This is far more than just Brazil's answer to 'Ace in the Hole' although the comparison is understandable. And this movie desperately needs a Criterion release or something similar since way more people need to see this.
I am so psyched for Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, so it seemed a good time to revisit one of the films he suggested to watch before watching Parasite.
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I kind of forgot I was watching a Marvel movie (until freakin' Stan Lee's cameo of course) and that was so welcome. It's an incredible, beautiful vision of Black empowerment and influence, but it's also complex and influenced by current knowledge and issues. It also manages not to be didactic and gives us some of the best staged action scenes in any Marvel movie. A big studio like Disney should not be afraid to let artists have their voices heard, and this is proof.
Oof. This movie was a mess. It seems as if it wants to be a high concept sci-fi fantasy film yet also a personal, human drama, and it didn't really execute either very well. It's very easy to rip on this movie, but it has a good heart, and some godawful people are going to say this is the example of what the excesses of an sjw would do. I applaud DuVernay and the rest of the creative forces to…