For us here at GOO Reviews, the year 2019 started out like any other — bleak, weary, depressed, and with the kind of ominous foreboding that the very idea of improvement of any kind seemed an absolute impossibility — but… it ended with a bit of a whimper. In that we didn’t write many reviews in the last half of the year. Like almost none at all. Continue reading
So we’re not a news website in any way, shape, or form. We don’t have the resources, the people in place, or, really, the conviction or determination to stay on top of a beast as unruly as the news. It’s not something we do because we know we wouldn’t do it that well. But this is a big deal and we just happened to be awake early enough in the morning today to catch this news and write something about it.
So anyway, if you’ve been paying attention to these sorts of things over the last two months or so, you might have heard that Spider-Man, as played by Tom Holland for two solo outings and five appearances in total, was now out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Continue reading
“Diabolical.” What a super, super word.
by Thom Yee
In a lot of ways, the history of our work here at GOO Reviews can be directly mapped against the emergence (and eventual domination) of superhero movies over the last decade. The very first movie review ever written for this site and the very first review ever published on this site was an Avengers review. We’ve reviewed every single Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and every other major superhero movie released since then, and sometimes it seems like the only thing that keeps us going is superhero movie reviews. We’ve watched and reviewed superhero movies good and bad, waxed lyrical and philosophical over their beauty and place in society, and pontificated on the powerful message and principles they have for us in the world we live in today.
All of which is to say that… we’ve probably wasted a lot of time.
Our time and yours. Continue reading
It’s official, old buddy
by Thom Yee
A lot has been made lately of the diminishing value of star power in Hollywood. Chris Hemsworth, for instance, is a popular actor right now, well-liked, men want to be him and be with him and like that, and yet outside of his Marvel work, movies in which he stars rarely do well, usually underperform, and even fail to achieve their goal of launching new franchises (see: Blackhat, Men in Black: International). Tom Cruise, who, in many respects, could be considered the ultimate movie star working today, rarely has a non-Mission: Impossible movie that’s a full-on hit these days and has even had his own recent failure to launch an intended franchise with the 2017 Mummy remake (remember the Dark Universe)? Movie stars just aren’t what they used to be, generally adding to a movie’s appeal but rarely getting it done on their own (though to be fair, most of those movies I just mentioned were pretty bad [I thought I was completely lost watching Men in Black: International because I couldn’t stay awake, but it turns out it was just poorly written]). There just aren’t that many people in Hollywood who can sell a movie on their name alone.
Quentin Tarantino being the one notable exception. Continue reading
We’ve ended the Endgame now
by Thom Yee
Y’know what? We are really, really, really lucky that Marvel and Sony got the whole Spider-Man thing straightened out. Like, lucky as a culture. Like, lucky as a people. Like, lucky as a species.
For the time being at least.
It’s taken me a while to realize this, at least realize this fully with as much force and with as little doubt as I’m about to present here, but I’m finally ready to just say it: I hate the original Spider-Man movies. They’re dramatically overwrought and clichéd, their plots stretch out to the point of near total incredulity, and they feel so much more concerned with the idea of what a superhero movie is supposed to be that they get nowhere near what they can be. Continue reading
Oh yeah… the X-Men… I remember the X-Men…
by Thom Yee
I hate X-Men: Apocalypse.
I hate its little face. I hate its guts. And I hate the way it ruined the X-Men franchise.
Though to be fair, X-Men: The Last Stand did that first.
And that’s really the story of the X-Men on the big screen: Generally okay movies ruined by a few bad installments. For every couple of decent ones — X-Men and X-Men 2 — and even some good or great ones — X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past — there’s an X-Men: The Last Stand or X-Men: Apocalypse to set things back and screw everything up for those that try to follow them. Even the Wolverine and Deadpool movies were both almost tanked before they could start by X-Men Origins: Wolverine.