‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer

Ant-Man really out here ruining trailers.

So Tony has officially hit rock bottom. He lost his pal Spider-Man, and now he’s about to float into space and die a pretty depressed man. It’s been 8 months since the worlds biggest snap happened and Marvel just dropped the first teaser trailer for the end to it all.

Avengers: Endgame is the official title, and that’s exactly what it is. The Endgame to so many characters that we have been watching for over a decade now. Crazy to think that in about 6 months this wonderful journey will all be over. This was the definition of a teaser trailer, not telling us anything we already didn’t know and certainly not showing us anything. They will not show a single snapped character in any marketing before this movie is released. So I expect these trailers leading up to the finale to be pretty bleak and very minimal. But that is the point. If you were expecting something else, you clearly don’t know Marvel or how to properly market a movie.

I enjoyed it, I really liked the Tony stuff at the beginning and my only issue was the stuff with Ant-Man at the end. Yup, the entire universe was just cut in half but they still got time for jokes in the MCU! Just scale it back a little bit, that’s all I’m asking. So now we gotta wait another 3 months before the first real trailer with footage we all wanna see will drop. Until then, watch this on a constant loop.


New ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer

These trailers have been underwhelming to say the least. I’m not buying Brie Larson has a superhero.

Marvel was trying to break the internet last night by dropping yet another trailer for their upcoming female led superhero flick Captain Marvel. The person who will he responsible for defeating Thanos, or at least playing a major role in doing so. I found myself yet again completely underwhelmed and almost bored while watching this thing.

Here’s the thing. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, I buy that. The female warriors of Wakanda, I buy that. Even Scarlet Witch and Black Widow, I buy that. Something seems off about Brie Larson, I cant quite put my finger on it, but I’m just not invested in this. The coolest part of the whole trailer is when she is completely CGI and that could be anybody up on screen. She’s a terrific actress, but I don’t think she’s the right fit. Gal Gadot is exotic, she was in the military, she looks like Wonder Woman. I can fully support and get on board with that. But this, Brie Larson is now the most powerful person in the MCU, the person who will be responsible for making things better? After all this time, 22 movies and counting, yeah, I’m not buying that for a second.

I also hate how this is an origin story, why do I care about anything now in the MCU that happens pre “snap?” I get it, it’s going to tell us where’s she’s been, and how powerful she is, but it just seems like a total cop out. Fighting an old lady on a bus? But wait that lady is a shapeshifter, it’s just so cheesy and dull and something I don’t care to see.

I don’t know why this bothers me so much, but I’m just not at all interested in this movie. Yeah I want to see her with the rest of the Avengers, but this movie seems so useless and almost not needed. I want more female super heroes like the rest of you, I just simply think they picked the wrong woman to lead this franchise. See for yourselves.


‘CREED II’ Review

Michael B Jordan shines once again as Adonis Creed, making for not only a worthy sequel but another great addition into the Rocky franchise. CREED II is a knockout.

Cinema does this often, they pit two foes against one another, one seemingly from another world, the other fighting for some sort of redemption. In this case both things are true for both of these men in the picture above. Great things always come in pairs. You always need that counterpart in your life. It helps build you up, maybe when things seem to be getting bleak. The Rocky franchise needed a little life after the third instalment. Enter 1985 and the release of Rocky IV and the world was introduced to one of the best villains in all of movie history with Ivan Drago. The man killed Apollo Creed for peep sakes. Now when people think Rocky, their mind will gravitate towards Ivan Drago. They are forever cemented with one another, that will be true until the end of time. Now in 1976 when Rocky won best picture, I don’t even think Sly Stallone himself could have imagined the success and the gravitas that would come with this iconic movie character. 40 years later and people are still chanting ROCKY, ROCKY, ROCKY, and admiring this person. So no matter how instrumental that original Rocky movie was, I think people tend to lean towards Rocky IV as their favourite. Yes, it’s a super cheesy 80’s movie, but Ivan Drago vs. Rocky Balboa is still one of the best fights in the history of cinema. Sometimes two characters can grace our screens and at the time we don’t really know what we are watching and how important it will be. I think after Rocky IV it left a lot of people asking “Whatever happened to Ivan Drago?” Well now 40 years later, we are fortunate enough to see these two mammoths share the silver screen yet again. Something I never thought possible, until 2015 and Ryan Coogler’s resurrection of this franchise with the incredible CREED. The second that movie ended I knew, I knew that this would be the direction they would go in because well, it just made so much sense.

