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Black Panther

The latest release in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe is the much anticipated Black Panther, and it does not disappoint. T’Challa made his first appearance in Captain America Civil War and is back for his own adventure.

The action lives up to the usual Marvel standard, plenty of super-powered smashing and bashing and there is a great car chase.

There are amazing sets with a blend of Africa and an ultra modern city. There is one bit, where a scene takes place in a street market in South Korea and shortly afterwards there is a scene in a street market in Wakanda, and the similarities and differences between the two were pretty cool.

I also enjoyed the music and I will be seeking out the soundtrack.

Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue is brilliant as he has been been in several preceding Marvel movies, he plays an utterly insane psychopath armed with a wickedly powerful, er, arm, he steals the first half of the film.

So next is The Avengers Infinity War with everyone playing a part.


The Last Jedi

Just seen The Last Jedi on a large 2D iSense screen with big sound, best way to see it. I enjoyed it, but there are a bunch of “why did they do that” moments and “well, if that’s how to destroy a massive spaceship then why don’t they do that all the time?”. Maybe that is just the cynic in me, it was great fun.

Thor Ragnarok

Really enjoyed the new Thor Ragnarok movie. I reckon that since the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel have tried to add a lot more humour to their films. Thor Ragnarok has plenty of jokes with some of the best lines delivered by Jeff Goldblum playing the only character type that Jeff Goldblum can play.
Kate Blanchett plays the villainess brilliantly, who would have thought she could play such an action part with such evil charm.
It also has the most excellent use of a Led Zeppelin song in an action sequence. Twice.

Another success for the Marvel studio.


While over here in the USA, we went to see Valerian. The Fifth Element is a great Luc Besson film and I hoped that he would bring the same fun and vision to Valerian.

Unfortunately that was not the case, it started quite well with a potted history of the how the space station came to exist, the alien races were very imaginative. The trouble is that these aliens did not feature in much more of the film.
The movie universe and the special effects were brilliant, masterful, a pleasure to behold. The story was all over the place. Whole scenes seemed to be unnecessary and in a number of cases, just confusing. Half way through the movie, I had forgotten what they had to do to save whatever they had to save. Overall, great to look at, but no substance.

Anyway, Bladerunner 2049 and Thor: Ragnarok are coming soon.


I don’t recall seeing any opening credits, it just starts at full throttle and does not slow down. From the beaches to the skies to the sea, several story lines progress to meet at the end.

The  story moves at three different speeds, similar to how Inception played out, not surprising really as Christopher Nolan was at the helm for both. Also common across his recent films has been the use of sound, BIG sound, sound that you feel inside. The screaming JU-87’s, the bursts of gunfire and the blasts of bombs all play as much a part as the actors.

This is what a good movie is like. Even though we all know it turns out, the suspense builds and builds. Apart from the last scene, there were no German soldiers, it was a story of escape rather than war. Brilliant.

War For The Planet Of The Apes

In a busy week for the movies, I went to see War For The Planet Of The Apes. Hmmmm, not bad, just a few too many dumb decisions by all sorts of people…and primates. This spoilt the movie for me as it started off very promising.

What is amazing is the quality of the CGI apes, the closeups of the faces, the hair, the eyes, the expressions are simply breathtaking.