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Mockingjay Part One (Quick and Spoiler Free)

Hello, I’m a unicorn. Last year, I said that I was considering skipping the third installment in the Hunger Games series. Judging by the title of this review, it’s pretty obvious that I hadn’t, and I am so glad I saw it. This movie is fantastic, even surpassing the wonderful Catching Fire.

The movie takes place soon after the events of the second movie, with Katniss in Distract 13, dealing with the fallout of her home being destroyed and the capture of Peeta. The president of the district asks her to be the face of the revolution, and she agrees on the condition that all the captured tributes from the last movie are rescued and pardoned. Throughout the film, they try to figure out how she can best inspire the districts to keep fighting,

On paper, this movie sounds pretty boring, especially since there were only about two or three actions sequences but it’s really not. Jennifer Lawrence, as usual, is amazing in her role as Katniss. She’s incredibly believable and I was with her in every scene. This, combined with other great actors such as the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Josh Hutcherson,  and Donald Sutherland, makes the gritty drama just as compelling as the action sequences. The movie is two hours long, and I didn’t even notice. Mockingjay is one of those few movies that I feel was justified being split into two parts, because, unlike some movies *cough* Twilight Breaking Dawn *cough* there was enough plot and talent that it stayed interesting.To describe this movie in one word, it would be “gritty”. This movie is mainly about the horrors of war (you know, for kids) and propaganda. I, once again, have to give props to the director, Francis Lawrence. The scene where Katniss walks alone and silent through the ruins of her home was just chilling and made me feel legitimately uncomfortable.

One of the major themes of the movie was marketing and propaganda. They were trying to sell an icon to the rebels in order to rally them. One touch that I liked was using the same logos and slogans that was used in the commercials for the movie. I just thought it was a little amusing, and the irony was not lost on me that a movie relying heavily on marketing was heavily marketed.

Overall though, this movie was fantastic. while not as action packed as the others, the drama and acting still kept me from getting bored. Some people might be put off by the lack of action, but I wasn’t bothered by it. So what are you waiting for? Watch it now!

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Big Hero 6 (Quick and Spoiler Free)

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Hello, I’m a unicorn. I want a Baymax. He’s so cute and fluffy and I just want to hug him and love him and–

What am I? Chopped Liver?

Sorry Textbox, but Baymax is just so adorable. Just like the rest of the movie, actually. Big Hero 6 is a fun, cute movie and that I’d recommend  to pretty much everyone. The characters are likable and memorable, with Baymax being the best character. The movie spent most of its time with Hiro, the protagonist, and Baymax the robot built by his older brother. They gave Hiro the main arc, focusing on him overcoming the loss of a loved one. The plot deconstructs the trope of death by origin story by showing how a loved one’s death can really affect the newly made superhero and every scene dealing with Hiro’s grief was poignant and fantastic.  The rest of the characters, while enjoyable were a bit one note. I would have like to see a bit more of the hilarious Aunt Cass, but I understand why they did it. It would be extremely difficult to give every single character an emotional arc. That would be just too much to juggle. The world of San Fransokyo is really cool. It was feasibly futuristic with a nice mix of Japanese and American culture and just really fun. That being said, the movie is a bit predictable. I could see every plot point coming from a mile away,but I enjoyed the ride enough that it didn’t matter. My biggest grievance is the ending. I won’t spoil it, but a character does “die” and it’s really sad, but–and this is a big but here–the death was totally preventable. This was the only time the predictability of the plot came back to bite the writers. A huge theme of the movie is looking at problems from another angle, and I kept expecting for them to see the obvious solution, but the plot said that the character had to do a heroic sacrifice, so he did. I thought it was a little frustrating, and that took away a little of the scene’s emotional torque for me.

Overall, though, the movie was great. I’m not familiar with the comics, so I can really compare the two. From what I understand, though, the comics are very different. Better? I don’t know, but as it stands, Big Hero 6 is a fun superhero movie and a worthy addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Disney cannon. It has likable characters, funny jokes, and tons of heart. If you have kids, or just enjoy fun animated movies, check it out, and be sure to stay for the end. There’s an awesome cameo. It is a Marvel movie after all. So what are you waiting for? Watch it now!

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Peeping Tom (1960)

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Hello, I’m a unicorn. The 1960 film, Peeping Tom, like Psycho that came out that same year, is considered a lesser known precursor to the slasher genre. Unlike Psycho, which was well received from the start, this movie generated a lot of controversy from critics. It generated so much controversy, in fact, that the director, Michael Powell was driven out of the business. It has since been lauded as a masterpiece of film making, becoming a favorite of Martin Scorsese and Roger Ebert.

