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Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

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With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

*Note: Spoilers ahead*

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’ve really enjoyed all of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movies and I was excited to see this one. Plus, even though the other Spider-Man’s said they weren’t going to be in the movie I suspected they would.

5 of 5

Characters

Admittedly, I haven’t seen the older Spider-Man movies in ages. I didn’t remember the villain from the Andrew Garfield shows, but it didn’t matter. I though this movie did a good job introducing them as they came into it. Dr. Strange was fun. Tom Holland did a great job. His friends made me laugh and weren’t terribly stupid, which was nice. The inclusion of Happy made me, well, happy. All in all, this movie handled the huge cast of characters pretty well. My one issue was Tobey Maguire’s “acting.” It was painful to behold.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Not much came as a surprise (I guessed most of the plot before we got to the theater), but it didn’t matter, because the film kept me engaged. So yes, I cared what happened.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Like I always say, superhero movies are going to have plot holes. I didn’t really “get” Peter’s desire to reform the bad guys, but that’s the only thing that really bugged me.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

The set-up was a little slow, but it paid off.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Uh, three Spider-Man’s uniting? Yes, please. Also, Aunt May. (Crying emoji)

4 of 5

The End

No complaints.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I liked it! Super fun in a packed theater. So many great one-liners and tons of nostalgia fodder.

5 of 5

Total: 34

That’s a Brown Belt!

White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review

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When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’ve been looking forward to this movie since the first trailer hit last year. Or was it the year before? With Covid I can’t remember. Anyway, I adore the original Ghostbusters and was excited to see what they did with this film.

5 of 5

Characters

I originally thought the story was going to revolve around the boy, Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things, but quickly figured out that the main character was his nerdy younger sister. She started off a little hard to swallow, but the writers did a good job of making a distant, awkward, super-smart girl likeable.

All of the kids were fun. Paul Rudd is basically gold, and did a great job in this film. The adults were pretty good.

My biggest beef was why the original Ghostbusters broke up. I didn’t think the explanation gave us everything we needed.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. The show started out a little slow, but quickly pulled in lots of hooks and conflicts. Plenty to keep me interested. This show mirrored the plot from the original a little too much, but that’s just my opinion.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Besides why the original guys broke up not being explained to my satisfaction, there were only small plot holes like how did the kids learn so much about the bad guy so fast, surely someone checks that the kids in summer school are doing something besides watching VHS horror movies, and can someone really get Ecto1going after all this time? Just nit-picky details.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None that I remember. There were enough Easter Eggs to keep me engaged even when the scenes were a bit slow.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I hardly noticed the CGI, so that’s good. I loved all of the callbacks to the original film, along with the 80’s references. The film delivered what I was looking for!

5 of 5

The End

Like I said before, I felt like this one followed the original plot a little too closely. While some of it was hilarious (the Keymaster and the Gatekeeper were great), and some of it was downright clever, other parts were a little painful.

Spoiler, the three remaining Ghostbusters show up to help. Their involvement is good, but it felt forced and a bit lame. I wish they would have given them a more active or original role.

However, I LOVED Winston’s post-credit scene.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I came out of this movie smiling and wanting to see it again. I think it’s a great entry point into the Ghostbusters universe for the younger generation and a nice hit of nostalgia for those of us who saw the original in the theater.

5 of 5

Total: 35

That’s a Brown Belt!

(So close to a Black Belt)

Black Belt: 36-40
Brown Belt: 31-35
Green Belt: 26-30
Purple Belt: 20-25
Yellow Belt: 11-19
White Belt: 1-10


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Eternals Review

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The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.

Why did I come to this movie again?

It’s Marvel, and so many people had differing opinions on it that I decided to check it out for myself.

4 of 5

Characters

There are a LOT of characters in this movie. Probably too many, but they did a decent job fleshing them out enough so I remembered each one. Mostly. One girl got lost for a while.

I found Angelina Jolie’s conflict very interesting.  Some of the others were great, others were flat. The story probably resonated with a lot of people because of the array of characters and their conflicts.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, but I did want to know what happened. Unlike most Marvel movies, this isn’t super action-packed. Instead it’s a family drama that boarders on a Greek Tragedy.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Well…it’s a Marvel movie, so there are plenty of plot holes.

