Reviews / 04.05.2022

After more than a decade of films that mostly followed the same tried and true formula, Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems determined to offer something different, particularly its commitment to completely shattering the notion of reality by virtue of its newfound obsession with the "multiverse" concept. Disney+ shows like WandaVision, Loki, and What If...

Reviews / 31.03.2022

After the staggering critical and commercial success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, you have to feel sympathy for the next film in line from Sony Pictures' Marvel universe. That unfortunate mantle falls to the dreadfully disappointing Morbius; a flat, dull mess of a blockbuster that commits the cardinal cinematic sin of being unfathomably boring. Led by a genuinely lifeless performance from Jared Leto and drowning in a turgid disarray of CGI, it's a forgettable experience that does little to justify its existence. Dr. Michael Morbius (Leto) is a gifted biochemist...

Reviews / 03.11.2021

One of the biggest criticisms lobbed at the Marvel Cinematic Universe is its persistence with sticking to the tried and true "Marvel formula." In most Marvel Studios films (particularly first outings of new superheroes), we meet our down on their luck protagonist who soon discovers their hidden superpower which attracts the attention of some ungodly antagonist who forces our new hero to overcome insurmountable odds and ultimately save the day. Now that you've read it, you can see how many Marvel films it applies to, right? To be fair,...

Reviews / 08.06.2021

Now that WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have firmly established the television spin-off world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's time to turn our attention to the franchise's favourite mischievous scamp. The MCU has delivered a chequered roster of villains over the past decade. While there's been the highs of Avengers: Infinity War's Thanos and Black Panther's Erik Killmonger, there's also the lows of Iron Man 2's Whiplash and Thor: The Dark World's Malekith. But the most enduring villain of this lengthy saga has undoubtedly been...

Reviews / 19.03.2021

After the breath of fresh air that was WandaVision, the MCU returns to its roots with its next blockbuster Disney+ television series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Following in the footsteps of Wanda and co. will prove to be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, the hugely popular series revived the public's interest in the Marvel universe after a total void of new content from Marvel Studios for more than 18 months. On the other, it set a new benchmark for daringly unique...

Reviews / 15.01.2021

2020 will be remembered for many, many things. In the world of cinema, it will stand as the year of a hundred release date delays. This also meant it was the first year without a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2009. Naturally, that was never intended to be the case. But when a global pandemic saw both Black Widow and Eternals punted to 2021, the MCU lay silent for the first time in over a decade. While we still await these two new cinematic entries (barring any...

Reviews / 03.09.2020

You have to feel for everyone involved with The New Mutants, which has experienced one of the most difficult journeys to the big screen in recent history. After shooting wrapped in September 2017, the film has seen its release date bounce around several times over the last three years. First, it was April 2018, then February 2019, then August 2019, then April 2020, before a global pandemic saw it shelved indefinitely. Most of us assumed the film may never see the light of day. During all these release changes,...

Reviews / 29.06.2019

After Avengers: Endgame left us emotionally devastated and, frankly, cinematically exhausted, most of us likely need a breather from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Arriving just two months after we said goodbye (sob!) to several key Marvel figures, Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into cinemas, offering the joyous exuberance this franchise is fast becoming known for. While the spectre of loss hangs over this sequel, there's boundless fun and pitch-perfect humour to be found within, providing just the escapism needed after Marvel Studios shattered our souls in their previous adventure....

Reviews / 06.06.2019

It's easy to forget how game-changing the arrival of X-Men was back in the year 2000. Almost a decade before the Marvel Cinematic Universe began its vice-like grip on the box office, this ragtag bunch of mutants re-ignited the lagging superhero genre and paved the way for the revival of the public's interest in such cinematic fare. Over the last 19 years, the X-Men franchise has seen some incredible highs (X2: X-Men United, Logan) and some guttural lows (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Apocalypse). Sadly, they've saved their worst...