Far From Home Review

Spider-Man

Far From Home

Welcome back to another wonderous filled day, here at C&M! My name is Kay, and I’d love to tell you my thoughts on the newest Spider-Man movie that came out on the 3rd of this month. If you have not seen this movie and would like to go, please do not read any further than this paragraph. If you have seen it, then there is no risk, enjoy everything that you can! I wouldn’t say that there are spoilers that could ruin your experiences in seeing this film, but there could be some in here. I usually just write everything out and then delete things that don’t matter, so I have no idea where this article is going (Ha-ha! Only halfway kidding). I would like to give my thoughts and opinions on the matter of this film.

If you read my review of the Spider-Man comic book I had just bought, then you will know what to expect from this film. If you would like to see that article because this is your first time on the site, please feel free to jump over to that article after you read this! I wrote that when I was dead tired. Thank everything good that Chris was there to catch my many…many mistakes.

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Let’s get into the review!

The introduction of the movie was very unique but honestly it wasn’t super memorable. I saw that they had the memorials for the ones that passed away in the last film (Endgame) which would include two pictures of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Vision (Paul Bettany). When they had two pictures of Stark, I knew they were going to have a high focus on him because he and Peter were close. Throughout the whole movie, he was pretty much the main plot. All in all, the song and the opening credits were very kid like, and it reflected the character in name because he is a 15-16-year-old. Not saying that age group acts only like kids, but the mentality of Peter is that he just wants to be normal for a little while. Just like a lot of the young adults in his age bracket.

SNAP verses the BLIP!

He says “I…Am….Iron Man” *Snap

We all know what the ‘Snap’ was but what is the ‘Blip’? In Layman’s term, it is the undoing of the of the initial ‘Snap’ which caused the vanishing of half of the universe’s beings. Everyone that was snapped into the soul stone stayed the same age, and everyone that stayed behind all aged regularly. This concept was explained thoroughly in the gymnasium scene. I honestly don’t think they needed to include that into this movie. It seemed like they were spoon-feeding this concept to the audience who already knew what happened. The whole plot of ‘Endgame’ was explaining this very concept to the audience, so I don’t think it needed to be revisited. I felt like it took away from the movie. Only 68 days were between these two cinematic adventures, so it was still fresh in the minds of the fans. We also got a re-release of Endgame to get the chance to see the extended version of the film, so honestly, I think it was a fluff piece for this new movie.

They really don’t waste any time introducing Mysterio into the film, which seems to be a theme for the Spider-Man portion of the MCU film. In the very first scene we are introduced to Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Funny enough, he didn’t go by the name of Mysterio at that time. Peter tells him his friends call him that. Beck ends up liking the name and adopts it. In the first appearance of Mysterio in the comics, he names himself, so that it a cool difference. In the comic, he just oozes confidence and arrogance as he was trying to become the next big hero of the land (New York). It’s interesting to see this reinvented character claim the name of Mysterio, because you can start seeing the ego that he tries to hide throughout the first portion of the film. As time moves on, you can see him start to relax and let his ego take more of a front stage position. It’s fascinating!

Peter meeting Beck and the wink to the multiverse? Yes, this did happen, and I was happy to see Tom Holland become more like Peter Parker. What I mean by that is that he was overjoyed to hear that the theory of the multiverse was more than just a theory. It was reality, and he had to catch himself from geeking-out about science to the one person that might actually know what he’s talking about. I bet he would love to talk to Bruce Banner or Shuri about this (Ha-ha)!

I’m going to mention this in a bit, but I think that they, as in Sony, is trying to tie together the multiverse for Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland. It was either fan-service or it was a real thing. Like I said, I’ll get into that in just a moment!

I was not disappointed with the costume design in this film. Marvel has always had the best looks for their heroes, because that just a huge part of who they are. All of the small details and gadgets that they incorporate into the costumes should be able to drop your jaw. Everything is manicured to the absolute best of levels. When the costume is damaged, it really does look like something happened to them. You can see real evidence after the fight between Parker and the drones. His costume gets tattered up pretty badly, as expected. If it wasn’t, the sense of realism would be out the window.

Mysterio’s costume was just remarkable! Chris loved his design the most because of the smoky orb of a helmet. The drapery was amazing, and just as flashy as it was in the comic. I loved how the head piece would just come up and down whenever he wanted it to. It was smooth to look at and made you wonder how he was even able to make that happen. Why is it that he decided on that particular costume design in the first place? So many questions…but that’s why he’s called ‘Mysterio’.

Huge monsters are coming out of nowhere but there was never any indication on their arrival? With Fury being such a well-rounded protector of the Earth, how was this even possible? They would say it’s because of him mentioning that he used to know everything. Always had connections and always was on top of anything and everything that was out of the norm, but since he was Snapped away, all of that is out the window. Are the monsters even real, or are they Mysterio’s own creations? I should have known something was fishy with the monsters, but I wasn’t paying too much attention when the fights were happening, but I don’t believe that Mysterio’s costumes were ever damaged in any way. Maybe dirtied, but no rips of tears. Like I knew that the monsters were either created by him or they were brought in by him because he knew he could defeat them, but there was something odd about it.

Wonderfully Terrifying Illusions

Another high point in the film would be the huge scene on where Mysterio uses his illusions on Peter to off-balance him and freak him out. The colors of this scene were to die for and the added work that the CGI engineers put into this scene will haunt me to this day. The comics, though great, could never have put you in the mist in which you got to see how traumatic something of that caliber could be. To Spider-Man’s credit, he really tried to get out of the mist, but it was too late for him. What was real and what wasn’t? In the mist, his “Peter Tingle” didn’t work, which disorientated him to no end. He had to fight off mirrored images of himself. Mysterio was talking down to him. Trying to make Peter just give up any information that he had. There were constant changes of the environment. Collapsing buildings and Mysterio kept taking away his new suit and put him back into the sweat suit that he was originally in.

There’s too much to actually say about this scene. No words could fully encapsulate this what was happening. If anything, that would be the selling point of the whole movie. It’s well worth it. Unfortunately, there aren’t many pictures from this movie so, after a while I will replace some of these pictures to better represent everything I am trying to discuss. Thank you for your patience!

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Turns out that he had a team behind him that all were affected by the likes of Tony Stark…yet another group of people that all hate this man, who isn’t even alive anymore! So, who are they sticking it to now? The world? Because that is kind of a weak argument. Mr. Stark is gone, so they can’t make him feel bad anymore, and honestly, all of the stories that they had that made them hate the Iron Hero were somewhat dull. I get that they were either humiliated by Stark, but I do want to put it out there, but everyone that worked for him, knew what type of person he was. For Beck, his invention was super cool, but Tony named it B.A.R.F. which I would think, if you brought this up to Tony in real life and he examined it, he would tell you honestly if he liked it or not. The balding guy (I’m sorry I don’t know his name) from the first Iron Man film in 2008, wasn’t really affected by Tony. He was directly affected by Obadiah (Jeff Bridges) because he was being yelled at. I don’t understand why he would hate Tony at all. It’s just another tie in to just another Tony Stark created villain(s) but why? I have a few examples, but I just don’t understand why they decided to make him the center of attention in a movie of another superhero. Maybe he is just an easy scapegoat for the series?

You can see Peter is exhausted and just wants to go on vacation and that is the main reason on how Beck got Parker to trust him. He needed to show Peter that he was a good choice of being the next Iron Man without actually saying it. They have this conversation in the pub, but they are both in their costumes still with their masks clearly off! That was another red flag that I thought Peter should have noticed, but it’s played off that he is preoccupied with his own thoughts and wants. Beck plays that off to his advantage, and without knowledge from the viewers, that’s when we meet the team behind the smoky orb man after Peter leaves.

