Avengers Endgame from the Perspective of a Marvel Hater

Let me start by saying I do not hate Marvel movies. I think they are creative stories that give many people joy and I have a lot of respect for them. However “Marvel Hater” makes for a catchier title, so here goes.

I saw Avengers Endgame this past weekend and I left the theatre different than when I walked in. I came to the show expecting to sit through three hours of fight scenes and minimally funny jokes made by beefy male superheroes. However from the first scene of the movie I was immediately engaged in the story.

Having only seen a handful of Marvel movies before viewing this one I wasn’t expecting Endgame to be very accessible for someone like me with minimal knowledge about characters backstory. I was happily mistaken, as I was able to follow everything that went on without feeling like the whole thing was one inside joke I didn’t understand.

Throughout the movie, I was surprised again and again how engaging the characters were. I was caring about what happened to them in a way I had never experienced before.

Even though in past movies I have seen the humor was borderline cringe-worthy I really enjoyed the occasional comic relief. The film is very intense sometimes and the occasional laughs break the intensity in a pleasing way.

The plot was very entertaining, weaving in and out with interesting twists and turns. I never lost interest in the entire movie and that doesnt happen often.

All the way till the end I was rooting for the main characters and when the movie finally concluded I felt like I had taken an emotional journey with characters I nevedr thought I would connect with.

I like the movie so much that the whole way home I was analyzing it and coming up with conspiracy theories. For instance, if the movie was framed differently would Thanos really be the good guy?

I have been wondering how much pressure the directors/writers were under to make a fantastic movie. So many people have been anticipating this movie for so long and the pressure to not disappoint them must have been a lot.

This movie was honestly fantastic. The directors were very smart making it understandable for people who aren’t Marvel buffs. Its easy for people who aren’t super fans to feel alienated.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “no endgame spoilers” in the past few days. Before I saw it I thought who cares if it’s spoiled. Now that I’ve seen it I understand why people are so adamant that it not be ruined for them.

I have a newfound respect for Marvel movies and what they do for the superhero genere. They mean so much to so many people and I am glad I see that now.

To all the people who are genuine Marvel haters I say give Endgame a chance. No matter what your level of interest is in Marvel you will walk out with a smile

Top 5 Moments in Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

Mamma Mia Here We Go Again was a breakout hit in summer 2018. Its vibrant scenes and uplifting music had audiences dancing in the isles. This sequel to the 2008 classic Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie Sheridan and the early life of her mother Donna Sherridan.

The story flashes back and forth between past and present as Sophie as she tries to navigate life without her mother who has recently died in present day and Donna’s life the summer after graduating from Oxford when she meets Sophie’s father.

Here are the top 5 moments from this stunning film.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Jessica Keenan Wynn, Lily James, and Alexa Davies

#5 Graduation / When I Kissed the Teacher

This scene introduces Donna as she delivers an unconventional graduation speech in the form of the first big musical number “When I Kissed the Teacher”. Donna and her two best friends Rosie and Tanya rock out with their classmates and for the grand finale, they cannonball into the river.

#4 Waterloo Restaurant

Donna meets Harry, a Londoner who works in a bank and dreams of adventure. Harry spends the day with Donna and while they are eating in a Napoleon-themed restaurant they dance around singing ABBA’s “Waterloo”.

#3 Why Did it Have to Be Me?

Donna finds herself in need of a ride to the Grecian island of Kalakari when she misses her ferry. Bill swings in just in time and offers her a ride on his boat. On the way they dance playfully to the song “Why did it have to Be Me?”.

#2 Mamma Mia!

After Donna is burned by her man, her partners in crime Rosie and Tanya team up wither her to lift her spirits. They start rocking out to ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” and show their girl power.

#1 Super Trouper Ending!

A perfect ending to a lovely movie. The entire cast comes together to sing a fan favorite “Super Trouper” in fantastic costumes and whimsical scenery. In a surprise twist, Meryl Streep appears and sings a solo reprising her role as older Donna.

The entire movie is sprinkled with magic moments but these five stood out to me the most. Lily James lights up the screen with her effervescence in the character of Donna and Amanda Seyfried’s exquisite voice makes the audience fall in love with Sophie all over again.

Honorable mention to the top five would be Cher’s dramatic entrance and singing of Fernando. She delivers an electric performance of the classic song complete with fireworks at the end.

This movie is most certainly worth the watch and will leave you wanting to watch time and time again.

Americas Next Top Model

America’s Next Top Model the best reality television competitions on the air to date. Hands down. It offers drama, vicious competition, and a wide variety of stimulating challenges that engage the viewer and keep them wanting more.

ANTM is one of television’s most successful shows, running for twenty-four consecutive seasons and having over thirty recreations of the series produced internationally.

Almost every season features Tyra Banks, supermodel and businesswoman, J. Alexander, runway coach, and Jay Manuel, Makeup-artist and creative director. These three judges are the heart of the show.

Tyra, in my opinion, is the perfect host. She is a caring mother figure but knows when to put her foot down. Her supermodel background allows her to give unique advice to the aspiring top models. Secretly, I think she is a bit crazy because at least one an episode she makes odd comments and awkward jokes.

J. Alexander is simply an icon. He breaks the boundaries of gender identity and displays a confidence that jumps off the screen. Dressing in wild outfits and introducing exciting guests he spices up an already exciting show.

Jay Manuel, commonly known as Mr. Jay, is the outspoken creative director. He stirs up drama consistently throughout the show due to his critical comments and tough love attitude.

From watching nearly every season of the show I have gathered a few opinions.

First off, I believe it is a deeply problematic show in that they are critiquing young women on their personal appearance. In all fairness, it is a business the models are choosing to enter that focuses almost exclusively on looks, but it is volatile for young viewers. Seeing the seemingly perfect models get critiqued on their looks can make young viewers wonder if they will ever be good enough.

Secondly, I believe that Nigel Barker, panel judge and occasional guest photographer on the show, is a HUGE creep. In almost every episode when they conduct their judging panel he makes remarks solely on the model’s sex appeal and not on their skill as a model. This contributes to the larger problem in society of women only being valued as sexual objects.

Despite these two negative views, I still maintain that it is a deeply entertaining program. It combines drama, fashion and competitive spirit in a way that no other show does. From loud opinionated judges Like Janice Dickinson to crazy photoshoots with wild animals, this show never disappoints.