Playbomb Reviews: Joker (Spoiler Free).
Playbomb Reviews: Joker (Spoiler Free)

Playbomb Reviews: Joker (Spoiler Free).

Director: Todd Philips 
Main Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conrow, Brett Cullen.
Producers: Todd Philips, Bradley Cooper, Emma Tillinger Koskoff.
Genre:
 Psychological Thriller
Movie Run Time: 2hrs 2mins

Review Read: ~ 10 mins

Much has been said about the new Joker movie: Its critical acclaim has, once again, flung Joaquin Phoenix into the limelight, almost unanimously taking over the late Heath Ledger’s mantle as the peoples’ favourite for the iconic villain. Todd Phillips is a name praised today in setting very powerful tonalities for the entirety of the movie and writing a really strong script. Of course, the movie has been highly praised for its stellar cinematography, but really, praising the movie for great cinematography is an understatement. The movie does not just hold great cinematography and a strong script, it does more than that, more than what most movies would do for their audiences: it engages them in more than a third-person observer perspective but engages them as the first-person protagonist. Joker is one of those movies that is a deep dive character study on the pains and nuances of insanity, much to the point of folie à deux – It gives an avenue for the audience to share in the character’s psychosis, creating one of the most profound cinematic experiences I have ever encountered in my entire life.

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Playbomb Reviews: Avengers: Endgame (Spoiler-Free)
Playbomb Reviews: Avengers: Endgame

Playbomb Reviews: Avengers: Endgame (Spoiler-Free)

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo 
Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson,  Jeremy Renner, etc.
Genre: Action-Adventure
Movie Run Time: 3hrs 1 Min

Review Read: ~ 10 mins

Disclaimer: Avengers: Endgame is a huge cinematic title. In order to avoid spoilers, Playbomb Reviews will refrain from revealing plot points and showing screenshots of the movie, regardless of whether these pictorial depictions or plot points were featured in the trailers or otherwise.

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Playbomb Reviews: Hellboy (Spoiler-Free)
Playbomb Reviews: Hellboy [2019]

Playbomb Reviews: Hellboy (Spoiler-Free)

Director: Neil Marshall 
Main Cast: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian Mcshane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action-Adventure
Movie Run Time: 2hrs

Review Read: ~ 5 mins

I walked into Hellboy with the knowledge of the existence of bad reviews. Being a huge Hellboy fan, I was adamant in watching this reboot wanting those reviews to be wrong. I wanted to see for myself what is redeemable and condemnable about the movie. When I walked out of the cinema, I was filled with a mixture of excitement, and surprisingly, apathy of what’s to possibly come because Hellboy (Disappointingly) wasn’t all that great.

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Playbomb Reviews: Dumbo (Spoiler-Free)
Playbomb Reviews: Dumbo

Playbomb Reviews: Dumbo (Spoiler-Free)

Director: Tim Burton 
Main Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Movie Run Time: 1hrs 52 mins

Review Read: ~ 5 mins

I am quite sure most of us were excited for Tim Burton’s contemporary take on our iconic Disney flying elephant. As much as the original tale of Dumbo brought so much magic into our entertainment lives, Tim Burton’s version brought diluted messaging and a slightly confused story.

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Playbomb Reviews: Shazam! (Spoiler-Free)
Playbomb Reviews: Shazam!

Playbomb Reviews: Shazam! (Spoiler-Free)

Director: David F. Sandberg 
Main Cast:  Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer
Genre: Action, Comedy
Movie Run Time: 2hrs 12 mins

Review Read: ~ 10 mins

The creative writing and direction for Shazam! is like a captain who has snatched control of a ship and moved the rudder towards a better course; away from the sea’s craggy rocks. It’s a movie that, since Gal Gadot’s debut as Wonder Woman, does the DC Extended Universe justice with a warm story and light-hearted scenes. A little bit of that charm may have been taken away due to its little-too-long movie runtime, but it’s a small issue in perspective to what’s to (hopefully) come in DCEU’s future.

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Playbomb Reviews: Captain Marvel (Light Spoilers Ahead)
Playbomb Reviews: Captain Marvel

Playbomb Reviews: Captain Marvel (Light Spoilers Ahead)

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck 
Main Cast:  Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelson, Jude Law
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Movie Run Time: 2hrs 4 mins

Review Read: ~ 10 mins

For those familiar with the MCU franchise (If you are not familiar, where have you been living all these while?), we all know that Captain Marvel has a certain standard to live up to given that it’s the final origin story for a Marvel superhero before the long anticipated Avengers: Endgame. The movie, and specifically Brie Larson, not only has this MCU superhero je ne sais quoi to live up to, but also has this mantle to carry forward with the events leading up to Endgame; and boy, did the writing and Larson carry this mantle loud and proud down to the very minute of Captain Marvel.

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Review: Alita: Battle Angel (Spoiler-free)
Playbomb Reviews Alita: Battle Angel

Review: Alita: Battle Angel (Spoiler-free)

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Main Cast:  Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jakey Earle Haley, Keean Johnson
Genre: Action, Romance, Science-Fiction
Movie Run Time: 2hrs 2 min

Review Read: ~ 5 mins

I walked into the cinema with no knowledge of Alita: Battle Angel’s story (or Gunnm) – All I knew was that there was a manga about her and that the visuals look interesting enough to buy me a movie ticket. What I experienced was something quite unique. If you’re looking at a TLDR of what I’m about to review, I will just say that I liked it and it’s worth the watch – Not because of what the dystopian Sci-Fi genre would usually bring with an intellectual discussion on technology and artificial intelligence in general, but just because it was an interesting tale of how cyborgs can fall in love coupled with fun fight scenes.

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Review: Bad Times at the El Royale (Spoiler-free)
Playbomb Reviews Bad Times at the El Royale

Review: Bad Times at the El Royale (Spoiler-free)

Director: Drew Goddard
Main Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, John Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewiss Pullman, Chris Hemsworth
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Movie Run Time: 2hrs 22 min

Review Read: ~ 10 mins

Bad Times at the El Royale is like an antique radio you chanced upon in a vintage store – You buy the radio and feel this sense of delight the moment you know it works, but like all antiques, it loses its charm at the later parts of their shelf life.

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