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WandaVision: A Review

WandaVision created by Jac Schaeffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disney+ has begun releasing their episodes of WandaVision. The first week, they released two episodes, and I assume that they will only release one episode at a time after that. I have missed the MCU in all its variety and fun, so I was really excited to watch this show.

It did not disappoint. It isn’t like anything else I’ve seen so far on in the Marvel Universe. But I’m a huge Donna Reed fan, so seeing a show in this format of a 1950s/60s sitcom was really entertaining. I loved all the silliness and catch phrases, but this isn’t a simple sitcom. Between the laugh tracks, there is something amiss in Westview.

Everything seems to be slipping clues as to what is really going on, from the commercials to the strange beekeeper scene to creepy one-liners from the supporting cast. And I feel like the show isn’t going to let on what is happening exactly any time soon, but like any good mystery, we are going to follow Wanda and Vision as they realize their broken reality and follow each secret door to the final reveal. And I’m living for every second of it.

The cast is also amazing. There were all sorts of familiar faces. Kathryn Hahn (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Bad Moms alum) is the perfect quirky neighbor, Agnes. Emma Caulfield Ford (who I loved in Buffy way back in the day) was the intimidating neighborhood leader, Dottie, in the second episode that had a very creepy scene. Teyonah Parris, from Dear White People, is the naive new friend, Geraldine (who may know more than she lets on). And Debra Jo Rupp must have felt quite at home in a period sitcom since she was from That 70s Show.

Overall, the first two episodes are entertaining, full of creepy clues, and keeps you just a little on edge all the way to the end. If you have Disney+ and you loved Marvel, I would definitely suggest checking it out. I am looking forward to the rest of the season for sure!

No profanity. Chaste kissing and romantic situations. May have some slapstick violence, but nothing detailed or graphic, at least not in the first two episodes.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: No Spoiler Review

Michael and I don’t really get to go to the movies anymore since the baby was born.  But, thankfully, we have been able to keep up with our Marvel movies so far, thanks to my wonderful mom who came for a visit.

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So in the Marvel universe, there are comedies and dramas.  Ant-Man falls under the comedic category, most definitely.  Paul Rudd is hilariously dry and sarcastic.  Also, I have to say that Randall Park was probably my favorite supporting actor, who will always be known to me as Steve, the Asian Jim, from The Office.

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While the first Ant-Man was focused more on Scott Lang and his familial relationships, this movie shifted that focus to Hank, Hope, and their missing wife/mother, Janet.  Janet had been lost in the Quantum Void since Hope was a little girl, and they had always hoped one day they might be able to get her back.

One of the themes I love most in a lot of Marvel movies but especially this one is trust.  Trust in your friends.  Trust in yourself.  Scott not only has to rely on others, but he learns to be loyal and trustworthy to his friends as well.

Also, I really like the number of people without superpowers in this movie that have a big impact on the outcome.  Luis was hilarious, but he demonstrated loyalty and authenticity even in really crazy situations.  (The “truth serum” scenes were hilarious).

The only slight critique was the amount of subplot in the movie.  They seemed to distract from each other.  And I felt like the coming together of all of them was a little discombobulated.  It seemed that they tried to fit in a lot into this movie that none of it really stood out.

The movie takes place between Avengers: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.  I would really recommend seeing both of those movies and the first Ant-Man movies before seeing this one.  There are a lot of references to these movies that explain a lot of the plot and themes in this movie.

Whether or not you have seen the other movies, I think you can still enjoy the humor and storyline of this movie.  Plus, the characters are endearing.  It’s not my favorite Marvel movie of all time, but it was definitely a great movie to watch.  4 out of 5 stars.  Definite recommend!

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Black Panther: A Review

For our Valentine’s Date, Michael and I saw the new Marvel movie, Black Panther.  I’ve been stoked to see this movie since I saw the trailer back in the summer.  I know that there have been a lot of great articles out there that articulate the amazing things this movie has done and is doing for the black community, such as this one from the New York Times.  But for my review, I just want to share my two favorite things about the movie from my perspective as a Marvel Universe loving girl.  No spoilers, I promise.

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My first favorite thing is the women in this movie.  Last year, I thought DC had really cornered the market on the female representation with Wonder Woman, but in this movie, there were three fierce, beautiful, intelligent women who kicked butt.  I call them the soldier, the spy, and the scientist (because I love alliteration and it works).  And even though I loved their fight scenes, car chases, and attitudes, my favorite part was that they each held to their own convictions.  Throughout the film, they each get told in one way or another that they are naive, or that they are assumed to act a certain way (and this is coming out of an egalitarian society), but they stick to who they are and what they believe.  In the end, they each prove themselves by just being themselves.  I’m afraid that I can’t give too many specifics, though, because of spoilers.

The second favorite thing is the set design/cinematography.  The sweeping landscapes and deep, rich colors of Africa are pronounced throughout the film.  My absolute favorite set, though, was the throne room of the Jabari tribe.  A close second is the throne room in Wakanda.  But what I loved the most was the intertwining of the traditional with the technologically advanced.  When I think of futuristic cities, I usually imagine pristine, minimalist buildings.  But in Wakanda, you had what seemed ancient ruins mixed with hovercrafts.  There was a point in the movie where they showed a part of Wakanda where people were selling things in a market, and a hoverbus goes by.  I wanted to pause the movie and just get lost in all of the details – the ivy growing along the buildings, people communicating from their bracelets.  It was absolute perfection in a way I hadn’t thought of before.

Overall, I highly recommend the movie.  Like in most of the Marvel movies, there are amazing themes of redemption and mercy, understanding where people come from, and caring about the people around you and doing what’s right.  Definitely in my top five favorites in comic book movies of all time.

Thor Ragnarok: A review

This weekend, Michael and I saw the new Thor movie.

In short, the movie is hilarious, a much lighter movie than the other two Thor movies.  Some great one-liners, well-paced, clever writing.  Just an all around, great movie to see.  Highly recommend.

I find it really interesting, the contrast between Thor’s time on Sakaar versus what is happening on Asgard at the same time.  The cinematography and overall tone are completely different.  Sakaar is lighter, brighter, the fight scenes are almost comical.  On Asgard, the tone is similar to those on the previous two Thor movies – dark, serious, and a lot more death.  And it becomes even more apparent as they switch back and forth between places.

Also, at this point, if you have been watching the Marvel movies, then you know that each one builds off of the ones before and builds up to the ones coming up.  There is a really neat bonus scene at the end that ties into a bonus scene at the end of the last Guardians of the Galaxy movie, kind of a before and after.  Plus, there is a cameo of Dr. Strange towards the beginning of the movie, tying in the two universes.  I love how everything seems to be coming together.

I don’t want to give anything about the movie specifically away.  If you haven’t been watching the Marvel movies at all, I would recommend at least seeing Dr. Strange and the first two Thor movies and the first Avengers movie if you want to understand most of the references made in this one.  I really hope you go see the movie, though!  It’s a really fun ride!