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‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ A True Hero?

July 1st, 2019 No comments

 

 

Review by: John M Delia, Jr.

 

After the Avengers: Endgame and with the loss of fifty percent of the population returned from the dead (In Avengers Infinity War, Thanos powered up the Infinity stones), things began to go back to normal. But there was a change when the people returned. They did not age and came back where they were previous to the event occurring. The problem was however, that five years had passed. People who did not get wiped out aged five years, while the returnees did not age at all. Things adjusted slowly and life returns back to what is was.
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IRON MAN 2 Written Review

May 6th, 2010 No comments

“WHIPS OF TERROR”

large poster IM2Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell

Directed by: Jon Favreau

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language.

Genre: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel

Release date: May 7, 2010

By John Delia

There will be no stopping the power of Iron Man 2 with all the media hype, great trailers and television spots leading the way to a box-office winner.  Having seen the film I can say that for comic book enthusiasts, sci-fi superhero fanatics and high-powered action lovers your expectations will be fulfilled. If there is a flaw in the film get hold of a dictionary and look up the word absurd. But it’s not going to deter the sale of tickets at the boxoffice for a number of weeks.

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark

Here is a thumbnail of the movie. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) shows up at his military technology expo after announcing on world wide TV that he is Iron Man.  At the same time Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), the son of a Russian scientist who was instrumental in developing the science that keeps Iron Man blazing, has found his fathers blueprints of the mechanism.  In a lab the brilliant man develops a weapon that can defeat the iron superhero and he’s determined to do so.  When Stark gets a taste of Vanko’s electric whip, he goes back to his lab to find a defense.

Mickey Rourke plays Whiplash

Mickey Rourke plays Whiplash

This time, instead of a handsome businessman villain, director Jon Favreau goes to the dark side and picks Rourke to play the adversary.  After seeing the film I can’t think of anyone better to bring Whiplash to life than the tough looking Rourke. Dressed in a gladiator garment with whips of amour cutting electricity, Rourke as Whiplash slashes cars in half showing a frightening display of power.

Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle team up

Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle team up

Downey Jr. keeps the laughs coming with his narcissistic personality while showing off in front of the world and the U.S. Military.  In support an energetic Don Cheadle takes on the James “Rhodey” Rhodes character doing an admirable job. But why wouldn’t he, considering an enigmatic Terrance Howard was Rhodey in the originally.

Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

Johansson and Downey Jr.

Adding Scalett Johansson in the role of a marshal arts wiz is a nice touch.  Her persona reminds me of the character Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) in Kick-Ass. There’s one scene in Iron Man 2 where if I didn’t know the two films were written by different scriptwriters and lensed at different studios you’d think it was a grown up Hit-Girl spinning and kicking.

The only downsides I could find are the absurdities and impossibilities that get

Jon Favreau on the set as director

Jon Favreau on the set as director

entrenched in all comic book hero films.  But it’s the amazement needed to make the film work like explosions where no one gets hurt, a cool ad for Audi that comes out of nowhere, and an Iron man suit in a suitcase to name a few. Of course the biggest absurdity is the fact that the film opened in Europe a week earlier before coming to America.

Iron Man 2 is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  Not as brilliant as the first go around but worthy. (4 of 5 Palm Trees)

THE BOOK OF ELI written review

January 14th, 2010 No comments

“A NUCLEAR BLAST”

thebookofeli_smallposterStarring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Beals and Tom Waits

Directed by: Albert and Alan Hughes

MPAA Rating: R for some brutal violence and language.

Genre: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy

By John Delia

Imagine that you are still alive in a world gone mad following a nuclear world war. What would your reason be to live and what would you do to survive?  That’s the premise of the excellent film The Book Of Eli.  Brilliant acting led by Denzel Washington, first-class direction by the Hughes Brothers and amazing cinematography by Don Burgess bring the gut-wrenching story to life creating a stunner for science fiction and action movie lovers alike.

Eli (Washington) travels the neuclear wasteland

Eli (Washington) travels the neuclear wasteland

In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks across the wasteland that was once America. Nothing but empty cities, broken highways, seared earth all around him, the marks of catastrophic destruction. There is no civilization here, no law. The roads belong to gangs that would murder a man for his shoes, an ounce of water or for their amusement.  But they are no competition for this crafty traveler.

Beals and Oldman are Clauia and Carnegie

Beals and Oldman are Clauia and Carnegie

A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli (Denzel Washington) seeks only peace but, if challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It’s not his life he guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years and is determined to realize. When he reaches a makeshift town run by a tyrannical Carnegie (Gray Oldman), he is forced to make a decision that will pit him against the despot and partner him with the ruler’s adopted daughter Solara (Mila Kunis).

Eli takes on road ragers

Eli takes on road ragers

I enjoyed Washington’s masterful performance as the hard-hitting and shrewd extreme fighter who stops at nothing to achieve his goal.  His Eli is flawlessly delivered to the screen in this film.  Think Denzel as the strong willed character Creasy from Man On Fire, add a little wacky Frank Lucas of American Gangster, throw in some angst of Alonzo from Training Day and add a pinch of determination from his role in John Q and you have the perfect model of Eli.

Huges Brothers directing a scene

Huges Brothers directing a scene

Direction by the Hughes Brothers is impeccable, breathing life into the intense and powerful storyline.  Taking time to develop their main character, painting a dark canvas of a gloomy America in shambles and creating excitement scene after scene.  Their match up with Washington and Oldman is amazingly successful as you can feel the tension between the two adversaries that lasts from first meeting though the brilliant finale.

Scene from Book of Eli 2

Cinematographer Don Burgess creates dispair for 'Eli'

Cinematography by Don Burgess who filmed Spiderman, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Forrest Gump does a brilliant job of capturing dismal landscapes, the demoralized town, a terrifying shootout and many more elements that make the film work. His close-ups are sharp and the dank mood he creates with his lenses is very impressive.

The film is rated R for some brutal violence and language needed to give credence to the setting created by the elements. In addition there are also some sexual references and gore so immature children should not view this film.

What a treat it is to see lead actor Denzel Washington on the screen in The Book of Eli.  His career includes nearly 50 appearances in film and television and from his early beginning on the sitcom Wilma in 1977 Denzel was

Denzel as Eli

Denzel as Eli

destined to be a star.  Taking on breakthrough roles such as Roger Porter in 1981’s Carbon Copy where he played the son of a white corporate executive, Cry Freedom in which he plays South African Black activist Steven Biko, Black nationalist leader Malcolm X, Lt. Commander Ron Hunter in the racially charged drama Crimson Tide, the true life story of boxer Ruben Carter in The Hurricane, a head coach that stood up against segregation in Remember The Titans, Oscar winner for his role in the agonizing Training Day, the fiery Frank Lucas in American Gangster, and many more.

The Hughes Brothers are twins born of an African American father and an Armenian mother.  Raised by their mother after a divorce the boys found their love of film at an early age being supported by her in their endeavors.

Albert and Alan Hughes

Albert and Alan Hughes

Their creative work as teens includes music videos for Tone Loc and Tupac Shakur.  In 1993 at the age of 20 they made the film Menace II Society that premiered at Cannes Film Festival.  They went on to make films like Dead Presidents starring Larenz Tate, the documentary American Pimp, the Johnny Depp film From Hell and now The Book of Eli.  They also worked on projects for television including Touch Evil.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A creative masterpiece for the screen. (5 of 5 Palm Trees)