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Maybe It’s Not So Bad Being A Writer… Maleficent In Review
I Just Watched “Maleficent” For The First Time And I Have To Say…
…It Was Amazing
From The Young Actress Who Played Young Maleficent…
…To The Actor Who Played Her Raven In Human Form
But More Than That Was Angelina, And The Writer Of The Screenplay, Linda Woolverton
The Same Screenplay Writer Who Brought You Both The Alice Films…
…And The Animated “Beauty And The Beast” & “The Lion King” Screenplays
And It Shows
Maleficent Is A Perfect Dark Fairy Tale, With A Dash Of Light
It Brings Depth To One Of The All Time Best Villains Of All Time…
…Second Only To Darth Vader For Me
If You Haven’t Seen It…
But Prepare Yourself For Wonder…
And Glorious Storytelling
Dr. Strange is a blend of “House” (The Television Show), “Intervention”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Fantasia”
It’s a Pretty Amazing Film
Tilda Swinton’s Character (Was Amazing)
As I suspected parts of it would be a Trip (Visually)
His Cape is Amazing… And it’s also, Alive
I used to Read Dr. Strange as a kid… Because he wasn’t your ordinary Superhero
He was Mystical
This Came On My Pandora, Kinda Made My Day
Before I Say Anything Else, Let Me Start By Saying I Respect That They Dedicated This Film To Both Leonard Nimoy, And Anton Yelchin (Checkov)
Leonard Nimoy Was One Of My Favorite People On The Planet, And Spock Was My Favorite Character In The Original “Star Trek” Shows And Films
And Anton Yelchin Was One Of My Favorite, If Not My Favorite Part Of These New “Star Trek” Films. He Was Just A Very Special Talent.
STAR TREK BEYOND… IN REVIEW
Let me start by saying that preview above, sadly, was much better than the actual Film.
When I originally saw the preview for this Film (I think it was a different preview than the one above, which is actually pretty good), I actually didn’t think that it looked like it was going to be very good… But, as time has gone by, once I saw it was orderable, I’ve kinda wanted to take a look. Partly because I liked the first two Reboot “Star Trek” Films, partly because it’s a “Star Trek” Film.
The Writing; After watching this Film last night, I knew it would be a challenge to try and explain what appeared to go wrong overall with this film. My biggest suspicion, was the Writing. Followed by possibly the Editing, and lastly the Directing.
That in mind, I thought I’d start with the Writing in determining this.
The First And Second Reboot “Star Trek” Films were written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who appear to have been working together for a long time on such films as “Tranformers” I and II, and “Cowboys And Alians”.
They were also joined by Damon Lindelof on the Second Reboot, “Star Trek Into Darkness”. He also worked with them on “Cowboys And Aliens”, and also was one of the writers on “World War Z”.
All of these were decent films, though their efforts in “Star Trek” Reboots were probably better.
Writing this Third Reboot Film, “Star Trek Beyond”, was Simon Pegg (The Actor who plays Scotty in the Reboot films), and Doug Jong. Both of them have previous writing credits (Most notably “Shaun Of The Dead”, which Simon Pegg Co Wrote)
I’ve never seen any of either of their work… I’ve only heard that “Shaun Of The Dead” is funny.
All I can say is, this film felt very sloppy, and disjointed.
Though there were some good concepts here and there, for the most part the whole thing felt like “Then this happened… Then this happened… Then this happened,” with no sense of… Solidity I guess… Still difficult to explain, lol
One very sad thing I will say is, J. J. Abrams (Along with everyone else involved with the First Two Reboots) did a great job of reinventing the Old/Original Star Trek Characters, and making us look forward to their new Adventures.
But this third film not only took the Original 1966 Characters for granted, it also took the New 2009 Rebooted Characters for granted.
Which I gotta say, is really sad for the Actors, even more so than the fans of Star Trek.
And it makes me wonder how each of them actually felt about this film.
But that info. is probably impossible to find out there, as I guess there’s a Sequel to this latest film already planned.
The Directing; It’s difficult for me to discern how much of the issue with this Film was the Directing, how much was the Writing, and how much was the Editing.
I know they all played a part.
The only film I’ve seen that Justin Lin Directed was “The Fast And The Furious Tokyo Drift”.
I actually liked that film. Though I admit, I really liked a couple of the actors, and I love Tokyo at night.
