Justice League (2017)

“What are your superpowers again?” – Barry Allen to Bruce Wayne
“I’m rich.” – Bruce Wayne, replying to Barry Allen

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This is a bit late, but since I have a lot of things to say about this movie, I decided to create a review about it.

Justice League’s story centers around a group of DC superheroes consist of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. After the death of Superman, Batman realizes that the world could fall into a greater danger. So he attempts to unite other metahumans to help protecting the world. At the same time, Steppenwolf who failed to conquer the earth thousand years ago is back to retrieve the mother boxes and once again try to fulfill his mission.

At first only the Flash would join Batman and Wonder Woman, but later Aquaman and Cyborg also agrees to join because of the dire situation. They revive Superman using one of the mother boxes which has not been retrieved by Steppenwolf yet. Upon his revival, Superman’s memories were not back immediately, so he attacks the group confusing them as the enemy. Lois Lane arrives just in time when Batman is about to be killed by Superman and he calms down.

While Superman escapes to his hometown with Lois Lane to reflect and regain his memories, the group decides to face Steppenwolf by going to a village in Russia where Steppenwolf attempts to combine the mother boxes to recreate the earth. The group has a hard time dealing with Steppenwolf and his army, but Superman arrives in time to help them. The team defeats Steppenwolf, who is overwhelmed by fear is attacked by his own army.

This movie is said could become a match for Marvel’s The Avengers so it was one of the most anticipated superheroes movies in 2017. I watched it during the first week of its release on my country and it was an enjoyable movie, but I cannot say it was a good one considering the hype which has been built months before its release.

I felt that it was forced to follow the Marvel’s tone of movie, which is serious yet funny at the same time, but failed quite miserably. So the tone is somehow hanging in the middle between dark but not too dark and funny but not very funny. The jokes were sometimes funny enough to make you laugh out loud, but mostly just so-so.  If I have to summarize the remarkable funny scenes, I could only tell you at most three scenes. Compared to Thor: Ragnarok which out on the same week or earlier or the other Marvel’s movie, it was a really small number.

In my opinion, DC should just stick with their darker tone like The Dark Knight trilogy. But then again, dark tone only means fewer audiences and resulting in less income. If they aim for larger audiences, then Marvel’s tone is a safe way. Maybe if they decide to follow that path, they should look for script writer as good as Marvel’s.

Unlike Marvel’s Avengers on which each member already have their own movies, Justice League characters are not properly introduced yet, maybe except Superman. So they spent quite a lot of time doing introduction for each member just like on Suicide Squad. These introductions were packed into few scenes which supposedly running at the same time, resulting in fast changing scenes in the movie. In my opinion, the transition was not very smooth. It felt like some scenes were cut in the middle and then replaced by another scene.

I cannot judge that DC made a mistake for not releasing the standalone movie first with Justice League as a wrap since there are only four movies for DCEU before Justice League so far: Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman, and Wonder Woman. Even those movies are barely has connection to each other. I should wait for at least each Justice League characters have their own movie released and then make my judgement.

Another thing that bothers me is the Flash’s character. I’m not a fan of DC comics so I don’t know how it should be, but I think he was kinda overexcited and childish. From my perspective, I assume he was made like that in order to give a lighter tone to the movie. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Overall, Justice League is still an enjoyable movie despite its drawbacks. I hope the next DCEU movies will not make the same mistakes and I’m excited for the next Aquaman’s movie. Let’s see if the upcoming movies will fulfill the audiences’ expectation.

Coco (2017)

Remember me…

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IMDB : 8.8

Rotten Tomatoes : 97%


Plot & Review

Coco is a 3D animated movie produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 2017. The movie took a concept from Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. It follows a story of 12 years old aspiring musician, Miguel who stucks on the land of the dead and must seek the help from his family to return to the land of the living.

Miguel’s great grandmother Imelda married a musician, but her husband left her with their daughter Coco to pursue a career in music and never came back. She banned music from her family and learnt to become a shoemaker which later became the family’s business. In the present, the 12 years old Miguel now living with her family and an elderly Coco. Miguel has a great interest in music and dreaming to become a great musician like Ernesto de la Cruz.

