‘Bumblebee’ Trailer

The Transformers franchise is like that ex that you keep going back to, thinking this time it will be different. This time it actually looks to be different.

The joys of being transported back in time. I remember sitting down to watch the first ever Transformers movie and being blown away at that time. The franchise as gone onto making terrible sequel after sequel. You know, more explosions, terrible plot, awful dialogue and absolutely zero heart. Where did the movie that I watched so many years ago go to?Well it appears that director Travis Knight is bringing us back to the beginning because Bumblebee looks like a ton of fun. The Transformers franchise appears to have had a heart replacement, because this trailer makes me feel something inside. Everyone loves Bumblebee, he’s the reason why I keep giving this franchise my money, so it only makes sense to make him his own solo movie. Set in everyone’s favourite decade, the 80s we are getting B’s origin story and I’m all in. We even get our first look at Starscream, the villain of the movie. Not sure if John Cena was in the trailer, because I have a hard time seeing him. Movie looks great, can’t wait and really hoping for an Optimus Prime cameo. Autobots roll out. Check ya later.https://youtu.be/fAIX12F6958

‘Widows’ Trailer

Hold on to your butts. Here’s the best movie of 2018 people.

Steve McQueen is back and he’s not messing around. My lord if that trailer doesn’t get you fired up, well I don’t know what will. This movie has been gaining a to of Oscar buzz already – Viola Davis for best Actress, this looks to be a potential lock for best picture and director as well.

Coming off 12 Years A Slave, McQueen comes out swinging and it appears he has hit a grand slam. ARE YOU SEEING THIS CAST?! I thought the Golden StateWarriors has a stacked roster, my god, I don’t even know where to begin. The premise of wives finishing off what their dead bank robber husbands started is pretty incredible and based off the book by Gillian Flynn, who wrote Gone Girl. This has all the makings to be special. Gone Girl turned out incredibly and I don’t see why this can’t as well.

Check out the trailer and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

‘Deadpool 2’ Review

Here’s the thing. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool, but I felt like this was a pretty big drop off from the first.

So you know when you go to a restaurant and you eat the absolute best meal of your life? Then you to back to that exact same restaurant eat the exact same meal, but it’s just not the same feeling? You’re shocked, you were ready to be blown away again, you’ve had this exact same dish before, but for some reason, things seem different. Well this is how I would sum up Deadpool 2.

I remember back in 2016, sitting down to watch Deadpool and from the very opening credits I was laughing so hard and I was hooked right in. Not only was it such a financial success, the move itself paved the way for future comic book movies for years to come (like Logan). It simply changed the game, so it’s no surprise that it only took 2 years for FOX to pump out the Deadpool sequel. So as I sat down, things were oddly familiar, the opening credits poke fun at the James Bond openings, but I just wasn’t laughing quite like I did 2 years prior. It just felt shoed in. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I get it, these are Deadpool traits and they are what made the first so unique and ground breaking. I just didn’t want a repeat performance the second time around.

This time it’s a family story, this movie is all about the family dynamic and what it means to be a family. I’m serious, the whole meaning of the movie is finding out what it takes and what it means to belong to some sort of family. Wade and Vanessa want to put a bun in the oven but when tragedy strikes, Wade must place his heart else where and learn to be part of a new family; the X-Men. Along the way he attempts to create his own team, X-Force, which obviously goes horribly wrong, but a sequence involving said X-Force was one of the highlights of the movie for me. Don’t get me wrong, I had some fun with Deadpool 2, but now waiting days to write my review, I view the whole movie as forgettable. It just seemed so jumbled and all over the place, it’s a movie excuse to set up the future instalments in this franchise. They even make jokes alluding to this very thing, but it just seems so poorly put together. Yes, they introduced Cable (Josh Brolin) who did a fine job. He’s a great character but he really didn’t add anything special to this movie or universe. I want to explore his character some more and him and Reynolds have terrific chemistry together, so that at least is a positive but overall, Cable was a serious meh for me. The person who steals the show and is by far the best part of this movie is Domino (Zazie Beetz) I dont even wanna imagine this movie without her in it. She steals every scene she’s in, the way the movie portrays her super power of being lucky on the big screen, was incredible. It’s without doubt the best part of the entire movie and the sequences when they are displaying her powers were just special in my mind. She has some serious potential in this universe and I can’t wait to see where they take her from here.

