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An Epic 3rd Season that makes this show one of the greatest of all time.
I have just finished the third season of Daredevil on Netflix and despite the recent contorversy with the Marvel netflix shows, this show has always been fantastic and this seaosn continues the phenomenal consistency of this show. The premsie of the season sees after the events of the Defenders, Matt Murdock is recovering from his injuries when Wilson Fisk makes a deal with the FBI to be released from prison. Charlie Cox is once again back as Matt Murdock/Daredevil and I think this might be his best performance as the character, he adds so much depth to the character this seaosn that makes him even more interesting to watch. He sells the action scenes superbly and makes him seem more human even though he clearly is unique. The Supporting Cast is also fantastic, Vincent Donofrio reprises his role as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin and he was the absolutle perfect choice for this role and has added more depth to this character then I ever imagined was possible. Deborah Ann Woll has become a bit of an annoyance as a character but I thought she was better fleshed out this season and less of a presense and fit in better. Elden Henson is back as Foggy Nelson and he does a really good job this season with a more unique story arc that actually had me interested in the character. Jay Ali plays a new character called agent Nadeem and I thought his character was a good addition, he is an FBI Agent who is clearly conflicted over the operation with Fisk. But the new showstealer was Wilson Bernthal as Dex a mysterious FBI Agent that has so much depth to him to probably make him the most interesting character on this show. The story is really interesting seeing how Fisk operates and seeing Matt's struggle with being Daredevil was really compelling stuff building to a great conclusion that fit all the characters perfectly. The script had some great dialogue, the dramatic dialogue was done really well to get over the seriousness of the situation that Daredevil is in. Also the use of humour is actually used pretty well in this season and this helped the flow of the show. The style of the show is incredible, the action sequences are absolutely breathtaking, they are so fluid and feel real and makes the characters come across as street level characters not crazy superpowered characters which really works for me. Overall this season is absolutely epic and if you like great tv then this must be seen and I hope the future for this show is more positive then some of the other Marvel Netflix shows.
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
A good Stylish film
This film has a pretty big a list cast in it so I gave this film a watch and there is a lot of good things about this film though it falls short of being a truly great film. The premise of the film sees 7 people converge on the El Royale Hotel with their own secrets and agendas. Jeff Bridges is the main character in this film and is also probably the most interesting character in this film, he delivers a quality performance like you would expect from him. Cynthia Ervio is most definitely the surprise performance in the film as she does a great job, her singing is extremely moving and beautiful and really adds something to this film. Jon Hamm and Chris Hemsworth are in this film and do really good jobs, Hemsworth owns the scenes he is in and adds something fresh into the last act. Dakota Johnson is in the film and she does a decent job in the film though she doesn't really stand out. The story has some real intrigue to it as you try and piece together what is exactly going on, however, this film's plot is very convoluted and feels like it is this way just to show how smart it could be. There are certain things in this film that aren't really explained as this film crams so much into it. The script has some decent heart felt moments in it that helps build the characters in this film, but the humor is attempted and just doesn't really work at all. The style is clear to see as the time period is very flashy and the way the film is structured is very reminiscent of a tarantino film just without the polish that he had. The film drags quite a bit and feels really long which hurts the overall quality of the film. Overall this is a decent film that deserves a watch but probably won't be a particularly remembered film.
An average waste of potential
Now I am a big fan of the character of Venom but when I heard that this film was going to be made and it wasn't linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Spider-Man I was worried. Though this film will not go down as one of the worst comic book films ever it certainly won't be remembered particularly fondly either. The premise of the film sees a down on his luck reporter uncover a huge story but gets infected by an alien Parasite. Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock and Venom in this film and he does a great job and is easily the best part of this film, he sells the split personality really well and just delivers a performance of high quality. The character of Venom is surprisingly interesting and actually a bit funnier then expected. However, the supporting cast is very small and just not interesting at all, Michelle Williams plays Hardy's ex in the film and I just didn't buy the chemistry between the two of them and didn't care about what was going on between them. Riz Ahmed plays the villain in this film and he is just horribly boring in this film, his character is just so cliche and by the numbers that he isn't a credible threat at all. When Hardy isn't on screen you just don't care about any of the other characters in the film. The story is interesting in the sense of the relationship of Eddie and the Symbiote and how that progresses in the film. But due to the circumstances the origin of Venom is changed up for this film and it is just very dull and it doesn't do a good enough job to make you care. The script actually has some funny scenes in it and the dialogue between Venom and Eddie is fun to watch, but there is no doubt some cheesy lines in the film and the drama never really hits the level that it really should. The style of the film is a mixed bag, Venom itself look really good with his CGI, however, the action scenes especially towards the end of the film is really hard to follow due to the amount of CGI. Also the pacing of this film is not very good, the first 30 mins of the film are not very good at all and it hurts the overall film. Overall this film is better then i thought it would be but it isn't worth a watch unless you are a big Venom fan.
