Okay, we’re halfway through the third season, and this is my first review so far. Why? Well, if I’m being honest, which I always am, this season just hasn’t impressed me that much so far.
We haven’t had a season of The Mandalorian since 2020, and for such a long wait, it’s far more lackluster than I expected. The first episode had me smiling, but ultimately when I returned from the episode, I was baffled by the breakneck pacing of the episode’s several plots. The second episode was much more enjoyable, but I still found it to often be repetitive and sometimes poorly written. Such as Bo-Katan reminiscing about Mandalore at times when it was clear that Mando was in trouble. I found myself literally urging her from my room to move faster to save Din Djarin.
Having just recently completed the Rocky/Creed franchise one thing is sure: this is hands down one of the greatest, most solid franchises ever made. Yes, there are some films that are better than others but overall, every movie moves the story forward in some way. I’m happy to report that Creed III is no exception.
From the film’s opening scene, Creed III lets you know you’re in for a ride. And once the story ramps up, the momentum never eases, building to an emotionally heavy climax that concludes in near-perfect fashion.
I’ve almost watched all of the movies that have been nominated for Best Picture this year. Top Gun: Maverick, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Everything Everywhere All at Once, All Quiet on the Western Front, Tar, and now The Fabelmans.
Before The Fabelmans, the movie I was rooting to garner the Best Picture win was The Banshees of Inisherin, a film whose comedic moments and dark twists left me riveted. You can read my review of the film here.
Despite Banshees‘ original storytelling it has been swept under the rug by the surprise hit of the award season, the multiversal family story featuring a predominantly Asian cast in Everything Everywhere All At Once. Unfortunately, in my opinion, I found the film to be far less special than was advertised among critics and casual viewers. As someone who has watched Regular Show, a show filled with surprise shenanigans for the heroes to face that force them to sometimes become better people, and some episodes of Rick and Morty, which is jam-packed with crude humor, EEAAO felt surprisingly simple.
I like watching Marvel cartoons. For a second, I was hooked on the Avengers Assemble cartoon, specifically its fifth and final season which heavily featured Black Panther. Recently a new Marvel character has hit the stratosphere of Marvel excellence and because she’s become such a fan-favorite among avid comic readers she got her own series. And yes, I can confirm that this series is AMAZING!
It’s been a while since I’ve been this obsessed with anything animated. Well, since Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came out in late 2018 and blew my socks off. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, like Spider-Verse, is not just a great show because it features a Black superhero (but that is a nice perk), it’s a great story.
So far there are six episodes on Disney+ and every episode has made me laugh, smile, and most importantly, extremely happy. The songs are actually excellent (I’ve now got the theme song on my Spotify playlist), the characters are extremely likable, and the animation is done so well!
As you can probably tell, I’m really enthusiastic about this series and I absolutely cannot wait to see the next batch of episodes once they arrive on Disney+. For now, I can positively say that the show’s 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes is legitimate because this series truly is a marvel.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.
Well, I’ve just come back from seeing Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and I have thoughts…oh, so many thoughts. First off, it’s almost necessary to see this movie on IMAX. Its visually stimulating CGI-fest of world-building is utterly transcendent in that format, allowing you to become immersed in every minute, incredibly fascinating detail. Plus, the sound design is incredible.
Secondly, it took Thanos ten years to become a character I was excited about. This is only Majors’ second appearance as Kang but he’s constantly stealing the show. His performance in this movie is top-tier, delivering a powerful, thoughtful, almost Vader-like presence that makes you pay attention when he’s onscreen. Unfortunately, the story ultimately nerfs him because he’s so incredibly powerful that if he was really at his top game Ant-Man and co. would be toast in minutes. I found that somewhat disappointing.