Still, it wasn’t bad.
I’m curious to hear what people think in regards to how much of the problem was the Directing, and how much was the Writing in this film… But I suspect the Writing is the main problem.
Editing; All I can say is, something was off… But maybe it had to do with the Content/Shots they had to work with, or just bad Writing, or unintuitive Directing… Really hard for me to put my finger on it.
What can I say, the Acting was good… Admittedly, some of them seemed a bit off sometimes… But I suspect that had to do with either the Writing, or Directing… Really hard to say… But their efforts were consistent with the First Two Reboot Films.
Like I say, the Acting was good, but as I mentioned above, I do feel that how well they developed the Characters in the First Two Reboots was taken for granted in this film… The Cliche’s, if you will, became multi layered… Leaving a feeling that you were only seeing the shell of these characters. Sorry to be repetitive, but Writing, and/or Writing and Directing.
And the New Character Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), wasn’t an issue as I feared from the preview… If anything, I felt she had to kind of be in ‘neutral’ during some of the film, because either the Writing or Directing just wasn’t good enough.
It’s important in reading this article/post that you realize, I’m not Writing this to ‘Slam’ the new film, the Writers or Director… I’m just an extreme admirer of the whole “Star Trek” Franchise, and so every film, and series is important to me.
That said, lets face it, J. J. Abrams isn’t exactly easy to replace. And though he did Produce this Third Reboot, he did not Direct it.
We all know he shifted from the “Star Trek” Franchise to the “Star Wars” Franchise, and there’s a chance that “Star Trek Beyond” may have paid the price…
Though, I’m definitely not slamming him for that… In my opinion, he has successfully Rebooted both the “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” series.
In truth, he’s such a busy, and highly demanded guy, I doubt he would have Directed the Third Film anyway…
Final Thoughts; I was terribly disappointed in this film. In fact, even the ‘hey it’s just a movie, have fun watching it’ factor wasn’t quite enough to keep me watching the whole thing… The main reason I watched the whole thing was so that I could do this post to be honest with you.
And the main reason I did this post, is because I know they can do a lot better than this film… Because I’ve seen them do it, for one.
What can I say, I’m a Writer, and I’m a Filmmaker… And this Film left me very unsettled.
One last thing, I really do want to give credit to those involved because it was obviously a behemoth of a film to Produce.
5 Stars Out Of 10
Check it out, and let me know what your opinion is
In 1995, Mel Gibson Directed, And Starred In The Film “Braveheart”
At The Time, It Was One Of My Favorite Films Of All Time
But Two Years Before, In 1993, Mel Gibson Directed His First Film, “The Man Without A Face”
Which He Also Acted In
Originally Casted To Play The Lead Role Was William Hurt
But When He Ended Up Not Playing The Role, Mel Stepped In
I Knew I Liked The Film, But When I Watched It Again Today, I Remembered Why
The Writing And Directing Were Good, But It Was Mel Gibson’s Acting, And Character, That Truly Inspired Me
If You Haven’t Seen It, I Recommend You Do!
My Favorite Superhero Film – Captain America Civil War… In Review
by DarkJade/James Mahoney
It’s Hit A Point Of Saturation For Me In Regards To Superhero Films
Not Because They’re Not Good… Just Because There’s Been, And Will Continue To Be, So Many
Many Months Back, Before The Release Of “Captain America Civil War”, I Posted This Picture Above (Including What’s Written To The Right Of It) On Instagram
I Didn’t Realize How Right I’d Be
But It Wasn’t Because Of The Whole ‘Captain America vs Iron Man’ Concept Which Basically/Likely Drove Audiences To See it, Primarily
It Was Because Of The Characters, And Character Development… Two Of The Most Important Things To Me As A Writer, And Filmmaker
STORY – The Story Was Fine… Typical Comic Book, Which Is Generally A Good Thing, But, Like I Say, With The Saturation Of The Market, It’s Gotta Be Tough Figuren Out A Good Story. This Story Was Good Enough.