A great first season that improves over the season
I have just finished the first season of Krypton and as a big DC Comic fan I had interest in this show as it shows a setting we don't have much experience with. This was a great first season that helped build this mythos that can be improved even more in future seasons. The premise of the season sees Superman's Grandfather Seg-El having to deal with life as a refugee on Krypton, until he receives a message from the future that gives him a purpose. Cameron Cruffe plays Seg-El and he does a good job. At first I thought he came across as quite stoic but as the season progressed I became more invested in his character and I really liked his progression as a character over the season. The supporting cast is also really good, the standout in my opinion was former Arrow actor Colin Salmon in a role I will not spoil if you do not already know. He has a really interesting dynamic on the show and I liked how his character interacted with the other characters. Georgina Campbell plays Lyta-Zod and she does a good job in her role, similar to Seg her character is quite bland at first but she grows well over the season with some intriguing twists and turns involved. Shaun Sipos plays Adam Strange and his character was a nice change up from the rest of the cast, his journey is an important one and it shows that this b-list character can be well done if given the chance. Ann Ogbomo plays Jayna-Zod and she had some time and effort put into her character that made her interesting and her dynamic with Lyta is a highlight of the season. Braniac is the main villain of the first season and even though he doesn't have much screen time he was always a presence and in the back of each characters mind. When he does turn up his look is fantastic, like it has been ripped directly from the comic books. The story of the show is very intriguing and unique, seeing these different story arcs coming together comes across very well. It keeps the show moving in different directions that makes each episode a must watch. The script has some decent drama in it that makes you care about the characters and the plight that they are in. However, there are time where it comes across as a bit forced and the elements of humor really don't come across well and feel out of place. The style of the show is grand in scope, the CGI for the citys is fantastic and way more then i expected for a tv show. But they really need to improve the quality of the action scenes for next season, there are just too many cuts in the fight scenes and usually the lighting makes it difficult to understand what is going on. Overall this is a very impressive first season of this show which should be seen by DC fans and casuals alike as it has things for everybody.
Iron Fist (2017)
A good much improved 2nd season
I was one of the many who criticized the 1st season of Iron Fist, but I have finished the 2nd season of the show and even though it isn't one of the stronger Marvel Netflix shows it definitely has improved. The premise of the season sees a figure from Danny Rand's past come back to New York to attempt to claim the Iron Fist. Finn Jones is back as Danny Rand/Iron Fist and I would say this is his best performance as the character, though it still lacks something. His annoying personality is changed this season and he is quite a bit more likable in the role, and he is much better in the action scenes then he was before. But he still just lacks charisma, compared to the other heroes he just is more boring and you can find it hard to end up rooting for him really. The supporting cast makes up for it though, Jessica Henwick is back as Colleen Wing and in my opinion she is the true standout for this season. her character arc is better then Danny's in my opinion and that is what hurts his character a bit. But she is great in the role and nails it in all the action scenes. It is also nice to see Simone Missick make the crossover to this show and her relationship with Colleen is a really strong part of the season. Also back is Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum and he is much improved this season with a really good arc. He is also the character who has the best chemistry with Danny all season. Alice Eve debuts as a character called Mary and i won't go into much depth about her character but she was a big positive this season and is probably the most interesting part of the season. However, I didn't really care about the characters of Joy Meachum and Davos. These antagonists are just not an interesting part of the season, Joy was boring last season and she just hasn't been improved at all with her character just being plain annoying. Also on paper Davos should have been an interesting opposite to Danny but he has even less charisma then Danny. He is so stoic and dull with very little build to their past which hurt his character. The story of the season has a few good story arcs especially for the supporting characters that I found interesting to watch. It also should be praised for its gutsy conclusion which changes the status quo in a huge way. But as mentioned before the rivalry between Danny and Davos isn't executed well enough and it just doesn't hit the emotional level that it really should. The script is better then last season with some decent drama, especially between Danny and Colleen which helps build their relationship. But it still isn't that good and the humor when used is pretty poor and misused. The style though is hugely improved, the action scenes are so much better this season with much better choreography and camera work then the previous season. Also the fact that this season has only 10 episodes in it which really helps with the pacing issues of previous Marvel Netflix shows. Overall this season is a positive step and worth a watch, hopefully with an even larger improvement in the future.
The Other Man (2008)
An above average thriller that deserves a bit more praise.
This film has a decent lead cast so I gave it a watch and even though this film has a terrible rating on this website, I actually think this film is okay. It is no classic but it is definitely not a terrible film in my opinion. The premise of the film sees a man find out that while travelling his wife had an affair, he goes on the hunt to find this man. Liam Neeson plays the lead in this film and he is great as you would expect. He adds the aggressive nature that you would expect from a person that is in his situation but you totally support him because he is so good in this film. Antonio Banderas is really good in this film, as he sells this slimy character who also is hard to totally go against as he isn't a terrible person. Laura Lilley is very good in this film aswell, she adds good parts to her role without having lots of screen time. But there is a pretty poor performance from Neeson's daughter in the film, I didn't care about her character at all and I felt her delivery didn't really work. The story isn't the most unique and you have seen it all before, but I liked the way it came across especially with an interesting twist about 3/4's of the way for the film. However, I felt like the payoff wasn't there and while logical was just a bit more boring then I wanted. The script had some decent drama in it, that when used felt very real. But I felt like it could have gone even further in its execution also the humor didn't really work in this film. The style of the film in the 2nd half of the film worked as it kept me on my toes and made me interested in what was going to happen. Though the pacing of this film isn't particularly good and the first half of the film feels incredibly slow. Overall this is an okay suspense film but if you haven't seen it then there isn't much need to rush and see it.
