The Liebster Award

Apologies for not updating, it’s been a mad few weeks what with the end of uni, exams and starting a new job, but I’m going to try to update every week from now on, mostly on my days off.

First things first, an overdue thanks for kittypann for nominating me for the Liebster Award for new blogs. I met Kitty this year through uni and she writes about books, gaming and loads of other stuff, you should definitely check her out!

Now for the questions!

  1. What is the last book you read? How did you feel about it?
    Highrise by J.G. Ballard, and I loved it – review to come soon!
  2. What is your go-to comfort drink?
    I’m one of those people who doesn’t drink tea or coffee, so there’s nothing I’d automatically go for in terms of a comfort drink.
  3. Favourite animal to keep as a pet?
    I had a rabbit when I was younger, and a girl I live with has the cutest rabbits, so probably another rabbit.
  4. If you could have any miscellaneous item from a fictional world, what would it be? I don’t mean something huge, like the Elder Wand or a Piece of Eden or anything like that, just like… would you like a Weasley jumper? The Pig from The Raven Cycle? An Exy racquet?
    I want the sunrise jumper that Deacon wears in ‘What We Do in the Shadows’. Or a Weasley jumper, because I look really good in maroon.
  5. What is a goal you have for the next month?
    To finally get back into reading for fun, watch as many films as possible and get this blog running properly.

 

Thanks again to Kitty for the nomination!

 

Captain America: Civil War Review

In a year where cinema seems to be dominated by comic book adaptations, the third superhero film of the year after Deadpool and Batman v Superman, you could be forgiven for looking towards the newest release from Marvel with some fatigue. There’s already been one big (and not very good) blockbuster about superheroes lining up to fight each other, surely we don’t need another one? Wrong.

The third solo outing for Captain America focuses on the fallout from the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron as the world finally demands that the group are held responsible for the consequences of their actions – especially with regards to the numerous civilian casualties that occur when the entire city of Sokovia gets destroyed.

While  Civil War could be seen as another Avengers movie, purely due to the reunion of most of that cast, the focus is on Captain America/ Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as he fights against the demands for accountability in order to protect Bucky who, as the Winter Solider, has committed assassinations and bombings for the past seventy years. While the actual events of the Civil War are entertaining – with one of the best superhero showdowns ever taking place in an airport – it is this plot line where the Russo Brothers manage to keep the film focused on Steve and his motivations, as he tries to get his best friend back.

As the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) begins to take shape, the cast of characters continues to grow and grow, and at times can seem a bit excessive. With the announced solo movie of Black Panther expected in 2018, the addition of T’Challa/Black Panther (the excellent Chadwick Boseman) to the mix in Civil War provides an opportunity to expose the audience to a relatively unknown superhero in preparation. This could be seen as a further diluting of the action to yet another main character, but Chadwick Boseman manages to not only provide enough insight into his character but to also help advance the plot of the film.

One of my main criticisms of the film, which has been picked up by critics, is that it doesn’t end with any particular resolution, acting as more of an episodic film in a series that leads up the climax of the Phrase Three of the MCU, the two part Avengers: Infinity War. 

It is clear though, that with Russo Brothers at the helm for the next Avengers film, the future of the MCU is in safe hands.

Hope you enjoyed my (very, very delayed) first post. Any questions, or want to argue about Civil War? Leave a comment! Thank you!