After the massive success of CREED in 2015 in was a no brainer that there would be a sequel on the way. Continuing the story of Rocky through a spin-off was pure genius on the part of Ryan Coogler. Everyone loves Rocky Balboa and when he was reintroduced into our lives it really was a blessing. Well I don’t want to say that Coogler moved onto greener pastures but he was busy doing post-production work on Black Panther and couldn’t return to direct the sequel. Rather he helped with some of the writing and that honour fell into the capable hands of Steven Caple Jr. CREED explores the idea of being the underdog, what it’s like to scrap and battle for everything. Knowing that you need to work hard and put in the work to get what you want. Adonis knows that his name “Creed” alone could get him far in life, but he wanted to do it all himself and felt that the name Creed almost held him back. He fights for everything he receives, boxing, his love life and even his relationship with his mother. Now when you stop being a contender and a pretender and become the champ, what comes along with that? This is where CREED II starts. Adonis Creed is now a household name, what happens when you’re suddenly the biggest boxer in the world? Trouble usually comes for people in these circumstances and that’s where the Drago family comes into play.

I have the tendency to set expectations rather high for movies. When it was finally announced that Ivan Drago and his son Viktor would be joining the cast of CREED II, I think everyone knew this had potential to be really special. The Drago’s are back and if you’re a fan of this franchise like myself, you couldn’t help but feel giddy when Rocky and Ivan have their reunion. Like before Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) is a man of few words, his son Viktor (Florian Munteanu) says even less. That doesn’t mean these two don’t pose a serious threat. One of the best qualities of CREED II is the relationship and the story arc of the Drago family. They didn’t just make Viktor a big dumb brute. They could have, but even when Victor isn’t saying much, his body language is saying an awful lot. Viktor has a whole lot of pressure and responsibilities on his shoulder during this film. At times, I almost found myself rooting for him. He didn’t ask for this, he and Adonis are bonded by tragedy, its almost Shakespearean like. Caple JR. does a terrific job flushing out this father and son relationship. After Ivan is defeated in his home country of Russia, he becomes an outcast, he looses everything, including his wife. In order to gain that all back, well he is going to rely on his son and with that come tremendous pressure and massive shoes to fill. Viktor doesn’t understand why his father wants to regain the respect of the people that left him when he needed them the most. That all they need is each other and all they’ve ever had is each other. Viktor never says it but you can tell he admires his father and just wants to do what is best for his family. They delivered on the Drago side of the story and I don’t want this to be the end of their saga, we got too deep into their characters to pull out completely.

One of the most compelling aspects of CREED was how specific they made these characters lives. The city of Philadelphia came alive, like it tends to do within a Rocky movie. It becomes a character itself and our characters traits reflect the city that they inhabit. Truer words couldn’t be spoken for Adonis (Michael B Jordan) and Bianca (Tessa Thomson), gritty, hard-working, believe it’s them against the world. The chemistry between Thomas and Jordan is just so palpable, moments throughout the film, you honestly feel like they are a real life couple. It’s the driving force behind this movie, because they are dealing with so much themselves, and now this larger than life beast is threatening their world. Tessa Thompson goes beyond anything a “love interest” should do in a film like this, but when you have talent like Tessa Thompson, you get as much out of her as possible. Michael B Jordan, one of the best working actors today brings it yet again. Look this is a sequel to a spin-off, that had 5 movies come before it. You think we would be like enough montage moments, but no. 3 fights, 2 training montages and it all feels so familiar, but these are the aspects that fans of this series have truly loved to watch. If you were to take out these moments, it just wouldn’t feel right. We need these moments to remind us that this is indeed a flower that has grown from the Rocky seed. 1200 words deep and I haven’t even mentioned Sly yet. Champion of the world, now an aw-shucks grandfather. CREED II is all about family, Adonis and Bianca starting theirs, the Drago family and Rocky himself trying to come grips with reaching out to his son. Sly has perfected who Rocky is now and even his chemistry with Michael B Jordan is just incredible. These two work so well together and those emotional scenes between the two, they are hard-hitting gut punches. Everything just works, and at this stage in the game it shouldn’t, that is the ultimate testament to just how good this movie is.