The Predator (2018)
An Average disappointing reboot
With the last Predator film being 8 years old now, I am hardly surprised that another film in this franchise has been made but it is just very forgettable and wasn't really worth making. The premise of the film sees a group of Soldiers attempting to stop a Conflict between Predators that could spell the end for humanity. Boyd Holbrook plays the lead in this film and I didn't find his character very interesting. He delivers a good performance when it comes to being a tough grizzled soldier as he sells that pretty well. However, he has absolutely no charisma or charm about his character to make you truly care about him or the situation that he is put in. The supporting cast is a bit of a mixed bag, Trevante Rhodes actually does a pretty decent job in this film as he has the best interactions with Holbrook and is pretty fun to watch. Thomas Jane and Keegan-Michael Keene end up giving fun performances, even after a sloppy start where they came across as annoying. But the rest of the cast are not so good, Olivia Munn as a Scientist comes across as trying too hard, plus it is never explained how she has any combat experience in this film and we are meant to just accept it. Sterling K Brown is a really annoying business man that just feels like an added plot point to make this film longer then 45 minutes. The rest of the team are underutilized to with the talented Alfie Allen sparingly used in the film. When it comes to the Predators themselves they weren't particularly interesting or unique to make me question certain things that are going on with their species. The story is incredibly bland, it is basically just a hunt and while that worked for the original film, this film doesn't have the entertaining characters to make it work. The last act of the film is just incredibly forgettable with the ending being really poor. The script has some okay humor, especially as the film goes on where i did chuckle a couple of times. But the humor at the beginning of the film really fell flat and the dramatic stakes never hit me like I feel like it maybe should have. The style of the film though is pretty awesome, the gore is here to the extreme and it is highly entertaining to watch The Predator destroy a bunch of red shirts in the most unique and destructive ways possible. Overall this film has some good parts in it, with potential for a great franchise but there needs to be heavy improvements to make it better then this film.
An Epic behind the scenes look at one of the best Premier League Teams of all time
I will state that I am a massive Football fan so I was fascinated to watch this behind the scenes look at Manchester City's 2017-2018 Season, also I will stress that I am not a Manchester City fan so this is coming from a neutral. If you are a football fan then you will find the interactions in the dressing room come across as great insights into how a team interact before, during and after games. This is helped by the excellent narrating by Sir Ben Kingsley that adds to the gravitas of the show and how the drama is built. Everyone on this show comes across as completely genuine whether it is Captain Vincent Kompany, Manager Pep Guardiola or just a kit man. As a person involved in the tactical side of football seeing a genius like Guardiola work is fascinating and gives me a greater perception on why he is the best manager in the world at the moment. This is one of the harder shows I have ever had to review but I am a huge football fan and loved it so if you have any interest in football or sport I would recommend giving this show a watch.
A below average unique film
This film was getting a bit of a buzz about it so I gave it a watch and even though I didn't hate this film as much as the critics I agree that this film is a bit of a mess. The premise of this film sees a waitress and a English Teacher caught in the middle of a criminal plot. Margot Robbie plays the lead in this film and she does a good job, she is an actress that is growing so much and being consistent with her performances. She delivers a mystery to her character and intrigue that works well, however, I feel like this is the first performance I have seen from her where she goes too far over the top at times and it is awkward to watch. Simon Pegg is in this film and I feel like he was a shining light in this film, he has totally transformed as an actor and become a great presence on screen and I liked the scenes between him and Robbie. But the rest of the cast are just poor, the two hitmen are just ridiculously over the top and feel as cliche as you can get and Mike Myers gives a laughably bad performance. The story is pretty hard to follow, towards the end there are some twists some i liked some i didn't like. This film tries to do so much and it feels like overall it is just ridiculous and not good. The script is just really poor, it feels like they just wanted to just fit as many twists and turns in the film as they can without much reason for it. The style is very vivid and bright and it is cool at times to watch, but it does feel like just nice painting over poor quality. The layout of the story is set in a Guy Ritchie or Quentin Tarantino style but done by a much poorer director and it is clear that they couldn't get the most out of this style. Overall this is a below average film that will only be remembered for the crazy twists that take place and nothing else.
A poor generic Action film
I like some of the actors that are in this film so I was bored and gave this film a watch, but I feel like I wasted my time. The premise of the film sees a group of Swat Cops have to deal with an invasion of a training facility. Dominic Purcell plays the lead in this film and he does a decent job in the role, he is good in these action roles especially when it comes to the action scenes. But his character just has very little about him, at the beginning of the film they teased some things but they never follow up on it and it takes away from what could have been an interesting protagonist. The supporting cast doesn't have much to it, Stephen Lang is a decent bad guy and does a decent job here, even though his character doesn't have particularly interesting motivations. Danny Glover also does a decent job in his role even though it isn't that large. The rest though are not so good, Vinnie Jones is given very little to work with and it doesn't give him enough to give a fun performance. Cody Hackman as a film star stuck with Purcell really annoyed me in this film, he was just so annoying to watch and I never cared about him one bit. The rest of the SWAT team were just generic and paled in comparison to Purcell. The story is incredibly bland and boring, there is no drama and predictable twists, this film's plot belonged in a generic video game let alone a movie. The script has nothing to it and it was clear dialogue was not an important part of the making of this film. The style of this film has a few decent action scenes that actually feel pretty real, but there was also action scenes that were poorly edited. The lighting was a bit off and the cuts made it hard to follow what was going on the majority of the time. Overall this is a really forgettable action film and one that I doubt very many people have seen or need to see.
