We have a real treat on this week’s episode of The World’s Best Podcast, Paul Sr. returns to the show to help me review the long awaited IT: Chapter 2! This was by far one of my most anticipated movies of the year, so I was really psyched to see this one. We wanted to wait a little while to drop this episode, mostly to give people plenty of time to see the movie because we go FULL SPOILERS for this review. Paul Sr. and I had a lot of fun talking about the twists and turns, the big scares, and our favorite characters in this follow up to 2017’s hit movie IT. We even chat about some of the upcoming movies we saw trailers for during the screening. Bottom line: we had a blast seeing the movie and we had a blast recording this episode! So whether you’ve seen the movie or not, come join us for some fun and ridiculous hijinx, as well as our usual bickering! Enjoy listening to this extra spooky episode! Thanks!
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I wanted to take a minute to talk about the new trailer that dropped for the latest X-Men film, Dark Phoenix. This is very likely the last incarnation of these characters we’ll see on the big screen, with the big Fox/Disney merger finalizing. Which means this is the last X-Men movie with this cast. Since X-Men: First Class (In my opinion, the best X-Men film, not counting Logan) the series was really about telling the story of Charles, Eric, Mystique, and to a lesser extent, Beast. Quick side note , Beast is probably one of my favorite Marvel characters and I’ve always liked Nicholas Hoult in the role. Unfortunately they never quite nailed Beast’s look. Don’t give me wrong, I actually think it has its moments where it looks pretty cool, but I think this is a character that requires either CGI or very elaborate Hellboy-esque make up effects. Anyway at least it’s a hell of a lot better than that God awful Kelsey Grammer Beast make up.
Back to Dark Phoenix, First Class was Magneto’s film, Days of Future Past was all about Charles, Apocalypse was… um… kind of Mystique? Or the new X-Men, like Jean and Cyclops… I guess? I feel like these movies work best when they have a clear,strong character to anchor the plot and story. The Dark Phoenix Saga is arguably one of the best X-Men stories of all time and don’t get me wrong, Jean is a great character to build a movie around and Sophie Turner is a great actress. But from what I hear, this movie is dog shit. For a while I really thought they were just going to release this thing on Netflix, if at all. I mean the trailer isn’t particularly bad, but this movie was supposed to come out over a year ago, that’s not a good sign. People who have supposedly seen the movie have reported that it is a absolute piece of shit.
What kills me even more is that what may turn out to be one of the shittiest X-Men movies is taking its visual cues from my all-time favorite X-Men run, Grant Morrison‘s New X-Men. All of the costumes, from the X-Men uniforms, even how Charles is dressed, is straight out of that whole run. They cast aside the whole spandex superhero look for some thing that took what they tried to do in the first X-Men film, mix it up with The Matrix, throw all that into a blender and you end up with a really cool, unique uniform instead of a “costume”.
I just hope they don’t fuck up Jean’s connection to The Phoenix Force by pulling the same bullshit from X-Men: The Last Stand, where the Phoenix is some sort of dark, alternate personality of Jean’s. Just make it the fucking Phoenix Force already! It’s a god like force from outer space for chrissake, embrace the material! Oh well, take a look at the trailer and judge for yourself. As another YouTuber put it in his breakdown video of this trailer, at this point I’m kind of just hoping for it to be entertaining. If it’s close to Apocalypse, which I know a lot of people hated, that will be good enough for me. Then we can move on to where Marvel’s Merry Mutants really belong… in the MCU!
On the other hand we have this SICK red band trailer for Hellboy which is coming out in April. I’ve been 100% on board with this one for a while now. This trailer just makes me feel even better about it. I will always lament that we never got to see the end of the Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro Hellboy trilogy. However, life moves on and this looks fucking great.
I love David Harbour as Hellboy, I love that they’re using some new characters from the BPRD as part of the rich mythology of Hellboy’s world, and I love how it looks like they’re taking most of this story straight out of the comics. While the last two Hellboy films had been loyal to the Hellboy comics, the sequel in particular, was very much about using those pieces from the graphic novels to tell their own story. This seems to be more of an adaptation of some specific, great, epic Hellboy stories. To top it all off, this whole thing looks bad shit insane! Fucking sign me up! Check it out:
I’ve often said that M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable is a massively underrated movie and easily one of the best superhero stories ever put on film. I’ve wanted to see the continued adventures of David Dunn and Mr. Glass for years now. When Split was revealed to be a quasi-sequel to Unbreakable fans like myself were understandably blown away. It was a fantastically creative and unique way to reintroduce audiences to this world Shyamalan created over 15 years earlier. Next January, Glass is hitting theaters as a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split. Finally reuniting Elijah Price and David Dunn with Kevin Wendell Crumb thrown into the mix. Below are some of our first looks at Glass with pictures put out exclusively by EW.com. Check them out below and I’ll share a few more of my thoughts as we go through them…
After The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs, Shyamalan was being hailed as the next Hitchcock or Spielberg. Then he released The Village, an interesting failure which was crucified at the time for not living up to the monumentally high standard we’d come to expect from Shyamalan. It was all downhill for the director from there. For years, the man who was once being hailed as the next Alfred Hitchcock had become synonymous with terrible filmmaking.
Then the comeback began. First he did the very solid found footage thriller The Visit and he followed that up with Split. Shyamalan is on a comeback tour. If he’s able to stick the landing with Glass, he won’t be on a comeback, as far as I’m concerned, he’ll just be a great filmmaker again.
I think this picture is really interesting. Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) was The Hoard’s captive in Split, so why is she visiting him in an institution? What larger roll does she play in the story’s narrative?
Elijah’s mother and David’s son (both played by the original actors) are returning for this movie. How’ve there lives changed?
I’d say the thing I’m most looking forward to seeing is how David has developed and learned to use his abilities over the last 2 decades. Since this an original work, it’s not like there’s a comic book that we can pick up to guess where the story’s going. I love that we’re seeing these characters and this world again and I love that I have no idea how this crazy story will play out! As always, thanks for reading!