Because of this trickery, Peter thinking Beck could be the new Iron Man, which would take some pressure off of Peter in general. I give it to Beck. He was a really convincing new friend. If I was trying to grasp at any way out of a huge responsibility that I didn’t think that I was ready for, I would be all for someone that seemed like they were ready. Wouldn’t you be? As the conversation between Parker and Beck continue, Peter decides to give up his control of E.D.I.T.H. to Beck. Thinking that he was the true hero for the job.

E.D.I.T.H. (E.ven D.ead I.m T.he H.ero) A great joke and it felt like something Tony Stark would say to Peter. I think Peter needed to hear that too, because it was getting pretty depressing without a good joke. E.D.I.T.H. is there for Peter just as J.A.R.V.I.S. was for Tony, and I think that it’s pretty cool that the late Mr. Stark would have been thinking that far ahead for Peter’s sake. What I thought would have been pretty amazing would be that Tony would have uploaded his own voice to the assistant, but I think that would have messed Peter up even more. Also, Robert Downey Jr. would have been top billed if that were to happen…so no (Ha-ha).

Iron Man is sprinkled throughout the film. We all know that he was super important to the world, because he’s protected the Earth from everything, sacrificing himself multiple times. I’m pretty sure that he is mentioned at least once every 10-minutes, which I think takes away from Spider-Man. This seems to have just been another Iron Man movie but what happens in the background. I don’t think they let Spider-Man outshine his mentor because it was just hanging over his head the whole movie. Fury was a bit harsher than I thought he should have been; talking to a teenager. Making an adolescence cry because he wants to have a normal vacation is a bit out of character. He didn’t even do that in the first Avengers movie. Turns out it wasn’t even Fury. It was the aliens that were in the Captain Marvel movie. A bit random. You know…the shape shifters.

A part of the film that I really liked was when Peter was being picked up by Happy (Jon Faveau) in the plane. The relationship that they have with one another seemed to have developed off screen, which is okay with me! Not everything has to be seen to be able to understand the context. Obviously, Happy liked his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and were seeing each other without telling Peter about it. They weren’t hiding it, but it wasn’t something that was talked about. To make sure that Happy, was in fact Happy, Parker wanted him to tell him something that only Happy would know. The memory of Happy seeing a charge on the cable bill that was pretty high, that came from Peter hotel room, came to light (adult movie charge), which Peter quickly understood that it was the real Happy! Thank the lord! Parker was tricked earlier in the scene by Mysterio with deceptive realities, so this was the only way to make sure he knew it was for real.

Connections to earlier movies would be “Back in Black” by ACDC was a nice touch. It made me smile, because he was finally in his element. You could finally see the connection between Tony and Peter. That was the reason on why he chose Parker; because he saw himself in the young teenage. I don’t know if it was serious or not, but the joke of Peter not knowing who made this song was a weird joke. Kind of took me out of the movie a bit. I’m sorry if my review is a bit too negative. I did enjoy this movie, but it seemed like the directors/producers were just trying to sop up the remaining storyline of Endgame. I hope I’m not the only one that thinks this, but if I am, I stick to my opinion, even if it might be wrong.

We talked about Mysterio and his costume design, but we didn’t talk about Spider-Man’s! How dare I! There were a lot of costumes that came through on screen for our teenage Spidey. In my review on the trailer for this movie, I mentioned all of the suits that he would be wearing. The only thing I think I got wrong was the last suit that he was sporting with the webbed-wings (which are similar to the suit that he wore in the original comics). I mentioned that I thought that was a last gift from Mr. Stark for Peter, but it turns out that Peter made that suit himself with the mechanical help from Tony’s machinery in the plane. Which would bring us back to the ACDC song that we all know and love.

Flash (Tony Revolori) is true to his love for Spider-Man. Thinks Spider-Man is the best hero around. Hates Peter Parker. It was fun to see that portrayed in the film, because it hasn’t been used in the other Spider-Man films. It’s an underrated portion of the comics that can add such a depth to a character that we would only see as a jerk. Wonderful use of a supporting actor and I am so happy that they included it in this movie!

Can you all believe that they got J. J. Jameson (J.K. Simmons) to come back into another Spider-Man movie? And, do you know what the first thought that I had as soon as I seen him on that screen? THE MULTIVERSE! Yes, oh yes, I think that was the connection to the Multiverse that we all wanted to see. Most likely I am wrong, but I don’t want to be. If this is all true, then maybe we will all see Toby and Andrew back on the screen with their own Spidey Suits. Maybe they will get Spider-Gwen and Miles Morales too. Maybe they are just going to have a whole Spider-Verse come to live action? I don’t know but that it the most exciting thing that I could think of that makes somewhat sense. What do you all want to see in the future films? Do you think Spider-Man is going to venture away from the Avengers for now and do his own thing, or are they going to keep him in the franchise of the MCU?

My Thoughts:

Marvel usually bangs out some good movies. They have a formula that they like to use because it’s effective and it’s been proven to work. I think that this movie is being overshadowed by ‘Endgame’. I think this could have been a better movie if they put a little more time between the film, but I knew they couldn’t. They made the timeline very close to kind-of recap what happened in Endgame which kind of spoiled the Spider-Man theme.

Where were the other Avengers? We never understand why the other Avengers don’t show up to the battles that could devastate the whole world. Or why didn’t other heroes that are not involved in that particular team try to help? Many questions. I know that they said that they are all busy doing things, or that they are off world, but there is more than just the Avengers Team.

If you enjoy Tom Holland as Spider-Man, I would say go and see the film if you haven’t. Everyone has their own taste in movies, and I love that! This piece was just what I noticed about this film and what I liked about it. I won’t say it was my favorite movie out of all of the MCU, but I do love seeing a different side of this superhero. He really leans into this awkward teenager that catches feelings for a girl in his class. Luckily, they are the same age because they were both ‘Snapped’ together. Peter radiates ‘awkward’ throughout this whole film, but does it work for him? Of course! He IS an awkward teenager. That’s not all there is to him but that’s part of his personality. MJ (Zendaya) seems to mirror his awkwardness in this film too. It’s made obvious that they both like one another, so it was nice that they let them act like real teenagers. I thought that it was charming, and a little cringy, but only because most of us have been in that position of talking to your crush and trying to see how they feel about you too!

I was glad that Peter was about to get his smart glasses back from Beck. I kind of knew it wasn’t the end to their transaction, but I didn’t know how? I don’t think that Beck is dead…but I can’t be sure. That’s the thing about dealing with a person with illusions, they might not even be there. And I did hear that E.D.I.T.H. said that there weren’t any illusions, but you don’t know if they tinkered with the hardware of the glasses. Beck could have been faking his death, because Peter didn’t really check for vitals or ask his glasses if Beck was even dead, so there is open interpretation for the fans.

This cinematic adventure seemed to keep to the theme of the first introduction of Mysterio in the Amazing Spider-Man comic that I mentioned in a different post. In the comic, if you haven’t read my review on that, Mysterio turns the public on Spider-Man. He does this so that Spider-Man is discredited in the eye of the public. The difference between the film and the comic is that Mysterio didn’t know the true identity of Spidey. Naming him wasn’t something he was able to do. It was an interesting twist, but I don’t see why they even did that. I don’t get why Beck would have named him but his actual name. He seemed like he liked Peter even when he was trying to kill him, or maybe that was just a trick on its own.

All in all, my thoughts on this film would be somewhat predictable/safe film. The actors/actresses were amazing. I loved the chemistry between everyone on the set. I thought that everyone really enjoyed their roles, and that you can tell that they wanted to make their characters are lively as possible. I thought that the direction the film was a little too safe for what they could have done. I didn’t think that Tony Stark should have been a scapegoat for yet another film. We all know that he was an amazing superhero and that he was very important to Parker, but I think that they just made it a little too easy. Mysterio seems like he was just pushed onto Spider-Man as a villain, and what he really wanted to do was be a villain of the late and great Iron Man. All in all, I would say good but not great.

I didn’t want to be too negative on this review. I really liked this movie. I think Tom Holland is adorable and fits very well into his roll. Jake Gyllenhaal turned out to be a very compelling Mysterio, and I think that he was born to be an amazing villain. I mean that in the nicest way possible because it takes a well-rounded actor or actress to become a bad guy in a series were there is so much good.

Thank you everyone for coming to see my content! I think that you all are the best and I love that I can share this all with you. I hope that you don’t think I am dissing this movie, because I really am not trying to. I think it has some really good parts to it. Everyone in A1 in my book. It was just the direction of the film that I didn’t care too much for.

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Pennyworth It All

A Pennyworth

Your Thoughts?

Hello again Everyone, and welcome back to this exciting day in the life of Kay! I will be your host, and your cheerleader for today! How are we all feeling? I am doing fan-tas-tic! You know why? Because Alfred Pennyworth (everyone knows him as the Wayne Manner Butler, but he is so much more than that!). In the early years of being in the Batman comics, he was always the sharp witted, sarcasm driven older man that looked after the young Master Bruce Wayne. After Thomas and Martha were killed on Crime Ally, he was appointed as the Sole Guardian of Bruce. Something that a lot of people don’t know is that the child services didn’t feel it was appropriate for Bruce to be raised by a servant, so they tried to take him away from Alfred’s care. At the young age of 8, Bruce bribed the workers to let him stay in the care of Mr. Pennyworth. Ever since that day, he was the main father figure for the rest of Bruce’s life. Even before that, Alfred was still a powerful figure in Bruce’s life. We just didn’t see HOW powerful he was.

As time progresses, so does our knowledge of who, exactly Mr. Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth, truly was and is. Is he just a Butler for the richest man in the DC universe? Is he a secret agent that is spying on the superheroes? Is he a father or an uncle to someone? Was he an actor? This might be one of the few glimpses (along with the Gotham series) that we get to see of Alfred, and I am so excited about it. I hope that it turns out to be a good show, because I loved the Gotham series (which I have to finally watch the rest of since the series is finally finished). And obviously there are different forms of Alfred though-out the different universes, but this will be the first time we get to be in the life of Mr. Pennyworth! How exciting!

As time progresses, so does our knowledge of who, exactly Mr. Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth, truly was and is. Is he just a Butler for the richest man in the DC universe? Is he a secret agent that is spying on the superheroes? Is he a father or an uncle to someone? Was he an actor? This might be one of the few glimpses (along with the Gotham series) that we get to see of Alfred, and I am so excited about it. I hope that it turns out to be a good show, because I loved the Gotham series (which I have to finally watch the rest of since the series is finally finished). And obviously there are different forms of Alfred though-out the different universes, but this will be the first time we get to be in the life of Mr. Pennyworth! How exciting!

The first time that we meet him is in Batman #16 April 1943 and might I be so bold as to say, he might be one of my favorite characters in all comics. He is just so sassy and quick to call Bruce on his bull****. He’s one of the most loyal and trustworthy persons in the DC universe that all other Justice League members (that are close to Batman) know and love. Alfred knows everyone’s secret identities. What does he do with that information? He keeps it to himself. He knows a lot of secrets, but he would never tell them to an enemy or law enforcement, even under duress.

What do you want to see in this new series?

So, this is what I know from just casually looking up what this series is going to cover. There will be ten episodes so far, which doesn’t sound like that much, but I think it’s going to be 45-1-hour long showings. The first episode will air on Sunday, July 28th. It’s an Amazon Original series, which I don’t have that service, but I might just have to bite the bullet…I don’t know (Ha-ha). This show will be based in the 1960s Britain. The cast will consist of Jack Bannon (Alfred Pennyworth), Ben Aldridge (Thomas Wayne), Jason Flemyng (Lord Harwood), Paloma Faith (Bet Sykes).

You can learn more about these character by following the link above!

It takes place in his 20s which sounds really young, but he was a hard worker and a very good shot with a gun, when he was in the British SAS. He is starting up his own protection service, which turns in him meeting Thomas Wayne. Again, this will be the longest we will be seeing Thomas Wayne on screen (not including the comic universe where he is, in fact, Batman). They will end up working together against the villains of this series. I believe that Bruce is alive in this timeline, but if not then he will be born within the series. I say that because Bruce is only 8 years old by the time his parents are killed in Crime Ally. I’m thinking that since Alfred was the Wayne’s Butler/Chauffer/Protector, he must have been acquainted with Bruce long before the shooting. Saying all of that, I would conclude that this is all that I know about this new series.

So, who do I believe Alfred Pennyworth is and why do I think that he is important in the world of DC? Who is it that this man, that holds himself so proper and full of love and compassion, believes he is? Well, since you asked, I will tell you!

  • Courageous
  • Firearms Expert
  • Devoted Caretaker
  • Sassy/Sarcastic
  • Loyal Friend
  • Family Man

Though-out the whole history of Batman, we all get to see small parts of who Alfred was, but other than the small flashbacks, is there any graphic novel concentrated on just the Man of the Hour? I will say this, if there is a comic book with just him in it and I missed it, then I am sorry to the die-hard fans out there. I think I am pretty well in knowing that he doesn’t but there is a chance that I could be wrong. I believe that Pennyworth is a very essential part in Bruce’s life because I feel like if there was no Alfred, there would be no Bruce. Batman would have been dead before he even got started in his cruised.

I believe that this series could give us an understanding of Alfred and what abilities he has passed along to our favorite Master Wayne. I couldn’t be more ecstatic about this series. I wish it wasn’t on Amazon. I wish it would have been on Netflix, but I think it will be worth the try out for the membership. Maybe they will put it on Netflix after a while (Ha-ha)! I can only hope!

Thank you Everyone for coming back to read my thoughts! I’m glad that I can be here for you all and listen to you talk about your favorite things. Are you all looking forward to this series as I am? I have so much to catch up on that it can be overwhelming but there’s all the time in the world to enjoy things!

I hope that you all enjoy the original art pictures that I’m trying to do for each post now. I’m working really hard to have something you all haven’t seen before. It gives me joy to have you all here. Thank you all again for stopping in and I will see you all again very soon!

-Kay

It’s the Endgame For Us All

Eleven

YEARS

LATER:

Hello Everyone, and welcome back to C&M! Today, I want to talk a little about Avengers Endgame. I made a special drawing for this special movie and would like to share it with you all as well! I hope that I won’t be spoiling the movie for anyone that wanted to see it, but if you don’t want to take that risk, then I would say wait to read this post.

As I read things the pertain to Endgame, I notice that a lot of people went to go see it the first chance that they got. I hope all of you that got to see it, loved it, but I also hope that all that still want to see it keeps their mind open to new things. I know that films usually have some flaws in it. I know I have noticed some things that I didn’t particularly like, but I promise not to dwindle on them too long.

Now that it’s been about 2 weeks since Endgame came out, I think it’s time for some of my thoughts to be written down and shared with you all. The reason that everyone was asked to wait to talk about it would be of two reasons. So that everyone was able to see the film, and have it not ruined, and that the new “Spider-Man: Far From Home” trailer was just released on Monday and it spoils parts on Endgame pretty much right away. We will talk about that trailer fairly soon as well, because we both love Spider-Man, and we both love Tom Holland.

This was a 3-hour movie, so there will be no way that I could talk about everything, so I think I would like to just touch up on a few things, good and bad that stayed with me since the day I saw it. Mostly just focusing on the characters that I picked out for this piece. Please enjoy, and remember, it’s all in good fun!

From the beginning of this film, Marvel has you gripped in their hands. These are the people that stuck out to me the most.

Tony Stark/Iron Man

(Robert Downey Jr., like you all don’t already know who he is):

The trendsetter for being an Avenger. Though he wasn’t officially the 1st Avenger (Captain America) his movie was the first step into the MCU (May 2, 2008). Seeing him in the opening scene was something else. For the first time, in all of these films, he has no idea how to get out of the predicament that he and Nebula (Karen Gillan). They are floating in the vast emptiness of Space as he informs Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) that they only had a little while before the Oxygen levels dissipated. He recorded all of his days in Space so that, if she were able to get his helmet, then she would know that she was the last thing on his mind. Slowly, his eyes get more and more red as he becomes sleepier. Enters Captain Marvel to save the day. We knew Tony wasn’t done yet.

I honestly like how he has grown as a person. From the first time that we meet him, we see that he is very into himself. Thought about no one but his own wellbeing. You could smell the arrogance coming from him and he isn’t even in person for you to do so. Along the way, he finds out that his actions bring an affect to others that he cares about. His inventions and his decisions affect even the people that he doesn’t know, for the better and for worse. I believe that it was Pepper who showed him that he could be better than just a show off. Finally, they have a kid by the name of Morgan (Alexandra Rachael Rabe) who changes Tony’s heart forever. She is the apple of his eye and the love in his heart. The quote that got me was “I love you 3,000 and that will come up later in the movie. Had my ass in tears again. Getting back to Pepper and Toney, their relationship doesn’t seem forced. It seems completely natural and that only happens when actors have that chemistry that we all look for. You couldn’t tell off screen that they aren’t married.

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Sure, he’s still hot headed and it’s either his way or no way, but what can you do. He’s a genius who thinks about outcomes that others don’t want to think about. I can picture that he struggles with being a realist and an emotional man. He debates, internally, with himself for that reason alone. There’s more to him but, again, I simplify a lot.

The lost of Peter Parker (Kid) and relaying that information to Steve Rogers was too much for me. I started crying like a baby on it’s first day of life. It’s something about a grown man crying (be free to show your emotions, boys/men. There’s nothing to be ashamed of) that just makes me lose it. Tony Stark is the manliest type of guy that I have seen on screen and he was just devastated about him losing the Kid. The fact that he needed to share that with Rogers brings another depth to their relationship as friends

The meeting of Howard Stark (John Slattery) and…Howard Potts? It’s actually Tony but he couldn’t tell his father who he was. That would be crazy! The interaction between Tony and Howard was super interesting. Tony’s father passed away very early into his life and there was so much that he wanted his father to see.

Turns out that Howard hasn’t had Tony yet, and asked Tony how he felt when his baby was born. Honestly, this scene enveloped me into an emotional rollercoaster! What am I supposed to be feeling here, Everyone!? Do I have to tell you my eyes were brimming with tears? Because if I told you they weren’t that would be a lie.

By the end of the film, we see that Tony gives up his life for the chance of saving everyone. He is posted up on something to steady him. Of course, Peter finds him and tries to plead to Mr. Stark that everything will be okay and that he will be fine (I am the biggest emotional wreck on the face of the earth). Pepper finds herself in front of Tony telling him it’s okay and that he needs to rest. It’s okay. Slowly and quietly, he drifts of to his peace. We see Peter devastated from the lose of his mentor and father figure, yet again.

I have to say, that Tony was the life of this movie. I, mainly, wanted to watch his character because he brought so much emotion and personality into the role and so much heart that it broke mine. We, as an audience, have known him for 11-years. Some people grew up watching him he Iron Man. This film had a lot of downs, but when there was good in his life, all he wanted to do was protect it. The only way that he could have helped was to make sure that his life (family) were to not change.

Peter Parker/Kid/Spider-Man

(Tom Holland):

He always makes me emotional (as you all can tell). I don’t know what it is, but I want to protect him from all of the evils of the world. You make me cry, Tom. But in a good way. You are my favorite Spidey by far.

So, we don’t get to see him until the last part of the movie, since he was apart of the half that turned to ash, so there isn’t too much to go off of, but when he was on screen, I felt my heart lighten! As fast as he can go, he gets his hands on the Iron Man Gauntlet and plays keep away from all the bag guys. He does a great job until he gets knocked down, in comes Captain Marvel!

Part of Peter’s part in this post is connected to Mr. Starks, because of obvious reasons but I do have my thoughts on him and what he has become.

I haven’t seen the trailer for, “Spider-Man Far From Home” yet, but I know its going to be great. What I’m getting at is that Tom Holland makes me feel as if this particular character is alive and feels strongly about the people that he loves. His father figure (Tony) is now gone. Greif comes with lose so I’m guessing that we get to see how he overcomes his feelings and learns to be okay with the situation that had occurred. I’m sensing that he will be going through the stages of grief and will need the help of friends and family to overcome the loss. I hope to see Tom in many many more movies. I can tell that he enjoys being a Superhero, which is super important, because it would be plain to see if he didn’t enjoy his time there.

Steve Rogers/Captain America

(Chris Evans):

This isn’t one of the larger passages, but it’s still full of beauty. I enjoy Captain America, but he always seemed like he was battling a war that wasn’t for him. He was a badass for sure. Don’t get me wrong. It just seemed like he was missing that one something to make his life more meaningful. Sure, protecting America was his man objective, and sure that he seen it as a duty for the brave. But deep down, there was something missing, which I feel he found a way to get what he wanted.

Obviously, he has always been the leader/co-leader of the Avengers. He wasn’t on the ash-ed away people (again, that’s obvious) but the part that I really wanted to touch on was the very end of the movie, where he has to return all of the stones back to the exact time that they were taken. There was an offer to go along with him, but Steve said that it wouldn’t be necessary. Since it wasn’t a dangerous mission, there wasn’t too much of an objection. Only taking a five second outside of the time jump to bring back Steve, there wasn’t a need to wait all that long for them to get their Captain back. At the end of the 5 seconds, the platform neglected to show Rogers. Panic and yelling started with the present characters, but soon it fell to silence. Off by the lake, there sat a figure with a tan jacket and dark white hair.

Steve Rogers decided not to come back as the Superhero that we all love. No. He decided to take up the advice that Tony would tell him over the years. Get a life. So, he did. After the last stone was put back, exactly the way that they were supposed to, he thought about his life and what he could do to make it fulfilling. Peggy Carter was Steve’s love of his life and he decided that it was time for him to get that life that Tony told him to get.

Our last scene was of him dancing and listening to music in his house with his Peggy. He was finally happy.

Thor

(Chris Hemsworth):

Thor is overcome with the loss of his brother, most of his people, half of the universe and friends that he felt love for. He turned into a slobby drunk that had a beer belly the size of his own miniature planet. Not a lot of fans like the direction that the went with this character. I was waiting, throughout the movie, for him to use his powers to scalp out his body to be what it once was.

Grief and misery envelope him over the years of him believing that he was the one that failed everyone. He was the one that could have prevented the ending of so many innocent beings. “You should have gone for the head” rings in his mind as he can’t sleep. Screams and cries keep him up at night. Though the fans didn’t like the way that he was portrayed in the film, I think there was more depth to it now that I am thinking about it. Sure, you might have to fabricate the story a little bit, but just looking at the expression on Thor brings you to feel badly about being upset about his body.

Depression is a powerful feeling. It can affect even the God of Thunder.

