distinctive voice, then even more cuteness and a thoroughly intriguing premise.

Bring on the colour-rich fun that’s coming our way! I’m ready!

Turning Red Release Dates: March 11th, 2022 (US & UK)…

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BLACK WIDOW (2021): The Things I Liked…

Focused on the story of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, we get to learn plenty about the avenger’s complicated past in an engaging tale that features unhealthy family dynamics, secrets, lies and some impressive action/fight sequences.

The main stars, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz are great. And unsurprisingly, as is the case with most, if not all Marvel movies, the musical score is impressive.

In addition to the action and music, my favourite thing about Black Widow is the sisterly dynamic between Pugh and Johansson’s characters. So much so that I’m ready for more Johansson/Pugh movies.

In terms of where Black Widow sits in my list of favourite Marvel movies, the understandably seemingly abrupt ending aside, I can say that I liked this movie more than I do Captain Marvel (2019). Which of the two films ranks higher for you? 

Your thoughts are very welcome in the comments below.

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SPIDER-MAN – NO WAY HOME (2021): New Trailer Starring Tom Holland, Zendeya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei…

Starring Tom Holland, Zendeya, Marisa Tomei ,Benedict Cumberbatch, and directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man – No Way Home; a.k.a. Spider-Man 3 has a rather good looking new trailer. One that has amassed more than sixty six million views since its release, three weeks ago.

Tom Holland has played Spider-Man for nearly four years, and only now am I ready to watch his first movie as the webbed crusader? Wait, I’m sure ‘webbed crusader’ isn’t right. Anyway, I haven’t watched a single Spider-Man movie since Tobey Maguire played the much-loved superhero between 2002 and 2007. As for why that is, the trailer’s starring Andrew Garfield just didn’t feel as though there was enough newness to them, for me – and it certainly didn’t feel as though enough time had passed to consider the new releases worthwhile.

Fast forward to now, it’s arguable that fourteen years is more than sufficient time between Maguire’s films and Holland’s Spider-Man No Way Home, and I probably agree. However, more than the years between the movies, I finally have a Spider-Man trailer that offers me something intriguing enough that I want to watch the story all over again. I’m certain there’ll be a semi-healthy level of newness to enjoy, even if it is only technological, which I’m thinking it’s not.

The thing that has me most curious is the idea of a world where Spider-Man’s identity is no secret to anyone. Then there’s the enlisting of Doctor Strange to get things sorted – lastly, the suggestion that Strange’s involvement is just ‘too dangerous‘.

Based on what many have been saying, I’m sure I won’t regret it starting someday soon by watching Spider-Man – Homecoming. Fingers, toes and everything crossed.

Spider-Man – No Way Home Release Dates: December 17th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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THE SUICIDE SQUAD (2021): The Things I Liked…

As far as movie disappointments go, Suicide Squad (2016) is up there for me. And since I’m one of those ‘once bitten, twice shy’ people, I took my sweet time to watch The suicide Squad (2021); DC’s James Gunn directed attempt to redeem themselves. 

My main hope with Gunn’s movie was for the story to be great. And for the finished film to be worthy of Margot Robbie’s super captivating take on Harley Quinn. If you’ve seen the Suicide Squad Comic-Con trailers, then you understand.

I can say without hesitation that The Suicide Squad is unequivocally better than Suicide Squad (2016). But, did I love it? Well, my favourite characters are played by Robbie and Idris Elba; no surprises there. Robbie’s Harley Quinn isn’t even featured particularly heavily. But, thankfully, when she was on screen, missing her a little in other scenes proved just about worth it.

Story-wise, I had more fun with this second movie, thanks in part to one or two surprise twists and turns. There’s also the moments of excellent camerawork, stunt work, special effects and a particularly well-executed last quarter.

The Suicide Squad (2021), Idris Elba, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Suicide Squad (2021), Idris Elba, Warner Bros. Pictures

The parts that made my experience less than desired include the rather annoying characters who worked closely with Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller. There’s also a specific emotional scene between Elba and Cleo Cazo’s Ratcatcher that felt forced and not entirely earned. Lastly, I don’t love rats, AT ALL. But that weasel!

Perhaps I should just be grateful that this movie did a better job of weaving a story around many hardly known characters than the 2016 film. By ‘hardly known’, I mainly mean hardly known by non-readers of comic books, such as myself, of course. I’m certainly glad that Gunn’s movie is an improvement on the Suicide Squad story. Even if the film still has a somewhat empty/surface-level quality to it.

Besides The Suicide Squad being quite fun, particularly towards the end, both films are fixed in my mind as reminders of just how difficult it must be to deliver a truly great story, one that features many comic book characters. 

Watch it if you’re curious. There’s definitely some fun to be had. 