Yes, there are a ton of little Easter eggs and references, they allude to a ton of world building but it didn’t add much. You can only make the same joke so many times before it runs dry and stale. The villains are sub-par at most. I think that’s the weakest part of the movie, and why I think the third act falls flat on its face. I’m just kind of disappointed by the movie. I know the effort is there, I love all the people involved, just something seemed off this time around. I think it’s because we’ve already had the experience. So when you try pretty much do the same thing over again, it might not stick and land as well as the first time around. This is just my opinion. I know people are going to love this movie, I just really didn’t. I want to keep seeing Deadpool and exploring the new characters that were introduced. But I think they need to seriously consider the future of this franchise and make sure the next one is a fresh take on this material. You can’t possibly get away with doing the exact same thing three times in a row. Fans won’t stand for that. You can go in so many directions that you need a good writing team and idea for the third.

Overall I found Deadpool 2 to be kind of a mess. I just felt like they tried to hard to build a universe for Deadpool rather than just make a great second installment. There is so much potential here because of how brilliant Reynolds plays the character and they want this to succeed. But maybe they rushed into the sequel, remember it took over a decade to get the first, great things take time. I still think this universe and the future of Deadpool has an insanely bright future. This was just unfortunately a miss-step.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Deadpool 2 = 76/100

‘SkyScraper’ Trailer

Dwayne Johnson, you got a metal leg! – Forest Gump voice

The trend of me liking anything with Dwayne Johnson rolls on! The newest trailer for SkyScraper, his version of Die Hard is fast approaching and it looks like a good old cheesy fun time at the movies!

Seriously though, I’m so down for Dwayne just reinventing old classics and putting a new spin on them and churning them out year after year. Like perhaps a Speed remake? Or how about a new spin on Point Break…wait that already happened, I’m sorry i reminded you of that.

So it goes like this, Dwayne has a really bad day working for the FBI, a bomb explodes leaving him without one of his legs. But as he puts it in the trailer, it was the best thing that ever happened to him because it led him to his wife and eventually the birth of his children. So when they are residents of the worlds tallest building, well you know things are going up shit creek real fast. That’s exactly what happens and it’s up to dear old Dwayne to save the day. No this will not be the next Die Hard, but it looks like a fun night at the movies. DJ always delivers with entertainment and he’s a box office goldmine these days. This will attractive an audience and looks to be half decent. Cheesy, yes. But I’m looking forward to DJ killing a whole lot of bad guys in hopefully some pretty unique and awesome ways. Plus it has one of Canada’s national treasures, Neve Campbell!

Overall the trailer is so-so, but I know I’ll see it opening weekend.

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‘Mowgli’ Trailer Drops.

We are getting another live action Jungle Book movie, and I’m okay with it.

Everyone needs an origin story these days. Even Mowgli the little guy from The Jungle Book. Yes we are only a few years removed from Disney’s massive success that was the live action adaptation of this beloved child story, but this time Andy Serkis is taking the reigns. I’ll be honest if this was any other person, I would be concerned but the master of motion capture has my attention.

I know it’s tough to follow in the footsteps of the previous incarnation, at the time it was one of Disney’s highest grossing movies, critics and fan rejoice at the home run that Jon Favreau provided us with. So Andy has some pretty shoes to fill. But with him behind the scenes and the all star roster he has put together, this has the makings to be great. It will be so difficult to top the previous one, but this time around they are going dark and really digging into Mowgli’s origin.

They needed a fresh take on the subject matter, perhaps no signing no dance routines, more serious and grounded and that is kind of WBs bread and butter. I’m not going to write this movie off because the trailer didn’t absolutely blow me away, can’t be to critical and harsh on teaser trailers. This has all the makings of being a fun ride at the movies with some serious potential upside.

Take a look for yourself!

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer Will Rock You

See what I did with that title? Get it? Queen, will rock you….

This whole thing looks amazing and that’s even without Sasha Baron Cohen playing the lead of Freddy Mercury. Oh what could have been. That was a match made in heaven. But in drops Rami Malek, Mr. Robot himself and I have to say, he’s doing a fantastic job.

I’m a big fan of Queen, well who isn’t? So when I heard they were making a feature length film based on Freddy Mercury I was quite intrigued. It kind of sat in production hell, but they ultimately found their Freddy and their director – Dexter Fletcher.

