Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is perhaps the Marvel movie most affected by a real-world event. There’s no way to even examine this movie without taking into account the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. It feels inadequate to say that his portrayal of the character gave joy to so many people and that he will be missed by the world.
The thing about the Quantumania trailer isn’t that it’s not visually cool; it’s that it will probably be disappointing. I’ve repeatedly found with the Ant-Man movies that the concepts and potential visuals never pay off as well as they could.
Strange World wears its influences on its sleeve, and it informs a ton of the movie’s pacing, sense of adventure, and how it approaches danger in any scene. It’s based on old-school pulp comics, novels, and radio plays—even as someone who didn’t grow up with that being commonplace, it’s obvious.
If you read many of my reviews, you might’ve noticed I have a bias. I’ve spoken about it before: I like unique, wild, and weird. Stories going out of their way to be meta, mind-bending, or commentate on current events or societal ills have often gotten positive reviews from me.
The School for Good and Evil is a fun fantasy movie with a surprising amount of narrative depth while also being goofy, self-indulgent, and occasionally seriously questionable. I’ll spend some time ragging on it, mostly for its botched train wreck of an ending, but if you want an escapist movie full of fairy tale shenanigans, this has some promise. Read the whole review to see what I mean.
Now it’s time for the negativity. The stuff I least enjoyed reviewing. I’ve sandwiched this part between two positive articles, so we don’t end this retrospective on a low note.
I’ve written many articles this year and reviewed piles of movies, tons of shows, and even a few books. And while a lot of media flees my memory once I’m done reviewing it, a few things were so good and memorable that they’ve stuck with me throughout the year. And in the same vein, some media pieces were so disappointing that I still wish for a better version.
This interconnectivity, this familiar exploration, would have been enough to carry a movie. But The Mitchells vs the Machines still has two more things to cover.
It’s one day before December, but everyone who celebrates it already knows it’s Christmas time. There’s no escaping, and there’s no point in delaying it. So, we’re looking at Mickey Saves Christmas, a short special that disappointed me for reasons entirely my fault.
It is well-established that Phineas and Ferb is amazing and worthy of a lot of praise. And, with great enthusiasm, I say Candace Against the Universe is more of the same.
Wendell & Wild, out the gate, was something I knew I would review. A Henry Selick involved, stop-motion, punk-music soundtrack-ed, children’s horror movie co-written by Jordan Peele—are you kidding me with this? It’s no secret that Coraline is one of my favorite movies, and it’s widely known how much I like horror and macabre stuff.
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