A friend of mine once said to me, “When you’re hanging with a new group of people, and they have all these inner jokes (that seem hilarious to them), but you’re watching from the outside like…I guess I’ll get the context later? If?”.
That feeling is how I feel about Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets. I am watching this movie that is apparently supposed to be a comedy as well as a sci-fi action film, but I barely laughed. Not many chuckles came out either and I am wondering if it’s because I am just not in on the joke. Based on a comic series in France, Luc Besson brings to life the story of Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) who both play operatives who keep the peace of the human territories are assigned to visit Alpha which are the grounds of the blended and mix races from many different planets. At least a thousand of them based on the title. There is a threat to Alpha as well as the universe and it’s up to the pairing of the leads to help stop the threat.
“Spider-Man big screen adaptation take 3” *claps clapperboard
Sony is giving the Spider-Man franchise another go with another semi reboot of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man with the help of Marvel Studios. This time around, Spider-Man has been embedded into the MCU a.k.a Marvel Cinematic Universe. With his brief and scene stealing cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) was introduced and kicked off the start of his involvement into one day becoming an avenger. Up till now, his franchise only has him swinging into crime solving solo, never receiving any assistance with his heroism and now fans get to see him team up with other marvel heroes where he belonged.
Waiting with anticipation for the next Marvel movie to come out, Doctor Strange left me a little underwhelmed after the end of the film. I was very excited to see Doctor Strange mainly because this was a character I knew close to nothing about. To watch a film from a perspective oh having no knowledge from the comics or any other films would be a way to watch the movie with no exceptions. Was that the reason it was underwhelming? I don’t think so.
This week I am revisiting 1986’s take on a Marvel comic character Howard the Duck. It is a movie from my own collection, I do remember the movie, not embarrassed to say that I’ve watched it, but for the life of me I can’t remember why I liked it enough to want to own it. Back then, I had no idea this movie was based on a comic book character. When I saw Howard the Duck in a cameo on Guardians of the Galaxy, I was a bit confused because he looked so different then the look that I remembered. Apparently the duck had a different look to him in the comics. Only reason I can think of is that he looks more familiar in the live action movie because he looks more cartoonish and familiar because he resembles what Donald Duck would look like. This movie had a cult following as it isn’t liked by many people. Didn’t make much at the box office but its cheesy enough to be just enough fun to watch it during a bad movie night with friends. So I am going down memory lane to see why I enjoyed the movie in the first place and see if I can rekindle how I felt about it back then.