Movies about music or musical icons can be tough to pull off. You really need a rest performance to carry a movie such as this and I think we are going to get one. Rami will be the anchor of the film and a ton of weight will be placed on his shoulders. If people don’t buy into him and his portrayal of Freddy Mercury then the movie will not succeed. From what we see in the trailer I don’t think that will be the case, it seems he has totally bought into this role and immersed himself into the embodiment of Freddy himself.

Plain and simple if they do a great job incorporating Queens music into the film, and it translates well onto the big screen, I think this will be a home run. Check out the trailer below and see for yourself!

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‘The Predator’ Trailer Finally Drops

Everyone stay calm. I repeat stay calm. Not all hope is lost. Just a bad trailer is all

Well, when news broke last night that the trailer for Shane Black’s upcoming reinterpretation of The Predator was dropping today, I almost felt like a kid on Christmas Eve. Turns out I was a naughty boy because this felt like a lump of coal in my stocking.

Shane man, what the hell? You know people are expecting big things from this, you were part of the original, Christ even helped write it and this is the trailer you put out? I’m so confused. I don’t know how on Earth he approved this thing. It shows us nothing, it’s just a bunch of quick edits and Jacob Tremblay playing with toys. I can’t believe how underwhelmed I was after watching this trailer, and it doesn’t really get any better on repeat views. The cast is stacked, and they didn’t really even give us a good idea of who or what we are dealing with. Boyd Holbrook looks like he will be able to hold his own in this role. You just need to give us something. 10-15 great seconds to sell general audiences on this movie. Even the whole feel of the movie felt nothing like it’s predecessors. Predator is suppose to be dark, scary and suspenseful. With a little bit of fun sprinkled in here and there. Even the Predator itself is barely shown, I know they are invisible, but I wanted one cool moment from them.

They reshot the last third of this movie, I understand that maybe there’s not a ton of fully completed footage ready yet, but you need to go all out here. You need a ton of buzz for this, early and keep the hits coming. That’s how this becomes a truly successful movie. This just isn’t a great start. I’ll watch anything with a Predator in it, but I’m not the person they are trying to sell this movie on. You need the general audience to want to go and check this thing out. I expected a ton more from the first trailer and I actually expected more from Shane Black himself.

I knew they would go down the road of hybrid’s, I just knew it. I’m kind of disappointed by this. You don’t need to reinvent the Predator, it’s perfect the way it is. We just want to see them hunt people down and kill them in awesome and grotesque ways. Is that so hard to ask?

Anyways here’s the trailer.

Where Does The MCU Go From Here?

We got HEAVY spoilers up ahead. So proceed with caution.

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Still here? Okay good! So that photo above means so much more and screams so painfully loud once you have lived through the experience. We had already kind of had our hearts ripped out before this iconic moment, you know with the deaths of Loki and Gamora. But I don’t think ANYONE was prepared for the ending of this movie. I don’t really know where to exactly start, so why not at the beginning? I honestly thought the opening scene rivals the opening scene to the Dark Knight for the best opening scene to a comic book movie ever. The introduction to Thanos just tells us that he is not here for any bullshit, and that’s exactly what Loki is known for. The trickster, the jester, the well dead man. I kind of had a funny feeling that we would finally see the end of Loki at the start of this, but I didn’t think he would go out in such a cruel and awful way. I think we finally got to see the real Loki, the anti-hero Loki in Ragnorok and now I think he’s gone for good. No resurrection, no tricks, Loki is flat out gone from our lives and I think that’s a massive hit to the MCU. But if they want us to believe that there are finally massive stakes at play, then their best bet is to keep him dead. He failed Thanos once, I don’t really think he wanted him around. Here’s the thing. I believe Loki and Gamora’s deaths will be permanent. Everyone else who bit the dust at the end will eventually come back, but deaths that occurred prior to the finger snap might be gone forever. Zoe Saldana is going to be busy as hell filming like 5 Avatar’s in a row and I think making her death remain permanent will only flush out Quills character even more. I also believe she will be the reason Thanos snaps his fingers again and changes what he did and here’s why. Gamora is living inside the soul stone now, they showed that towards the very end of the movie. I think Thanos is RATTLED, and now that she will always be around, like inside his head will drive him insane.