It’s just everything I wanted it to be. I couldn’t have asked for much more. The only gripe with the movie is the downgrade in the boxing matches. But I think that was to be expected going from Coogler to Caple JR. Don’t get me wrong, I stilled enjoyed all the boxing stuff, but they really stick out in the first CREED, especially the one-shot boxing sequence. That’s my only critique of the entire movie. I couldn’t have been happier with the movie as a whole. They wrap this up so beautifully at the end, again I mentioned family and that’s the message they hit hard at the end. I know they will make more, I want more of these characters in my life. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Rocky, and I know so many people will feel the same way. I just don’t know where exactly they go from here. In order to not turn this into the Rocky franchise completely they need to be careful with their storytelling going forward. What I do want to see is Chadwick Boseman play the villain in the next one. I think it would be a cool spin and reverse the roles of Black Panther. I have a feeling people would go crazy over that idea. It’s just a worthy successor to CREED and I think it’s a damn near perfect follow-up. Makes you want to throw your hands up, actually I along with the audience opening night, couldn’t help but cheer during the final fight. So yeah, you get a little invested.

Check ya later.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – CREED II = 99/100


‘Lion King’ Trailer

Well would you look at that. The Lions finally won on Thanksgiving.

Look at this little cutie! He’s so fluffy I wanna die. Yesterday Job Favreau dropped his trailer for the up-coming live action adaptation of one of the best Disney properties of all time. People are just blown away by this and I don’t blame them.

Hot the heels of 2016’s Jungle Book which blew audiences away, Favreau decided it was time to up the ante and make adults all around the world have emotional breakdowns during this film. We got a small taste of what to expect this summer, it’s almost identical to the teaser trailer that was released for the animated version all the way back in 1994. To this day it remains one of the best animated Disney movies, and it broke the hearts of little kids and adults alike. Now we all get to live through these painful experiences once again, but this time it will look so real that you’ll probably need therapy or some crazed mothers will call PETA thinking it’s real.

The cast is so incredible and diverse and I can’t wait to actually see some real footage from this thing. I want to see these animals talking! The voice acting is and the singing with Beyoncé and Donald Glover is going to be some of the best we have heard in an animated feature film. But this is just a tease. There’s not a lot to discuss because we don’t hear any voices except for a voice over of James Earl Jones and if that didn’t give you goosebumps then I don’t know what will. Imagine they brought Jonathan Taylor Thomas out of hiding for this!

The visuals, well just giving the 2020 Oscar for best visual effects to this movie already. It’s a wrap, done, over, no need to even discuss the category. Can’t wait and it’s only going to get better with Aladdin dropping soon as well. I’m never growing up!


‘Widows’ Review

The only bad thing about Widows was the three guys sitting behind me shuffling their bags of popcorn after every handful.

Heist movies, they are a tale as old as time. We see them every so often, it’s a fantastic genre of movie. I’ve seen plenty of them in my life and some have even reached the upper echelon of my favorite films. What makes this genre so unique is when a talented filmmaker decides to add a little flavor of their own and tries not to reinvent the wheel, but rather create something we as film lovers have not seen before. Steve McQueen the wonderfully talent director of 12 Years A Slave, Hunger and Shame steps into new territory with Widows and I must say, he knocked it out of the park. He managed to take something I love and breathes new life into it, making for a thrilling, pulse-pounding, an emotionally charged entertaining heist film.

Widows certainly has shades of other great heist films, Point Break, and The Town both come to mind. McQueen takes from those great films and is able to add layers into what can at times, be described as a cut-and-dry genre. Walking out I thought to myself, if you took a blender and added a little Mean Girls, Point Break and The Town and blended them all flawlessly together, the end product would be Widows. I think that’s the highest regard I can give this movie. All three films I love and that’s just what it reminded of. We all know that in these types of movies there are usually men doing bad things for most of the time good reasons. To provide for their families, maybe it’s to start over, begin a new life. But what McQueen manages to do, is peel back the curtain and we examine what happens after a job goes bad. These men have families, they had lives outside the world of crime. So when they die, what happens to the things and the people they leave behind? This is the forefront of Widows, and I really loved this idea, as generic as it may seem, McQueen gets you invested in these women and you find yourself rooting for them the entire way. The reviews were pouring in, and for the most part, it was being met with the highest of praise, but some film reviewers I trust, didn’t see it that way. So I was curious to see which side of the fence I would land on. I can tell you that this is not only one of the best films of the year, but it also happens to be one of my favorites.

