Though the perfectly paced plot and sonorous score are lifted directly out of its animated antecedent, this live-action adaptation takes liberties with many of the finer details and achieves an even greater depth than its cartoon counterpart, improving upon perfection.
If all of Univarsal’s monster movies are up to the same caliber as Skull Island, they’ll rank right alongside Marvel as a cinematic universe whose every entry is a must-see.
Logan is not about him saving a child – it’s about Logan saving himself by opening his long-hardened heart to her, his emotional scars being the one wound his healing factor could never mend.
Lego Batman is less a puerile playtime with a mishmash of minifigs and more a sincere character study that seems to truly understand the core of Batman’s character
La La Land is a movie about movies, emulating the style of Golden Age films as an ars cinematica on the importance of films as an art form and imbuing in audiences the same passion for classic cinema as Chazelle himself.
Rogue One has more to say about Jedi and The Force than those works which feature them front and center, offering a look at the real role of religion and God in the lives of everyday denizens of the Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Fantastic Beasts is Rowling’s response to and critique of the bibliophobic Biblicists who burned her books.