The plot follows Mark, a mild mannered yet disturbed man who feels the compulsion to film everything about his life and the ending of others. His voyeuristic tendencies stem from the fact that his scientist father would film every moment of his childhood and experiment on him. His father’s experiments in fear causes Mark to become obsessed with capturing it perfectly on film. To accomplish this, he makes his own snuff films, preying on the women he photographs and films in his day job. He also owns an apartment building and develops a crush on one of the tenants, Helen.

What makes this film so great is the way Carl Boehm plays Mark, our titular peeping Tom. He straddles the line of creepy and sympathetic in such a way that you root for him and Helen about a third of the time, pity him a sixth of the time, and spend the rest of the time terrified of what he’ll do next. In a way, he reminds me of a combination of the Erik from the Phantom of the Opera and Norman Bates. He’s a psychotic killer with parent issues that comes off as awkward but sweet to the love interest.  He’s the type of character that, in a story with a more romantic edge, would be romanticized because he may be a compulsive murderer, but he’d never hurt our female protagonist, so it’s okay that he’s a murderer. That, my friends, is a trope I’ll complain about on another day, because thankfully it doesn’t happen here. His relationship with Helen does serve to humanize him, but it also makes their interactions much creepier. When we first meet Helen, the audience knows he’s already killed at least once, and it ramps up the tension because we have no idea how he will react to her. His awkwardness around her and other women makes him both terrifying and somewhat endearing.

This movie is one of the earliest examples of the slasher genre, setting up many of the conventions. It begins with the an opening kill girl and the kill done from the point of view of the killer. The killer uses an unconventional weapon. He has severe parental issues and a thing about sexuality and the expression of it. He goes after promiscuous blondes while letting the more innocent and brunette final girl live. While Peeping Tom isn’t the first to use these tropes, it still is considered one of the building blocks of the genre.

Overall, this is definitely worth hunting down. It’s a well acted, beautifully shot, and genuinely suspenseful proto-slasher movie that’s genuinely worth hunting down. It journeys into the mindset of voyeurism while turning the audience into voyeurs themselves. It’s a shame that, at the time, it was reviled by critics and audiences, but thankfully, it is beginning to get the attention it deserves. So what are you waiting for? Watch it now!

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“Hey Kirin, it’s happening again,” Textbox called from downstairs. Kirin put down her computer.

“What is it this time?” As soon as she stepped out of her room, the lights began flickering on and off. Kirin rolled her eyes and pulled out an iron knife. “Look, we did this dance last year. Is this going to be a regular thing now?” she asked the entity in the house.

“That depends,” Textbox said, “do you think the writer will get sick of the same shtick every October?” Kirin opened her mouth to retort, but was cut short by a crash coming from the guest bathroom. She entered slowly, holding her knife at the ready. The mirror had cracked, and the cracks formed the word “incomplete”. Kirin chuckled to herself. She sensed the entity lurking in the corners of her vision.

“Seven years bad luck. Looks like it’ll start now.” She threw the knife across the room, lodging it in the wall above the bathtub. The entity yelped.

“What are you, James Bond?”  Textbox groaned. Kirin pulled out the knife.

“I thought it sounded cool,” she said sheepishly. “Now c’mon, whatever’s in here can’t have gone too far.” She left the bathroom. Entering the hall, she cupped her hands around her lips and shouted, “I know you’re there. Come out and no one gets hurt.” From the shadows emerged a girl with long, dark hair. On her forehead was a crescent moon tattoo. She crossed her arms and grinned triumphantly.  Kirin lowered her knife and asked, “Who are you?”  The girl looked slightly disappointed.

“You don’t recognize me?” The girl pouted. Kirin shrugged.

“Should I?” she asked, lowering her knife.

“But I’m your worst enemy,” she whined. Kirin shook her head.

“Still not ringing any bells. Textbox?”

“Nope. Wait, maybe she’s from the future, or the past, or maybe an alternate timeline. Or, she could just be nuttier than me, which, believe me, is pretty impressive because I’m nuttier than squirrel poo…” Textbox rambled. The girl stamped her foot.

“I’m not crazy, you stupid cow,” she yelled, “I’m Zoey Redbird.” Kirin’s jaw dropped.