Christopher Robin (2018)
A great feel good family film
I grew up as a kid with The Winnie the Pooh cartoon so when I heard about this film I had a real interest and this film is just a really good feel good film with an important message especially for families. The premise of the film sees a grown up Christopher Robin tracked down by Winnie the Pooh to help find their friends. Ewan McGregor plays Christopher Robin and I thought he did a great job. He has a really tough job as he has to come across as quite a miserable character that you aren't meant to root for but he is just such a likeable actor. His journey throughout the film though cliche is really well done and feels appropriately done. The supporting cast is great Hayley Atwell plays Robin's wife and I thought she does a good job in the film, she just fits this role very well and I liked her and McGregor's chemistry in this film. I thought the actress that played their daughter also did a really good job especially for a child actress. All the favorite characters are back and I really liked the portrayals of all of them, Tigger, Piglet, Eyore are all really well achieved. But the standout of this film has to be Jim Cummings voicing Winnie The Pooh, this was the perfect portrayal of this iconic character. He is just ridiculously lovable and charming, His role in the film is perfect and I truly loved this character. The story has a great message about growing up, and living life to the full that can be great for young children and family. However, this film is incredibly predictable and cliche and to watch this film as an adult it is clear to see and hurts the overall flow of the film. The script has some really charming humor in it that is fun especially with these iconic characters. Also when used the drama actually has some importance to it and works well. The style has some really well done designs especially for Winnie The Pooh. However, I didn't like the design of Tigger as it isn't orange enough which just didn't fit with me . Overall this is a great feel good film that should be watched especially by young kids.
Luke Cage (2016)
A great second season that is a slight improvement on the first season
I really enjoyed the first season of Luke Cage, but after the last few Netflix series I wasn't sure if season 2 could live up to how good it could be but I am happy to report it is a very good season and a slight improvement on the first season. The premise of the season sees Luke Cage a superstar after saving Harlem, but a mysterious figure from the past has returned with revenge on his mind. Mike Colter is back as Luke Cage and he he totally owns the role, he is very likable but also does a great job of raising the intensity when it requires. He is one of the better developed heroes of the Marvel Netflix series. The supporting cast is large but overall great, Simone Missick is back as Detective Misty Knight and fresh off the events of the Defenders her character has to go through some really tough times and you feel sorry for her character but you want to see her succeed. Alfre Woodard reprises her role as Mariah Dillard and she is much more aggressive this season, though I thought her character went through some interesting depth to make her a good adversary, even though at times she is clearly overacting and it gets quite annoying. Theo Rossi as Shades was a decent character in the first season but was really improved this season, his character is given more moral decisions to make and it makes him a more complete character. A new villain called Bushmaster turns up and I really liked his character, even though he goes about things in a questionable way you could find arguments for him doing the right thing in his mind which i found very compelling. The story of the season deals with more shades of grey then the first season, it is interesting seeing Luke trying to save Harlem without compromising himself. Also the supporting cast all have interesting arcs that makes the feel of this show never really slow down as you are interested in pretty much everything. However, I was disappointed in the conclusion of Bushmaster's story arc, no spoilers but I felt that it didn't do the character justice. The script had some really good drama in it, that raises the stake of this season and adds to the depth of the characters. However, this sacrifices the humor that was more present in the first season, which makes this feel like a very dark show to watch without much rest time. The style of the show has really improved though, the action scenes are more fluid an impressive. The stakes are raised but not too high to make it unbelievable for this show. Overall I really enjoyed this season of Luke Cage and feel like this is one character who has an interesting future.
The Darkest Minds (2018)
A Below Average Young Adult Novel Film
I saw the trailer for this film and I had some intrigue for it, but overall I felt that this was a disappointing film that could have hit a higher level of quality throughout. The premise of this film sees the majority of children killed by a disease, with the remaining kids having powers. A uniquely gifted girl leads a group of friends to try and evade the government. The main girl I thought did a decent job in her role, her character power is interesting and allows the character to be put through interesting scenarios. However, I found her character to be pretty generic. She is viewed above the rest of the cast and it just feels very similar to the rest of these female protagonists that doesn't do much to break the status quo. There is a supporting character called Chubbz and he is easily the best character with the best lines and actually added some life to this film. Though I thought the rest of the cast were very lacklustre, the paper thin romance, silent ally and generic villain don't add enough to the film to truly make you care. Also, if you heard Gwendoline Christie is in the movie don't get your hopes up as she is nothing more then a cameo. The story is nothing special and is things you have seen before, especially if you have ever seen any of the Divergent films. But this film has a pretty powerful ending that I actually thought worked quite well and made the journey a bit worthwhile. The script had some pretty decent humour in it, especially from Chubzz, the drama is okay at times, but too much does it feel like a soap opera and too ridiculous to really get invested. The style of the film is as generic as you could imagine, even the powers that are on display are things that we have seen in other films that handled it better. Overall this isn't a film that is totally terrible, but it also so forgettable that it won't be remembered in an way really which makes it a film you can easily skip.