When his grandmother Elena broke his guitar because she knew he wanted to enter a talent show, he concludes that Ernesto is his great grandfather from the photo from his house’s ofrenda. He decides to “borrow” Ernesto’s guitar from his tomb, but instead he is cursed and transported to the land of the dead. To return to the land of the living, he must seek the blessing from his family before sunrise or he will become one of the dead. But when Imelda’s blessing requires him to abandon music, he run away from his family and seek for blessing from Ernesto instead.

While looking for Ernesto, Miguel meets the almost forgotten skeleton named Hector. They make a deal: Miguel will take back Hector’s photo to the land of the living and Hector will help Miguel to find Ernesto. Later, Hector finds out that he died because Ernesto had poisoned him when he tried to get back to his family and Miguel realizes that Hector is actually his great grandfather whose guitar and songs he had written were stolen by Ernesto. Together, with the help from the rest of his family, Miguel reveals to the world that Ernesto was a fraud which resulting Hector reconnects with Imelda again.

As the time close to sunrise, Hector’s in danger from being forgotten and disappearing. Miguel earns his blessing from Imelda without any condition and returns to the land of the living. He sings Hector’s song written for Coco and triggered her memory of Hector and thus saving Hector from disappearing, because Coco is the last living person who still remembers him. The family accepts music back into the family and Miguel reconciles with his grandmother Elena.

In my opinion, Coco was one of the best animated movie this year. It was a touching story about the importance of family wrapped in an interesting Mexican holiday theme. This movie taught us that no matter what happens, a family won’t turn its back to you and it should be the thing you treasure the most before anything.

I like how the movie was a very enjoyable journey, with a light plot twist which rather uncommon in an animated film. As the main theme is a Mexican holiday, the movie successfully deliver the unique Day of the Dead atmosphere with its particular tradition and vibrant color. It’s also packed with some ear-catching songs in both Spanish and English. But I like the full Spanish version better than the mix version.

Honestly, I couldn’t point out anything I don’t like about this movie. I love every part of it, the characters, the music, the plot, just everything. So I would recommend this movie to all of you, and if you can, watch this movie with your loved ones.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Manners… maketh… man.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to the previous movie Kingsman: The Secret Service which was out in 2014. It was produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn, distributed by 20th Century Fox. The story follows the surviving members of Kingsman, Eggsy and Merlin to team up with another spy organization in America, the Statesman to save the world again from another threat.

In my opinion, this movie is quite disappointing compared to the previous movie, considering this sequel is one of the most awaited movie of the year. The plot itself is shallow and predictable, though I did enjoy the comedy and action. If we could see Eggsy’s personality is growing in the first movie, then in this sequel there’s almost no character development. For that kind of plot, I do think that the duration of the movie is overly long. Not to mention that I wasn’t very fond of the idea of the character who’s been presumed death came back to life just like that. It was too easy and he sure had a very good luck there. On the other hand, I didn’t see the point why Merlin had to die while Harry is alive. But maybe, we can see Merlin’s alive on the third movie? Who knows.

If in the first movie I was in awe by Taron Egerton’s action, I felt like in this movie his skill is rather lacking. In the end of the first movie he could successfully finish his mission without too much trouble, but in the sequel, he couldn’t even take down agent Tequila alone. In addition, at the final fight against agent Whiskey, both Galahads seemed quite troubled even when the fight was 2 against 1. And then, in my opinion, killing people by throwing them into a beef mincer isn’t necessary. Honestly I think it wasn’t funny and very disgusting.

When I watched the trailer, I thought Channing Tatum will play a significant role in this sequel. I expected him to be Eggsy’s partner from the Statesman on the mission. It turned out that he didn’t. The bigger role was given to the Pedro Pascal instead. So maybe it was counted as a plot twist? However I’m not gonna complain on that because actually I was waiting for Pascal’s role on the movie. I was interested in him since his acting on Game of Thrones. And I wasn’t disappointed, he’s a good actor and he’s best for portraying laid back playboy like agent Whiskey.