“You’re joking, right? Zoey Redbird’s just a character from a terrible book series. You can’t be her. She isn’t real,” she said. Textbox cleared his throat.

“What am I, chopped liver?”

 “Right. Sorry, Textbox,” she said sheepishly. Turning back to Zoey, she asked, “So, what do you want?” Zoey grinned. The ground shook underfoot.

“Revenge.”

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The Boxtrolls

Hello, I’m a unicorn. The Boxtrolls is a movie that manages to feel fresh even though it is somewhat cliched. We all know the story: a town believes that a group creatures is dangerous and evil, but they’re really just misunderstood and it’s up to a boy who has lived among them and a spoiled rich girl to prove to the adults that they’re wrong. It’s a pretty standard plot. What makes it so interesting is the execution. The stop motion animation is just plain gorgeous and sets a nice spooky tone for the entire film. The environment is so beautiful that I found myself noticing many of the lovely details put in the clothes and in the background. The setting was a character in and of itself, with a nice Victorian steampunk vine. The eponymous Boxtrolls were adorable and the boy protagonist, Eggs, was likable. The girl protagonist, Winnie, has her moments of likability, but, especially in the beginning, she comes off as an irritating know it all. She got better, but there were moments where I just wished she’d be quiet. Her father is even worse though. He’s the archetypal parent who never listens, but they take it to the extreme. He’s obsessed with cheese for reasons not adequately explained in the movie and cares more about his white hat than his own daughter. There is a moment where the villain threatens Winnie and he actually hesitates to give up his hat in order to save his only daughter. This is that point where the running gag pushed him into extremely unsympathetic territory.

The best characters, though, were the villains. Archibald Snatcher is both creepy and hilarious. Sometimes it could be hard to make out what he was saying, but when he was comprehensible, he was downright threatening. He was threatening, at least, until he does something completely ridiculous such as the hilarious cheese tasting scenes. My two absolute favorite characters were his underlings, Mr. Trout and Mr. Pickles. Their running gag is that they believe they’re actually the good guys, and it’s the funniest gag in the movie. Aside from the gorgeous animation, the villains were truly the strongest aspects of the film.

Overall, this movie is fantastic. While Winnie and her dad might get irritating, the movie is still fantastic. The plot is creative, the animation is beyond wonderful, the heroes are fun, the voice acting is great, and the villains, great Hera, the villains. It’s worth watching just for them. So what are you waiting for? Watch it now!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014

Hello, I’m a unicorn. Well, here it is. The big one. The return of the heroes in a half shell to the big screen. I’ve made it very clear in the past year that I’m a huge fan of the TMNT, so I was very nervous about my favorite fighting family’s newest film. I was not disappointed. Then again, I went in with dirt low expectations anyway, so that’s not too much of an accomplishment. There is a ton I have to say about it, so instead of breaking it down to the good, the bad, and the ugly, I’ll just list what stood out to me in the movie in no particular order. There will be spoilers. You have been warned.

The Comic Book Style Opening and Narration: The opening scene and narration, animated in a comic book-like style, was fantastic. It looks cool and is a great shout out to the original comic and style of flashback of the 2012 series.

April O’Neal: You may have well just called this April O’Neal the Movie. The first quarter of the film is wasted on April trying to get a scoop and the Turtles are barely there. It wouldn’t be so bad if she was an interesting character, but she was as interesting as watching painting dry and just would not leave. Meghan Fox just did not make a good April. She held a perpetual look of dull surprise, with her mouth hanging open more than Bella Swan and was gasping for breath so much that I was beginning to wonder if she was asthmatic. To top off all of that, the way the camera lingers on her, showing exactly why Meghan Fox was picked: to objectify her. No joke, there is a scene where a character crashes the truck that he was driving because he was so busy staring at her butt. The majority of Mikey’s jokes are about how he thinks she’s hot. There’s also the issue that the Turtles owe everything to her, right down to their names. She’s even the one who defeats the Shredder in the end. Not the Turtles or Splinter, who have trained as ninjas practically all their lives, it’s the April who ends up killing the Turtles’ arch nemesis. All things considered, since Shredder was the one who caused the death of her dad, he’s more her enemy than the Turtles’. This is because…

There is No Mention of Hamato Yoshi: One of the defining aspects of Splinter and Shredder’s characters is their intense rivalry. Whether by mutation or murder, the man, Hamato Yoshi is dead. Splinter his avenger and their rivalry is one of the bitterest in comic book history. In the movie’s origin, Splinter is simply a mutated and highly intelligent rat. Without any mention of Hamato Yoshi, the mutual hatred is gone, and so has a lot of the drama in their battle. While their battle in the movie is really well done, it lacks the dramatic weight of this rivalry and feels a lot less satisfying.

