Monday, 30 May 2016

Captain America: Civil War Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

Based on the Comic By
Mark Millar

Based on the Characters Created By
Joe Simon
Jack Kirby

Directed By
Anthony Russo
Joe Russo

A Studio Babelsberg, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios

Genre
Action, Adventure, Comic Book

Cast

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
Don Cheadle as Lieutenant James Rhodes / War Machine
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther
Paul Bettany as Vision
Elizabeth Olson as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant Man
Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter
Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Daniel Bruhl as Zemo
William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross

Year Released
2016

Certificate
12

Synopsis

With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. 

This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spiderman) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Sharon Carter, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges. 

Review

I'm a massive superhero movie fan.  They're the perfect type of movie to put on to watch and then kick back and relax.  After the brilliance of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I went in to this one with some very high expectations.

Granted, I was never that big a fan of the comic books that this movie was based on.  They were good but they seemed to resort to shock value near the end just for the sake of having something shocking happening.  I was wondering just what they would keep in the film to both keep the fans of the comics happy but at the same time keep fans of the movies happy.

Well, they tried to keep everyone happy and to be honest, the movie came across as a rather muddled and busy movie with a lot of story strands just left hanging.  I'm assuming that some of them will be picked up in the next movie but for me, it just seemed to leave the characters either hanging or with nothing to do.

Don't me wrong however.  Is this a rather impressive looking movie?  Yes, most definitely.  The movie itself and  the action set pieces are absolutely knock out.  Those scenes really do explode off of the screen.  However, it's in some of the quieter scenes that the movie struggles.  Yes, the scenes between Rogers and Stark are well done, especially near the end of the movie, but some of the other characters really did just seem to be there to make up the numbers.

That said, there were some absolutely fantastic character movies.  Sebastian Stan as Bucky / The Winter Soldier really did knock it out of the park and came across as both strong and unbeatable but also as a very sympathetic character too.  You really do find yourself caring more and more about the character as the movie progresses.  Chadwick Boseman is a truly wonderful casting choice for T'Challa / The Black Panther.  He went the same route as Stan in that he made the character seem heroic and strong yet fragile and sympathetic.

However, most of the publicity seemed to revolve around the inclusion of Spider-Man himself.  I was rather unsure of casting Tom Holland as Peter Parker but you know what?  He nailed it.  He had the cocky, immature attitude of the comic book style Parker and really gave the movie some hilarious moments but let's not forget about Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant Man.  He really did the same, albeit on the opposite team, which for me was one of the best moments in the movie.

I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about the interplay between Stark and Rogers.  Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. really do have a great chemistry between them and as the movie goes on, they do a great job of showing the reasoning behind them both feeling betrayed by one another.

All in all, while this was a good Marvel movie, I wouldn't go so far as to say it was the best one they've ever made, which seems to be how a lot of people have seen the movie.  It is a good movie but not a great one.  However, I did enjoy it for the most part and it is definitely worth seeing for Holland's performance as Spider-Man and the pairing of Stan as Bucky and Boseman as Black Panther.

Movie 7/10

Kid Monkey: Project Genesis Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
James McCulloch

Art and Cover By
Paul Johnson
Laura Knight

Lettering By
James McCulloch

Published By
Comichaus

Genre
Action, Science Fiction

Synopsis

Caine and Abel are brothers torn apart by an incident in their youth. Part of a genetically created crack commando unit, haunted by a past that refuses to be silenced.

Created by Science.
Trained by the military.
Out for revenge.
KID MONKEY

Review

When a writer such as James McCulloch (City of Lost Souls) comes out with a new project then it's always something to get excited about, especially when it's in a different genre to the one that he is known best for.

McCulloch is best known as the author of the superb supernatural horror series City of Lost Souls alongside the artist Janine Van Moosel but here, he's crafted an incredibly fast paced and action packed science fiction story that really does feel like it was written by a completely different person yet still keeping his unique style at the same time.

One of the things that I noticed first about this comic is that while City of Lost Souls has a slow burn feel to the story, Kid Monkey is definitely a balls to the wall affair.  The action explodes from the very first page and really catches the eye in a watch that you won't want to put it down until you have read the rest of the story.

With such a fast pacing, you'd think there wouldn't be enough time for any back story.  Normally that would be true but here, they fit in some little pieces of the puzzle in order to whet the appetite but I look forward to checking out the next installment to get to see more.

Kid Monkey comes across as quite a visceral story so you would need something with an 'in your face' style to match that and that's exactly what we have here in the shape of Paul Johnson.  He has a splendid dirty and grimy style that really brings to mind the sort of style that would be seen in low budget 70's science fiction movies, which I mean as nothing but a compliment.  Johnson's art style, alongside Lauren Knight's fantastic colouring work, really does make the fight scenes and the entire story itself burst off of the page in an orgy of colours and movement.

My only complaint about the title would be that I would have liked the lettering to have have a jagged and dirty style to it.  I get why the creative team went for the lettering style that they used but I just would have preferred a style that was more in line with the art itself but that's more of a personal preference really.

All in all, this is a unique and exciting read and definitely one that is well worth picking up.  I'll be there for the next installment for sure.

Story 8/10
Art 9/10
Cover 8/10
Recommended 8/10
Overall 33/40

You can purchase Kid Monkey: Project Genesis  from here.