Movie Review – Power Rangers (2017)

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2017 seems to be the year of questionable reboots and remakes. Most of the time, it’s questionable as to why the films were even remade in the first place, especially when the originals were already amazing. Snow White and the Huntsman is one such example. The huntsman’s ridiculously large role and dominant personality in the film practically turned the film into Thor 4: The Melting Snow. The recently released Beauty and the Beast (2017) is another example. The original version was a near-perfect classic, and there was no viable reason for the 2017 film to even exist. The remake isn’t a beauty nor a beast. It is at most like the withering flower which Beast keeps in his castle – a source of stress and dismay throughout its lifespan, and eventually forgotten after it’s gone.

There are also films where the originals were questionable, and a reboot/remake totally made sense. Though not out yet, the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film is one that needs to be done, as the original trilogy along with its first reboot were rather lackluster.

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Then, we have the legendary Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise. The franchise, despite its various criticisms, is one that meant something to a lot of people, especially those who grew up in the ’90s. Towards the end of last year, it was announced that a “reimagining” (fancy new word, but it technically is still a reboot/remake) of the Power Rangers would be released as a movie. Trailers were released, and they definitely showed a lot of promise – the Rangers were edgier, the story seemed dark, and Rita Repulsa finally feels like the evil, repulsive villain she should have been. So, will the Power Rangers capture the hearts of many the same way it did back in the ’90s?

The “morphin” element is still there in the Rangers. But it isn’t clear whether the franchise has morphed for the better, or if the producers have actually gotten high on morphine.

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Movie Review – Logan

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The process of mutation can be an unusual one, as it varies from species to species. Fittingly enough, the same seems to apply to the X-Men franchise as well. The first X-Men film, redefined the superhero film genre and formula. It marked its own “X” in the world when it was first released in 2000, with Hugh Jackman’s performance winning fans without leaving a scratch or wound while slashing through the box office.

Subsequent films and spin-offs seemed to have forgotten how to make a mark and clawed on to the old formula too hard. It was Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine/Logan/that clawed hunk which were the highlights among otherwise lackluster moments. The first two Wolverine films left fans scratching their heads with adamantium claws. Meanwhile, Phoenix’s overbearing role in the third film practically burned the franchise down into ashes.

When it seemed that all hope was gone, then came First Class and Days of Future Past as reboots for the franchise. Featuring the excellent chemistry of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, the series was revived and there seemed to finally be hope for a real evolution. Unfortunately, the highly-anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse ultimately marked yet another doomsday for the franchise with just how disappointing it was compared to the first two films preceding it, and the only exciting parts of the film being Quicksilver’s insane acts and – yes, you guessed it, the cameo of the Weapon X version of Wolverine.

Amidst announcements that the McAvoy/Fassbender/Lawrence trio were leaving the franchise, it was announced that another Wolverine film would be released, and that this would be the last film featuring Hugh Jackman after 17 years of him playing the role of Wolverine. Unlike the previous spin-offs, it was announced that the film would be called Logan instead of Wolverine. Trailers were eventually released, and they showed a lot of promise.

However, given the unpredictable nature of mutation, and X-Men’s similarly unpredictable track record, will this film make its mark, or have the adamantium claws become blunt over the years?

Previous sequels and spin-offs have tried to hit the spot marked “X”. The film Logan, on the other hand, has made its own mark.

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Thoughts on the Deadpool 2 (2018) Trailer

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Trailers can be a hit-or-miss thing. At times, it can be give a false of impression of the film and make you feel unfulfilled after watching the actual film – Batman vs Superman comes to mind. In some cases, the scenes in the trailer aren’t even in the actual film (e.g. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One). There are also trailers like the ones for Logan, which totally do the film justice. Then, there’s the Deadpool 2 trailer, which in usual Deadpool fashion, doesn’t seem to be bothered at all with any of the above.

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Thoughts on the Power Rangers (2017) Trailers

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The Power Rangers franchise was a force to be reckoned with back in the ’90s. The first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was an instant worldwide sensation and resonated strongly with many. With multi-ethnic rangers in multi-colored suits, beating up a plethora of weird and unusual foes through many twists and turns, the show was the very definition of awesome, and many aspired to be like one of the rangers. However, over time, the series began to show its age and morphed into something that’s almost powerless, for the lack of a better word. So, when it was announced that a new film would be released as a complete reboot of the series, eyebrows weren’t just raised: they were morphed.

Eventually, the first trailer was released:

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Thoughts: Logan – Final Trailer

Third films in a trilogy always seem to suffer in some way. Star Wars: Episode III, which was supposed to show us how Darth Vader became the awesome sith that he is, ended up being lackluster and anti-climatic. The “third” film of both the Twilight and Hunger Games saga were split into two parts, and just lost so much momentum by the time both sagas reached Part 2.

Then, we have the X-Men trilogies. The first trilogy’s third film was so badly done, and almost everybody missed the important post-credits scene which explained some plotholes in later films. Meanwhile, when it comes to the new X-Men trilogy, X-Men: Apocalypse almost marked the apocalypse of the franchise which was just about to be good with the help of Days of Future Past and First Class.

So, when it was announced that there would be a third film for what is now a Wolverine trilogy, the big question is: Will it suffer the same fate as previous trilogies?

Looking at the newly-released final trailer for the film, perhaps the answer doesn’t come with the “X” mark. Which may be a good thing.

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Movie Review: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

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Prequels can be weird. In comparison to the original Star Wars trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) which left viewers wanting to be one with the Force, the original Star Wars prequel trilogy (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith) just felt Forced. So, after the success of the last year’s The Force Awakens, I was initially skeptical when Rogue One – A Star Wars Story was announced. It is meant to be a standalone prequel which isn’t really a prequel, but more like a side-story which is just as important as the other movies, as it focuses on how the plans for the Death Star were stolen and eventually ended up in the hands of the heroes in the original trilogy.

The original prequel trilogy took away a lot from the greatness of the Star Wars franchise, so will this movie do the same to the series? Apparently, the Force is strong with this one story.

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Thoughts: The Fate of the Furious 1st Trailer

Movie franchises seldom go beyond a fourth film. When you go beyond the fourth, you need to do something special to remain relevant. For the Harry Potter series, people just wanted to see Voldemort dead, while for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was the thrill of seeing the old cast alongside talented new actors. However, with the Fast and Furious franchise, it’s seeing the same cast’s growing chemistry and bonds which is the main attraction, despite the increasingly illogical stuntsĀ  throughout the series. However, when main star Paul Walker passed away, the 7th film did its best to respectfully pay tribute to the fallen actor. So, how is the next installment possibly going to top everything it has done before?

By changing gears.

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