We are brought to Asgard (time travelling part of the movie so that we can find the Stones), and we see a beautiful woman surrounded by other beautiful but younger women. Hiding away as she looks around, Rocket (Bradley Cooper) half way yells at Thor to get ahold of himself because everyone lost family and friends on the ‘Snap’. Thor agrees but as soon as Rocket turns around Thor pretty much runs away from the situation. Behind a pillar he hides away from the gaze of his mother, but as she walks past his position she stops and tells all of the other women to leave her. She sneaks up behind him and waits for him to turn around. Trying to regain his poise he tells her he isn’t who she thinks he is, but she knows that’s a lie. A mother knows her child, and she knew that she was hers, just not from this time period.

It’s a very heart tugging moment because no one in the universe could ever understand how Thor was feeling. When you are in-trouble, you want your mother to make it all better. Now, he is in the position to talk to her and get any advice whether he wanted it or not. Listening carefully to all of her wisdom, as he wanted was to be told it wasn’t his fault. It was out of his control. Everything was going to be fine.

I feel for Thor. I’ve done some wrong things in my life. I have lost loved ones and friends that I wish I could change. Sometimes I feel like it was my fault that some of the people in my past are not apart of my life now. I, most of the time, would like my mother to tell me everything will be okay. Thor is in raw emotion, which he has never had to deal with before the beginning and ending of the Infinity War.

Giving up his position of being the King of New Asgard to Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) because he wasn’t the person that he was needed to be. He wanted to be the person that he wanted to be. Isn’t that how we all want to be and do?

Clinton Barton/Hawkeye

(Jeremy Renner):

Losing your entire family to the event of the ‘Snap’ would be a crazy and confusing way of starting your BBQ day out. There’s no way that I would be able to handle that shock. Out of nowhere, it seems, that he just picks up the want to kill every single bad person on Earth. He was traced down to Mexico, but he was too fast to be caught, but then the team finally found him in Japan killing Yakuza with a big ass sword. He might have had two. My memory is of fog though it really isn’t that big of a detail.

As a plan is hatching for them to go back in time, he volunteers to be the test dummy. Clint went back to his farm, as to see if it was something that could actually work. Turns out the time machine worked. 2 seconds away from seeing his family again and he was pulled back super-fast. Thankfully he was safely returned with no repercussions (except emotional strain).

As the remaining Avengers hatch out a plan to get the Stones before Thanos does, he is teamed up with Natasha to retrieve the Soul Stone. If you saw Infinity War, then you could correctly guess what will happen next. Continue with this part of these character on Black Widow’s part of my review.

Black Widow and Hawkeye have interlocking storylines. I see them as one character most of the time.

Natasha Romanova/Black Widow

(Scarlet Johansson):

Natasha is a mess throughout the first 3/4th’s of the way through this movie. She feels a strong guilt and a lack of wanting to move on from what everyone had lost. She wants to get everyone back. Why did she survive? Why couldn’t she have gone to save someone else? She thinks of herself as a bad person. An undeserving person of the gift of life. This Natasha has never been portrayed this way on screen. Sure, she pretended to be emotional, but her training from her past allowed her to take charge of her emotions, not the other way around. You can see that in the first Avenger movie when she was talking to Loki.

He mindset is to find and help out the one person that she looks up to and fully trusts, Clint. Where is her? Why didn’t he take her with him or why didn’t he come to her when he was hurting so badly? Questions swim in her head as she assigns Rhodey (Don Cheadle) to locate Clint. Lucky for her, but unlucky for others, her friend was leaving a large amount of bodies in his path of destruction.

Moving forward, we are at the location where the Soul Stone resigns. Red Skull (Ross Marquand). We all know how the stone is revealed. You have to lose something that you love. Something that you hold close to your heart. They look at each other and gave each other understanding looks. Turns out that they were thinking of sacrificing themselves-not sacrificing one another! Natasha knew that it had to be her. She had no biological family. She only cared about the well beings of her friends (the only family she ever knew of). Clint believe that it was he who should be sacrificed, but I don’t see why he would have thought that? I know that he didn’t want his friend to die, so that makes sense, but it was obvious on who was going to be taking themselves over the cliff.

A race develops between the two. It’s almost funny on how it was played out but then you remember what they were racing for! You demented person, you!

Suddenly, we see our two characters dangling from the cliff. Clint is hanging onto Natasha as tightly as he can, but he only holds onto her wrist. They look at each other and she tells him that he needs to keep living and to let her go. “It’s okay, Clint. Just let me go” (not exact quote but close). Not because he lets her, but she slips from his grip, falling further away from life.

Natasha is then seen as a lifeless body at the bottom of the cliff. Hard stone ground catching her fall. The scene of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) comes to your mind as you remember that she suffered the same fate as Natasha.

Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

(Brie Larson):

I feel like she was just thrown into the movie. The fans didn’t get to connect with her as much as other characters, so I feel like she wasn’t as ‘major’ as the MCU would have wanted to her to be. She came at the absolute first part of the film, to make sure that the other characters knew of her, but then she leaves because there are other world that are in need of her help. I also feel like her movie should have been introduced earlier into the MCU line-up. Maybe around the Iron Man 2 area, so that we could have gotten an emotional connection and understand all about her powers and personality. They tried to get her whole story told in one movie, which isn’t that bad. I won’t say that it was, I feel as if they rushed her and threw her on the audience’s lap expecting them to just except it. Still, Brie did a wonderful job with what she was given. A lot of little girls and little boys look up to her for this reason.

Though I have made a review about Captain Marvel, and it did surprise me that it was as good as it was, Christian says that she just seems too overpowered. I can see what he means. She seems like she has no weaknesses, which isn’t relatable.

Look. I understand that there are other planets and more than just the human race. I get that. But she had loved ones here on Earth. Shouldn’t she have wanted to avenger her own loved one, including Nick Fury?

Her hair and the jokes. I knew as soon as I seen her hair cut when she was projecting herself to inform Black Widow of any update on her end. I knew that someone on screen was going to comment on it and joke about it. It was a little bit of an easy joke to throw out there. In the comics, she does have that hair style. It’s cool that they made that apart of this world as well. Also, I knew, as soon as people were able to talk about the movie, was that they were going to make jokes about her hair as well. It bored me a bit and lacked some imagination (the Can-I-See-You- Manager Haircut). She had it in the comics. I didn’t see the big deal, but that was what we were given for her character in this movie.

 

She shows back up at the end of the film to help defeat Thanos, which of course, she blows through all of the ships, which knocks them out of the sky. Christian doesn’t like overpowered characters because he believes that she could just fight all of these beings by herself. She could have taken the Gauntlets, created by Iron Man, and just leave the solar system. She could have hidden it or destroyed it. She could have taken Ant Man, Wasp and the van with her to a different country or something so that they couldn’t have been interrupted. There’s so much that she could have done by herself that it almost makes this a waste of time. I don’t mean to smash this movie at all, but I wish that we could have gotten to know Carol Danvers more than just right before Endgame came out. Sorry for going on a rant. Brie (if you ever see this), this was in no way a reflection on you as an actress or a person. I wish they would have done better by you and had you in the franchise a lot sooner so that we could have gotten to know you more, but I have a gut feeling that you will be the main person in the new set up for the MCU (if that is what they will keep calling it).

Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk

(Mark Ruffalo)

What do you get when you have a genius IQ and the muscles of an invincible being? Maestro? A really big bad guy says the comic book guy in the back of the room looking at Hulk Figurines. A bad time for others, says the girl by the Hulk comic books. You guys all guessed wrong! I know right? But you all are wrong. You get a big green man that is calm and collected, who is also capable of ripping a car in half. I love Bruce Banner. I love the Hulk. I think Mark R. is a really funny guy, but them together in-sink was a weird thing for me. I thought that it was going to be something completely different.