An Epic really powerful film
This film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2016 and I have been told to watch Spotlight ever since and I have now had the chance to do this and this is truly one of the best and one of the most important films I have ever seen. The premise of this film sees a group of Boston reporters looking into possible misdoings from priests at the Catholic Church. The main star in this film is that of Mark Ruffalo and this is probably the best I have ever seen him, he sinks his teeth into this role and you can really believe that he is a journalist. It's also fascinating seeing his characters journey throughout the film and you just want to root for him all the way through. The rest of the cast is amazing too, Michael Keaton plays the head of the team and he continues his career renaissance by delivering a great performance full of depth and intrigue. Rachel McAdams is a great actress and she totally nails it in this film, her character has a good story in the film and it's great to see her given as important a role in this film as the male reporters in the story. Liev Schreiber is known for playing very powerful physical performances but he plays the new head of the globe and he gave a truly unique great performance that I wasn't sure that he was capable of. Other great performances come from Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, John Slattery and Jamey Sheridan who add so much to their smaller roles and really gave this film an overall sense of realism. The story of this film is so interesting with this group of journalists going on a hunt for this story. It deals with a ton of sensitive and important moments but it kept me interested and intrigued throughout. The script deals with its dramatic dialogue very respectfully and appropriately which makes it comes across as quite naturally. Also the little bits of humour made these characters feel like real people and not just characters that are in a movie. The style of the film is so tense and on edge that you don't know what the next twist is going to be and it always keeps you on your toes. Overall this is truly a special film that I feel should be seen by everybody to truly appreciate what films are about.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
A fantastic sequel that improves this franchise
I really enjoyed the first Ant-Man film but you could tell their was a few issues behind the scenes as it didn't really stand out me too much. However, this film has been plain sailing and I feel like they produced a fantastic more fun Marvel film. The premise sees set after Captain America Civil War Scott Lang is on house arrest and is not the Ant-Man, until he is tracked down by Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym for a new mission. Paul Rudd has really had a great career renaissance recently and I stand by the fact that he was the perfect pick for Scott Lang/Ant-Man. He is just ridiculously likeable and relatable that makes it really easy to root for him as a hero. For fans of female superheroes, Evangeline Lilly becomes the Wasp in this film and I feel like she was really good in the role. I really liked the dynamic between her and Rudd and how they learned different things from each other as it allowed them to feel like more of a real partnership in this film. Plus she really stood out in the action scenes and provided the best fight scenes in the film. Michael Douglas was always a great choice as Hank Pym and he once again does a great job in this film as this character, there is a ton of history to his role and he totally nails the depth of Pym. Laurence Fishburne plays Dr Bill Foster and I really liked the depth of this character in this film, his character goes through great development in this film and it made him a really interesting character in the film. I am also happy to report that this film has a really interesting and strong villain in this film, Hannah John-Kamen plays Ghost in the film and I thought she was a great villain. She has a unique power and it is used well in the action scenes, also her motivations are totally understandable and relatable to make you sympathise for her as a character. Also Michael Pena is back as Luis and brings a lot of fun, charm and charisma to his role that worked once again in this film. The story deals with the aftermath of Civil War so our heroes are on the run for pretty much the whole film and it keeps the pace moving fast and the action also being fast. As mentioned before the villain ahs a great story and I really liked how it was incorporated with our heroes story to provide some real moral shades of grey. However, I feel like some of the supporting stories were weak, especially between Walter Goggins and Michael Pena which felt like it was so long and overbearing at times which did hurt the overall flow of the film. The script had some really good humour in it that did keep making me laugh throughout the film, though there was some well done pieces of drama that pushed this movie even higher up in my opinion. The style of the film brings great action scenes with a very unique diversity to it that allows the action scenes to feel fresh and fun. Also the film has the perfect run time which makes it a very easy watch. Overall Ant-Man and The Wasp is a fantastic sequel that should be seen especially if you are a fan of the marvel films, and make sure you don't leave straight away after the film.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013)
An epic season 5 that makes this the strongest comic book show on TV
I would never have believed back when this show started that 5 seasons later this show would be as good as it is and easily be the show I look forward to watching every week the most. The premise of the season sees the majority of the Shield team stuck in space trying to find out what has happened to them and a way for them to get back to Earth. Clark Gregg is back as Phil Coulson and he is truly great in this role, he encapsulates the show very well when you consider how much his character has developed since the first Iron Man film. He just fits the role so well and I find his character to be our eyesight into this show. Also Chloe Bennet is a key role as Daisy Johnson, she plays a big role throughout this season trying to become a more prominent leader but fearing what her powers could do which is unique to her performance. The rest of the crew are back and all do a great job, I especially found Mack and Yo-Yo's relationship great to watch as there characters get much more to work with and much more complexity to it. All the villainous characters were really well realised aswell, with a surprise villain really being well portrayed later in the season. The story is so large in scale this season, with the team spending time in space and involving time travel, it is great to see these characters deal with these different circumstances and settings. Similar to last season the multiple story arcs are all really strong and help keep this season feeling fresh. The script has some great humour in it but surprisingly some really deep drama that had me close to tears at certain points especially as the season was reaching its conclusion. The style of the show has more sci fi\horror elements to it and I felt it freshened the show up well. Also with a later time slot the action is more graphic and violent that separates this from the majority of comic book shows. Overall this show is so exciting and fun to watch that for any Marvel fan it is easily a must watch.
