The Season Two trailer for Marvel’s Iron Fist dropped at San Diego Comic-Con and it’s…okay and manages to tell us relatively little about the upcoming season.
And that’t okay because who wants any surprises spoiled this early (though Iron Fist had better wear a comic-accurate costume. At this point we need something to link these ‘street level heroes’ to the greater Marvel Universe than just knowing that they’re characters from Marvel Comics)?
Which reminds me of what many apparently thought was the problem with Season One, namely it felt that Danny Rand/Iron Fist was a secondary character in his own story.
He felt too indecisive and ending up being the least interesting character in the series–in HIS series–which is never a good thing.
As a result, Scott Buck is no longer the showrunner–though it took Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb long enough to notice that it wasn’t working–having been replaced by Raven Metzner (Elektra–interesting and scary at the same time, Falling Skies, Sleepy Hollow, Heroes Reborn)..
I’ve got to hand it to M. Night Shyamalan because for a man who’s career was teetering on the abyss not too long ago he’s come back in spectacular form.
And who’d thought that being given less money to make movies would be a HUGE reason why.
When you take into account Lady in the Water, The Last Airbender, The Happening (who’s issue was less one of budget than only a megalomaniac would’ve committed to such a dopey premise in the first place) and After Earth, the best thing that could have happened to Shyamalan was his association with Jason Blum, who’s known for producing movies on a shoestring budget.
The first film in their association was The Visit, and while story-wise you could see where it was going a mile off, it was genuinely entertaining and a palate cleanser for the former enfant terrible.
Which brings us to Glass, the sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable which brings characters from that movie and 2016’s Split together in what’s likely to be an explosive confrontation.
Though can someone please tell Shyamalan that superhero movies are pretty common now so–unlike with Unbreakable–he doesn’t have to play it coy.
When I heard that Netflix was releasing a new horror movie I went a little psycho (in the best possible way).
Then I learned it was called Ghoul I dared to think that maybe something wicked this way would come and touch me with some horror movie goodness.
Then I learned it was Indian–not Native American, who though underrepresented have some really good entries in the horror genre (Creepshow 2, Bone Tomahawk, etc)–but instead as in India the country (where apparently no movie is complete unless at some point someone is singing and dancing).
Now I’m probably generalizing more than a little bit though the thing is I’ve seen enough examples of it that I’m turned off by Indian-made horror films.
Which is a bit of a problem because at first glance it sounds like I’m asking for Indian movies to be the same as American ones, except in an Indian milleu and I’m not (not exactly, at any rate).
What I’m asking is less than a sanitized version of an American movie than an Indian one that touches upon the things that keep them up at night.
And hopefully don’t involve either dancing or singing.
And the Ghoul trailer? Not a dance to be seen.
Remember Jim Carrey’s live action portrayal in Dr. Suess’s The Grinch That Stole Christmas (in case you don’t I’ve included the trailer. You’re welcome)?
How The Grinch That Stole Christmas (2000)
If there were ever characters designed to be animated, it’s Dr. Seuss’ s because his drawings, when placed in a real life context, come off not only weird but off-putting–and to be honest vaguely sinister.
Which I’m reasonably certain wasn’t the original intent.
The Cat In The Hat (2003)
In GCI though, it just works.
And while I have not seen the movie, that dog looks like it’s trying to steal the movie out from under Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch.
The Grinch (2018)
I didn’t see the first Goosebumps because–in hindsight–I don’t believe in horror for children.
By which I mean I grew up in the Seventies and distinctly remembering going to the theater with my brothers and some friends to see Arnold.
I haven’t seen it since but recall it revolving around a dead guy marrying a very live woman (!)–I assume for his money–and how everyone around them was dying by violent means.
I particularly recall a lady likely having her worse day ever due to acid placed in her face cream (why didn’t it burn her hands? That’s a question I’d certainly ask now but as a youngster? It didn’t even occur to me).
Though I also realize that if I were to see it today I’d likely consider it to be very, very tame.
As I left the theater in tears little did I realize that it would be my gateway drug into horror movies.
I also have quite fond memories of The Blood On Satan’s Claw
Would I have felt the same if either movie were geared toward the younger set? Maybe? Maybe not but it was the shock of what I saw that really got my synapses firing and turned barely a spark of interest into a life-long appreciation of a typically under appreciated genre.
We’ve finally–via Entertainment Weekly–got an officially-sanctioned image of Zachary Levi in his Shazam costume.
And while the costume itself looks fine–as much of the Internet noticed from not-so-officially sanctioned set photos–Levi doesn’t look so good in it.
The greatest problems is the (fake) muscularity of his chest and biceps and questions or proportionality. What we’ve ended up with is not at all proportional to Levi himself so it comes off as if he’s got some weird physical deformities (did I mention how wonky his thighs look compared to his ankles).
With actors like Chris Evans, Henry Cavil and Ben Affleck their suits seemed to better accent their actual builds, as opposed to just adding bulk.
It won’t by any means kill the movie, it’s not exactly the best of omens that something so relatively simple goes so blatantly wrong.
And to think, all they needed to do is hire Dwayne Johnson to play the character and is wouldn’t even be an issue.
I predicted that Ant-Man And The Wasp would earn somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million+ on it’s opening and while that didn’t pan out a domestic opening over $70,000,000 is just fine.
That being said, overall I enjoyed it though if I could suggest one change to the producers it would be to tone down the humor because unlike a lot of people like to say, Marvel Studios hasn’t yet produced a comedy.
Though they have produced action movies with comedic overtones (some more than others) though Ant-Man And The Wasp too often tries to hard to be funny when the story would be better served by a more organic, situational thrust to the humor.
Like James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy movies. They’re humorous, but the humor tends to be more based on the clashing of disparate personalities more so than anyone doing anything overtly jokey.