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The Latest Episode of ‘What If…?’ Had Me Like “WHAAAAAAT?!”

What If…? continues to surprise me on a weekly basis and this latest episode really took me for a spin.

It focuses on Killmonger and honestly, I thought this series would turn him into a hero. It didn’t. In fact, it solidified Killmonger’s stance as a villain…and I LOVED IT!

This episode surprised me at every turn and wow, was it entertaining. When it concluded I was like, “Wait, what?!”

As I always say, if you haven’t watched this series because you think it isn’t necessary or worth the time trust me, it’s just as good as everything Marvel Studios has been giving us over the years. In fact, it’s actually kind of brilliant.

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Movie Review Flashback: ‘Fantastic Four’: More Like a Fantastic Disaster

I love superhero hero movies and I’ve seen a bunch of them. One such superhero flick that I hadn’t seen yet was the infamous reboot of Fantastic Four in 2015. You know, that movie that featured Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm three years before he would become iconic as Erik Killmonger, a role that much better suited him by the way.

I’ve got to say, I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of the movie. The plot was simple but effective, none of the characters were getting on my nerves, and when the moment finally arrived featuring Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm obtaining their powers I loved the horrific aspect of it. My eyes were wide and I was like, “This is actually pretty good.”

And then the final third of the film happened.

Have you ever seen a movie that completely derails toward the end of the film? Well, Fantastic Four is one of those films. The climax, featuring Doctor Doom who goes from legitimately frightening to unbelievably drab with a plot that makes no sense and wasn’t at all set up by the first two-thirds of the movie, is just…bad. The dialogue is ultra-corny, Miles Teller’s acting feels wooden, as if he knows he’s part of a project that’s going to hell, the fight is boring and has no wow factor whatsoever, and Doctor Doom just…dies. It was so underwhelming.

Oh, and the movie concludes with the four heroes trying to come up with the name for their superhero team which just so happens to turn off before Reed Richards can say the words, “Fantastic Four.” So cliche!

I’m so disappointed. I was really digging this movie and then it just had to fall into pieces in the last twenty minutes. *sigh*

I’m giving this movie 70 out of 100 and 2.5 out of 5 stars. It was totally B+ material but just got really, really bad.

Oh gosh, I hope Marvel Studios makes the Fantastic Four movie one of the best superhero origin stories ever.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

‘Fantastic Four’: More Like a Fantastic Disaster

I love superhero hero movies and I’ve seen a bunch of them. One such superhero flick that I hadn’t seen yet was the infamous reboot of Fantastic Four in 2015. You know, that movie that featured Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm three years before he would become iconic as Erik Killmonger, a role that much better suited him by the way.

I’ve got to say, I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of the movie. The plot was simple but effective, none of the characters were getting on my nerves, and when the moment finally arrived featuring Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm obtaining their powers I loved the horrific aspect of it. My eyes were wide and I was like, “This is actually pretty good.”

And then the final third of the film happened.

Have you ever seen a movie that completely derails toward the end of the film? Well, Fantastic Four is one of those films. The climax, featuring Doctor Doom who goes from legitimately frightening to unbelievably drab with a plot that makes no sense and wasn’t at all set up by the first two-thirds of the movie, is just…bad. The dialogue is ultra-corny, Miles Teller’s acting feels wooden, as if he knows he’s part of a project that’s going to hell, the fight is boring and has no wow factor whatsoever, and Doctor Doom just…dies. It was so underwhelming.

Oh, and the movie concludes with the four heroes trying to come up with the name for their superhero team which just so happens to turn off before Reed Richards can say the words, “Fantastic Four.” So cliche!

I’m so disappointed. I was really digging this movie and then it just had to fall into pieces in the last twenty minutes. *sigh*

I’m giving this movie 70 out of 100 and 2.5 out of 5 stars. It was totally B+ material but just got really, really bad.

Oh gosh, I hope Marvel Studios makes the Fantastic Four movie one of the best superhero origin stories ever.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

A Stubborn Fan’s Analysis: Mysterio and Erik Killmonger Are Not Dead!