This is probably going to get me yelled at, but here we go…I have to say that having a deaf character was really cool. However, when you get into who/what the Eternals really are, why would she be deaf? It literally makes no sense. Actors did great. I’m happy they cast a deaf actress and I hope this paves the way for even more people in Hollywood. Hopefully the writers can weave it into the story in a more believable way.

I didn’t really like the main love story. The characters didn’t have chemistry, which made some parts of the plot unbelievable.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None. The time jumps were jarring, but I got the hang of it after a bit. The movie is long, but didn’t feel like it. Maybe if I’d gone in expecting more action I’d have something else to say here, but I’d heard it was slower than other Marvel movies, so I didn’t mind.

I LOVED the array of conflicts in the show, from each character’s introspection to the “big bad” and the question of what they should actually do about it.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Good visuals. Sweeping cinematography. A little heavy on CGI in a few places and it showed.

4 of 5

The End

I liked how the conflict ended. And kudos to the writers because I didn’t see some of it coming even though the clues were there.

The very end, which is (spoilers) a cliff hanger, is a little annoying.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

In general I liked the movie. I may not watch it again and again like I do most of the other Marvel movies, but I really did enjoy the main conflict and some of the character’s issues with the world and one another. If you’re a fan of action, curb your expectations. If you like family drama, this one is for you.

4 of 5

Total: 32

That’s a Brown Belt!

Black Belt: 36-40
Brown Belt: 31-35
Green Belt: 26-30
Purple Belt: 20-25
Yellow Belt: 11-19
White Belt: 1-10


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No Time to Die Review

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James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’ve enjoyed Daniel Craig as Bond, but wasn’t too interested in seeing the movie. The hubby really wanted to see it, so we went.

4 of 5

Characters

They’re Bond characters, so I wasn’t expecting much. The writers have given Bond some unexpected depth in this series, so there was more character development than I thought there would be.

The girl needed a bit of work. For such a rough childhood, she looked entirely too helpless most of the time.

The bad guy was, in my opinion, flat and stupid. That’s not terribly unusual, but it annoyed me for some reason.

I did like the new 007, and the girl in Cuba was awesome! Neither were typical Bond girls, which was fun.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Somewhat. I have to admit that I remember nothing from the last Bond movie with Daniel Craig, so I didn’t have any sort of attachment to the characters. The action kept me watching.

3 of 5

Plot Holes

Uh, I feel like Bond movies are worse than Marvel movies for plot holes. For instance, how did his earpiece survive an EMP? It took out everything else in the area. Also, why did the water dissolve people? I get it was scary, but what was it? Deadly plant? Acid? Either I missed it, or they didn’t explain very well.

This bad guy suffered from the same problem that the Black Widow bad guy had…if this guy is so powerful, why has no one heard of him before? Not even a whisper. I didn’t love that.

The rest of it, for a Bond film, was fine.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

I’m down on car chase scenes. They’re in every action movie and frankly, since the 15 minute long one in Mission Impossible whatever it was in Dubai, I find them boring. So when they started the second car chase scene of the movie I totally rolled my eyes and prepared to rest them behind my eyelids.

However, after a few minutes (a few minutes too long in my opinion) they did something clever with the chase that I really did appreciate. That was cool.

The plot slowed down a few times, but not much.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I’ve complained—mostly to myself—that they turned Bond into Jason Bourne in this series. I loved that in this movie they relied much more on Bond’s expertise with a gun and his agile mind than they did fisticuffs. There was some hand-to-hand fighting, but Bond clearly wasn’t as good as others, and had a gun in his hand most of the movie, and I liked that. Well done.

The stunts and action were great, as usual.

4 of 5

The End

I did like the end. I’d give this a five if it would have produced tears.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

It was fine. Good action. Okay plot. If you love Bond films you’ll likely enjoy this one. I’m not sure I’d pay to see it in the theater again, but it was fun seeing it on the big screen.

4 of 5

Total: 30

That’s a Green Belt!

Black Belt: 36-40
Brown Belt: 31-35
Green Belt: 26-30
Purple Belt: 20-25
Yellow Belt: 11-19
White Belt: 1-10


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