Shazam

A few days after Shazam came out i decided to watch it. It’s a funny/cheesy action movie about a young boy named Billy Batson, who gets placed into a group home and becomes a superhero. Along the way he realizes that family doesn’t always mean a group of people who share the same DNA.

The movie starts with the backstory of a villain, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, as a young boy. The backstory is fairly simple and he relates back to it a lot after he becomes a villian. The relationship that Dr. Thaddeus Sivana shows an opposite version of billy’s group home family. Though they are related by DNA, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana loathes his father and brother, and the first thing on his mind after becoming a villain is to kill them.

The movie then jumps to Billy’s life, where he’s run away from countless foster homes in search for his mother. He eventually gets placed with Rosa and Victor Vasquez, as well as other children they’ve taken into their home. Billy is selfish and untrusting. He only begins to trust his foster brother, Freddy, after enlisting his comic book expertise to learn how to become a superhero. The movie ends with Billy and all of his siblings, as superheroes, defeating the villain and the seven deadly sins.

In my opinion both Asher Angel, who plays 14 year old Billy, and Zachary Levi, who plays grown-up superhero Billy, were excellent in their roles. Jack Dylan Grazer was amazing in the forgotten comic book nerd sidekick role. The movie overall reminded me of a more milder version of Deadpool. The movie was filled with cheesy scenes. The saddest part was when Billy found out his birth mother’s address and decided to go over to talk to her and got neglected for a second time. Overall I give this movie a 7/10

Bleach

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The main protagonist (Ichigo Kurosaki) was born into a family of Quincys and Shinigami/ Soul Reapers (sworn enemies) which granted him the ability to see ghosts. When his family was attacked by a hollow, a young Soul Reaper by the name of Rukia Kuchiki showed up to the scene and was unable to protect Ichigo Kurosaki, therefore she was forced to pass on her powers to Ichigo with the stab of her sword which allowed him to protect his family and he was able to gain Soul Reaper powers in the process. With these powers he was able to protected innocent wandering souls from hollows and allow them to pass on to the soul society.

Ichigo then goes to a candy shop worker by the name of Kisuke Urahara (Formerly a captain of the 13 Court Guard Squads) in order to train and become good enough to save Rukia Kuchiki. After the training was complete Uryu Ishida, Yasutora Sado, and Orihime Inoue decided to come along with Ichigo with their new found powers in order to help save Rukia. After entering through a portal that leads them into the souls society with good friend of Kisuke Urahara, Yoruichi Shihouin (a cat) leads the gang to a house in the middle of nowhere to a person (Kukaku Shiba) that can get them through the border into the seireitei where Rukia is located. With the help of a cannon they made it through, but ended up separated where each one had to go through many obstacles to get to the location of where she’s being executed. Ichigo, after already fighting one soul reaper, encounters another but this one of captain class and ends in a stalemate. He wakes up and finds himself in an underground lair all healed up by Yoruichi who ends up being a woman who transformed into a cat. Yoruichi takes Ichigo to an underground training area to obtain his bankai (the 2nd release of his zanpakuto/ his sword) with only 3 days of training where it would usually take about 10 years for someone to obtain it.

After about 3 days he comes out of the underground training area. He ends up making it just in time to stop the execution and sets Rukia free. She then tosses her to Renji and he starts running away as fast as he could, leaving Ichigo to fend off the other Soul Reapers. After finishing with them he encounters a familiar face, Byakuya Kuchiki, and then ends up fighting where Ichigo ends up releasing his Bankai and winning the fight. Renji is still running away but the Soul reapers by the name of Gin Ichimaru, Kaname Tosen, and Sosuke Aizen arrives at his location and take an item out of Rukia called the hogyoku which is something that can grant the user immense power, and they run off.

After about 4-6 months later, Aizen returned with the hogyoku fully activated, completely crushed the 13 court guard squads. Ichigo then came in and destroyed him with the final Getsuga Tenshou. Ichigo ends up losing his powers by activating Final Getsuga Tenshou and ends up gaining them back in the end.

My thoughts on Bleach, overall it was a very good anime, the fight scenes were amazing, looked nice, and so much detail was put into them. I don’t think the rate of how fast Ichigo progressed was too slow or too quick, meaning it wasn’t rushed and took its time. I feel like Ichigo’s strength wasn’t too overwhelming and was only a little more than your average main character. But of course in the last arc The Thousand Year Blood War, he become extremely powerful. The character development was great. Uryu, Yasutora Sado, and Orihime Inoue were practically people brought closer together because of their abilities. They really ended up as good friends and they started becoming compatible together. Also Orihime, Yasutora, Uryu, and Ichigo were practically useless and now they’ve become strong and and able to handle themselves. The couple of things I didn’t like about Bleach was that about half of it was filler and the last arc (Thousand Year Blood War) was never animated. Overall I give it a 8.7/10

Spider-Man: Far From Home

After the recent event of Thanos’ death, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) leaves all his troubles at home and attempts to relax with a class vacation to Europe, where he can finally confess his feelings for MJ (Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman). But he is approached by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and is offered to save the day once again from elemental monsters with the help of a new hero Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).

While watching the movie I felt that it was very amusing and just as intense as well as very action packed. I feel like this is definitely the best or one of the best Spider-Man movies ever. It was definitely a huge improvement from Spider-Man Homecoming. This film is definitely well balanced, it has everything you could ask for such as real life struggles. They really try to reach out to the audience and express the struggles Peter is trying to save the world and enjoy his youth. Also they really nail the villain aspect in this. Mysterio isn’t too powerful or strong and is well designed. I mean he looks just amazing. I really liked him and lowkey. I wanted him to the next Iron Man. But then came a twist like all great movies. I actually feel like the twist actually added so much more to the movie in general, really deepening the plot and just providing many more directions for the movie to head. I like how they didn’t make the green goblin as the antagonist. I mean no one wants to have the green goblin in every Spider-Man movie even though the green goblin is the main antagonist in the comics. There just really isn’t much about him to make it worth while to put him in multiple Spider-Man movies. I also love how the tone of the movie has improved to become more mature, keeping the light-hearted awkwardness that made Tom Holland stand out and gain recognition, and with funny jokes such as P*nis Parker (I laughed way too hard at that). Overall I give this movie a strong 4.5/5.