But It Was The Characters, And The Fight Scenes (I’m Not A Big Fight Scene Guy, They Basically Feel Pretty Generic To Me… But Not This Time, These Are Some Of The Best Fight Scenes I’ve Ever Scene In Any Film), That Really Drove This Film
THE BLACK PANTHER
Not Only Is The Actor (Chadwick Bosemen) Who Plays The African Prince Exceptional, This Character Is Just Captivating To Watch… Different Than Any Other Character I’ve Experienced In A Very Subtle Way
Paul Bettany, Come On, What An Amazing Actor To Play The Vision… I Love The Way He Basically Went From Being Iron Man’s Computer’s Voice In The “Iron Man” And “Avengers” Films, To Becoming The Vision (This Actually Happened In The Second Avengers Movie I Believe?)… Brilliant… In This Movie He Is Riddled With Compassion… More Palpable Compassion Than Them All… Brilliant Riveting Character
Better, And Better, And Better… I’ve Liked Chris Evens Since He Played The Human Torch (Johnny Storm) In The 2005 “Fantastic Four” (Yes, It’s Been That Long, lol)
But I Did Not Like Him In The First New “Captain America” Film
But It Wasn’t The Actor’s Fault
Maybe It’s Because I Actually Used To Read The “Captain America” Comic Back In The 80’s… Everyone Talks About Him Being A Boy Scout In The Comic World
To Me He Was Never Like That
Captain America Is One Of My Heroes, Right Along Side Walt Disney, Bruce Lee, George Lucas, John Hughes And Gary Gygax (Co Creator Of Dungeons & Dragons)
The Reason For This Was The Way He Was Portrayed In The Comic Book… First Of All, Like Bruce Lee, It Fascinated Me A Human Who Has Physically Maximized His Individual Physical Potential
Much Like Olympic Athletes… No Super Powers, Just Maximized Individual Physical Potential
Secondly, Captain America Is One Of The Most Compassionate Characters Ever Written… He Truly Represents, And Protects The Human Spirit
Anyway, In Everyone Of These Superhero Films With Chris Evans Playing Captain America, He Has Improved The Character… Be It Writing, Acting, Directing Or All Three Of These Elements… Captain America Hit His Stride A Movie Or Two Back, And Has Toppled That Stride In This Film
Believe It Or Not, To My Surprise, ‘Black Widow’ In The Original ‘Avengers’ Movie Was My Favorite Character… Loved The Hulk, And Robert Downey’s Iron Man Is/Was Off The Charts… But Black Widow Was The Deepest, Strongest Character In That Film… In My Opinion… But I’m An Emotional Guy
And It’s Not Because Of The Way She Looks Or Dresses, As I Know Many Girlfriends Out There Can’t Stand Scarlett Johansson
I’ve Liked Her Since I Saw Her In Robert Redford’s “The Horse Whisperer”… She Was Really Young In That (12 to 15 Maybe?)
If You Haven’t Seen It, I Suggest You Do
But Much Like Brad Pitt, Who Is Also One Of My Favorite Actors, They Are Much More Than Their Looks
In Every One Of The Super Hero Films With This Character In It, She Has Been Consistent, And Grown
This Actor (Sebastian Stan), And This Character (He Was The Main Bad Guy-ish Character In” Captain America’s Winter Soldier” As Well), Are Basically Flawless… He Is Exactly Why We Start And Continue Reading Comic Books In The First Place
Rarely Does A Character Speak So Much, So Loudly, And So Clearly, Without Hardly Ever Saying A Word
There Are Many Other Great Characters In This Film, The New ‘Spiderman’, And ‘Ant Man’, But The Characters Above Knock This Film/Movie Out Of The Park In My Opinion
REVIEW – Maybe This Is Just Exactly The Kind Of Film/Movie I Prefer… Completely Character Driven, With Beautifully Complex And Well Executed Performances… Maybe Part Of It Reminds Me Of A Game My Bro And I Created Called ‘Superhero Wars’, Where We Randomly Determined Teams Of Heroes, Developed Game Stats For Them, And Randomly Determined Who Fought Who… Or Maybe You Will Feel The Same After You See This Film… I Truly Feel This Is The Best Superhero Film Made Yet…
Sorry Batman Fans, Sorry Superman Fans, Sorry Spiderman Fans, Sorry Iron Man and Avengers Fans… In My Opinion, This Is It
5 Stars Out Of 5 Stars For The Acting, Characters & Fight Scenes Alone
(P.S. I Didn’t Show Any More Clips, Because I Truly Think You Should See Them In Context, As Opposed To Displaced)