A Great fun action packed film
I think as they have gone on these Mission Impossible films have just got better and better and even though I don't feel like this is the best film in the franchise it is still a great action film that is above the majority of its competition. The premise of the film sees Ethan Hunt and his IMF team have to go after missing Plutonium that could cause damage to the entire world. Tom Cruise has done a great job with the character of Ethan Hunt over the years and he commits once again to give a truly great performance as this character. He is an action star that always gives his all and this film is no different with some crazy action scenes that also made his character feel as human as they possibly can in this film. I also liked seeing the moral dilemma's that he had to go through as it made his character more complex and easier to root for. The supporting cast is mostly back and do a great job, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames have great synergy together and they provide more of the humour filled moments of the film but while remaining serious characters as well. back from the last film is Rebecca Ferguson and she has her own quest in this film and it comes across very well and she comes across as much more then a damsel in distress for Cruise. Alec Baldwin isn't in this film as much as the previous one but does such a good job when he is on screen that it reminds you just how good an actor he really is. Henry Cavill joins the team in this film and he fills his role well, I found that him and Cruise had a pretty good chemistry about them and it made their arc in the film feel more natural. The story as mentioned before deals with a few moral dilemmas and I thought that overall the were well handled and interesting. I just found the main plot to be pretty generic and dull, there are these characters introduced that could have been cut out of the film completely and it would have been no different. Plus the big twist in the film is easy to read from a mile away and won't surprise you one bit. The script is really good, with the drama working when necessary and also the little bits of humour being used effectively to add layers to these characters. The style of this film visually is great with so many amazing action set pieces and hand to hand action scenes. There are plenty that stand out and make this such a fun film to watch. However, this film in my opinion is too long, I feel like this film would have been so much better if it was just a bit shorter as it really is hard to stay engaged for the whole movie. Overall I really enjoyed this movie and feel that if you like action films this is a must watch for you.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
A fantastic sequel that is well worth the wait
The first incredibles film is one of my favourite films of all time and I can't believe we have had to wait 15 years for a sequel but we have finally been given it and if you are a fan of the first film you will enjoy this film, hopefully as much as I did. The premise of the film sees being a superhero made illegal, elastigirl is sent out to give supers a better outlook while Mr incredible is left to look after the kids. I think Craig T Nelson and Holly hunt are perfect as the roles of Mr incredible and elastigirl respectively, I love the reverse roles they are put in this film and how their characters deal with certain situations is just so fitting of their characters. The rest of the family are back and Jack jack steals the show in this film as he starts to discover his powers and it is just hilarious to watch. Dash and violet are fun in the roles given to them but they fade into the background at times in this film. Samuel l Jackson reprises his role as frozone and he isn't in this film as much as you want him to be but he is great when he is on screen. The villain though doesn't provide much intrigue to me and I feel like they weren't an important part of this film. The story is interesting and deals with some themes that are pretty mature and seemingly reacting to the huge explosion of superhero films in the media today. However, the biggest negative in this film is the plot twist involving the villain. I predicted the twist straight away and it didn't come across particularly well at all. The script has the likeable humour from the first film and some great drama that adds to the complexity of these heroes and there lifestyles. The style of the film has some great action set pieces involved that really grew in stature as the film progresses. Also this film moves quickly and flows really well to keep you interested throughout. Overall this is a fantastic sequel that is worthy of the wait and definitely worth a watch.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
An average ultimatley disappointing thriller
I have been anticipating this film for quite some time, after the first Sicario film I was really looking forward to see Benicio Del Torro's character Alejandro given the spotlight this time. However, this film lacks the intrigue of the first and ultimately is a pretty boring film. The premise of the film sees after a terrorist attack, the US Government send a team into Mexico to attempt to take down these Cartels. As mentioned before this film gives Benicio Del Torro the lead and he does a great job, he plays this merciless killer incredibly well but he also adds humanity to the role that I don't feel too many people could. When it comes to others in this film, 2018 will be remembered as the year of Josh Brolin and he once again does a fine job in this film. I really liked his character and how his and del torro's relationship developed in this film and you see how they work together. There is also a young girl in this film and I thought the actress playing her did a really good job in the film and actually added some character to what could have been an irritating performance. Though there is this one young male character that has a story arc and I felt his character was so bland and dull and it really hurt his story arc which ended up being a large part of the film. The story to be honest is the weakest part of this film, it just tries to do too much. There are multiple story arcs going on and they don't always go together smoothly and because of the amount none of them are given enough depth for you to really care about them. Plus I wasn't personally a huge fan of the ending of the film. The script has some decent dramatic dialogue in it that sold how this film deals with a lot of immoral subjects in a very serious way. But when the film attempts humour it just doesn't really work and happens so little that it comes across as forced. The style has some decent action scenes that also deal with high tension, though they never last very long. Also the pacing of this film is pretty weak, it feel like ages between action scenes and makes the film feel longer then it actually is. Overall if you enjoyed the first Sicario you'll enjoy bits of this one but I feel like this one was a big step down in quality.