Losing a loved one is never easy, in fact, it’s one of the toughest hardships to deal with in life. But what happens when that loved one is dead and they owe 2 million dollars to some crazy, badass, terrifying people. Well, that is the rundown here, Veronica (Viola Davis) owes some bad people a lot of money. Her husband Harry (Liam Neeson) the head of the crew dies and she is left to pay his debt. The rest of his crew Florek (Shane Bernthal), Carlos (Manuel-Garcia Rulfo) and Jimmy (Coburn Goss) all perish with him in a heist gone horribly wrong. All four of these men had wives and a family, so when Veronica gets in contact with the other ladies to tell them that their lives are in danger, they take it upon themselves to pull their late husband’s final job and get out of this mess. Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and an outsider Belle (Cynthia Erivo) all decide that in order to protect not only themselves by the one a closest to them, but they must also band together and pull off this heist. On the other end of the spectrum, the ones trying to collect what’s rightfully theirs, we have the worst Manning brothers since Peyton and Eli. Jamal (Brian Tyree Henry) and Jatemme (Daniel Kaluuya). Jamal is running for city council and wants to become the first African American in history to win his Ward, while Jatemme serves as his ruthless muscle (more on Kaluuya later). Standing in their way is Jack Mulligan (Colon Ferrel) whose family has been in politics for generations, and he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. The political aspect of the movie was fine, it hits hard on some important issues and problems that America is dealing with today. But at the heart of Widows is a truly great heist film.

Like most heist films their are certain twists and turns along the way, one in particular that even had me say “NO WAY,” and in a time where you can kind of sense and feel out most movies, that one actually took me by surprise. Widows keeps you on your feet and keep you guessing until the very end. From the opening shot of the film you are invested and kind of all in on what is taking place. The story is great, but what makes Widows truly special are the performances. Viola Davis, as usual, is a juggernaut giving just a phenomenal emotional raw performance. She continues to be one of the best leading actresses Hollywood has to offer. We get to see her in a new light as well, she even had a Sarah Conner and Ripley look going on, rocking a white beater. Widows makes Davis look like a kickass action star. It should come as no shock that she’s fantastic and she does a great job carrying the emotional weight of this film. Elizabeth Debicki I thought was just wonderful and was going toe-to-toe with Davis in some pretty powerful scenes. But the man of the hour, Mr. Get Out himself, Daniel Kaluuya. My god, that man is a freight train from hell. I heard he was terrifying going in and he gave a goosebumps level performance, but you really have to see it, to believe it. He can do so much with his facial expressions. He does just that here because he is a man of very few words, but his actions jump off the screen. You’re on edge because you don’t know what he’s about to do, one moment he’s smiling, the next, you’re dead. It’s a chilling performance and one to remember in 2018. There’s a scene that takes place in a bowling alley and I legit had my hands over my mouth because it was about to hit the floor, he’s that damn good in Widows. His calm demeanor yet his ruthlessness meshed so incredibly well together, I want him for the next James Bond villain. The cast is obviously stacked and full of talent, but one thing was missing. Steve McQueen has worked with Michael Fassbender for every movie, but he sits this one out. The weakest part of Widows, although Liam Neeson is a terrific actor, I couldn’t see him in this role. I dunno, something was off and those scenes where’s he’s acting next to Viola Davis, he’s getting his ass kicked. I think that’s where Fassbender can elevate his game and I think he would have made the movie perfect. But that’s such a small nitpick because Neeson is wonderful, but I thought about that all during the movie.

Overall, Widows is full of powerful performances and a smart clever story. I was entertained the entire time and I was invested in our heroines the whole way through. Come Oscar season this may pop up here and there for certain categories, especially Viola Davis for best actress. If you enjoy heist flicks this will be right up your alley, I can’t recommend this movie enough. It’s not performing well at the box-office right now, which is crazy to me. Go support this movie, because we need more movies like Widows in our cinemas.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Widows = 97/100


Final ‘Aquaman’ Trailer

God bless you James Wan.