I might sound like I complained a lot regarding this sequel, but the truth is I still enjoying it. The comedy, especially on the scenes with sir Elton John, oh my God, it was hilarious! I can’t forget how Elton John performed side kick with those high heels on. When I first see Elton John’s name on the list, I didn’t expect him to act like that, so I could say it was a surprise and it’s a good thing. I also love Taron Egerton’s British accent very much! I wish I could speak English like that.

Overall, it was an enjoyable movie, though it’s lacking on the plot and character development. Happy watching!

Dunkirk (2017)

“What do you see?” | “Home.”

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Dunkirk is a 2017 war film distributed by Warner Bros Pictures and directed by Christopher Nolan. Set in 1940s during the World War II, the movie told a story of Dunkirk evacuation. After Nazi invaded France, thousands of British soldiers retreated to the seaside city of Dunkirk, waiting for evacuation. The movie’s narrative covers three different periods of time. The beginning occurs on land and covering one week, then on sea covering one day, and the last occurs on the air covering one hour.

In my opinion, this movie is another masterpiece from Nolan. The movie was intense and breathtaking from the start. Even with so little dialogue, viewers are still drawn into the movie thanks to the combination of amazing cinematography, great scoring, and the acting of the casts.

But if you see the movie from the story development perspective, it might seem quite flat, because the whole movie itself is already the climax of the event. So it felt like everything happened so fast from the beginning. I really like how few scenes were repeated, but shot from different perspective. It was like the movie is a messed up puzzle and those scenes completed the missing pieces.

I’m not a fan of war movies, but I can’t deny that this movie was a great one. I even find myself enjoying every bit of it. So I think this movie deserves to be nominated for Oscar.

Despicable Me 3 (2017)

“I have a twin brother!” – Gru

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I’ve been following this animation movie franchise since the beginning, including its spinoff, so despite the bad review and ratings, it’s still become one of my must watch list this month.

Honestly this movie was below my expectation. The idea and storyline were so-so. I mean, Gru suddenly has twin brother? That’s really came from nowhere. In my opinion, compared to the previous movies, the quality of the story is going down as the sequel increases. Given the quite open ending, I think there will be a 4th movie in a few years.

As the movie is supposed to be family comedy, in my opinion it’s not as funny as the previous movies which could make the whole theater laughing out loud. This movie is funny but it’s not that funny that you want to roll on the floor and laughing so hard. The funniest part of the movie and might be the best part is still nailed by the minions army. So for entertainment only, this movie is still served its purpose. If you are looking for some animation comedy but with deeper and impactful storyline, this one is not recommended.


Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

“If you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” – Tony Stark to Peter Parker

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One of the most anticipated movie from Marvel’s superheroes is out this month. Getting high rating from both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes has proven that this movie is a big hit. Personally, I like the talkative Spiderman better like this one rather than the gloomy-looking one from the previous franchises, especially the Amazing Spiderman. Tom Holland did a great job portraying a teenager who is desperate to prove himself capable of fighting the bad guys.

If I don’t remember it wrong, the movie is set eight years after Avengers: Age of Ultron, is it really that long since Avengers’ timeline until the Civil War? I thought Civil War was started not too long after Avengers. I don’t know if it’s only me or the timeline is really off. Yet in this movie Peter Parker was even younger than Peter Parker from Amazing Spiderman including aunt May. But I was wondering where’s uncle Ben? He was just briefly mentioned in the movie but there’s no explanation what’s happened to him. So I conclude that maybe he already died long before, not to mention that this movie is not about the beginning of the Spiderman but rather continuation from Captain America: Civil Wars from Peter Parker’s point of view.