When they were doing the actual time traveling testing, I thought that the Hulk’s fingers would mess up the controls. I feel as if the Hulk might not like the fact that, thought his body is out and about, his brain isn’t being used, and I think that is going to cause some issues for the future of Bruce Banner. Maybe it’s a set up for Maestro in the later years of the MCU? Maybe it will be dropped completely, because the original Avengers seem have all left the front seat of the team. They all passed it along to someone else. I honestly hope that Maestro comes out, because that would be such a nice little twist.

Mark Ruffalo is probably one of my favorite actors in these projects. I can understand that it’s hard to keep both casual fans and life long comic fans happy, but it seems like, if they don’t do something with this form of Hulk, then it will cause people to have a lot of questions and issues that it was just dropped. The movies belong to the producers and the directors, but the fans are a huge part of what is and isn’t an acceptable play on character’s or storylines. Just look at Suicide Squad. That isn’t even cannon anymore. The audience is just being told not to pay attention to that film (off topic).

Please do something with this character, MCU. It would be such a great set up for something fantastic.

The Funeral

We are brought into the living room of the Stark’s family house to watch the last words of the late Tony Stark. Both Pepper and Morgan are on the couch closest to the projector along with Happy (I believe). He made this recording just incase the time jump stuff didn’t pan out the way that they wanted it to. At the end of his speech, he blows away everything that he was saying that there was no way that their plan wasn’t going to work. As if he knew where she would be sitting, he turns to Morgan and looks her in the eye to say his last words (I’m tearing up just writing this), “I love you 3,000”. With a smile and a way of certainty, he gets up and shuts off the recording.

People that you remember and people that you don’t show up to Tony Starks funeral to say goodbye, as most funerals go. The very first ‘Heart’ made by Tony with the words, “Proof that Tony Stark has a Heart” is set off to float into the lake that lays behind their house. It was very tasteful and very relatable. It’s the end to an era.

Obviously, there were hundreds of Characters that deserve their own spotlight, but these are the ones that I found that were highlighted. I want to say this; everyone did an amazing job. The acting was phenomenal. Storyline was emotional. There were spots in the movie that I was thinking, “If I were in that position, what would I do”. There were tears, and there was laughter. People clapped when certain things happened on the screen, like when every character came back to “life” (even though they were alive in a different sense, like if they were on Earth but in a different frequency of that Earth…if that makes sense). It was a bitter sweet ending that I didn’t fully expect. I believe that ever since person that was casted and everyone in the backstage of it all are all extremely talented. I doubt I could ever be as brilliant as you all.

Any time of criticism that I might have shared with you was not out of annoyance but because I have invested countless hours watching and reading about characters. In my mind there were things I wanted and didn’t want, just like everyone else, but at the end all I can say to everyone, and anyone that was involved in this 11-year-long production that you all were amazing. You’ve all become someone’s hero. You will always be the reason that some child out in the world wants to stand up for what is right. You should all be proud of what you do and I cannot tell you how happy I will be when I get to share all of these movies with my future children. I hope that my daughter(s) want to be as strong as Captain Marvel, Shuri, Black Widow or so many of the other heroes. I cannot wait to see my son(s) walk around in his super-suit, trying to blast a hole in the orange juice container, or become an angry green beast to smash his Lego towers. Thank you for being that Hero to someone.

Stan Lee’s last cameo was a driver. Very small part, but still some of the best things to see. We hope that the family of Stan Lee knows they are loved and remember that their father made millions of people happy as a Clam. Excelsior!

Thank you, to my Everyone’s that came back to read my writing again. I always want to keep you all entertained and to have something good to read! It’s always so great to have you all here with me! Have a beautiful rest of your day/night, and I hope to have you come back soon when I cry over yet another Tom Holland movie.

-Kay

I Won’t Spoil Endgame For You. I Promise.

I Definitely Will Not Spoil Anything

Avengers

Endgame

What’s going on Everyone? Welcome back to C&M! It’s the 26th of April (well now it’s the 27th, so you all know what that means! Avengers Endgame just came out. We didn’t go to the 11 o’ clock showing on the 25th but I am still happy that we found seats so early in the release.

This will not be a Spoiler Alert anywhere near this post. I want to give the people who read this blog a chance to see the movie, because there are so many other people that are trying to ruin it for everyone. I did not want to do that to you all, so for that, I will wait about a week before I even think about posting about it. So, until that time I will post of something else, but you’ll have to log back in to see what!

I did want to ask a question to everyone that has not seen it yet…What do you think is going to happen at the end of Endgame? I know that that is such a common question to be asked, since the whole movie was in secret through the makings of it. I can’t say what my prediction was, because I would be scared to slip up any clues onto what could be in the movie, and what it wasn’t. No way. No how. But I will say, I was more or less right.

Three hours was a perfect amount of time for what this film. In no way could they have done it for less without the storyline being choppy and unfollowable. When you go see this film, go to the restroom before you even get to your seats, because you won’t want to get up from your spot.

Also, since it isn’t a secret, there are no end credit scenes, but there is a sound at the way way end of the credits. If you are interested in hearing it, it will be worth it. It turns out to be a great mystery.

Thank you everyone for stopping in for this short post. I hope that you all, who want to see it, get to see it quick and fast so I can talk about it! Thank you all again and hope that by the time I post my thoughts and experiences seeing this, I won’t be ruining anyone’s day!

-Kay

Is It Captain Marvel or Is It SHAZAM!

SHAZAM!

Good day to you all and welcome back to our little part of the internet! My name is Kay, and it is my pleasure to get to know all of you! The sun is out, and I am ready to go to the beach with my husband and friends! Nothing more amazing than a long day outside enjoying the sun kissing my skin.

This last Saturday was my 25th birthday, which was a lot of fun. I got a cake and balloons! I was able to talk to my family and friends. It was a long day of eating and laying around with our cat, Lucas Bucas (Luke for short as you all know). I knew that Chris was planning something for us to do later on in the night, but I didn’t really know what to expect. We showed up to our local theater, but for the life of me, I could not recall what movies were out that we would have been wanting to see. Then he let it out. SHAZAM! Confusion swept over me as we haven’t talked about this movie coming out since we hear of it’s release date.

Just like Captain Marvel (funny because they use to have that name in common), I was not all that excited to see this film. Not because I didn’t think it wasn’t going to be a good movie to watch. Not because of the critics either. By no means did I think that it was going to be trash. I knew that it was going to be good. DC has been taking good strides with the new direction that they decided to go. I just didn’t know that much about Shazam. I knew of his name. I knew of the general information about his character, but I just didn’t know all that much about him. The trailers seemed to portray him to be a super goofy person, to the extent that I thought it was going to bring me out of the experience.

Since this post is about this movie, I will be talking about some of the events that happened. If you haven’t seen it and want to, then you might want to wait reading this until after you see this film. The young child in this opening scene is Thaddeus Sivana from 1974 (Ethan Pugiotto) and the wonderful Wizard (Djimon Hounsou). Thaddeus’ father Mr. Sivana (John Glover Jr. I just have to share this, but he was Lionel Luther in CW’s Smallville. He was also in the 1997 Batman and Robin film as Jason Woodrue. He’s involved in many DC shows and movies. I was very excited to see him again…carry on.) Lastly, Sid Sivana 1974 (Landon Doak). 

If you would like to see the whole cast members then you can click the link below!

