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‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ Was Pretty Good!

I’m not a fan of Shakespeare, never have been. A couple of years ago I tried to watch the Best Picture-winning film Hamlet starring Laurence Olivier from 1948 and it drove me batty. Of course, I didn’t finish it. Since then, I’ve found absolutely no interest in Shakespeare’s work…until Denzel Washington starred in The Tragedy of Macbeth.

As I continuously heard the buzz about this new film adapted from one of Shakespeare’s greatest hits, I decided, what the heck, let me watch it. And I’ve got to say, it was pretty good.

More than anything the film is absolutely stunning. Joel Coen, who wrote and directed the film, brought such a vivid beauty to the black-and-white cinematography of the piece that I found myself invested simply because the directing was stellar.

The execution of the story wasn’t half-bad either. At first, I found it a bit hard to follow but it wasn’t long before I understood what was transpiring perfectly and from thereon I was sucked in.

This movie will definitely get a bunch of Oscar nominations, including another Oscar nomination for Denzel Washington as Macbeth. He won’t win because he’s got a lot of competition this year; Will Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Andrew Garfield, but he did do a great job.

All in all, if either one of the Coen Brothers makes a movie I’m always excited, and for good reason. This film was fantastic.

I’m giving it 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Is ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ a Secret Avengers Movie?

I had an epiphany the other day. I was thinking about, well, Marvel and something dawned on me.

The last Marvel movie to have a trailer as a post-credit scene for another MCU film was The Avengers at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. The Avengers, of course, was the studio’s first ensemble film which managed to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could face the battles most never could. The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes lived up to the hype, stopping Loki and his invasion on Earth in a film that not only changed the game for the superhero genre but proved that Marvel Studios was, in fact, not a fluke.

So, considering that was the last MCU film to have a trailer as a post-credits scene is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness secretly the latest Avengers movie? It makes sense if that were so.

Last year each film was very much a standalone story; from the series to the movies, the stories never really required a multitude of superheroes from different properties to save the day. Even Doctor Strange played a menial role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, allowing the focus to truly shine on Spider-Man and his story alone.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the first movie that is actually going to feature a multitude of heroes, Wong, America Chavez, and of course Wanda a.k.a the Scarlet Witch. And that’s not the only heroes we will see in this movie.

There are rumors that we will be seeing a multiversal Avengers team in this film comprised of a group of heroes that I will not disclose in this post. I will say this though, the rumored members of this team is going to have people cheering again for sure.

And with so many cameos destined for this movie this truly does feel like a major event coming our way this May and I am ready for the showdown. What’s going to happen, how will it affect the MCU moving forward, and is this in fact, technically, the next Avengers movie? I think it is.

Here’s the trailer if you need a quick reminder of the awesomeness that awaits us.

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Where Does ‘Hawkeye’ Rank in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Even though we’re a few weeks removed from the Hawkeye era I’m finally getting around to ranking it in the MCU. Once again, this will be a slightly different ranking because it’s always shifting for me but, yeah, here we go. Let’s add this thirty-second installment to the list.  

32. The Incredible Hulk

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Eternals isn’t the worst MCU film. This is. It’s so bad it isn’t on Disney+ and I don’t care.

31. Thor

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It’s got one of the best-acted scenes in the franchise between Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins when Loki’s birthright is revealed but…that’s the only great thing about this movie. Oh, and the first thirty minutes are pretty fun to watch. The rest is a snoozefest.

30. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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There’s too much hollering, the jokes aren’t as funny, Ego is an okay villain, Yondu’s death is corny, and Gamora gets sidetracked for this story a bit. The only thing that keeps me coming back is how visually stunning this movie is.

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‘Eternals’ After a Second Viewing

A few months ago I watched Eternals and upon my first viewing, I thought it was a good movie. Nothing overly special but nowhere near the searing Rotten score it garnered by critics. Yesterday evening I rewatched it for the second time and I’ve got to say, I was a bit blown away.

Eternals is the type of movie that benefits greatly from a second viewing because so many things make more sense. Like Ikaris’ robotic behavior and his unwavering duty to Arishem, the nuances between the heroes and their conflict with Arishem’s grand design, and so much more. I found myself deeply invested in the story and I’ve got to admit, I got a bit emotional a couple of times.

Eternals is at its best when Chloe Zhao dives deep into the epicness of this story. At times, the humor that mainly Kingo brings feels a little forced or a bit out of place in the ultra-seriousness of the story but the humor is there to remind us it is, in fact, an MCU movie.

The action, when there is some, is more brutal than most installments in the franchise. I found myself wincing and quite worried during the Deviant attack in the Amazon. Zhao made sure to let us know at all times that the Deviants were predators and they viciously attack as such. It’s no surprise one of the Eternals died during that sequence.

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The First Looks at Thor, Mighty Thor, and Valkyrie Are Super Cool

It’s taken a while but finally, the first looks at Thor, Mighty Thor, and Valkyrie are here ahead of Thor: Love and Thunder later on this year and they look ridiculously awesome.

Um…whoa. First off, Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor looks perfect. To think she’s gone from playing Padme to this. Ah, I’m freaking out a little. I absolutely cannot wait to see her being a fierce warrior goddess onscreen as the Mighty Thor.

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‘The Father’: Yeah, Anthony Hopkins Deserved the Oscar

I’ve seen two more Oscar-winning films this past week so I thought I’d share my reviews of them. Enjoy!

The Imitation Game

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A couple of days ago I decided to watch The Imitation Game, a biographical film about mathematical genius Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his collaboration with MI6 during World War II which led to his creation of what is technically the world’s first computer. Unsurprisingly, Cumberbatch, who earned his first Oscar nomination for the role, did an incredible job. Despite having my reservations about this film, it turned out to be far better than I would’ve imagined.

What made it more compelling as a story was the non-explicit yet the truthful depiction of Turing as a homosexual during a time when being gay resulted in a prison sentence. The constant thru line of his true self being alluded to yet hidden away provided more meaning to the film’s title, The Imitation Game, and added an extra layer of depth the movie surely needed.

Keira Knightley also did a tremendous job in the film, garnering a deserved Oscar nomination for her role as Turing’s best friend.

All in all, the film wasn’t the best biographical film I’ve seen (that still belongs to Malcolm X which Denzel Washington should’ve won Best Actor for, by the way) but it was a good one. I’ll give it 91 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars.

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