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I actually didn’t find Ghostbusters all that intriguing. It’s why I never picked it up in the first place. It seems too far ahead of its time first of all, technology wise. Murray and Aykroyd clearly have chemistry, along with Weaver, but the rest of the cast seems extraordinarily out of place at first glance. I do not appreciate the secretary at all, whatsoever. It seems as if her role was to be the joke of the group, a play on the woman’s role in the 1980s, but I’m just not buying it. She hates her job. Clearly the only reason she sticks around is for Egon. Peter Venkman is strangely the sanest, yet also the weirdest and creepiest character of the bunch. Stantz is my favorite buster of ghosts, no doubt.

Hudson is meant to be the serious character. I get it, but he just feels out of place compared to the rest of the crew when you get done with the movie. I did do some research, and apparently his character was originally meant to symbolize the audience. This was rewritten, but really, I don’t think it was. His character represents the audience, and that’s what makes the most sense. Though I still have a hard time believing in ghosts.

This movie isn’t particularly scary, though I did jump when the demon dog jumped out of the room. The ghost/demon design is decent, I mean it was the 80’s. I feel like I’ve seen the plot before, girl gets possessed, becomes the villain and gets rescued. However, this movie came first, but I just have a hard time putting down the fact that I’ve seen elements of this movie in other films. The funnest part of the movie is the third act, after the ghostbusters are released from prison. The four ghost hunters finally show some cohesion, definitely signifying the growth as they get Gozer as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. I laughed when all of the goo went everywhere.

Overall, I get its a cultural phenomenon. I just don’t see it myself. The ghostbusters are fairly annoying, and it is clearly a product of its time. The plot wanders around aimlessly, trying to figure out where it wants to go, and it drags with certain jumps in the middle. Like one of those runs on the treadmill where you walk for long periods and then sprint for 10-20 seconds. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a decent movie! But coming at it 35 years later? This is not a standout movie. Groundhog Day is far more unique init of itself…

Plot: 3.5/5
Laughs: 3.5/5
Overall:  3/5

Shazam! is an emotional journey that’s full of laughs and a lot of heart. It’s well directed, the cast is phenomenal, and Billy Batson/Shazam will definitely be sticking around in the DC Expanded Universe. The marketing for this movie is done phenomenally well, and major props to the marketing department for their choice in footage and sequences to keep the best surprises hidden. Most of the movie is spent developing Billy as a character, and the last third is your giant action scenes like typically superhero movies. The film focuses on Billy discovering who he is and who his family is. You can always find your way back home to family and that’s what this movie really tries to drive home.
The plot staggers in certain points. I’m a huge fan of Mark Strong, but he felt underutilized here. We struggle to really connect to why he is the villain here. A couple more minutes on him and his backstory, and we really could have connected to him and understood him more. But the time spent on Billy was well worth it. We see his idea of family go from one thing, to another, as he learns that not every definition is black and white. 
Most of the action happens towards the end of the film, but Shazam learning how to use his powers is one of the best parts of the film. It’s really pushed, and they manipulate it well for the day and age. It’s how Freddy and Billy bond and learn more about each other. You can see Freddy slowly wear on Billy and it affects him, but eventually he figures out it was for the best. After he does figure it out, you can see him still struggle with the concept of family, which makes the character arc Billy takes all the more real. Not everyone turns on a dime when they learn something, most times it still takes them awhile to get used to the new concept.
The cast is absolutely phenomenal. Levi and Angel kill it together as Billy/Shazam, and Darla is probably my favorite from the film. The chemistry is great all around, so I’m looking forward to the future sequels we will get from this cast. Billy’s foster family is great, really understanding. I like the foster parents as well. Can’t say more than that otherwise I fear spoiler talk. 
This film is just filled with joy and wonder from the kid cast and Levi. When Shazam first appears, Freddy and Billy are just having fun learning about Billy’s new powers. Its full of laughs and “whoops how did I do that?” moments. It’s not as strong plot wise as Wonder Woman, or Man of Steel, it falls in a more traditional origin movie plot line but it still plays on its strengths of being an unknown hero. 
Overall I really enjoyed this movie. It doesn’t prove DC “can” be joyous, there’s plenty of joyous moments in the DCEU. This movie focuses on a kid becoming a superhero, something I know we’ve all wished for at some point in our lives. The wonder, the amazement that comes with those powers, is the focus, and the theme pulls in there’s a place for everyone, you just have to find it.

Plot: 4/5
Character Development: 4.5/5
Laughs: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5
Main Character of Focus: Billy Batson/Shazam!

Shazam! will be out in theaters April 5, 2019. Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy, and Asher Angel as Billy Batson. It’s directed by David F. Sandberg.

Captain Marvel is a fun but flawed flick. The first half of the movie is slow, and uncoordinated, with the filmography struggling immensely to handle the beginning action. The second half of the movie amps it up, with Ben Mendelsohn stealing the spotlight as Talos. The film very much takes on a buddy cop kind of feel, with Carol Danvers(Brie Larson) and Nick Fury(Samuel L. Jackson). Brie and Samuel work extraordinarily well together, and you can really feel their chemistry.