Understanding The Beginnings of A Villain

Imagine yourself being a young child of your family. A Black Sheep if you will. Imagine that no matter how hard you try, there’s nothing you can do to win your families affection. Traveling, quietly to your grandfather’s house for Christmas (1974) with your favorite toy in your hands. A Magic 8 Ball cradled into your tiny fingers to tell of your future that you so desperately want to know. Small sounds coming from you, start to inch into your father’s patience until he yells at you about bring a toy along with you when he told you not to. Your older brother is the wanted child. The football star. The perfect student. He doesn’t need glasses. You got all the “bad genes”. It’s obvious that your older brother is your father’s favorite. You’re still young and haven’t really figured that out yet, but all your life you’ve been yelled at or told that you weren’t doing it right. Nothing that you do makes the cut. Imagine that you were the least loved person in your family unit.

On your trip to your grandfather’s, something amazing happens. The family that you feel you don’t belong to, has disappeared. The car is going into overdrive as the windows start to ice up. Your heart starts to race. Sweat starts to pearl onto your skin. Your eyes are the size of saucers. Snapping your head from left to right to front to back…but then…silence.

Stepping out of the family car, snowflakes stick to your hair as peaceful as a morning dove to branches. Thoughts of peace and quiet mix into this mind of child.

"Hello!?"

No one answers. Why isn’t there an answer? Didn’t they bring you there? It’s cold here. Its dark here. Where are you supposed to go? Where is your family? Who is that old guy at the end of the room? Questions that soon will be answered, just focus on the old man with the glowing Thunderbolt on his chest. Shh now, let him speak. He’s speaking of ultimate power…of being a Champion. Is that you? Could you be that Champion? What’s he saying now…? What Eye? Is the Wizard talking about that glowing circle? It’s talking to you in low but firm voice…voices? One, two, three…seven? Right! The wizard said something about the Seven Deadly Sins, but what does that have to do with this glowing thing.

It’s telling you to reach out and take it away from it’s perch. It makes you feel powerful. Finally! The small field around it starts to open up as it invites you to grab it tight, but suddenly your gaze gets snapped back to the Wizard! What happened? What’s going on?

What did you do wrong!?

“You will never be good enough to be the Champion!”

A feeling of despair envelopes you, but this is a little different. Now it’s a Being of Power telling you that you will never be good enough. What are you talking about? Why would you say that? I can be good enough! Please! Just give me another chance! Panic fills your being as you start to lose the connection that you desperately carve!

The voices that you were hearing speak to you. They want you to come back for them. That’s the last thing that your child like ears hear as you are whisked back into your family car, with the family that hates you.

It’s like it never happened…but you remember everything. It stays with you forever. Panic.

With that imagery, if I am at least half as good as I think I am, how do you think that you would feel in this situation? Would you become obsessed with the thought of getting back to the voices so that they can bless you with the power that you deserve? Could you let it go or work hard enough where you didn’t need that power? I don’t know what I would do.

So right off the bat, this movie is pretty dark. Not just because of the color schemes, but also with the atmosphere that I had just got done describing. DCEU has become the masters at creating uncomfortable but compelling storylines that make you gawk at the screen, but just as quickly as you were introduced into this small window of this young boy’s life, you are pulled out of it and planted in 2019.

Who is the Champion you ask? Well, that will just take a second to get to. The beginning of finding the new Champion will start off with us being introduced to a trouble making, Billy Batson (Asher Angel). An adolescent foster child that runs away from home after home in hopes of locating his long-lost mother, which comes with a fascinating story and imagery.

His side of the story:

Billy remembers this memory being a happy one with his beautiful and responsible mother. The weather is pretty and bright. Her hair is perfect, her smile is to die for, her clothes are freshly washed, and the love that she had for him was unmeasurable. They are playing the balloon game where you have to throw a dart at the balloons to win a prize. The more that you hit, the bigger the prize that you’ll get. Billy obviously wanted to get the bigger prize, but she just can’t hit the balloons! Finally, she hits one and the game is over. Billy didn’t get the prize that he wanted but at the end, his mother gently hands him a small compass so that he can, “always find his way.”

It seems like the whole park was leaving at one time, because the crowd was so thick as they were walking away from the game to go home. Billy drops the compass, people kick it while walking, he runs off to retrieve it, getting further and further away from his mother. The small child picks up his prize, but then realizing that his mother is no where near him. A panic consumes his small body. Next, we see the police have him sitting on the top of the police cruiser hood, trying to find his mom.

Going forward to when Billy is caught from running away from another Foster Home, we meet a lovely couple by the name of Victor and Rosa Vasquez (Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans). They seem like a very fun-loving couple, and Billy is out of places to go. I believe that he ran away from 20 homes by this time. They have 5 other foster children in their house, but they have more than enough space for number 6. Even if you didn’t know all that much about Shazam, it’s pretty normal for superheroes to have their “_______ Families” Like the Flash Family or the Bat Family, there’s a Shazam Family, and we just got introduced to them.

First, we get to meet Darla Dudley (Faithe Herman). She is the cutest little girl! She reminds me of my little cousin Ni-Fearia. She’s so open with everyone and loves to talk to everyone and anyone that will listen. You can see that family is really important to her. Luckily, the Vasquez’ got her. Secondly, we get to meet Eugene Choi (Ian Chen) sitting in the living room playing a game online with other players. He’s shouting at the screen/shouting at his teammates to do better. He knows he isn’t allowed to play games after dark and plays it off as smooth as a kid can. I believe that we get to meet Mary Bromfield (Grace Fulton) next. From the sounds of it, she is applying to college’s and is very goal orientated. You don’t get too see too much of her because she’s a busy girl, but you can tell she is a sweet young lady. Second to last is Pedro Pena (sorry I can’t make my Spanish N on here Ha-ha!) (Joven Armand). He’s a quiet kid that seems to take time to warm up to others. Though I think that is true, I think that he could be silently rooting for your success in the meantime. There’s a small part after they come out of the strip club (funny part of the movie) that makes me laugh. Go see the movie and see if you can hear what he says. I loved it (Ha-ha!) Lastly is Freddy Freeman (Jack Grazer). He has a physical disability which causes him to stand out amongst his peers. He ends up being the one that gets to room with Billy. Funny enough, we get to see a bunch of Easter-Eggs because of this one character.

So, what we’ve all been waiting for, the part when young Mr. Batson becomes the famous hero that we all paid to see, is finally here. Dr. Sivana has come and gone for his power, leaving the old Wizard alone and desperate for his Champion. Luckily, Billy was already up to be “interviewed” for his shot at power, but this kid doesn’t know when to stop talking. The Wizard doesn’t care much for wasted time, so he puts a stop to any unnecessary questions or actions.

The old Wizard (can also be called Shazam) asks Billy if he believe that he could be the next Champion. In all honesty, he tells the Wizard that he doesn’t think he is worthy of such a power. This is the most grown up answer he could have possibly had said. He showed no sign of greed but humility. Obviously, this was the correct answer, because next thing you know, the Wizard is barking orders at Billy, which is being followed to a T.

“Speak. My. Name.”

Is it just me or is this whole movie intense? From the first scene to this one that I ended on, it’s been nothing but sad or dark experiences.

Flash forward a bit past Billy shows Freddy who he is and what he’s become. They figure out how to get him back to his normal size. Now this is what I would like to touch on. Them trying to figure out what powers he has. Its all new to them, so why not try them all out, and since Freddy is the only one that Billy knows that it into Superheroes, then he would be an excellent person to share this with.

So, this is my favorite part about the movie, them figuring out what powers he does and does not possess. Even though super powers like flying or super speed are way out of reach, this is the most down to earth acting I have seen in a long time. Each time that Shazam does something off of the list of abilities there’s a check mark next to the word, like super speed. And a cross/scribble out when he doesn’t complete the challenge like being fire retardant. A big whopping NO! (Ha-ha) Shazam did not like being set on fire, while he was in a box two sizes too small.

