Overlong, over-the-top, and inexplicably just right, Chapter 4 does the impossible, being as good as if not better than the first film that started it all. Lance Reddick’s Charon and Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King are joined by new characters played by Clancy Brown, Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rina Sawayama, Scott Adkins, and Shamier Anderson; learning who all these folks are and their connection to John is seeded into the action sequences organically and seamlessly. From clever film angles to huge…
Shazam! Fury of the Gods 2023
It’s easy to see the climatic finale battle was planned early on — and for all intents and purposes works exactly as it should — but getting there is a chore. Freddy’s whirlwind romance with Anna, where certain macguffins are kept, and the meandering story until the third act feel like heaps of deleted scenes were slashed from the film. In one scene the villains know nothing; in the next they know everything, yet they still can’t figure out they’re…
Godzilla vs. Kong 2021
While the three previous films centered around Monarch and their Titans showing lots of good stuff diluted with confusing sci-fi and forgettable character fluff, Godzilla vs. Kong has honed the formula between holding viewer attention and essential foreshadowing before delivering everything promised. There are still huge leaps of faith along the way — travel times between global fighting locations fails to suspend disbelief — but the tradeoff is an experience brimming with some of the best visuals and sound ever produced for a big screen disaster flick. This brawl begs to be seen on the biggest screen possible coupled with an ear-bleeding surround-sound system.
Children of the Corn 2020
The original story and film introduces Issac, an Amish-dressed boy who speaks for He Who Walks Behind the Rows, but there’s little explanation given for his rise to power other than an evil entity seizes an opportunity to do harm; guess that was left for the other ten sequels. In contrast, Wimmer’s remake reveals why the children would be swayed and even suggests the elemental force inhabiting the fields of being corrupted due to adults being irresponsible. While Kampouris’ Bo…