One of the things that had plagued the Marvel Cinematic Universe despite their entertaining films were the poorly crafted villains. Obadiah Stane, Whiplash, The Mandarin, Ronin, Yellowjacket, Malekith, these were antagonists designed to be the clear-cut bad guy for the hero to defeat. There was nothing complex about them nor were they that memorable. And then the minds behind the MCU decided to change that narrative, creating villains that not only had intriguing storylines but who actually gave the heroes a run for their money.

Two such villains that I found to be absolutely extraordinary and really likable were Erik Killmonger and Mysterio. Continue reading A Stubborn Fan’s Analysis: Mysterio and Erik Killmonger Are Not Dead!

Michael B. Jordan is One of the Underrated Best Actors in Hollywood

Michael B. Jordan, it’s a name that has grown more and more popular over the years as this young actor has managed to blossom into a true film star. My first real introduction to him was as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther where he blew me away by portraying a guy that didn’t exactly feel like a villain. In some cases, he almost felt like a hero as he fought and died (I hope he’s actually not dead) for what he believed in: liberating black people all over the world.

Shortly after I watched him in Creed where I was equally blown away by his powerful performance as the son of Apollo Creed. I followed the story, I fell in love with the character, and most importantly, I was super impressed in learning that he was one of those actors who can morph into different characters.

You know those actors that seem to be acting the same with every character and even though we may love that actor there is no true nuance. (Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Liam Neeson…lately, etc.) Michael B. Jordan isn’t one of those actors and the roles he has played have been absolutely captivating.

I loved his small role as the doting husband who mysteriously died in the cute Netflix show about a black boy who discovers he’s a superhero called Raising Dion.

His latest role as Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy was the role that impressed me the most. He wasn’t a boxer or a superhero antagonist, he was a lawyer in a film that asked for powerful performances and he delivered. He should’ve been nominated for at least a Golden Globe but he wasn’t…unfortunately. 😢

But…there’s no doubt that his hunt for an Oscar nomination and potentially a win will continue over the years as he continues to deliver powerful performances.

I think why I appreciate Michael B. Jordan as an African-American actor the most, however, is that since Creed he has played roles that aren’t the stereotypical black roles. He hasn’t played a slave in an Oscar-buzz worthy slave movie. He hasn’t played a drug dealer in a hard drama. He hasn’t played a janitor in an emotional and well-written flick. He, instead, has played inspiring roles that have made him, ultimately, rather memorable. And the trend will continue.

He’s already slated for a third Creed movie and his next film will be the action/adventure flick called Methuselah. Could he return as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther 2 to fight alongside Black Panther against a greater threat? Oh gosh, I hope so.

All in all, Emmy-nominated Michael B. Jordan, is one to watch over the coming decades and I feel it won’t be long before he will be recognized for his role in a film that The Academy can’t ignore.

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‘Just Mercy’: How Could This Movie Not be Nominated for Best Picture?!

I watched Just Mercy for the first time on Juneteenth on TBS. I’m going to be honest. I was bored at first but then…once the story got moving it didn’t let up. Just Mercy is a depressing yet empowering story depicting the struggles of the common black man and how we find ways to overcome the prejudice that tries to beat us down. It’s an even more poignant film when you look at the world around us at this very moment, at the people of all races who are finally standing up and saying enough is enough.

Just Mercy on several occasions had me crying as I stared at the screen, either horrified by what I was witnessing or inwardly cheering at the triumphs that so many of my people don’t get a chance to enjoy.

It was a beautiful story, led by two brilliant performances by Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, both of whom got snubbed at the Oscars and the Golden Globes despite giving some of the best performances of their lives.

Selma, a story told a million times through documentaries and personal accounts was nominated for Best Picture six years ago. So how could a movie that tells the story of a relatively unknown African-American whose deeds are just as impactful as Martin Luther King’s not be nominated for Best Picture also? Continue reading ‘Just Mercy’: How Could This Movie Not be Nominated for Best Picture?!