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Film Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

I was not supposed to watch this. I was thinking that I won’t be able to fully understand the story because I haven’t watch the most recent Marvel films prior to this and I’m not a Marvel fanboy to begin with. But yeah, it is the only available flick that coincides with my schedule so I decided to check what the ‘hype’ really is all about.

The movie boasted grand and scenic special effects, is action-packed and most importantly, it wasn’t boring. See, it’s more than two hours and the film was able to sustain the excitement from start up to the end-credits. The great thing about watching it on IMAX 3D is that it feels like you’re part of each scene yourself. I just noticed that the 3D effect isn’t as crisp as I expected it to be. There are parts of the film that they may have forgotten to convert into 3D.

I’ve to praise the wonderful casting as well. I mean, we’ve known most of them from their individual films but you cannot deny the great chemistry between these bevy of A-listers and B-list celebs.

The story kind of make sense in a way that it connects the individual movie installments and it also makes you want to watch them again because each one did their job wonderfully.

I am really excited to watch what will happen next. And no, I won’t be reading its comics or the Avengers wiki-page. I think I could wait for the 2019 release of the next film.

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Review: Real Steel (2011)

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Real Steel tells the story of Charlie Kenton played by Hugh Jackman who travels around with his fighting robots in tow. It is loosely based on the short story by Richard Matheson entitled Steel where fighting robots are the new form of entertainment through the sport of boxing.

While Charlie is on the road, he received bad news about the death of his old beau leaving him an 11-year old son named Max who now needs a guardian. He was then summoned to attend the custody hearing of his son whom he willingly gave to his sister-in-law in exchange of $100,000. His sister-in-law’s husband offered him half the money to take care of Max while they were on vacation. Charlie agreed and took Max with him who proves to be a very strong-willed kid and whose love for video games helps train his robots and Atom, a sparring robot found by Max in a junkyard and successfully fielded it into the World Robot Boxing Championship.

Dakota Goyo who played Max was an absolute darling on the big screen. His immense passion was clearly established with his relationship to Atom. I thought the dancing scenes were funny and it gives you that giggling feeling about the kid that served as an appetizer to an impending good fight, sort of like waiting for a Manny Pacquiao versus a Mexican boxer bout.

Hugh Jackman really delivered his role’s full potential. There were pretty touching moments that simply do magic into the film’s action-packed sequences. These sequences are well executed, as they do not exaggerate real battles but conform into the flow of the film.

The support was also impressive coming from Charlie’s love interest Bailey (played by Evangeline Lily) and his sister-in-law played by Hope Davis.

Another good thing about this film is that it has a vision. The cohesive storyline made it an enduring two-hour flick; you won’t even notice that it was that long. It was a normal story that does not need any twists or shocking scenes to lure you into watching it. It simply is just about robots and the father and son relationship. It may be the result of excellent special effects or good cinematography or maybe even good soundtrack but it boils down to the fact that it was one heck of a film that surely adults and kids alike would enjoy.

My Rating: 9/10

This film review was first posted at Pinoy Exchange. Read all my film reviews atPinoy Exchange Official PEx Movie Reviews.

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Director: Shawn Levy
Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand

Review: The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

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I’ve been waiting for this film for like forever since I saw its trailer last year. With its interesting premise and the amazing duo of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, I am more than excited to see it!

The Adjustment Bureau was based on the short story written by Philip K. Dick entitled, “The Adjustment Team.” It’s a romance / mystery film that tackles the choices that we make in life. The Adjustment Bureau pertains to a group of men wearing hats who introduce themselves as the watchdog of every people’s plan or destiny. Making sure that what is written in the “book” of their life happened as it is. David Norris played by Matt Damon is running for the United States senate. He loses and met the girl who changed the rest of his life. Both fell for each other but the Adjustment Bureau told Matt that meeting Elyse again (Emily Blunt) is not part of his plan. A plan made and written by whom they call the “Chairman.”

With David not agreeing at all to let go of Elyse, he devices a plot to change that plan by the help of  Harry who is a part of the Adjustment Bureau who feels responsible for what has happened to David, unable to intercept the meeting of David and Elyse for the second time which is not supposed to happen in the first place. David decided to tell Elyse everything and run for their life in hopes of being together notwithstanding what has been planned for them.

It was truly an interesting premise but it just didn’t live up to its promise. It is not “Inception-mind boggling” but it is more of a version of “Inception minus the dreams.” In short, it lacks narrative which is supposed to carry on the whole film. I have to admit though, that Matt Damon and Emily Blunt’s chemistry was undeniable that you can truly feel the intensity of their emotions.

Analyzing the film now, I was thinking that it may pertain to different aspects of life such as freewill, choices, destiny, faith, fate. The film was like telling us “You cannot control your destiny because it’s already been written but it also delivers the message that you’re the one who’s making all the choices regarding your destiny thus you’re really the one controlling it.” Absolutely crazy right? I mean, it’s up to one’s belief of destiny or life as it is, whichever you’d take.

I thought the whole first and second half of the film was a tad bit draggy. It’s a bit long to be honest and I only enjoyed the first ten and the last 20 minutes of the film. I would still recommend it though, it’s still a good film to lounge over for a couple of hours.

I’ll give it a 6.5/10 ratings.

03.05.2011 1:15Am

Gateway Cineplex
P180 LFS w/D
Director: George Nolfi
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Michael Kelly, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Jon Stewart, Michael Bloomberg