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SING 2 (2021): New Trailer From Taron Egerton, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon…

Sing 2 (2021), Illumination
Sing 2 (2021), Illumination

This time Buster Moon (McConaughey) and his friends are tasked with persuading a reclusive rockstar to join them for the opening of a new show.

Those super adorable piggies stole my heart in the first movie. So I’m glad to see them here too, and excited for all the animated cuteness, plus the many big hit songs the movie will feature.

McConaughey is definitely in this but his voice kind of sounds different, no?

Pharrell Williams, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Peretti, Seth MacFarlane, Letitia Wright, Halsey, Eric André, Adam Buxton, Garth Jennings and Tori Kelly also star.

Sing 2 Release Dates: December 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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THE TOMORROW WAR (2021): New Trailer From Chris Pratt, Sam Richardson, Betty Gilpin, Yvonne Strahovski…

The Tomorrow War (2021), Chris Pratt, Amazon Prime Video
The Tomorrow War (2021), Chris Pratt, Amazon Prime Video

Chris Pratt, Sam Richardson, Betty Gilpin and Yvonne Strahovski are the stars of The Lego Movie (2014) director, Chris McKay’s new action/adventure/sci-fi, The Tomorrow War.

The promising trailer has Pratt as Dan, a family man tasked with annihilating a future threat to humanity’s very existence.

I’m in for the Pratt brand of charm and action. Also, Gilpin appears to be in the wife/mother role for this one. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m hoping she gets to kick some alien behind. Especially since she was so great in The Hunt (2020).

J.K. Simmons, Seychelle Gabriel, Alan Trong, Jasmine Mathews, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell, Chibuikem Uche and Felisha Terrell also star.

The Tomorrow War Rel;ease Dates: July 2nd, 2021 (US), Amazon Prime Video…

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA (2021): New Trailer From Selina Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Fran Drescher, Andy Samberg…

Hotel Transylvania - Transformania (2021), Sony Pictures Entertainment
Hotel Transylvania – Transformania (2021), Sony Pictures Entertainment

Hotel Transylvania – Transformania is the last chapter in the four-part animated movie series. This time, the monster family appears as you’ve never seen before and it looks like fun.

Directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska; key cast includes Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn and Fran Drescher.

I wasn’t aware until this trailer that Adam Sandler is no longer voicing Dracula. Hopefully, I won’t miss his voice work too much.

I’m most looking forward to the fun animation but I’ll gladly take the humour too.

Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Hull, Brad Abrell and Asher Blinkoff also star.

Hotel Transylvania – Transformania Release Dates: July 23rd, 2021 (US & UK)…

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MARVEL STUDIOS CELEBRATES THE MOVIES (2021)…

I wasn’t even aware that it was Stan Lee narrating at first. I was moved when the music started at 0:36 seconds. Then the sight of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther happened, and I was reminded of the emotionally taxing mess that was 2020.

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and particularly the first movie, along with its incredibly thrilling Comic-Con trailers are the reason that DC will always have a small piece of my heart. The largest part of my comic book movie appreciating heart, however, that’s allocated to Marvel Studios superhero movies because they get so many things too right to fail at being my favourite. 

That’s not to say that I consider every movie/series Marvel makes perfect. Their trailers, action sequences, the music they use and how much sense the execution of their universe makes strategy-wise is the most impressive to me. And that’s just me writing as someone who’s never read a Marvel comic book, or any comic book for that matter. I simply love movies as ‘the perfect amalgamation of all the arts’ that movies are.

To think that the above three minutes and ten second celebration has even more Marvel stories and characters for me to discover gives me much to look forward to. Even if I don’t love everything released, I know I’ll find something memorable. How can I not with two of my favourites, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie as fresh additions to the Marvel family?

Black Widow (2021), Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Marvel Studios
Black Widow (2021), Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Marvel Studios

Of all the Avengers movies I’ve seen so far, the action sequences I remember most fondly take place in Captain America – The Winter Soldier (2014). Specifically, the Nick Fury vehicular chase sequence and the epic elevator scene that follows soon after. Just thinking about it recently had me interrupting my writing session to click on Disney+ to re-watch the scene. Only, I ended up watching the whole movie and liking it even more than the first time. I also properly noticed Robert Redford’s character; how well written it is. No wonder he said yes to the part.

There are only two months to go until my first visit to the movie theatre for a Marvel film. It will probably be my second cinema visit in 2021 because the first movie on my list is A Quiet Place Part 2which comes out a month earlier. Which movie will mark your return to the theatre?

Black Widow, July 9th, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, September 3rd, 2021

Eternals, November 5th, 2021

Spider-Man – No Way Home, December 17th, 2021

Doctor Strange – In the Multiverse of Madness, March 25th, 2022

Thor – Love and Thunder, May 6th, 2022

Black Panther – Wakanda Forever, July 8th, 2022

The Marvels, November 11th, 2022

Ant-Man and the Wasp – Quantumania, February 17th, 2023

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol 3, May 5th, 2023

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