In the run-up to “Avengers: Endgame,” I’m running down every movie and TV show the MCU has ever put out and ranking them based on how well they tell their stories with the means available to them. This is part three of a four part series.
In the run-up to “Avengers: Endgame,” I’m running down every movie and TV show the MCU has ever put out and ranking them based on how well they tell their stories with the means available to them. This is part two of a four part series.
With “Endgame” just a month away, it’s time to look back at the most successful cinematic experiment of our time — the Marvel Cinematic Universe — from its billion dollar cinematic heights to its most minor TV outings, to see how well they tell their stories with the means available to them.
Following the unqualified success of “Wonder Woman,” the equally unqualified failure of “Justice League” and that time they let James Wan dose the entire world with a cocktail of crack cocaine, LSD, and seaweed, it’s safe to say that the future of the DC films slate is somewhat in flux, to say nothing of the numerous behind-the-scenes shake-ups.
There will always be room for movies like “Captive State,” the latest from director Rupert Wyatt, whose “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” kicked off one of the best movie trilogies of the last few decades. In a time when most science fiction movies are defined by flashy special effects, galaxy-spanning adventure and apocalyptic stakes, a story that shows more of a boots-on-the-ground perspective of an alien invasion is a welcome change of pace.
It’s strange to say, especially as someone usually hasty to criticize movies for overstaying their welcome, but if “The Hidden World” was even just five to ten minutes longer, it would allow for more development for Hiccup and his struggle without sacrificing any of the time we spend with Toothless and the Light Fury. It’s the conclusion of a critically acclaimed trilogy, DreamWorks! Treat yourself!