I know it’s crazy to imagine the Guardian’s movies without Gamora but the MCU needs something, a real moment, where there were no jokes, no fun and games. Just real consequences and Gamora’s death should be that moment for the MCU. We all know the 10 people that die in the end scene, I’m not going to name them all, you should know by now, and shame on you if you didn’t weep when Peter was crying to Tony. Now those 10 are 1,000,000 percent coming back I don’t care what any Marvel Executive says about it. Does it make their deaths feel a little bit hollow? I think a little bit, but the original Avengers are left standing. It only makes sense the team that started it all are the ones to defeat or change this outcome for the rest of the universe. That’s why it’s important Loki and Gamora stay dead, or else it will be like this entire movie didn’t matter, and as a fan I will ultimately just feel cheated.

I don’t really know what exactly Marvel has planned for part two of Infinity War. I want to think Thanos will have a change of heart, because even at the end of this movie, while he was sitting on his farm, it seemed he was at peace, but part of me believes me knows he made a big mistake. So I can either see redoing what he has done, or Captain Marvel, who was teased after the credits will get her hands on the gauntlet and do it herself. I don’t really want that to happen. She’s going to be super powerful, we all know that, but she hasn’t even made her debut yet, I don’t want a character who hasn’t been a part of this journey the last 10 years to be the one who finally saves the day. She can come and help out the team, but she better not be the hero at in the end, because I don’t think that’s fair to the rest of our heroes who have lost so much. There are some really powerful people yet to be introduced into the MCU, so Thanos could honestly just be the tip of the iceberg. Josh Brolin said he signed a 2 movie contract, which sucks because Thanos is by far the best thing to happen to the MCU in a long time, and I can’t imagine them getting rid of him after two movies.

I think some of our older heroes will finally say goodbye next installment. It’s funny everyone thought Captain America was going to die during this, I was one of those people. And he was one of the very few left standing. But I don’t see him and Iron Man both making it out alive next time, it seemed Thanos spared them both and he might not be so forgiving next time. It’s the older generation trying to save our younger heroes, the ones that will carry the MCU into the future, it would only make sense that a few of them sacrifice themselves to save others. Iron Man is going to be next level sad after watching Spider-Man die. I hope the next movie takes place moments after this one ends, because I need to see exactly how Tony is going to react knowing that these heroes might not come back. Remember just because we know its a forgone conclusion our heroes will return, the heroes in the movie don’t.

It really has been an incredible journey these last 19 movies, and I think a lot of people aren’t ready to say goodbye to some of these characters. But all good things must come to an end. Marvel knows what they are doing, and I know next years finale will truly be something to remember, it’s difficult thinking that they could top Infinity War.

So what’s in store for our heroes, we are going to have to wait till May 19th to find out!

‘Robin Hood’ Trailer

Boy oh boy. Kingsmen 3 looks pretty dope.

Seriously though, doesn’t it kind of feel like the Kingsmen have just been transported back in time and now Eggsy is trading in his guns and gadgets for a bow and arrow. All kidding aside this look pretty cool, simply because it looks to have that Kingsmen vibe to it.

We’ve gotten a ton of Robin Hood movies throughout my lifetime, but this looks and feels different than any previous incarnation we have seen before.

Brass tax, this just looks like a fun popcorn movie and I like everyone involved here. Jamie Foxx who is playing a sort of Yoda role and the baddest man on Earth Ben Mendelsohn playing another villain yet again. If he keeps this up I think people will just assume he is an asshole in real life. But we need it to keep happening because he plays such a fantastic bad guy. Also the guy directing Otto Bathurst is the man behind Peaky Blinders so that is a terrific sign. Overall I’m intrigued and kind of excited for Robin Hood, Taron Egerton is my dude. Also the guy from 50 Shades is in this movie so yeah……

Check ya later.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review

Marvel raises the bar once again for the Superhero genre. Creating their greatest achievement yet. It’s perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

I laughed, I cried, I cheered. And that was all just in the first 10 minutes. I had to wait until Sunday night to finally see the much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War. Do you know how difficult it is to stay spoiler free from the biggest movie of the last decade? It’s extremely hard, I did my best to stay off social media, so when Sunday night rolled around I was ecstatic I was walking in spoiler free. So after a decade and 18 movies later, did Marvel hit a grand slam? Yes, yes they did. I’m not really sure where to start, this will be a spoiler free review, I’m going to write another piece about the future of the MCU and how I really thought about EVERYTHING that happens in Infinity War, but for now, here’s my review! Also just congratulations on this becoming the highest grossing movie ever domestically in a single weekend. It deserves it, this is bar none the best MCU movie ever made.