The Action Scenes Are Very Cool: Being a movie with Micheal Bay attached to it, many of the explosion laden action scenes are a ton of fun and where the movie really shines. After the somewhat boring first half, the movie really picks up at around the time the Turtles have in their battle on the Subway. It’s a definite step up from the opening plot where April wants to become a respectable reporter. This is where the movie goes from excruciatingly boring to silly and fun. The action scenes alone are almost worth slogging through the boring beginning.

There Are Many Pointless Characters: What was Verne doing here? All he does is flirt with April, drive the getaway car, and fight Eric Sacks. Two out of three of these actions would and should have been done by April herself. Nothing in the movie would have been lost if they had edited him out of the script. Well, maybe one thing, but we didn’t need another male gaze shot and more awkward flirtations with April anyway. Speaking of Eric Sacks, he ended taking the parts of Karai and Baxter Stockman because everyone kicked up an understandable fuss over him being the Shredder. That managed to void all three characters because why have Karai and Stockman when you could have Sacks and vise versa? What saddens me most is the fact that Karai goes from the complex and interesting Anti Villain from the two most recent animated series and the Mirage comics to the token dark sexy chick that does absolutely nothing. They left out all of the parts that makes her a great character–namely the conflict between her duty and what is right and the mutual respect between her and Leo–so she also could be edited out of the film or replaced by a lamp and nothing would have changed.

The Turtles Themselves: Shockingly, I didn’t hate them. With the exception of Donatello waving a neon sign saying IN CASE YOU DON’T GET IT, I’M A NERD in every other line of his dialogue, they actually stayed very true to themselves. Out of the five Ninja Turtles movies, these Turtles behaved the the most in character. I was the most nervous about Leonardo because writers have a tendency to make him a jerk just to make Raph look in the right for rebelling. To do this, they’d completely ignore all of Leo’s character development in order to martyr the preferred brother. When I came into the theater, I expected my favorite Turtle’s characterization to be skewered worse than Superman murdering Zod. I expected to rant about how we’ve seen Raph go from “Grr I’m a loner so don’t boss me around” to “teamwork is awesome” in practically every iteration of the character, and that I’m sick of it, but surprisingly it didn’t happen. They treated Leonardo with dignity and actually made Raph look in the wrong for whining about his brother being bossy. The arc is still there, but due to another issue that I’ll get to in a minute, it’s somewhat downplayed. When the brothers are onscreen, they behave just like that: brothers. There are even scenes that I though I’d hate from the trailer and the online footage that was actually quite good in the context of the film. One example is the elevator scene. In the scene, the Turtles are taking an elevator up to face the Shredder for the climax. Mikey starts clanging his nunchucks to the beat of the elevator beeps. Slowly but surely, the other Turtles join in with their own weapons and they do this until the doors open. When I first saw the scene online, I cringed because I thought it would be a major mood killer. In the film though, it worked because it had significance. It was the brothers realizing that they might not all make it out alive so they may as well have one last fun moment together.That being said, I wish we had more of the Turtles because they were easily the best parts of the film. Unfortunately, the movie wastes most of its time on April when it could be developing the Turtles’ relationships. I mentioned the ever popular loner Raphael character arc being in the movie, but barely there. It’s hinted at but nothing is done with it. In the end, he just starts a blubbering confession about his love for his brothers seemingly out of nowhere and suddenly decides that teamwork is awesome, especially is Leo is the leader. Because this personality trait is rarely touched upon in the movie, the confession lacks the dramatic weight it should have had. While Leo is well done, Raph deferring to his leadership doesn’t make much sense because Leo hasn’t really proved himself to be a good leader. He’s just leader now because that’s his character in every other iteration. I guess I’ll chalk that change up to the near death experiences.