An average third season of a show that isn't improving
I watch all the shows that are in the arrowverse of the DC TV series so I have now finally finished Supergirl season 3 and I don't think this show is bad it is just so bland and easily the worse of the shows. The premise of the season sees Kara trying to get over the events of the previous season when another being from krypton arrives with a plan for earth. Melissa benoit plays supergirl and she is definitely a good choice for the role and she does personify what I would imagine supergirl to be. It's just the writing for her character isn't particularly strong, she comes across as very whiny and with a bit of a god complex which makes it hard to relate to her from a human level. The supporting cast is back with David Harewood as jonn jonnz and he is great this season, his character arc is easily one of the most interesting over the season and was a main reason I kept watching the show. The characters of winn and Alex also have good story arcs aswell that have a fulfilling conclusion that suits there characters well. However, I felt the villain reign was particularly weak this season with not much to her or an interesting motivation to make her stand out from previous villains. Also lens luthor really started to annoy me this season and she just feels like a worse version of lex luthor at this point. The story of the show overall, is pretty weak as mentioned it just doesn't grip me as much as I feel like it should have due to some of the story arcs. Though I was heavily impressed by jonn jonnz story arc and it on its own saved the overall story to me and added lots of emotional depth to the show. The script has some decent dramatic dialogue that at times really did work especially at the tail end of the season. But especially at the start of the season the cheesy humour was still there and it really didn't work for me because the writing just wasn't strong enough for the majority of characters. The style of the show deals with some interesting social matters and I actually found them interesting but they wasn't used enough. Also I feel like this is easily the weakest show for action scenes as they seem very clunky and slow which makes these characters look like the weakest of this universe, even though supergirl should be the strongest. Overall supergirl is a show that just doesn't do it for me and it isn't really worth much of a watch unless you're committed to this overall universe like I am.
An average teen angst series
When it comes to marvel studios I will pretty much watch anything they make so I have now watched the runaways and this was just a pretty bland nothing show. The premise of the show sees a group of teenagers find out a secret about their parents and look to investigate further. Now the main characters are these unknown teen actors and the acting and their characters are very mixed amongst all of them. They all have good moments as a cast that at times allows you to buy into their situation. But there is also times of bad cheesy acting that comes across as the work of inexperienced performers. The more interesting characters were that of the parents who for the most part deliver strong performances even though I do question some of their character traits as the season progresses. Also credit to Julian mcmahon who does a good job in his role when on screen. The story of this show is relatively interesting as you see these kids investigating their shady parents who you realise are more layered then the show sometimes gives them credit for. However, this season of this show has absolutely no pay off and it just feels like a big setup for when there is a season 2 where they will deliver on all the promises made this season. The script has some decent dramatic exchanges that really delivers the hostility very well, but as mentioned some of it comes across as overly cheesy and very drab especially when in the humour department. The style of the show has some decent effects in it and I felt like especially in the 2nd half of the show they left the school drama behind which I appreciated. But there was also some bad CGI at times, and I feel like this show could really have done with a few more episodes to deliver a satisfying first season. Overall this is an average show that if you're a big marvel fan you might enjoy otherwise it isn't really worth your time.
A great sixth season
Arrow has been one of my favourite shows over the last six years and I have just finished the sixth season of the show and it was good until the season finale that really worked for me, making this a great season of the show. The premise of the season sees Team Arrow having to deal with a new group of enemies looking to take over Star City. Stephen Amell is known for playing Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow and he does a great job this season especially in the Oliver Queen role. I reckon he could play The Green Arrow in his sleep, but he really had to add depth and complexity to the role of Oliver this season. After the events of last season he is given a different outlook on life and it really works for this season. The supporting cast is incredibly large this season an to be honest I feel like not all of the characters were handled appropriately. Two I really liked were Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lane, after the events of last season the dynamic between these two changed significantly and it was one of the best parts of this season and this was down to the strength of the performers. I also liked Kirk Avecado's performance as the villain Ricardo Diaz, even though I found his character to be pretty generic I thought he bought the most out of the character. But then I felt like some of the other characters were annoying, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak has been annoying to different degrees over the last few years and overall this season I found her okay but at times those moments came out and it hurt certain elements of the show. Also the other members of the team have a significant story arc and overall I didn't care about them or what they were doing. The story goes along and there are some interesting stories seeing the good guys trying to take down these villains, but the season finale raised the personal stakes of the story and the payoff for a long season. However, during the season there was just story arcs I didn't really care about certain elements of the story that hurt the show overall. The script was very good this season, with this being a darker show it has less humour but when used it works well. The drama was handled very well this season and as the season went on the better it went. The style of the show has always been really good, with some amazing hand to hand combat action scenes that really brings you into this darker world in this now large universe. Overall this is once again a very enjoyable season of Arrow and one that deserves a watch if you are a fan of this show.