I do want to comment on one thing that I didn’t like seeing in the film. I thought that the first flight scene that Shazam was in was a bit cheesy. Not because of the acting. It just felt a bit unnatural and uncomfortable. The later flying scenes were up to standards, and I understand that the flying and acting are hard things to do. I honestly would be terrible at doing one or the other. I would definitely fall face first if I have to do both at the same time. I get that. It’s just for that first time seeing it (the mall scene, trying to get away from Dr. Livana as fast as possible) it brought me out of the movie.

And this is no way a disappointment at all, but the villain figured out how to get to Shazam superfast. It’s not hard to remember that we are watching a 15-year-old in the body of an upper 20 to lower 30-year-old. Freddy has been adamant about talking to Shazam in public, where videos can be taken. Also, the news is always around so there is no chance that people wouldn’t see the relationship that they share. It’s not hard to figure out if I (the villain) were to take this kid, I could get the attention and obedience of the person I’m trying to take power from.

Billy gets in trouble and sulks in his room. Freddy isn’t there (obviously because Dr. Livana captured him and is interrogating him). His foster parents leave the room, telling the other kids that he needs some alone time. Not one second later, they all walk into the room, ignoring the instructions that were given to them. Pedro was the one that found Billy’s old notebook (that he threw into the bathroom trash when he arrived at the new home). Eugene used his computer skills (that he just had to learn to play video games better) to track down the true address of Billy’s mother. ZOOM!

Guess who was living, conveniently, two blocks away from his exact location. Movie magic is the real deal! She didn’t go by Batson anymore, so that’s why no one could find her. Rushing out of the house, he makes his way to the apartment complex. One door, two doors, three…finally. After years of searching, getting in trouble, running away, being alone, her door is in front of him. Billy knocks and is amazed as he sees his mother for the first time in probably 9-10 years. Billy’s Rose-Colored-Glasses are still on. She is absolutely beautiful and all he wants is for her to match his wanting to be together again. Arms from this young man comes towards her but shockingly, to him, she pushes him away. A loud gruff voice comes from inside of the apartment that she was leaving. The audience is left to figure out that Billy was a secret from her new life.

In this time as well, as the mall is being covered by the media, the other foster kids (Mary to be exact) figures out that Billy is the new superhero of Philly. Darla already knew but was told not to say anything, because good sisters don’t tell other people’s secrets. This is the first superhero movie that I’ve watched, that wasn’t a joke movie, to actually have supporting characters figure out the big secret on their own. And I highlight again that Billy and Freddy are just kids. They don’t know how to keep it a secret. They want to show off and do cool things. Maybe make some money in the meantime. They didn’t have a strong structure about what it is like to be a real-life superhero. I thought this was a really cool and different approach to this film.

His mother’s side of the story:

The day is cold and gloomy. She is in old winter gear and frustrated that she cannot hit a balloon to make her wanting child quiet. He wants the big prize, but she can’t hit anything. She was running low on money, so Billy only got a small toy. Her hair is put up, so she won’t have to deal with it, her smile hasn’t been seen in ages, her clothes are dingy looking, and the love that she had for him was measurable. His mother gruffly hands him a small compass so that he can, “always find his way.” Snatching him off of the counter as they quickly try to leave the Christmas Town.

It seems like the whole park was leaving at one time, because the crowd was so thick as they were walking away from the game to go home. Billy lets go of her hand and before she knew it he was gone. Quickly she tries to look for him, pushing people out of the way and shouting his name angerly. Next scene, we see the police have him sitting on the top of the police cruiser hood, trying to find his mom. She sees that Billy is safe with the police and decides then and there that she and he would be better off separated. Quickly, she disappears into the crowd, leaving her only son with the Law.

For as goofy and fun as this movie could be, it sure does have a dark side to it, but what is balance if not light and dark. Even if we didn’t know her side of the story, if she would have called the cops asking for help into finding her young son, the stationed police would have tracked her down and returned her son to her. But she didn’t. You wouldn’t just give up on looking for your son if you really wanted him. She gave him up willingly because she was out of her depth and wanted a way out. Like everything, it can be a tricky subject, but that’s how it played out in this universe.

 

She asks him if he’s been okay, and that he seemed to have become a stand-up young adult. More for just lip service. You can see that she is uncomfortable with this transaction and just wants it to go away. I can tell that Billy is getting the hint and decides to distance himself with the thought of his mother. His Rose-Colored-Glasses slipped off of his face, onto the ground, and under her feet. He sees what really happened. He needs to get back to his real family. Not looking back, Billy walks down the hallway. On his way out, his phone goes off…it’s Freddy…no it isn’t.

SHAZAM!

How are you all feeling about what you all just read? Though the movie has you giggling the whole time, there are some dark themes to it. How do you feel about Billy’s mother? Do you think that she is going to try an get into her son’s life? Can she even call him her son? I think the resolution, though it wasn’t happy, was the most realistic thing that could have happened. Like I said before, if she wanted to find him and be in his life, there isn’t a thing in this world that would keep her away from him. She left him when he was a toddler. She didn’t want to be apart of his life. It’ dark but I’m glad that she didn’t stick around him. I don’t think that he would have been able to grow up to be this amazing person if she decided that she was finally ready to be a mother. She, figuratively, threw Billy at the police and ran away.

  • Going forward we see that Dr. Livana is weakest when all of the Deadly Sins are out of the Eye.
  • There’s a point where Shazam takes the glowing staff away from our villain.
  • Villain gets upper hand.
  • Shazam has the upper hand and turns all of his family into Shazam heroes.
  • Shazam comforts a young girl, with a plush tiger, hiding from the monsters with her father.
  • Mary tells Shazam that Dr. Livana is weak when the Sins are out of the Eye.
  • Idea forms.
  • Uses the weakness of the Sins to draw them out.
  • Good guys win and the citizens rejoice to the image of their own superhero team!

Now, all of those bullet points are very important, but it is the fight scene, and just like a joke, no one likes to be explained a fight scene. So, were just going to move on to our next talking point (Ha-ha)!

Since we already have the quick line of events, we can focus on two of the last things I want to mention. Christ was actually the one to bring this up, and it was the last part of the movie, where they were all sitting down for dinner. While it’s a really nice scene and Billy finally releases the anger from his small body and joins in on the dinner traditions, there is a question that popped into Chris’ head…did everyone tell the parents what all happened? Most likely not, because who would be fine with their child fighting super villains? How did they keep the fact that they were all out of the house at the same time while there was a SUPER VILLAIN attacking part of the city? What lie could they have possibly told their caretakers to make up where they were all that time?

Lastly was when Freddy is at lunch at school. Everyone is watching him and staying away from him because earlier in the film, he claimed to have know Shazam (Captain Sparkle Fingers (probably making fun of the whole Captain Marvel title that he once shared))). He sits down at the back table alone, but suddenly, all of his foster siblings sit down at the table.

But they all had different lunch periods. *you say to yourself* How are they all here at the same time *as you grow more and more intrigued and confused*

The shot is that of Freddy being equally confused as you are (but you aren’t really confused because you see a doorway in the back of the shot.) Suddenly, Shazam stands in the door, and it’s just jokes all the way around. Saying things like, “He’s the coolest!” and “Oh yeah! We go way back!” Instantly making his status go up in the school. Most likely won’t be bullied anymore…but that wasn’t the last surprise. The collective lunch room dropped their jaws even further as soon as they seen the most famous hero in all the world (besides Batman). Superman comes in on the right. But here is the little trick that they did. They didn’t show his face. They didn’t have to have to pay Henry Cavill for a small guest appearance. Genius.

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