Boy did Marvel not hold back, from the very opening moments of the film, this felt like something epic. This review might be all over the place, because it will be extremely hard to write something spoiler free, which this will be! We are immediately introduced to Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his trusty side kicks – The Black Order. For sidekicks, the Black Order were pretty goddamn awesome I thought. Hats off to Tom Vaughn-Lawlor who played Ebony Maw, because if you tossed him into any other MCU movie, we could be talking about one of the best MCU villains here. Just so happens he was standing next to Thanos for the entire movie so it’s hard to really consider him truly great, because well Thanos climbed to the top of Mount Rushmore of comic book movie villains after this performance. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, it’s not like we have been waiting since 2012, when he first reared his big ugly purple head. Since then they have been building the MCU for this very moment. When everything finally comes together, crossovers you didn’t know you wanted, team ups we could have never imagined and more importantly the Avengers coming face to face with the Mad Titan Thanos. For the last 6 years all we have heard about is the 6 infinity stones and the unimaginable power they all contain. Put them all together and that person has the power to accomplish anything. Well Thanos is looking to round up all these stones and it’s up to our heroes to stop him. That’s almost the strongest part of the entire movie. It’s not an overly complicated plot, it’s simple. Thanos wants the stones, our heroes are trying to do everything and anything they can to stop him.

Thanos was such a terrific villain, we are coming off such a strong one with Killmonger in Black Panther, but Marvel stepped their game up even more with Thanos. What makes a truly memorable and great villain performance, is well, they need to have layers, and the character kind of needs to be flushed out throughout the movie. We get a ton of background and history about Thanos, we get to see inside his mind, what makes him tick and everything he truly loves. For being the most evil person in the entire universe, there are parts of the movie where you almost are rooting for him to get all the stones. Like if someone asks me, “Was Thanos a good villain?” Well, he’s unstoppable, terrifying, sadistic, at times polite and like i mentioned, in a few brief moments, sympathetic. He’s just not a power hungry mad man who has no sense or sense awareness to everything around him. He’s so much more complex than that, and you almost see where he’s coming from. He’s the most badass villain to ever show up in a comic book movie, and with that comes the fact he’s almost the most sympathetic villain to ever grace the big screen. So if you haven’t figured out by now, I really enjoyed Thanos, he makes the movie and I was glad that he got the most screen time out of any character in the entire movie. Frankly, us fans that have been waiting all this time for him to show up deserved it.

As for the rest of the team they all work so well together. Yes they all don’t have the most screen time, but if you love these characters and watching them, then you won’t care. The interactions between characters, like Rocket and Thor, Tony and Dr. Strange are all things I didn’t know I needed so badly in my life. The Russo Brothers picked the perfect little teams to divide into, and I think that was really important. If that doesn’t work, the whole movie doesn’t work. I thought Dr. Strange, Thor and Gamora were the MVP’s of our heroes. Thor has evolved into the best MCU character in my opinion and I can’t wait to see how he will keep evolving. The whole movie really flies by, they don’t really pussyfoot around at all. You’re in waist deep before you know it, and instantly the stakes are at an all time high. I saw a lot of people saying this was just another “funny MCU movie” and yes of course it’s funny. I’m happy this movie is funny, but when it wants to get down to the nitty gritty and be serious, it’s actually bone chilling serious. There are moments in this movie that I never saw coming, things that maybe I saw coming. Things I thought might happened, happened. Things that could happen, happened. A ton of available evidence and suspicion confirmed that, in the end that thing would happen. I WAS NOT PREPARED AT ALL TO WATCH THAT THING HAPPEN. This movie tugs on your heart strings and when the screen fades to black, you are gut punched. You are looking around searching for answers, you want to know what the hell just happened. I think that’s my favourite part about this whole thing. I have no idea where Marvel is going to take this thing. Well I have some thoughts and wild ideas, but I actually don’t really know the future direction of the MCU and for the first time in a long time, I am so intrigued about this whole thing.

Like I can’t even say much more, because all I want to do is talk about everything that happens within the movie. But I can’t, not here at least. What more do you want me to say? This is the movie of 2018, no other comic book movie will come close to making me feel what I felt during Infinity War. It’s damn near perfect, I can’t wait to watch it again. I saw it back to back nights, because I needed that in order to really process everything. Go see this movie, don’t be that weirdo that sits this one out. I will say this – It’s perfectly balanced as all things should be.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Avengers: Infinity War = 98/100