The Flash (2014)
A good Fourth season that tries something new
The Flash has always been an enjoyable watch for me, especially with the first couple of seasons being fantastic. However, this show has fallen in its quality but I did still enjoy season 4, but improvements need to be made for next season. The premise of the season sees Team Flash attempt to rescue Barry Allen from the Speed Force to take down The Thinker. Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen/The Flash and he is still great in the role, he is a very likeable character but he really had to do a good job with the drama being given to him and he excels in this role. The supporting cast is large this season and definitely a mixed bag, Carlos Valdez/Vibe is easily one of the highlights of the show, he is such a positive character and I really enjoy the life that he brings to the show. Tom Cavanaugh is back as Harry Wells form Earth 2 and he has a really good arc for the season, I love the fact that his character is so different from the other versions of the character he has played. Credit has to go to Neil Sandilands who plays Clifford Devoe/The Thinker, he does a great job as a different type of villain this season, though I do wish he had more screen time as in the middle of the season he isn't as involved as I wanted. Unfortunately there was some negatives, this was the season where Candice Patton as Iris West became incredibly annoying and similar to Felicity in season 3 of Arrow. She was just annoying to watch and I hated the writing of the character to at times try and make her more important then Barry. I still like Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost but her character was also written pretty poorly and I didn't like her character's growth this season. This season introduced the character of Ralph Dibny played by Hartley Sawyer and I really didn't like his performance. It was overly cheesy and messy as his character's tone changes from episode to episode and he just felt like an annoying distraction this season. The story of this season is interesting as you see this interesting villain and how The Flash and the team have to deal with him, especially with some ways they deal with this. However, this season attempts so much that it can be hard to track what exactly has been achieved throughout the season. Also I felt that this was the weakest season when it came to emotional stakes, and I felt that this season didn't really provide the emotional consequences that previous seasons have. The script was actually really good this season, the humour was there as you would expect from this show. But the actors did a good job in selling the drama, even though I didn't really care much for I can't deny that at times it did really worked. The style of the show is quite grand this season, it tries new unique action scenes that at times do really work. However, I feel like at times the CGI looked a bit cheap and didn't deliver as much as previous seasons have. Overall this season was the weakest yet but is definitely worth a watch if you are a fan of this show.
A Great suprisingly fun comedy
This film had some real buzz about it but I have now finally seen Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this film. The premise of the film sees four teenagers get sucked into the Jumanji video game they have to complete the game as their new avatars. Dwayne Johnson plays the lead in this film and he is really good, he is just really good in these comedic roles. I liked how his avatar character was different to his real world character and how they played that off in this movie to ensure this was a slightly different performance for The Rock. I have been a huge fan of Kevin Hart for years and even though he basically plays himself in every film role I really liked his character in the film. He is the hyper member of the team and I loved seeing his energy on screen, his character is just involved in so many funny moments. Karen Gillan is in this film and she does a good job, she plays the tough female character well and I felt like she worked well for this film. To me though the standout of this film had to be Jack Black, his avatar is of a teenage girl and I feel like he was the only person who could have played this role. He is Jack Black but acts like a girl so well you would feel like he does it every day of his life. Also credit should go to Joe Jonas who has a smaller role in the film but is one of the most interesting characters in the film. The same though cannot be said about Bobby Cannavale's villain who is just flat out generic and completely pointless. The story is pretty entertaining as you see this group of charming individuals go through this game in many creative environments and fun levels. However, I felt like when the film was in real life I didn't care about the characters or their situations which does hurt the overall quality of the film. . The script has some really funny humour in it, I haven't laughed that much in a while and I felt like the comedy was very natural. Also the use of dramatic dialogue works and adds to some heartfelt moments in the film. The style of the film is great for a fan of games as it has tons of references and stylistic choices relating to video games, the action scenes are decent as well too. Though I believe sometimes the CGI doesn't look particularly well and takes me out of some of the moments. Overall I thought this film was a huge surprise and if you like fun films, this could be a great time.
A below average typical statham film
There are so many Jason statham action films out there that it is crazy, this guy will always have a steady paycheck and that is credit to him. I have just watched Parker and this is one of the more forgettable films he has done for sure. The premise of the film sees a thief with a code betrayed and left for dead, do he has to go after the ones who turned on him. Now Jason statham was okay in this movie because he played the same character that he does in everything so it works in this film. But his character has this code and he just ignores it for the majority of the movie and I just don't understand why you're really meant to root for this guy that much as he isn't shown to be a good person. On the positives Michael chiklis is actually quite entertaining in his role and you can tell he is having fun in this role. But everybody else is just so boring, Jennifer Lopez is a one dimensional character that is as cliché as you can get, same could be said for Bobby canavalle's character and I could barely understand nick nolte half the time he was on screen. The story should have been a simple one of a revenge thriller but it tries to be too much and introduce other plot elements that you just don't care about or want to see in this movie. By the time the film focuses up you will have lost interest in what is going on. The script surprisingly had some decent humour in it, and some one liners that actually worked because of what type of film this is. But the dram is awful, I didn't care when I was supposed to and it hurts the film as it leads to you not really rooting for the characters. The style has some pretty brutal action scenes in it and I liked some of the heist elements of the film. Though I noticed that the editing of some of the fights was really jarring and hard to follow as it cuts so many times. Also the pacing of this film is not good, I would have preferred it to have been easily 15/20 minutes shorter then what it was. Overall safe is another statham movie but unless you are a huge fan of his I reckon this is one to ignore.