The plot definitely struggles, but I like the idea behind it. It feels like a Phase 1 movie, in where it tries to bring an unfamiliar character to the screen, and make them familiar, but that’s where it fails. Many people knew nothing about Captain Marvel, who or what she is. They should have capitalized that and made the film more unique in the manner. The twist is predictable, but a good motivator for knowing all the facts before making a decision. Captain Marvel is a powerful woman, and this movie fails to carry that powerfulness. The movie is impactful, and I heard multiple people around me, little girls included talking about how the Captain is their new favorite hero. It is a good movie, but it should have been better.

The action scenes work well in the context of the film. Thanos is screwed. The flight scenes, and the Kree scenes are some of my favorite. Jude Law, Gemma Chan, and Lashana Lynch were great additions to the cast and really help the movie shine. Jude and Gemma help provide some levity and development to the story and add to the action of the movie. Lashana has great chemistry with Brie, and helps the emotional aspect of the story, reuniting Carol with her past self.

Brie’s take on the character kind of shocks me. I can understand the necessity for some stiff acting in the beginning, and Brie shines during those moments. But as Carol begins to remember her background, you should be able to bond to the character more and relate to them on an emotional level and that’s a failure here. Emotional moments don’t have as much of an impact, and I wish they did. Brie is a great soldier though, and I hope in Avengers: Endgame and potential sequels they choose to hold her in that realm. Brie is a great actress but she feels out of her realm in some scenes.

The score works, and the 90’s Easter eggs are fun. Some, I could have done without, as they just seemed a moment to reinforce that the movie was set in the 90s. Goose, despite all of my cat reservations is probably my second favorite character in the movie, second to Talos. Goose has many moments where he is just the defining character and is all about the spotlight.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. It’s fun, it’s reminiscent of Captain America: The First Avenger in a sense. It feels like a middle of the pack Marvel movie, and it should have been so much more. The cast is phenomenal, and the de-aging technology used for Samuel and Clark Gregg(Phil Coulson) is great. There could be some plot hole or retcon issues for the movie, but that’s reaching into spoiler territory.

Plot: 2.5/5

Character Development: 3/5

Cast: 4.5/5

Buddy Cop: 4/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Character of Focus: Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers

You can find Captain Marvel in theaters now!

Back to The Future is a cult classic that is the pinacle of geekdom. This movie has everything; time travel, unraveling the main character’s (Marty McFly(Michael J. Fox)) future, romance, and a *semi* crazy uncle figure in Doc Emmet Brown(Christopher Lloyd). I learned the hard way that this movie is just a teeny bit of a requirement for some pop culture references in popular movies nowadays. Nonetheless, I have seen other movies, so while I will try and point out bits of originality, I may be mistaken in some cases and miss others.
This movie has obviously been out for a little bit, but just incase, if you haven’t seen this movie turn around and go watch it, then come back cause there are spoilers ahead!
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Back to The Future is an amazing movie. The plot is well developed, and turns out very eloquently in the end. This could have been a one shot film and succeeded quite nicely at wrapping things up. Marty ends up accidentally going back in time to the day his parents meet, and destroys their original get together. This causes a paradox, of which Marty and his siblings being slowly erased, with Marty being the last one to go. Marty works to put time back together throughout the movie, and still ends up with a different life in the future because of his meddling.
It was a great plot move, Marty going back to something different than what he had really. It shows some great character development in the way of the father, and presents the butterfly effect of time meddling, without being too hardcore over it. Even though Marty’s parents got together in the end, things didn’t quite end up the same. There wasn’t “devastating” effects that typically happen in movies nowadays. Marty didn’t have to put the timeline back together to original specifications, and it was a good move. The stealing plutonium bit from the Libyans felt a little cheating, and unoriginal in a sense, as that’s been done quite a lot since. But this movie was one of the first, so all the others could have copied off of it.
Character development in Marty is awesome. We see him turn around on the opinions of his parents, and see why his father is so timid in the future. Michael J. Fox really fits this role, and it was well worth the wait on the movie for the studio to have him in it. Marty helps turn his dad around and that’s great. His mom however, his mom is laughable. It really shows for the time of the movie released, how she acts, but she turns around at the end with the timeline being rearranged. 
Doc Brown is an awesome character, being the weird Uncle-like figure to Marty. There is not much development in his character however, as we see more of the past Doc Brown. He’s still a great figure head, and Christopher Lloyd does well in the role.
The emotion in the plot, and from the characters feels genuine. You can feel the terror from Marty as he tries to figure out how he will solve getting his parents back together. You can see Doc really care about the people around him, and he’s willing to do anything  to help them out. Crispin Glover (George McFly) really pulls off the distraught nerd and makes the transformation form terrified, to confident very smooth. The cast meshes together and you can feel the chemistry.
Overall, very good movie! I’m sorry I’ve missed out on such a classic over the years. It lines up extraordinarily well, with very few flaws.