Today, the second trailer for Avengers: Infinity War dropped today, and its time for a breakdown. While I don't know how to explain it, something about the trailer seems so different from other Marvel trailers. There's still the intense music, the snippy dialogue, and subtle foreshadowing, but something sets it apart in a way I'm not able to describe; it may be because the trailer doesn't seem to focus on just one character or group thereof. I guess that's good, since no one's stealing the spotlight, but at the same time, that makes it come off as a bit unfocused and disoriented. The effects are the best in any trailer before it, and the gold hue throughout is an great, albeit new, addition. One thing I really like is Thanos, more specifically the legend of him. Gamora's quote about him "wiping out half the life in the universe" with a snap, in addition to being a clever, though oddly worded Easter egg, really builds up the idea that he's not a foe to be underestimated. We see some of the Avengers and Guardians on Titan, Cap and Panther in Wakanda, but you never seem to be there long enough for it to sit in and digest. Overall, a great trailer, but a bit disappointing.
Like most of this season of Arrow, I feel as if it's pretty underrated, getting mediocre scores on websites like IGN and Metacritic, but scoring as good, great, and even amazing through my perspective. We Fall is another example of this. The theme of family, mainly fathers and their children, still runs as strong in this episode as the previous episodes, and I still find it no less refreshing. The portions when Oliver acts as a father are legitimately touching, and the contrast between the joy in William's eyes when he beats Ollie in their mock archery contest and his disappointment when he discovers he's still the Green Arrow is remarkable, but it's also remarkably real. Speaking of contrast, the best part of the episode in my eyes was seeing how different the new team acted from the originals, mainly the former's distinct lack of hierarchy and the close bond between the former. The conflict between New Team Arrow when they find out Curtis took intel from Vigilante, however, felt somewhat contrived. I understand they did it to show that Oliver's willingness to keep secrets has its benefits, and to be fair, they did portray that competently. However, it really only served to create what I refer to as 10-minute friction, or conflict that is built up fast, but resolved quickly in an illogical way. My only other gripe regards the death of Cayden James' son. Less so the lack of information on it, which is frustrating itself, but rather the predictability of it. I'm fairly certain it'll be explained as Prometheus posing as Oliver during his time in Hub City. While not bad, it's a bit sad to not see the consequences of Oliver's past actions catch up to him, which was made seasons 2 and 5 so great. Not many notable Easter eggs besides the Outsiders reference, which was pretty clever. Overall, a good episode. Not on par with Black Lightning, but above this week's Flash and certainly above Supergirl. I rate a 7.3/10.
I know this is late, but I'll just do this post. Yesterday, Walter Hamada, former executive for New Line, was named as the new DCEU president; Geoff Johns will still have creative input. While I didn't know Hamada until the news broke, I have seen IT, which I enjoyed. However, I am going to miss Johns, as I think he did a mostly good job in aiding Snyder's vision of the films. And speaking of Snyder, I personally believe that he should've been the original president. While often criticized for the DCEU's "failures", there's no denying the success of the franchise (that he created). For instance, Suicide Squad. It's considered an awful movie, the worst of the DCEU, and my personal least favorite film in the series. It earned a global gross of almost $750 million dollars against its $175 million dollar budget. Wonder Woman, a film lauded for deviating from Snyder's "dark and pessimistic vision", was produced by Zack Snyder. And while I could go on, there's not much I can do to change the decision.
Note: This post originally appeared on @comicsanalyzed on January 5.
OK, this is my first post, not just off the year but in general. Regarding Jodie Foster's claims regarding comic book films while I largely disagree, I do think there are some problems with the genre. For one, studio interference. Justice League, while a largely competent movie, suffered heavily from studio meddling in my opinion. From the mandate to keep the film under 2 hours to the often memed "Whedon cut", I do believe not just WB, but all studios should put at least some faith in the directors they hired and not interfere with their artistic view. On the Marvel side, I feel as if their films, while largely consistent in quality, have become more like commercials for the next film, rather than strong, standalone stories which connect to the overarching narrative. But those are my thoughts, puts yours down in the comments.
Note: Originally posted on @comicsanalyzed on January 1, 2018.