Comic Reviews for 8/16/17

Dark Nights: Metal #1

This is how you start an event series. Specifically, giving the Justice League a Megazord they use to defeat Mongul is how you start an event series (even though, technically, it started with The Forge).

The League returns from the new Warmoon to find a mountain has sprung up in the middle of Gotham city, a hollow mountain filled with advanced technology emitting a powerful and unknown energy. Also investigating the mountain are the Blackhawks, in this iteration led by Kendra Saunders to recover Carter Hall’s research with his Challengers of the Unknown.

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GOOD TIME (2017) A Movie About Queens

Before seeing Good Time, I was convinced the only movies I’d see set in my home borough would be either biopics, movies about Kitty Genovese, or Spider-Man adaptations. Despite being the largest and most diverse part of New York, it just didn’t seem like filmmakers were aware of Queens’ own unique character the same way they are of Manhattan, Brooklyn, or the Bronx (Staten Island doesn’t count.)

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INGRID GOES WEST (2017): Lifestyles of the Rich and Instagram Famous

Ingrid Goes West is a film at least partly about expectations, and so I think it’s only fair to warn you that what you’re reading may drift from review into rant in parts, but I do feel that what I may ramble about is key to my understanding of Ingrid Goes West.

So, upfront, Ingrid Goes West made me laugh a whole bunch. It’s an incredibly well written dark comedy that expertly mines it’s themes, characters, and plot for jokes that connect with the experience of its twenty-to-thirtysomething intended audience, even if some of those jokes might feel a little passé due to the ever increasing acceleration of the type of internet culture it’s playing off of and the fact that movies take time to make.

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THE DARK TOWER (2017) is Ironically Uninspired and Unambitious

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is an eight novel, 4000+ page saga written over the course of 30 years and beloved by a sizable and passionate fandom. In other words, it’s the perfect basis for the type of shared-universe franchise that Sony has tried to pull off with their Spider-Man license for the past half-decade; which really makes you wonder what went on behind the scenes to result in The Dark Tower we have in theaters now – a ninety minute slog through an undefined and uninteresting desert of wasted potential.

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ATOMIC BLONDE (2017): The 80’s Are Still Cool, Inn’t?

There are movies where style is absolutely a substitute for substance; where a strong enough lead performance, amazingly choreographed sequences, eye-catching cinematography, and editing choices, among other elements can carry the weight of a lighter plot, inconsistent tone, or flat characters. Not quite incidentally, John Wick: Chapter 2 falls into this category more than the first one does, leaning heavily on a lot of the work John Wick did in establishing the series’ characters and world. Unfortunately, Atomic Blonde, while seemingly intentionally trying to pull this off by having style oozing from every angle and frame, can’t hurdle over its complete emptiness otherwise. All clothes, no emperor.

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