The first I heard of Runaways was when it was first licensed by Hulu. Since I had a cheap subscription to Marvel Unlimited, I went ahead and read the available mini-series, which, to quote Cat Grant, had “you look like the attractive yet non-threatening, racially diverse cast of a CW show” written all over them.
The early cast photos showed that they’d nailed the look of the characters, but after watching it so far, I’d say they got everyone to nail their roles, too.
They’ve made some interesting choices with the series, and on the whole I think they’ll make for a better story. They’ve trimmed the cast by making Molly an orphan adopted by Gert’s parents, they’ve dialed back both the scope and absurdity of The Pride’s power and goals, some of the parents are actually sympathetic characters, and they’ve given Nico an older sister to make the initial awkwardness between the kids more grounded.
Also, I completely failed to recognize James Marsters as Chase’s dad.
Now, if they could just arrange a crossover with The Gifted
involving Lauren Strucker, Karolina Dean, and a hot tub, I could die a
happy man. (
after Natalie Alyn Lind turns 18, please; feel free to
substitute Amy Acker before then; oh, wait, she is 18; they can
still put Amy Acker in the tub with them, though)
They should have just called it “Tiny Groot Adventures”.
The movie is 2 hours, 16 minutes, and I don’t know if that counts the multiple before/during/after-credits scenes. It definitely doesn’t count the 20 minutes of trailers I had to sit through with earplugs in. I should have just showed up 15 minutes late; the theater was pretty empty at 10:40 AM on a Monday.
Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that I don’t think it had 136 minutes of story to tell. The celebrity cameos felt forced, Kurt Russell’s performance turned to crap when he (spoilered), and the extended dance mix of (spoiler’s) (spoiler) at the end just went on and on. I was catching Pokemon for most of it.
Also, while the Stan Lee cameo in the previous film was amusing, his first scene in this one was a bit too wink-wink-nudge-nudge, and the second was just dumb. Howard the Duck’s performance was less annoying than Stan Lee’s.
Apart from the three major cameos, nothing really threw me out of the film, and those bits were short enough that I was able to forget them and enjoy the ride. I wouldn’t go see it again, even as a matinee, and I don’t think I’ll buy the Bluray. I’ll watch it again with friends when it comes out, but just the once.
Note: yes, that’s Ben Browder. And Ving Rhames. And Michelle Yeoh. And even Michael Rosenbaum playing someone bald…
Never mind the general babehood and the token mod-black-chick amazon in the background, check out the uplifting fashions our heroes and their captor are sporting. Paradise Island’s lingerie shops clearly feature Sufficiently Advanced Technology, enough so that I wonder if the Invisible Plane was just a spinoff product.
Trapped in a world a comic book writer made!
Given that this was before Trump won the nomination, the writer probably thought it was just the right level of absurd joke the HtD comics were known for.
(file this under “fun with Marvel Unlimited”)
Okayado’s Daily Life with Monster Girls isn’t the only recent entry in the genre. While his own series 12 Beast is more of a “high school student travels to fantasy world” story, Youkai Shoujo and Hitomi-sensei’s School Infirmary are closer to the mark.
This is not necessarily a good thing, but I’ll keep an eye on them.
That humans-as-batteries moment in the first movie? Please apologize for inspiring the villain’s evil plot in the second volume of the new Ms. Marvel comic. Because bullshit that thick always leaves mental scarring.
Here, posted a week ago. The comment includes “see you next week”, but it’s a bit early to get your hopes up…