This movie is going to be bonkers. Lucky individuals have already be fortunate enough to see it. Apparently these trailers don’t even scratch the surface of just how epic James Wan’s Aquaman is going to be.

So we are officially just over a month away from the newest DCEU movie to hit theatres and for the most part, DC fans are sitting on pins and needles. The trailers have been great, it’s getting some early positive feedback, but with everything else that has been going on within the structure of the DCEU, fans just want this to be a home run. After the news of both Affleck’s and Cavill’s apparent departure from the DC Universe, that is just added pressure on Jason Momoa’s shoulders.

If Aquaman becomes the smash-hit I think it will be, that pressure for the time being will be forgotten. But they still have to address the potential new casting of a Superman and Batman, that is frankly a very tall task. But that is not why this blog is going up. I’m here to give my feed back on the new and final Aquaman trailer. I feel like there was only a tad bit of extra new footage. Some quick new shots, I feel like they are really saving it all for the big screen, which I am TOTALLY fine with. No need to go overboard with the trailers, because this is going to be massive. Maybe not opening weekend massive, but if Aquaman turns out great, this movie with have serious legs.

They are really keeping Orm (Patrick Wilson) and Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen) a secret. Very little footage of either villain has been present in the trailers. Again, not complaining because I think both are going to be fantastic. Black Manta hasn’t even spoken a word yet in any of the three trailers. Hopefully they aren’t trying to hide something is all. The imagery and landscapes are incredible and the visual effects keep getting better with each new trailer. James Wan has really created his own little world with Atlantis and he’s really putting his stamp on the DCEU.

This looks so promising and I just hope it doesn’t fall flat of my expectations. WB looks to have a home run on their hands and I hope they don’t screw this one up is all.

Check ya later.


‘Overlord’ Review

The only thing worse than Hitler and a bunch of Nazis. Would be killing those said Nazis only to have them become zombies. Overlord was a ton of fun.


A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.

This guy would give Two-Face a run for his money. Overlord is your classic B-Movie fun, with some actual A-Movie material. No one and I mean no one will tell you that during World War II people were having a good time. What history doesn’t want you to know is that the Germans were actually experimenting and trying to create the perfect soldier in the form of well a zombie. Okay, that part isn’t true, but this movie is a part zombie thriller, part revisionist war-drama and an all around gore slugfest. Sometimes you need to just check your brain off and enjoy an entertaining zombie war movie. But the thing is, as the movie progressed I started to like it more and more, and when it was finished I was kind of wanting more.

So when the film begins it wastes no time thrusting you into this world. We start on the eve of D-Day where Boyce (Jovan Adepo) and his fellow platoon are paratroopers who are about to be sent in to destroy a German radio tower. The US cannot advance any further until that radio tower has been destroyed, so when the plane is shot down and only a handful of soldiers survive, the task now seems next to impossible to pull off. The opening sequence of Overload was so impressive. It’s one of my favorite sequences of the entire year, and for such a small movie, director Julius Avery did a remarkable job. Surviving alongside Boyce is Corporal Ford (Wyatt Russell), Chase (Iain De Caestecker) and Tibbet (John Magaro). Now one of the reasons I felt this movie worked so well was because I liked the cast. There are only a few people in this movie, so you really go on a journey with them, so if you dislike them, or they were poorly cast, I think it takes away from the experience. But they all have their quirks and traits, and I just thought they all worked really well. Along the way, they meet a young women Chole (Mathilde Ollivier) who helps them in their fight against the Germans. Now you can’t have a movie about killing Nazis without one badass one now, can you? That honor bestows upon Wafner (Pilou Asbaek) who people might recognize as Euron Greyjoy in that little tiny show called Game of Thrones. He’s the boss man in a little tiny village where Chole is keeping the US soldiers safe, but when Boyce stumbles upon a secret military lab and discovers that, well they be cooking up zombies, he needs to inform Corporal Ford. When he finds some sort of serum he takes it with him, not before reuniting with his pal Rosenfeld (Dominic Applewhite) who is hooked up to some sort of machine waiting to be experimented on. Also the entire time I could have sworn Dominic Applewhite was Timothy Chalmet, it’s uncanny how much they look alike. After a successful rescue, they head back to the village where well you guessed it, all hell breaks loose. One of the soldiers gets infected with the serum, Chole’s little brother gets kidnapped and now time is running out. Everyone’s arc is flushed out nicely, each getting their “moment” to shine, but Wyatt Russell and Adepo are the standouts. Obviously having Kurt Russell has your father is going to help you, but I’ve liked him ever since 22 Jump Street. If I had it my way, I would want Wyatt Russell to play Green Arrow in the DCEU.

