Big movies this year so far were Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Ghost In the Shell and the new Blade Runner. Guardians was fantastic, the music is again brilliant, lots of classic Rock songs I already adored and the same whitty humor. Surely the story is a bit thin and easily foreseeable, but I still liked it very much. Its one of the few comic book movies I look forward to as they have noit this typically feel that 50% of the movie is advertisement for the next movie.
Ghost in The Shell was what I expected. A hollywoodyfied version of my beloved franchise. As they tried really hard to go a different route with the movie, they tried even harder to recaptcher scenes almost frame by frame from the initial movie. Its a shell of a movie, which doesn’t understand what it wants to be, tries to lure you in with visuals but falls fat on its face to build a convincing universe for the character it builds up. On the side it also tries to make its ideas and concept very clear to the viewer. You never have to think for yourself to understand the story, it is presented on a silver plate and thats one of the biggest advantages of the old animation. You can rewatch it over and over and still find new clues. Its a good movie, a decent punk fiction movie too, but it fails at essential parts what made the original animation so good.
Blade Runner, while being slow paced, exactly like the first one, does a good job of telling a convincing story, or explaining an idea. I liked the symbolism in it. Still, it makes a similar mistake as GITS in focusing a bit too much on the “main character”, but lucky enough not enough to make it a big deal. You still have enough world building in it to make it believable. Furthermore there are enough clues in the movie so you can come back and discover new things while rewatching. Unfortunately some aspects are a bit too obvious explained with those “flashbacks” you see every now and then and takes away a bit of the fun discovering it for yourself.
New Spiderman, different approach to the standard Spiderman formular. Slightly different twists to its story, not redoing the whole dumb background and where he came from, but it feels like a cheap advertisement for the Avengers.
The Orville - fantastic humor and very similar feel to it as the old Star Trek movies
Star Trek Discovery - is essentially like the new full time movies, action spectacles with a splash of Star Trek in there, but almost no discovering, explorations or science stuff, everything which made the original TV series so good. Its still nice to watch but I’m usually far more excited for the next Orville episode
Mindhunters - loved it, watched it over last week. If you like books from Simon Beckett for example, or Crime Fiction books in general give it a go
The Expense - its fucking glorious, nice middle way of SciFi and action