Overall, is this worth a watch? Yes, but wait until it’s on cable. Out of the five theatrical movies, this one is probably the second best, but considering the competition is Vanilla Ice randomly rapping, the Turtles traveling back in time, and stone warriors hunting for thirteen monsters and messy characterizations, that isn’t saying much. The first movie is still by far the best, but this is enjoyable despite the Swiss cheese plot, terrible villain motivations, the loss of very important relationships between characters,  obviously re-shot scenes, the pointless characters, and way too much focus on April. When the Turtles were one screen, the movie got so much more fun and enjoyable. I even got past their and Splinters’ somewhat grotesque designs. They all behaved in character and were likable. I can only hope they focus on the Turtles more in the sequel. This is by no means a good movie, but once you slog through the first twenty minutes, it gets to be really entertaining. I guess the reason I’m not angry is because there is nothing particularly offensive to me. The low expectations I had didn’t hurt my opinion either. I knew it wasn’t going to be a masterpiece going in, so I just went along for the ride. I knew that, even if the movie was going to be bad, there was still plenty of other great Ninja Turtle stories out there. For example, the trailer to the season two finale of the current cartoon looks awesome. Seriously, if you haven’t checked it out, look it up. My theories for the future of the cartoon are as follows: 1. They’re adapting my favorite Turtles storyline, the What Goes Around Comes Around/Shredder Strikes Back arc with Leo in the Finale. I believe this because Leo is seen fighting the Foot alone, is barely interacting with his brothers in the trailer and April is essentially replacing him as the fourth member of the group. 2. Splinter will be captured be the Kraang. This is supported by scenes being shown of the Kraang attacking the lair. Whether or not he’s rescued by the end of the episode, I don’t know, but I doubt it. 3. The ending will be a bit of a downer, with the Turtles exiled to Northampton Massachusetts as per tradition. Leo is badly injured, and the Turtles are recover from a Pyrrhic victory. This is supported by the Ninja Turtles Panel at the San Diego Comic Con, where they mentioned that the Turtles will be leaving New York.  Of course, these is just my personal theories, and are probably wrong, but a girl can dream. Now, if you excuse me, I have a Tome of some sort that I need to find.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Hello, I’m a unicorn. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s Avengers level good, and this is coming from someone who considers the Avengers one of her favorite movies. In a few ways, it’s even better than the penultimate Marvel movie, mainly because the Avengers had the advantage of all its heroes being established in other films. In this movie, we have to meet each of the characters, learn all of their backstories, set up the plot, give their protagonists character arcs, set up the Nova Corps, set up the Kree race and their personalities, set up future events in the Marvel cinematic universe, explain the Infinity Stones, have a Stan Lee cameo, and have the actual plot. That is a lot to do for one film, and the writers pulled it off like it was nothing. More that that, they did it with pizzazz. That’s how much I like this movie: I actually used the word pizzazz. The plot may have been a little simplistic, but I’m okay with that, because, again, look at all they had to establish in the space of two hours. While the plot held little surprises, the characters had plenty. One example would be the opening scene with the adult Starlord. It’s one of the most epic cases of mood whiplash I’ve ever seen, and it was hilarious. This movie is full of moments where you think the scene is going to be serious, but it suddenly it does something so unexpectedly funny that you just have to laugh.

All of the characters are awesome, but the two that stand out are Rocket and Groot. Bradley Cooper just hit his portrayal of Rocket right out of the park. He’s snarky, tough, wacky, and likable enough that he has the audience’s sympathy when something terrible happens to him. I didn’t even see CGI, I saw a talking raccoon. The same goes for Groot. For a giant talking tree that turns some of the villains’ soldiers into Kree kabobs, he is surprising cute. He only says three words, but Vin Diesel packs those words so much emotion and the CGI was so good that I could tell exactly what he was thinking and feeling.

Overall, is this worth a watch? Yes. The visuals are awesome, the humor is actually funny, the characters are all great, and this movie does a lot in establishing the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The writers knew when to be silly, when to be serious, and how to seamlessly transition between the two moods with it feeling disjointed and at odds with itself. While the villain could have used more humor, but he’s intimidating enough that he’s somewhat memorable. So what are you waiting for? Watch it now and I am Groot.

Kirin pulled an old leather suitcase out from under her parent’s bed. Dragging the suitcase to the clean laundry pile, she sat down and stuffed a few t-shirts, some jeans and other necessities inside.

“Where’re ya goin’?” Textbox asked. Kirin looked up from the two iron daggers she was comparing. “And where’d you get those nice knives?”

“I was just thinking about the warning future me gave me a few months back.The name Fairy Creek seemed familiar, but I had trouble remembering where I’d heard it before. Then it struck me, Fairy Creek is what we’d called a place where my little sister and I used to play before we lived here. We had this friend who lived in the neighborhood and she used to tell us all about the fairies that lived there. For a while, I thought it was just pretend, but now I’m not so sure. I mean with all the weirdness going on, there it is possible that there was something there, right?” she explained as she  placed the shorter of the two daggers in her suitcase.