Again being a smaller movie, I didn’t expect crazy over the top action set pieces, especially after the opening moments of the film. But the one thing that keeps you going is the intrigue to what is actually going on, and the banter and the back and forth between our heroes. That is what works so well in Overlord, and one of the reasons I think it is critically successful. But that being said, when the action does it, it hits hard. The ending is quite enjoyable, and it really keeps you on your toes. Yes, this is a B-Movie so things are going to cheesy, but it’s done in such a fantastic way, that I found myself not giving a crap. I was entertained the entire runtime of Overlord, and in certain moments I was thinking this movie is pretty damn cool. All the silliness and campiness that goes on is to be expected, but since there are such few characters and you really get invested into all of them, it’s easy to overlook that stuff.

If you like zombies, and you hate Nazis then this movie will be right up your alley, and it’s a boatload of fun.

Check ya later.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Overlord = 75/100


‘Toy Story 4’ Teaser Trailers

Only Pixar can incorporate an animated fork and make a billion dollars from it.

Woody must have gone to Canada because he looks high as a kite in the picture. The toys are back! Honestly who knew all the way back in 1997 when the first Toy Story dropped it would spawn 3 sequels and be a billion dollar franchise. Kind of crazy when you really think about it. Did we honestly think that 22 years later Woody and Buzz Lightyear would still be our lives?

So the first teaser is simply the toys enjoy life, holding hands, until they all realize that they are rejoicing with Forky. I’m not lying, the Forks name is Forky. Tony Hale will be providing the voice and it seems like a match made in heaven. It also brings up a ton of questions, like why is this Forky a toy? Is everything in the Toy Story universe alive? Will this be a cross over with Sausage Party? One thing is certain, this will tug on our heartstrings like no other. Apparently Tom Hanks couldn’t even function his last day doing voice work. So prepare to cry like a baby.

Then we had the second trailer, which was far superior in my opinion Meet Ducky and Bunny, the new cool kids on the block. Voiced by the iconic duo of Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael-Key, this trailer was hilarious and it seemed so far off brand from what we are used to in the Toy Story universe.

I have no idea what’s in store for our toys, but it appears they will be going on a road trip and will find out even more what it truly means to be a toy. Probably insanely heartfelt stuff going on and will have some emotional gut punches.


‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer

We are all about to be Billy Madison. Sitting around with a bunch of children. This generations Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

When news broke that Ryan Reynolds would be voicing the legend that is Pikachu, the world and myself really didn’t know how to react. But after watching the trailer and looking at this adorable picture, I can’t help but say I’m totally on board. Growing up Pokémon was a big part of my life, at one point in time I was one of the worlds best card players – probably, and I really fell in love with these characters. I can’t believe it’s taken this long to have a live adaptation of these beloved creatures.

I’m getting a vibe of Who Framed Roger Rabbit here, probably a little bit less dark, but they honestly couldn’t have picked a better person to voice Pikachu then good old Ryan Reynolds. But I’m so used to him playing Deadpool that I thought he was going to drop an F-bomb. This is going to be massive at the box-office. And if it turns out the movie is actually quite good as well, this could turn out to be a juggernaut. It looks like a lot of fun, and it was great seeing some of my old favourites again, mixing in some great jokes.

I will always have a soft spot for Pokémon, I’m sure a lot of people my age do. It was some what resurrected with Pokémon Go a few years ago, but this trailer just put a smile on my face maybe it’s because Reynolds was voicing the title character. I will for sure be there opening weekend, like I said this movie is going to be MASSIVE.

Here’s the trailer.


‘Suspiria’ Review

This is a dark atmospheric journey, that will mess with your mind, body and soul. Suspiria drags you to the depths of hell.

As darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

But any who, Suspiria is a remake of the 1977 classic that was really genre defining when it was released. If you go back and watch the original you will notice the use of bright and vibrant colours and the use of colour is so highly regarded for that film, that going into the new version I expected the same. This movie is not at all like its predecessor when it comes to the colour scheme, rather I found the movie to be mostly dull. A lot of grey and beige, I guess it makes sense as this is 1970’s West Germany, but still to go from one extreme to another, probably through off a lot of fans in the process. I went into Suspiria with a open mind, I usually don’t go see movies like this, this is an art house film, with a ton of layers, symbolism and metaphors that are thrown into your face. After sleeping on it and really thinking hard about it today, I enjoyed Suspiria for what it is and if you don’t mind the run time of just over 2 hours and 30 minutes and enjoy the horror genre, I would recommend this movie for you.

I won’t go to deep into the plot or details of it because I don’t want to spoil anything, but like the original, it’s about a dance company that doubles as a breeding ground for Witches. We have Susie (Dakota Johnson) the new girl from Ohio, who sweeps the studio off their feet within seconds of her audition. Mainly her teacher Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton), who is a world renowned dancer and someone the girls at the company greatly respect. They immediately form a close and unique bond, and just in a few short days, Susie is dancing in the lead role for the company. Now I mentioned that this dance company is run by witches, so when I mean dance, they are secretly performing rituals, because these witches need the perfect sacrifice in order to resurrect their master. So Susie befriends a few of the girls in her class, one girl in particular Sara (Mia Goth) who over time becomes suspicious to her surroundings and what might be going on behind the scenes. You see one girl has “gone missing” Patricia (Chole Grace Moretz) who has found compassion and friendship in an 80 year old psychotherapist Josef (Tilda Swinton). Throughout the movie I knew something was up with this old man, he didn’t look right, it wasn’t until after the movie I found out that Tilda plays the role. She’s playing two parts here. It really just threw me off because something didn’t look right. Whether it was the makeup or the mask she was wearing, it didn’t look great and it was taking me out of the movie completely. So when Patricia goes missing, Josef takes it upon himself to investigate which ultimately leads him to Sara. They discuss the possibility of the Madame’s being witches.

Speaking of witches and witchcraft. This is a horror movie and there is some extreme graphic nature throughout. Without giving it away, there’s a scene which involves a room full of mirrors and some torture that well is the energize bunny because it just keeps going and going. Remember that Simpson’s episode, “Stop! Stop it! He’s already dead!” – yeah this is the equivalent to that. After about 30 seconds I was like this poor girl has had enough, 3 minutes later, I was telling myself – WHY IS THIS STILL HAPPENING? Without doubt the scene that will be stuck in my head for a long time and it’s the scene you will remember most when walking away from this movie. That was the highlight of the film for me, because the rest of the movie is so overstuffed and filled with fluff. It was hard to keep track of what was really going on, who was who and what these witches were even doing in West Germany to begin with. There is zero and I mean zero backstory or even acknowledgment of where they came from or how long they have been here, and I found that to be annoying. This movie is so long, and the fact they didn’t even decide to address that tells me the director Luca Guadagnino who is coming off Call Me By Your Name maybe bit off more than he could chew with Suspiria. It’s just so congested and at times confusing and I just think a few seconds to explain itself could have done wonders for the overall product.

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Dakota Johnson, but I must say, she impressed me here. I throughly enjoyed her overall performance in Suspiria, and I almost feel like she was the perfect choice for this role. Her quiet demeanour, and the way she moves and her body language really spoke volumes to me. She honestly kind of saved the movie from being a complete and utter train wreck. Her chemistry with Tilda Swinton is also great, she is another standout among the cast. Although I found it totally unnecessary that she play the role of Josef, for the reasons I mentioned above. The performances are certainly not the downfall to Suspiria. Pacing issues, bloated-ness and overall a lack of structure in the film making are the reasons this movie just isn’t as a whole, very good. Yes, there are some great moments of horror and fear to be had, some intense and gruesome deaths, but I expect that in a horror movie. What I want and what needs to happen in order for that genre to be successful is a well put together film. That isn’t achieved here with Suspiria, and I found myself lost for the most part.

All things considered, I’m happy I saw it. I went outside my comfort zone with this one and I believe some people will love it. But for the average movie-goer, this will not be their cup of tea. There’s also one witch that looks identical to Tina from Bobs Burgers, so maybe this is some sort of prequel or something, I dunno.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Suspiria = 60/100