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The Batman | Average Guy Movie Review

Only in his second year, a young Batman faces one of his first big challenges when a psychopath with a penchant for riddles begins targeting Gotham City's most powerful, leaving messages for the Batman at every crime scene. Through the course of his investigation, the caped crusader will wade through the city's underworld, teaming up with a cop and a cat burglar along the way. When a character is re-imagined as frequently as Batman there's a danger that things might start to get a little repetitive. As filmmakers run out of places to go, these different iterations inevitably begin to blur. Thankfully however, that is not a fate that has befallen Matt Reeves' The Batman . The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  director has taken a young caped crusader and inserted him into a gripping mystery thriller, set against the backdrop of a grim and desolate Gotham City. There is something very Se7en -esque to this, as the titular vigilante and his cop best friend try to make a diffe
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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent | Average Guy Movie Review

A down on his luck Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage as a parody version of himself) is offered $1 million to attend the birthday party of one of his super fans, Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal). But is Javi all that he seems? Is he simply a successful businessman, who also happens to be a Nick Cage super fan, or is he the head of an international crime syndicate responsible for the kidnap of a local politician's daughter? That's what CIA agents Vivian (Tiffany Haddish) and Martin (Ike Barinholtz) want Nick to find out... hopefully before he gets himself and his family killed. Did you ever wonder what was Nicolas Cage's craziest role? Could it be the guy who escaped from hell in a muscle car, or the FBI agent wearing someone else's face? Maybe it's the construction worker who travelled to Pakistan on a supposedly divine mission to find Osama bin Laden, or the magician with the ability to see into the future (I never said it had to be a role in a good movie). No matter what, I

Operation Mincemeat | Average Guy Movie Review

With the end of the North Africa campaign in sight, Allied commanders turn their attention to Europe. They plan to invade the island of Sicily, as a stepping stone to mainland Italy - something the Germans will anticipate. In order to convince the Nazi high command that the target is actually Greece, British intelligence launch one of the most audacious deception plans in history. One that involved floating a dead body in military uniform, and with a briefcase full of fake documents, off the coast of Spain and into the hands of the enemy. To hear that a dead man was used during World War 2 to deceive the Germans in a massive deception plan borders on ludicrous. It quite literally sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie, which of course it now is. But the more you think about it, the more ingenious it sounds. That's what comes across in John Madden's take on these incredible events, itself based on the gripping book by historian Ben Macintyre, and all cleverly narrated by

Wrath of Man | Average Guy Movie Review

A seemingly normal guy joins an armoured truck firm in Los Angeles. But it quickly becomes apparent that 'H' (Jason Statham) is not quite who he says he is. The question is; who is he really, and what is he really up to? A remake of the 2004 French movie Cash Truck  ( Le Convoyeur ), Wrath of Man  is a testosterone-fuelled, albeit dreary tale of a man out for revenge. One that certainly highlights the potential dangers of a career driving armoured trucks. The dreary stylings may be a strange choice for an action movie, but it is actually rather fitting, given that by its very nature, vengeance is a grim business. It doesn't take long for the bullets to start flying in some fairly tense action scenes, as every armed robber in Los Angeles seems to be interested in what these armoured trucks are carrying. Director Guy Ritchie brings a gritty blend of Hollywood action movie tropes as H - with some occasional help from his colleagues - takes on any wannabe robbers. Expect lots o

Spider-Man: No Way Home | Average Guy Movie Review

  After Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) posthumously revealed to the world that he was Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Tom Holland)'s life, and the lives of those around him immediately began to fall apart. In an attempt to put the genie back in the bottle Pete turns to the only person he can... Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). But things rarely work out for the Web-Head, the way he plans. Now he and the good doctor must deal with the multiverse trying to tear itself apart, not to mention the new friends it has brought them. Tom Holland's third solo outing as the MCU's Wall-Crawler is his biggest so far, and yet in some ways it still feels like an adventure with our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. He may be dealing with bigger and bigger threats, but you can still see him taking the time to help the little people (like the lady who bought him a churro), and a lot of that is thanks to Holland.  Whereas with previous versions of Peter Parker it has been a quick transition f

Ghostbusters: Afterlife | Average Guy Movie Review

A woman moves her family to a small town in Oklahoma to settle her estranged father's affairs. Whilst there, the kids learn who their grandfather was, about his work as a Ghostbuster. And with all the strange occurrences going on in this small town, it soon becomes clear why he left New York. Ivan Reitman, director of Ghostbusters  and Ghostbusters II  has officially passed the torch to his son Jason Reitman. A successful director himself, Jason was the moody kid that once told Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) "my dad says you guys are full of crap". It would appear that he has had a change of heart, because not only has he brought the original timeline/universe into the 21st century, he has opened up the franchise to a whole new generation of fans. Something he credits Paul Feig for making possible.  Afterlife  is everything you'd expect a Ghostbusters  movie to be, wrapped up in this touching family drama. Much like with the directors, this is about passing the torch, and C

Spider-Man: No Way Home | Moustache Trailer Reaction

We have another trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home , and it's full of surprises. But not necessarily the surprises many fans were expecting. If you've not seen the trailer, or you just want to see it again, check it out below. It seems like only five minutes ago that we were getting excited over the teaser trailer for Tom Holland's upcoming third solo outing as the MCU's Web-Head. Probably because it was. That teaser came with many revelations about Peter Parker's life - and that of those close to him - after Mysterio posthumously revealed the teenager's alter ego. No Way Home  certainly looks to be Holland's biggest and most dangerous solo outing, as Peter Parker faces one hell of a challenge - six or seven of them, in fact. Whereas the teaser revealed how all this came to be, this one focuses more on the consequences of that rather dangerous spell. Much like in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , it seems Pete's proximity to the cause of this meeting