Hello, once more, my silent readers. It is Adam, who is referring to himself in the third person for no reason in particular. We've had the first two great blockbusters of the summer premier. I was there for each to give you a heads up. So, without any further delay, I shall begin now. Or now. Or how about "¦ now?
We'll start off with "Iron Man," starring Robert Downey Jr. I'll start off with this statement: THE GREATEST MARVEL MOVIE EVER! I say this because it was unlike any other superhero movie ever made.
The basic plot is this: Tony Stark, weapons designer, is taken hostage. He builds an armor suit to escape, and when he returns home, upgrades the armor, becoming Iron Man. It seems short and simple, but this film is far from it. Downey Jr.'s acting was flawless, using the perfect bits of humor and lightheartedness, combined with a surreal seriousness.
So what about the special effects? Good question. Astounding. I cannot imagine the amount of hours put into editing the film so that each little detail is grasped. Surely, there are a few mistakes, but still _ I believe that they captured the graphics perfectly.
One more thing: please remove from your head all thoughts that this movie focuses too much around the suit, and doesn't truly show the actor doing anything of importance. This is not true. In fact, even while in the suit, we can still see the acting that Downey Jr. had to do. The scenes were cut perfectly, to give a good mix.
In such, I believe that it is great.
What separates it from the other Marvel movies is its ending, which I will not spoil.
And so, for a review, I give "Iron Man" a perfect 10 out of 10. Flawless directing, brilliant writing and acting, overall captivating and something for every person to enjoy.
Those are my reasons, take them as you wish.
Next up, we'll look at "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," the latest of the Indiana Jones films.
This time, the movie brings back Marion Ravenwood, a lover from the first film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
In "Crystal Skull," we learn that the famous Dr. Jones has a son, portrayed by Shia LaBeouf. The movie revolves around the professor attempting to find a "¦ you guessed it "¦ crystal skull that holds the power over a lost civilization. At the same time, Jones is trying to outwit Soviet forces.
First, the good points. I enjoyed the fact that they made enough years pass in the film history to allow for Harrison Ford's age, so that when 19 years pass in real time, about as many years pass in movie time. Additionally, I enjoyed the rebirth of a character. It shows the growth of characters, and the introduction of a sturdy story line, and return to a story line.
I enjoyed the way that the movie set up sequels with LaBeouf being cast as a new Indiana, instead of, or with, Ford.
I also loved the new story line. The first three films have had a major theme of religion, popular to the period in which they were made. However, this film had a theme beyond religion, moving toward extraterrestrial life, something new for the series.
Now, the bad. First, in "The Last Crusade," Indiana drinks from the Holy Grail, and becomes immortal, as does his father. However, in the new movie, it is mentioned that Indiana's father has died. It's a plot contradiction.
I also didn't enjoy the way the movie ended. It left too much to question, and went against the character's nature, which could be considered character growth.
All in all, I'd say that the latest movie was a success, with pros outweighing the cons. For great acting, a unique story line, a different sense of adventure and character growth, I give the new Indiana Jones film a 7 out of 10. It just seemed to lack something that I couldn't put my finger on. Maybe it was the screaming children in the movie theater behind me that made it that way.
Next month, I have no clue what I'm doing. I wish I did, but I have not done my research for next month, being the final month of school and whatnot. I'll think of something, don't worry about that.
Until then, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and this is to the people pretending to be the foreign princesses who want to send me money because they're trapped in their country and can't get out. Nice try, but I'm not that dumb. That goes for you, "UK Lottery-You've won!," and you, "Work from Home."
I hate spam. Goodnight.
Adam Munio is a junior at Unadilla Valley Central School.