I like how the scenes were well balanced between action and humor. The best part was the final battle, when Spiderman was fighting Vulture wearing his self-made suit instead of the suit given by the Iron Man. Because honestly I don’t like that suit, it’s so equipped with the advanced technology that it became more like Iron Man wearing Spiderman suit rather than the original Spiderman. The suit even has its own AI like Jarvis called Karen. So it really was satisfying to see the final battle was won by Spiderman using his own strength even though his self-made suit looked like pajamas instead of battle suit :))

Just like any other Marvel’s movies, this movie also has two post-credit scenes. But the second scene was the best so far. It’s nothing like sneak-peak for the next movie but instead I think it was intended for trolling us. Because they know people would always wait till the very end for Marvel’s movies and definitely fall for the trap. Good job for that one, Marvel!

Orange (2015)

If you’re given a chance to save someone you love, will you live differently?


Title: オレンジ (Orenji) / Orange

Genre: Friendship, Drama, Romance, School Life

Main Cast(s):

  • Tsuchiya Tao as Takamiya Naho
  • Yamazaki Kento as Naruse Kakeru
  • Ryusei Ryo as Suwa Hiroto
  • Yamazaki Hirona as Chino Takako
  • Sakurada Dori as Hagita Saku
  • Shimizu Kurumi as Murasaka Azusa

Running Time: 139 minutes

Orange is a 2015 Japanese teen drama movie adapted from a manga with the same title, written and illustrated by Takano Ichigo. It tells a story about group of six high school friends in their school life while trying to save one of them from depression.

On the first day of school in the second year of high school, Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter from herself ten years in the future. The letter tells her that now her future self is living with a lot of regrets and wants her younger self to prevent her biggest regret from happening. The letter itself contains predictions of what’s going to happen next in current Naho’s time to help her so that she won’t make the same mistakes. Most of the predictions are related to the transfer student from Tokyo, Naruse Kakeru.

At first, Naho didn’t believe in the letter. But after several things happened as written on the letter, she starts acting differently in hope that she can at least lessen the regrets carried by her future self. She also learns from the letter that ten years from now, Kakeru is no longer with them. In parallel, ten years in the future, Naho, Hiroto, Chino, Hagita, and Azu visiting Kakeru’s house in memorial of him. They learn the bitter truth from Kakeru’s grandmother, that Kakeru’s death is not pure accident but suicide.

Later, Hiroto confessed to Naho that he got the same letter from his future self. The content of the letter is almost the same with Naho’s, a request to save Kakeru. They realizes that even though they can’t save Kakeru in their future self’s world, at least they can create a parallel world where Kakeru will live. Both of them ask the others to help them achieve that goal, together they celebrate Kakeru’s birthday and join the relay race, where Kakeru finally reveals the truth about his mother.

On the New Year’s Eve, the time when Kakeru will commit suicide according to the letter, they make promise to go to the shrine together. But when Kakeru’s late, they start searching for him through the streets in panic. Before at home, Kakeru finds a recording of his mother who confessed that she commit suicide so Kakeru won’t feel burdened by her and wished that he will find happiness somewhere. The recording causes him a mental breakdown and he goes out of the house in his bicycle thinking that he will go after his mother. Right when he is about to get hit by the truck, the memories of his friends flash before him. He dodges the truck at the last minute, at the same time when his friends found him. He apologizes to everyone for having a thought of suicide. He confesses that he doesn’t want to die knowing that he won’t see all of them again.

Usually I always find something wrong in a live action movie, especially when I really like the manga. Because I do have my expectations when it comes to live action. The settings, the actors and actresses, the scripts, everything. But it is different with this movie. I can say I really love this live action version. This movie successfully left a deep emotional impact for me. It managed to bring me on the verge of tears in many scenes.

It might be because the manga is not that long, only for 22 chapters so that it felt like nothing has been left behind. There are scenes from the manga which is cut from the movie for sure, but it’s not a big deal. The movie still can be enjoyed as a whole without missing something.

Yamazaki Kento will always be my favorite anime guy. He often got the lead role of the live action movie of mostly favorite shoujo manga and never disappoints me. Even though I don’t really know the rest of the casts, I think they really suit their character. Overall, this movie is not that kind of tearjerker movie, but still leave a big impact to the viewer. If you ever disappointed with live action movie of your favorite manga, trust me you will not disappointed with this one. So I think this movie should be on the must watch live action movie list.