The Walk is One Tightrope Act Well Worth the Price of Admission

Poster for The Walk

The Walk Poster

The Walk is the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. When I first heard about this movie I was intrigued the main actor involved (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the director (Robert Zemeckis), and the story were all up my alley. What drove this one home though was when I found out it would be shot in 3D IMAX to convey the feeling of being on the rope with Petit. I loved The Walk it was a true experience it made going to the movies an event.

The Walk pulls off the use of 3D perfectly. I am not a fan of 3D the last time I wanted to see a movie using it was Avatar. Although once I heard that they were going to use the 3D and Imax screen to convey being on the tightrope I knew I had to see this movie in the theater. Robert Zemeckis directs this like a roller coaster slowly building up to the top than bombarding you with the revelation you are 110 stories up. He gradually raises you with some of the cliché uses of 3D here and there, but they never came of as cheap tactics. Once the final act begins you are completely entrenched in what you’re seeing. I found myself literally grasping onto arms rails at times. Joseph Gordon-Levitt also gives a great performance. Philippe Petit is a complex character who is staring at the edge of madness, but is still likeable. Levitt plays this up well and walks the line between maddening and whimsical. He makes you believe that he can succeed, but also plays up the moments when he doubts himself and you genuinely feel dread for what might happen. The only problem with the movie is that many of the background characters are just that background you never really feel anything for them one way or the other. They could have just had a bunch of nameless henchman and you would be just as engaged. Other than that and at times the movie can’t decide if it wants to be a caper flick or a dramatic comedy it’s all but perfect.

The Walk

The Walk

At the end of the day The Walk is a story about love. Love of art, the love of doing something extraordinary, a love of New York, and finally a love of the Twin Towers. The towers are almost a character in their own right. Unlike the secondary characters the towers almost feel like they are on the same level as Jospeh Gordon-Levitt. There is a respect for them coming from the actors and the way they are recreated. The movie creates an air of awe about them every time they show the top looking down you know you’re witnessing something special. If you really want to see a movie that makes going to the movies worth it The Walk is that movie. This is a film that will make you remember why we love to go to the movies, and that we can still be impressed.

The Walk is in Movie Theaters Now.

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New Black Panther Comic to be Written By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Marvel Comics revealed yesterday that this spring a new Black Panther comic will be launched and at the helm will be Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates who is best known for his work with The Atlantic was also nominated for the National Book Awards nonfiction prize. He will be joined by artist Brian Stelfreeze. The story will involve a fictional uprising in the city of Wakanda and will focus on the Black Panther trying to govern his people and balance the countries place as a city of the future as well as holding true to its past.

Black Panther #1 Cover

Cover to Black Panther #1

I for one am a huge Black Panther fan and can’t wait to read this book. I am not very familiar with Ta-Nehisi Coates work, but have heard he has written some very intriguing and thought-provoking articles. I look forward to see what he bring to the character and the Nation of Wakanda.

Black Panther #1 will be released in the Spring of 2016

Funko Announces Star Wars Themed Subscription Box

Looks like the folks over at the Star Wars camp aren’t going to let Marvel have all the Funko fun. Announced today Star Wars will have their very own Funko themed box called Smugglers Bounty.

Almost identical to Marvels Collector Corps Box, which debuted in April the Smugglers Bounty will include two exclusive Funko Pop figures, some form of apparel, and an accessory. The first box will ship in November and will be themed after Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There will be two main types of subscriptions the regular month to month box priced at $25 and the Boss level which is $150, but with this service your paying for the whole year. The boss level will also include some form of trophy or award so you can let others know your a Boss and that your Funko love goes deep.

I am a huge Funko fan and love my Marvel Box so I will definitely be signing up for this. With the plethora of Star Wars themes that can be used no two boxes should ever be the same. The force is strong with this one indeed.

Smugglers Bounty Box

Star Wars and Funko’s Smugglers Bounty Box

So are you a fan of Funko or the Box trend in general, and do you think you’ll pick up Smugglers Bounty leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Jay Garrick Introduced in New Promo for The Flash

Jay Garrick in Costume

Jay Garrick in Costume

Today a new promo for The Flash was released, and it offers our first real look at Jay Garrick. Jay Garrick is the original Flash of the DC Universe making his debut during the golden age of comics. The trailer also gives some insight into season 2 of the hit CW show. The promo shows that villains will be entering Barry’s universe because of the singularity created last season. Atom Smasher is alo front and center and so are his size changing powers. This upcoming season of The Flash looks to be a fun one and I can’t wait.

The Flash returns to the CW on October 6th

REVIEW: ANT-MAN Strives to be Big, but Comes Up Small at Times

Ant-man Poster
Ant-man is the story of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) a down on his luck ex con who wants to do nothing but right by his young daughter, but can’t stay out of trouble. His whole world is flipped upside down once he meets the original Ant-man one Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and is thrust head first into a world of Superheroes and Supervillains. Together they must stop Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) before he unleashes his yellow jacket suit and changes the world forever.

Confession time I am not the biggest fan of Ant-man in the comics or better yet I am not the biggest Hank Pym fan. I am also not a huge Paul Rudd fan, so to say this movie had something working against it would be an understatement. I for one am happy to say that Marvel has once again delivered. They crafted a great action-comedy debut for a character that a lot of fans have been wanting since Marvel Cinematic Universe began.

Ant-man was a fun ride from beginning to end. This was the closest Marvel has ever been to doing a straight up comedy and based on the nature of the character it works. Scott Lang is very much the everyman, he isn’t a Tony Stark Level genius, he isn’t a super soldier or a god. Lang is just a guy who is trying to see his daughter and make her proud of him. Paul Rudd was the perfect choice he played up the humor of the situation and how crazy it all really was. Rudd was capable of showing enough emotion that within five minutes of meeting him you knew he wasn’t a bad guy he just had done some bad things. The movie did a good job of painting that gray line, shows that it isn’t always as cut and dry as a lot of comic book movies make it.
Kudos also have to be given to the special effects in this. The team behind it did a great job. Ant-man seamlessly went from big to small and the best moments in the movie came when he was miniaturized. I read that they were going to be trying some new things to convey the size and they did a great job. The effects were so good that they conveyed emotion to millions of ants you at times felt that they were true costars in the movie and felt bad when something went wrong.

I would have loved to have seen more of this tiny world they created ,but every time I thought they would go a little deeper they’d pull back. Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly did good as Hank and Hope Pym respectively, but their characters came off as subdued and stiff. Any time they did show emotional growth it felt shoehorned in and out-of-place. Hank Pym is a very complicated character and while Michael Douglas gets in some great shots and definitely gets across part of his personality, it was only one part. Hope Pym was created just for the movie and as an original character they want us to feel more for her but she at times comes off as cold and doesn’t really open up until the end of the movie. Darren Cross as a villain was very forgettable they were stumbling onto something very good with him and his motivations against Pym, but at the end he was just too shortsighted and came up lacking in the nemesis department. All three characters seem to make up what Hank Pym is in the comic and instead of giving us one very complex character we get three one-dimensional characters.
Ant-man vs Yellowjacket

At the end of the day this is a good movie Marvel continues to impress me with main characters that I would think would never work but I end up asking for more. Ant-man was woven perfectly into the MCU, but is also the most easily accessible for folks that might feel overwhelmed by the Marvel franchises. The movie could have been great with just a little more attention to the little details. I highly recommend checking this out if you’re a Marvel fan, but no rush nothing about this is must see. Just a really fun movie for a character I hope to see big things from in the future.

Ant-man is in theaters now.