“I dunno. Because of wibbly wobbly universy wersy stuff, you might have actually seen future you, or a possible future you, or maybe it was a you in name only. These are other dimensions, remember? We could’ve just seen an alternate universe version of yourself, and that tome thingy might not even exist. And even if it did, you accidentally might call Cthulu or something,” Textbox said. Kirin raised her eyebrows.

“Now I must be going crazy, because you’re actually making sense,” she marveled but then added “Then again, what if she was the future me? If that book has the key to saving the world, then I shouldn’t sit around twiddling my thumbs as the great vagueness comes to destroy everything. That alone is worth checking it out.” She finished packing and zipped up the suitcase.

“Okay. Why not? I mean–“

“Textbox, if you say “what’s the worst that could happen?” I swear I’ll smack you.” Kirin rolled her eyes. “I’m a big girl. I can take care of myself.”

“But before you go, isn’t there something you want to see first ? A certain movie with four giant talking turtles.” Kirin took a deep breath. She opened her mouth as if to speak, but then shut it.

“You’re right. My terrible priorities strike again.”

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Batman Mask of the Phantasm

Hello, I’m a unicorn. Yesterday was Batman day, and since I’m late to the punch on everything, I decided to celebrate the Caped Crusader’s 75th birthday today with my favorite Batman film ever out to theaters.

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Batman Mask of the Phantasm centers around a new villain in Gotham, one who kills mobsters corrupt politicians. Batman is accused of these murders and must clear his name while also being confronted with a woman from his past. In flashback land, a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne struggles between his vow to avenge his parents and his budding romance with an heiress named Andrea Beaumont. The plot thickens when the Joker is involved in the present day murders, and we get a little backstory on his character; not much, but it’s there. This movie is one part film noir, one part tragic romance, one part gothic horror, one part superhero film, and all beautifully scored and animated.

The dynamic between the young Andrea and Bruce is really interesting because it’s a part of the origin we rarely see. Usually, when we flashback to a Batman early in his career, he’s completely convicted. He only struggles to decide on a motif and nothing else. Here, we see him nearly give up the mask before he even dons it because he has one shot at happiness that he’s afraid to squander. This leads the the most beautiful scenes in the movie where he’s at his parents’ grave, begging them to let him out of his vow because he’d never expected to fall in love and for the pain of their loss to lessen. It’s a genuine tearjerker that gave me chills even after I’d watched it for the third time. Everything about the scene works beautifully, the voice acting, the confusion and despair in Bruce’s eyes, the crackles of thunder, the sad and foreboding score, and the ending. The biggest tragedy in the movie is their romance. Bruce has one chance at happiness, but fate intervenes and their love is never meant to be. I also liked the symbolism of the World of Tomorrow. When Bruce and Andrea are young and visiting the fair, it is bright and shiny, much like their future together. In the modern moments, it it derelict and a ghost town, indicating the crushed hopes of the two lovers and how life has affected them. At the very end, it is destroyed, marking the point of no return for their relationship.

The Phantasm is your typical dark Batman foil character.You know the one: he or she dresses all in black or dark grey, seems ethereal and  supernatural, but unlike Batman, actually kills people. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I will say that what makes Phantasm interesting is the twist and the motivations. It brings up great themes of revenge and how far one should go before it becomes harmful. It also paves the way for the beautiful speech by Alfred at the end. This and the last two lines of the film fully encapsulate the arc of the Phantasm and the bittersweet ending.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this to any Batman fan, kid or adult. There are a few intense scenes, and a bit of a downer ending, but it is amazing. The animation is moody and beautiful, the action scenes are pulse pounding, young Bruce and Andrea’s romance is tragic, and, thanks to the fantastic VA director, Andrea Romano, the voice acting is amazing. Because of this, I actually like Mask of the Phantasm movie better than the Nolan trilogy.

You what?!

I like it better than the Nolan Trilogy. Shoot me.

With pleasure…*pulls out a tommy gun*

Where’d you get that gun?

It is the gun of fanboy righteousness that you just now decided to write me having. KNEEL BEFORE BOX!!

Uh Oh…*Dodges behind the bed as the gun goes off* So what are you waiting for? Watch it now, and Happy Belated Batman day!

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