Ever since I watched Hamilton for the first last Friday I have not been able to get the film out of my very being. I’ve seen it three times since and I just can’t get enough of this story. The detail is insane, the talent is utterly incredible and really rewarding to see when entertainment can be so artificial these days, but with my latest viewing on Thursday night I couldn’t help noticing how spot on this story is.
The play heavily features the stories of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, friends turned political foes over the course of twenty-four years, who are played brilliantly by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr.
With basic storytelling, Hamilton could’ve easily been the clear protagonist while Burr should’ve been the easy villain. Instead, Miranda provides a story that sees Burr as a victim to Hamilton’s relentless pursuit of greatness and after a while, we can’t help but understand why Burr is so angry.
It’s the perfect example of writing a more realistic story that features characters who have good and bad in them, for every person has a light and a dark side, so to speak. Continue reading ‘Hamilton’ Is the Proof of How a Story Should Be Made
The DCEU (DC Extended Universe) has slowed down on the rate they are cranking out their movies but this December they’re bringing out a new installment in their franchise in Aquaman and that can be a good thing or a terrible thing. The only entry in the superhero franchise that was accepted with immense praise was Wonder Woman but the rest of the DCEU’s movies have been met with less-than-friendly recognition. Can Aquaman become only the second film in this franchise to change the negative narrative surrounding these superhero movies or will it lurk among the fishes like most of its other predecessors? And what changes will it need to become a film worthy of great reviews and tons of praise? That’s what I’m here to talk about and I hope you enjoy. 🙂
1. A Compelling Villain
While Marvel is one of the greatest franchises to ever be part of the cinematic world its biggest problem for nearly a decade was its villain conundrum. For the longest time the only compelling villain in the MCU was Loki and that was mainly because he wasn’t killed off in his first movie appearance. In the last couple of years the narrative around MCU villains has gradually begun to change and now with Thanos arriving in Infinity War the MCU villains have really become characters to fear and respect. This, however, wasn’t supposed to be a problem with the DCEU.
Throughout the comics these powerful superheroes in Wonder Woman, Superman, etc. have had to face adversaries that were just as impressively powerful in not only might but wit as well. This, however, hasn’t been translated into the movies very well. Man of Steel brought General Zod into the fold but instead of keeping the iconic Superman villain alive to pester Superman for years to come they killed him off, turning him into a worthless MCU-style villain who just so happened to be powerful enough to fight the Kryptonian hero.
Batman vs. Superman introduced Lex Luther and Doomsday to the DCEU, both of which didn’t make the movie any more compelling or epic. Wonder Woman had the Amazonian warrior face off against the Greek God, Ares, which sounds amazing but wasn’t as incredible a showdown as it could’ve been. And Justice League‘s villain, Steppenwolf, was a CGI disaster with a Thor: The Dark World level evil, world dominating plan that didn’t make any sense and that I honestly didn’t care about (because I knew the heroes were going to win anyway.)
If Aquaman is going to be a success it’s going to have to have an awesome villain that’s worth watching.
Continue reading 5 Things That Could Make ‘Aquaman’ A Success