I’ve become so tired of superhero films, that I was going to pass on this one, but am please that I didn’t. My son suggested that it was a fun film.
He was correct, as it reminded me more of the lighthearted, or at least lighter-hearted fare, akin to Kick-Ass or Deadpool. The Marvel films seem to be taking themselves a bit too seriously lately.
As directed by David Sandberg, the film remains fresh and grounded, until it takes off in Zachary Levi vs. Mark Strong world, which had me thinking back to the magical battles between Boris Karloff and Vincent Price in AIP’s The Raven.
Just great fun for a couple of hours, with effects that aren’t overbearing, and a superb soundtrack in Dolby Atmos that not only fills one’s home theater, but shakes the rafters with low frequency information.
Much of it was shot on location in Philadelphia, with some wonderful set pieces – one involving the statue of Mr. Penn. I was fortunate to spend a good bit of my childhood there. Main portions were shot in Toronto, inclusive of Studio work.
Remember, when in Philly, visit the original Betsy Ross House. And ask for Babs. One of the nice things about the city, is that there is still enough of the 18th century surviving, that one can take a trip back in time, without hitting Williamsburg. I once tried to find the first Mint, but it hasn’t been there in weeks.
What does remain that’s worth a visit is Independence Hall, and that bell that used to be on the reverse of half dollars.
Image – 5 (HDR10)
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass