“Need anything?” “Equal rights?” – Solo: A Star Wars Story, 2018

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! Sorry I wasn’t around last week, I was writing this post before I went to Serbia, but something came up and messed my whole week up! I completely forgot to finish! Luckily, it’s still in the cinema now, so this topic is still relevant! A couple weeks ago I said I went to the cinema, and it was to see Solo: A Star Wars Story! Long and short, I really liked it. But I shall tell you guys why! Let’s get into this review!

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Artwork for Solo featuring Han Solo, Qi’Ra, Lando and Chewie – Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm Ltd., 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story a stand-alone installment set prior to the events of A New Hope, it explores the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, who also meet a young Lando Calrissian, as they are involved in a heist within the criminal underworld.
It begins in Corellia, where Han originally grew up. Han and his lover Qi’Ra plan an escape off world. Obviously it all ends in disaster, it wouldn’t be a Star Wars movie if it didn’t, but this is where the story starts.
This movie is where we meet, not only Han Solo, but Lando and Chewie for the first time. We understand how their relationships started – why Lando is so standoffish with Han, but also respects him. How Chewie and Han became friends. And how the Millenium Falcon came to be in Han’s shady but capable hands.

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The Millenium Falcon, alongside a tonne of other space junk – Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm Ltd., 2018

The women in this movie are amazing. My favourite robot was in this movie. L3-37 (yes, her names spells LEET, and yes I said her!) is a sassy, takes no prisoners kind of character. She 100% rules over Lando, and doesn’t let him take any kind of advantage of her. She’s absolutely amazing, and one of the main reasons to go see this film! She’s played by FleaBag (also known as Phoebe Waller-Bridge). I spent a long time trying to figure out who on earth she was just by the voice. I was shocked it was her. I know her from BBC3 tv shows and the occasional advert, so props to her for getting herself into Hollywood!
Qi’Ra is also amazing. She’s very straightforward and refuses to be taken for granted. Imagine Han Solo as we know him, but female and probably much more ruthless. Very much out to save herself, and doesn’t care (or tries not to care) about other people’s feelings. She’s incredible, and played amazingly by Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame.
I wasn’t very keen on the casting of Han but did really like the casting of Lando. Maybe Alden Ehrenreich just needed a movie to get into the role? Who knows. But there’s a whole character now resting on his shoulders!

 

I can’t recommend this movie more. It was up there with Rogue One (2016) for me. I don’t know if I’ve spoken about it before, but I’ve found the new movies (VII and VIII more so) to be awful and are pretty franchise ruin-y for me. The Star Wars stories have been really good so far. Hopefully they’ll not let Ryan Johnson touch them!

Have you seen the new Star Wars movie, Solo? What did you think? What was your favourite and least favourite part/person? What was your verdict on Alden Ehrenreich as Han or Donald Glover as Lando? Did they do a good depiction or not? Leave a comment down below! 

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‘Only best buddies execute pedophiles together.’ – Deadpool 2

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your extra day of weekend! I sure did, which is why this review is out on a Tuesday and not a Monday! I have done a lot of walking, enjoying myself at my local county show, and then going to the cinema. My review of that movie next week. This week is my review of the movie I saw last weekend – Deadpool 2.
Without further ado, review incoming!

 

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Deadpool loves you. – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

Deadpool 2 is the 11th (yes 11th!) installment to the X Men franchise. The storyline for this movie is hilarious, and is as follows, I can’t describe it better than this:

 

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

I don’t know what I can say without giving spoilers so SPOILER WARNING FROM HERE ON OUT! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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The Creation of Deadpool – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

I loved this movie. Every second. Whilst some of the scenes felt a tad rushed (the Xforce bit especially). And sure some of the skits were played for laughs, but it works for a Deadpool movie – it’s meant to be stupid and funny. I actually think it was better than the original movie. This one felt better planned, the jokes were just as funny if not funnier, and there were more characters having to deal with Deadpool’s crap. I would be annoyed to have to deal with him all day too. Domino is a babe, and I love her a lot. She was amazing. Go Domino! Also go Cable, Negasonic, Yukio (Hi Wade! Hi Yukio!) and Firefist! Go team!
Much of the dialogue in Deadpool is ad libbed, which makes the movie funnier in my opinion. Ryan Reynolds has been seen saying that he had many different lines for each joke, and wasn’t burning any film so felt like he could just say lines until one stuck or felt right.
The death of Wade’s girlfriend, Vanessa, was very sad. But hey it’s been all retconned so never mind! (The end credits scenes were probably the best part of the film. Very funny)

The writing out of the X-men from being in the movie was hilarious. They just shut the door on helping him out. Purely ignoring his existence. Very funny. Also means they don’t have to pay lots of money for all of the X-Men for the whole of the film. His X-Men clothing was very funny, the yellow shirt over his uniform, and his call back to his X-Force clothing (white and black) was also very good.

I would really recommend people watch Deadpool 2. Especially if they’ve seen the first. Go watch it. It’s a good 2ish hours of your life.

[Header Image: Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018]

No Review 30/4/18!

Hi everyone! No review this week as I am just finishing with all my assignments and it’s our resident Seb on the Silver Mountain’s and my anniversary weekend, so we’re going to spend it watching films and doing stuff!

Thanks for keeping with me over these few weeks, but I am finally more free to do some reviews! Tune in at the end of the month for a very special review too!

What kind of reviews do you fancy seeing from me in the future? Movies, games or even your fave new authors? Leave a comment down below!

‘ My name is Gene. I’m a MEH emoji.’ – The Emoji Movie, 2017

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? As you guys know, I’m bogged down with a lot of work and assignments, so I will be giving you a short review today. I am someone that works with noise in the background, which means I watch a lot of movies that come out of Sky, Netflix, Amazon or any other streaming site I have a subscription to. I tend to come across a lot of awful movies, and trust me this one is *awful*. Without further ado, here we have The Emoji Movie.

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This was a thing! – The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017

The Emoji Movie is a pile of gar- no wait… I should at least try give you guys a non bias review… at least give this thing a chance…
Let me start over… *clears throat*
The Emoji Movie is an animation, much like any other we see in this day and age, based on the trend of emojis. It is about Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, who decides he needs to set out to become a normal emoji. Gene is an emoji that lives in Textopolis (very hard thinking on this name guys…), a city inside the phone of his user Alex. He is the son of two ‘meh’ emojis (😒) named Mel and Mary, and is able to make multiple expressions despite his parents being singular face emojis. He goes on a mission to make himself a normal emoji, and makes some friends along the way.
Okay, there’s the brief synopsis – I can stop being unbiased now…

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This is so true for this movie… – The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017

I went into this movie with an open mind, I had seen it hadn’t done too well on any of the scoring systems for movies. I tried to get on with this movie. I really did. But…this movie is 2 hours of my life I will never get back. You may say that’s an exaggeration, but I do not. It was awful. It was just painful to watch. I can honestly say it just seemed like an advert for the mobile apps Candy Crush, the match three game, Dropbox, the safe file app and Spotify, the well known music app. It didn’t seem to have a story other than “here’s some huge apps we’re going to show you, because we were paid a lot of money to show them off to you.” I am struggling to find anything good to say. I feel like the actors in this movie were wasted on it. Such big names for something so awful… honestly, it’s a tad depressing. Maybe I only feel this way because I was watching it whilst half asleep, stressed out and missing nearly a pint of blood (I had given blood that morning, and just needed to chill out with a movie.

I’m sorry this review has been so awful! Better thing next week… I promise!

Have you seen The Emoji Movie? What did you think? Hate it or love it? Leave a comment down below! 

 

 

 

 

[Header Image: The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017]

‘I wish somebody spoke his language’ – Isle of Dogs, 2018

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? I am drowning in deadlines, but my library door is always open, so I can’t forget about you all! I’ve been with Seb (@sebonthesilvermountain) this week, and we decided to have a date night. Both of us wanted to see this movie, so after a very filling Wetherspoons we toddled down to his local cinema and cuddled up to watch. Wes Anderson is one of our favourite directors; we both loved The Grand Budapest Hotel and I really liked Fantastic Mr Fox. So, without further ado, here’s our thoughts on Isle of Dogs!

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Cover art for the Dvd box – Isle of Dogs, Fox Searchlight Studios, 2018

Isle of Dogs is a stop motion animation, with an all star cast. Set in a dystopian near-future Japan, the film follows a young boy who goes in search of his dog after the whole species is banished to an island due to an illness outbreak… and the fact that everyone likes cats more. The prologue explains the downfall of dogs and the uprising of cats – dogs were only saved by the daring deeds of a young samurai.
The film is split into acts, four if I remember exactly. Most of the film takes place on an island of trash, just off of the coast of Megasaki City, Kobayashi. The humans speak in their native tongue, and are translated by interpreter, machine or subtitles. The dogs have been pre-translated – it highlights the struggle between man and beast when trying to get them to play fetch. As I said before, it’s got an all star cast. The main dogs are played by names like Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton and Scarlett Johansson, whilst there are human characters played by the likes of Frances McDormand.

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Wes Anderson and his figures – Isle of Dogs, Fox Searchlight Studios, 2018

Overall, I really really enjoyed this film. Like every second of it. I felt like I learned something about the culture of Japan, I found it to be a respectful depiction of such – it wasn’t being forced upon me that this was correct. It also brought up the idea about being environmentally friendly – Trash Island isn’t exactly a sustainable solution. I think it shows Anderson’s worry for the future, a dystopian world who’s leaders get rid of the things that they hate through mass cullings. It shows that if people band together, they can make things better for everyone – and the epilogue shows that. I won’t spoil it for you, you need to go see it for yourself.
The only qualm I had with it was that the man in front was so tall (or I was so short, either way) I struggled to see over his head. It made me remember why I disliked going to the cinema on a regular basis.

Have you seen Isle of Dogs? Do you want to? What’s you views on it’s portrayal of our future? Do you believe we’re heading for a dystopia? What about it’s portrayal of Japan?Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Isle of Dogs, Searchlight Studios, 2018]

‘Relax… this pot is making you aggressive…’ – Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Good morning/afternoon readers! How are we all today? Recovered from the loss of sleep from the clocks going forward? I know I haven’t!
Todays review will be slightly different – I’ve been watching a lot of movies recently, but none of them have been ‘comic book appropriate,’ so I thought screw it, let’s just talk about something I’ve been watching! I mean… at least it’s an adaptation… right? Without further ado, let’s talk about Eyes Wide Shut.

Warning – this review is not for minors, 18+ please! 

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The Movie Poster – Eyes Wide Shut, Warner Bros., 1999

Eyes Wide Shut is an erotic drama (quote wikipedia on that one, not me) based on Traumnovelle (Dream Story); written, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick (fun Kubrick fact – he lived in a manor house incredibly close by to where I am). It was the last movie he ever worked on, making it a pivotal movie for me – I’ve watched a few Kubrick films now, and his style has changed throughout. Like other Kubrick adaptations, this film verges so far from the book it’s barely the same anymore, but significant plot points are not omitted. I find it very interesting that Kubrick hired Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise to be his main characters, these two were a married couple at the time of this film – and definitely adds to the sexual tension of the piece. Throughout, we have callbacks to it’s original setting, with the use of old Victorian buildings etc.
The narrative follows the sexually charged adventures of Bill, a medical doctor , who is shocked when Alice his wife, says she had contemplated having an affair a year earlier – which is shown in the first few moments of the movie. Bill is called away during a party, leaving his wife to the hands of another man who gets her slightly too drunk. Extremely upset Bill embarks on a crazy night, in which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an underground secret society.

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The weird mask things – Eyes Wide Shut, Warner Bros., 1999

One issue I always have with Kubrick’s work is how long his films are. When he was writing them it was shocking to have a movie over 2 hours long, and (according to my select button) this movie is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. There’s got to be a lot of this movie that’s pretty superfluous, it goes on a little bit too long. I’d have struggled to sit through it in a movie theatre/cinema that’s for sure.
I also have a real issue with Bill’s first port of call to be “cheat on wife with prostitute.” Learn to talk things out with your wife dude! You’re married with a kid! Whilst I admit that what she did was wrong, she didn’t kiss the naval officer, whereas he instigated an affair with a prostitute. At least it didn’t go further than a kiss. It makes me laugh that the way that Bill gets into one of these crazy parties is by wearing a tux with a hood and a mask, talk about weird!
The Master of Ceremonies bit is weird, the constant imagining of Alice having sex with another guy is weird – the whole movie is weird. And I think that’s it’s appeal. It’s weird, because it’s Kubrick, but at the same time it’s weirdness is alluring. I want to find out what happens in these underground sex cults, whether it’s true or not (I presume not), and it makes me want to keep watching.  I will watch any of Kubrick’s work any day, which I will finally get around to doing soon!

Eyes Wide Shut is classic Kubrick weirdness, but honestly I loved it for that. His distinct directoral stance can be seen throughout; the sex scenes reminded me a lot of A Clockwork Orange (which I also loved and thought was crazy).

Have you seen Eyes Wide Shut? Are you a fan of Kubrick? I’d love to chat about him with you all! Leave a comment down below! 

What I’ve watched so far in 2018

Hello, readers! Good weekend? I spent mine doing nothing and enjoying it! It’s nice to have a weekend of doing nothing every now and again. Whilst doing nothing I watched a few movies, and then thought about the ones I’ve watched since the beginning of 2018. I’ve already sat down and watched a lot of movies. Here’s a brief opinion of the ones I can remember!

Now You See Me 1 (2013) and 2 (2016)
I found these two on Netflix, and I’ve wanted to watch them for a while. I’m only half way through the 2nd one, but I can tell you they feel very similar. The plot line made little sense, but I don’t think I was watching it for more than the magic tricks – which, by the way, are hella amazing. Bit sad that Amy Adams didn’t return for No.2 (probably scheduling conflicts) but I didn’t hate them! 6/10 and 6/10

The Big Sick (2017)
I watched this just yesterday, and loved every minute. I’m glad I didn’t see it at the movies because there were quite a few times I cried. I honestly really liked it, and would watch it again! 8/10

The Disaster Artist (2017)
I loved The Room when I saw it, and loved the making of it just as much! It was pretty nepotistic, but I loved that the “frat” of Hollywood made this movie. It made it extra funny in all the right places! 9/10

The Jungle Book (2016)
This movie will never live up to the 90s animation. It tried it’s hardest, but like all the live action movies it falls pretty flat. Good graphics though! 7/10

The Circle (2017)
What an awful movie. No pace, no story, boring. Honestly boring. I was really sad to hate something with such potential to be a good movie… 3/10

Table 19 (2017)
I love cheesy rom-coms, and this fits the bill! I actually loved most of this movie, and only gave it a slightly higher than mediocre score because of some stilted acting. But hey – it’s got Anna Kendrick in so how can I hate it?! 7/10

The Book of Henry (2017)
Honestly it’s not as bad as people have said. I don’t get why certain people slated it so much. Sure it wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, and it approached too many topics at once, but it wasn’t awful. 6/10

I am surprised how many movies I’ve watched to be honest. Maybe I’m just a huge procrastinator. I want to watch more and more. Look out for more of these reviews later in 2018!

Have you seen any of these movies? What were your opinions? Leave your comments down below! 

“It’s Like a Nuclear Weapon that Grants Wishes.” – Bright, 2017

I’m giving you over to our Man on the Silver Mountain this week! We did watch and discuss this one together though – so without further ado; we bring you Bright, 2017. As per usual, you’re in for a long one! (If I have any comments to add they will be in italics!)

Hi guys, it’s me again, The Man on the Silver Mountain. During the holidays I sat down with your Librarian and we watched Bright. There were two reasons for this; firstly, we wanted to watch it, and secondly because people we had been talking to that had already seen the film were either singing its praises or ripping it to shreds and we wanted to understand why.
The Librarian said that she’d probably add her own comments on this for you guys too but I volunteered to write this as the genre space that Bright fits into (which I’ve most frequently heard dubbed “modern arcana”) is something I’ve read more of, seen more and played more of than your Librarian has. As with some of the other films I’ve talked about before I feel like Bright doesn’t deserve the backlash it’s receiving from critics or people that have missed the point of the movie.
Before I get into this though; I’ve been asked to try and dodge spoilers again but might not manage it perfectly, so if you’re not wanting to be spoiled at all for this movie, then I suggest going away, watching the film and then coming back to talk to us about it.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

For those of you that haven’t seen the trailers or are a little fuzzy on the story it kinda goes like this; in a modern setting where all of conventional history has been permeated with races and magical abilities from something akin to D&D or Tolkien-esque fantasy, a cop called Daryl Ward (Will Smith) is returning to work with his orc partner Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) after time off recovering after being injured in the line of duty. Returning to work he finds himself mixed up in office politics surrounding his partner who happens to be the first and only orc police officer in the LAPD. Soon afterwards at a hectic and disturbing crime scene they find a magic wand said to be like “a nuclear weapon that grants wishes” and madness ensues as Ward, Jakoby and their only witness to the events that transpired, an elf called Tikka (Lucy Fry) are hunted throughout the city by gangs, corrupt cops, elven cultists and anyone else who seems to feel like it.

So, where to begin?
Let’s start with the setting as that seems to be what a lot of non-critics are getting caught up on. The setting and thus the story being told within it are not for purists. If you’re a hardcore fantasy fan then this might not be for you, if you’re an action/thriller kind of person then this may not be for you, if you’re a buddy cop movie kind of person then this may not be for you. If the combination of all of those things being mashed together sounds like fun to you, then you’ll probably enjoy Bright. (Even if they aren’t for you, I would say at least give it a go – don’t judge a book by it’s cover and all that.)

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Jakoby, Tikka and Ward hiding out –  Bright, Netflix, 2017

This film’s setting is not about race. In the film the fact that lines have been drawn between races; with elves being rich and beautiful, humans being… well human, and orcs being the poor, the criminals, etc. is not to draw parallels between those fantasy races and real-world racial demographics. What is does is use the fantasy races, that are all obviously visually distinct, to give the audience away of at a glance distinguish between the privileged and the downtrodden. The races focused on in the film (in spite their being nine major races mentioned in the film and seen a couple of times as in the case of a couple of centaur cops) are threefold and line up with the class system observed in America today. We can also see through the situations of the characters we meet throughout the film that the divide between middle and lower class is shrinking with more and more humans ending up in poor neighbourhoods or joining in with gang violence and somewhat illegal or less reputable activity. Even our main human character Ward is at risk of losing his home and can’t afford to maintain a good environment for his child. This film is about class divisions and not about race. Is there an element of racism on display to generate tension? Yeah, but it’s made clear by Ward telling his daughter “Everybody’s just trying to get along and have a good life. All of the races are different. Just cause they’re different doesn’t mean anybody is better or worse than anybody,” towards the beginning of the film when she asks about whether orcs are just plainly less intelligent than humans, that this isn’t as big a concern as status. Jakoby being hired seems more akin to the police hiring an ex-gang affiliate and feeling negatively towards such a decision but in the way the setting is laid out this is depicted as fantasy racism, a thing that is visual and easy for people to understand in passing.

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Leilah looking for her wand. She was a good villain – Bright, Netflix, 2017

The next couple of things I want to touch on I’ve heard from critics, or people who worship critics, more than anyone else. First off, the film was too dark and badly shot. I think we were watching different movies. It was dark, I would agree but I could always see what was going on and some of the choreographed shots during fight scenes that jumped between multiple angles were fine and allowed both the Librarian and myself to keep up with what was going on and see everything. Were there moments where the film got more hectic and jumbled? Yes, for instance there’s a scene where they enter a packed club. Ward and Jakoby end up trying to fight their way through a dancefloor occupied by a well-populated mosh pit. The camera zooms in, moves jarringly and all we can really see are the characters trying their best to keep moving in the chaos. Why shoot it like this? Simple; we’re now as confused as the characters are and it’s only when the characters regain their composure that we get a wider-angle shot to allow us to see Tikka beckoning to them as she’s found a way to escape. The way the film was shot was related to how the characters experienced it whilst not being too jarring or confusing to the casual viewer. (I agree that there was times of darkness. I couldn’t tell if it was the adaptive lighting of my tablet screen or the darkness of the cinematography.)
I’ve heard that the film had a poor story and that the characters lacked growth. Let’s tackle these two things separately as the first is easier to get through than the second. So, poor story? I wouldn’t say so, more a simple story as it’s a pretty straightforward Hero’s Journey kind of set up with the Call to Action, Reaching the Threshold, Death & Rebirth, Atonement and Return to the Norm in a big cycle.
To discuss growth of the characters we first have to talk about the characters. Let’s start off with Ward; he’s an older cop, jaded by his time on the force, focused on results and not seemingly bothered by much else. He’s a man of some principle as he resents the office politics hitting him due to his orcish partner and stands up to corruption among his colleagues. He’s flawed, sure; dismissive, unkind, sarcastic but he’s still one of the good guys when all is said and done. Now we see him blaming his partner for the injury he received that took him off duty and resenting the fact that he still has to share duties with him after returning to work. It draws him into a pretty miserable situation as the movie continues but skipping ahead a bit towards the end of the film it’s Ward and Jakoby against the world, they’re honest with each other, watching each other’s backs and the troubles from the beginning of the film are resolved at various points throughout the film, with Ward going out of his way to ensure Jakoby survives and encounter with the awesome villain that is Leilah played by Noomi Rapace, leaving himself seemingly without any way of protecting himself after the fact.

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Magic police, Kandomere (an elf) and Hildebrandt Ulysses Montehugh (a human), interrogating Ward and Jakoby – Bright, Netflix, 2017

Jakoby on the other hand is an outcast at the beginning of the film, an orc without proper tusks, raised by humans and not accepted by any of the orcs they encounter throughout the majority of the movie as he’s not “blooded” a rite of passage and ritual acceptance of young orcs as being proper orcs. He’s naïve, hopeful and trusting in spite of being harshly aware of how out of place and unwanted he is. By later in the film though given every opportunity to break or give up he finds companionship in both his fellow police officer Ward and in the elf they’re protecting Tikka, finds purpose in keeping those friends and the communities they’re dealing with as safe as he can from the violence and mayhem that’s chasing them and comes out the other end by ignoring everything including his own safety to save Ward from a burning building, an act that earns him the respect of the orcs that have labelled him an outcast for his whole life.
So there’s growth, certainly. Does it matter though? No. On reaching the point in the Hero’s Journey where our heroes return to the normal world accepting their new version of normal after what they’ve experienced the events of their night of chaos and gun fights is covered up by federal agents. As a result the only people that their growth matters to is them, Daryl Ward and Nick Jakoby. If that enough? I’d say so but we’ll have to see if it does or not in the next film considering Bright 2 has already been greenlit.

After singing this movie’s praises though do I have my criticisms? Absolutely, the movie was good but not perfect. Seeing more of the villains was one thing I’d have liked; learning more about them and their plans, or at least learning more about them as people. I’d have liked to see some of the other nine races that are mentioned several times, dwarves are mentioned but not a single stocky beard owner is highlighted in the film as far as I noticed. The main criticism that I have though is one that’s been echoed by other people too; there wasn’t enough of it. I got to the end of the film and wanted more; I wanted to know more about the universe, about the way the rest of the world had developed outside of Los Angeles with magic and magical races being real in this universe. I kinda wish it had been a TV series instead of a movie, but if that had been the case we probably wouldn’t have gotten named like Will Smith, Joel Edgerton or Noomi Rapace in the movie and the chemistry between Smith and Edgerton definitely made it better for me than not. What I can hope is that Bright 2 will be just as good if not better and then maybe we’ll see a spin-off TV show to expand the universe more at a later date.

Overall I’d give this movie a 8-9/10 with those missed points purely being down to it not giving me all I would have liked from the universe.
I hope you found this a fun read and I know your Librarian and I would love to hear your thoughts down below and if you’re interested in more stuff I’ve done I’m sure the Librarian will stick my links in here somewhere too.

Do you agree with MotSM’s comments? We’ve spent a lot of time chatting about it, with lots of people, but would love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment down below! 

[Header Image: Bright, Netflix, 2017]

‘You’re nothing. But not to me’ – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017

Hello everyone, and welcome to 2018! Let’s hope that it’s better than 2017! I want this blog to be even bigger and better than last year; and I can’t wait for you all to join me on the rollercoaster ride of reviews!
I was going to make the first review of the new year as spoiler free as possible, and then I realised the topic. There’s no way I can go into this movie without getting into at least some spoilers. So without further ado – I welcome you into 2018 with my thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Our main cast – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the 2nd in a trilogy of new Star Wars movies, after Lucasfilm was acquired by (our new overlords) Disney. The plot follows Rey as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker, in hopes of making the Resistance win, in the fight against the First Order. As someone that believes in the Empire (I know, shock horror! I blame the storyline of Star Wars: The Old Republic for that!) this obviously annoys me. I honestly spent most of the film wanting Rey to succumb to to the dark side – it honestly seems more fun on the dark side.

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I still think the porgs are the dark side manifested. I will not be proven wrong! – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017

I have to be honest here. I thought it was a mediocre movie – along with a lot of the general populous it seems. I think this movie itself has shown that critics don’t know what people want from a film anymore.
The Luke in that film was not our Luke. What Luke do we know that just gives up? No Luke I knew ran away from a fight, except this Luke does? Very against his character.
I liked Rose Tico, she was probably the best character in the film for me, but she was incredibly underused as a character. Instead of giving her a real purpose they made her run off with Finn to Canto Bight. This went on for far too long, and just seemed to be there to put in celeb cameos. The character Warwick Davis played was by far the worst he’s even been.
I thought Poe was an arse throughout the whole of the thing. He overreacted to every moment, and didn’t respect the chain of command. He just seemed to have a temper tantrum for 2 and a half hours.

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Vulptex, they jingle as they run! – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017

I also thought that it was like watching two seperate movies. Rey off doing her thing, Finn and the gang off doing their thing. It made the tension release cycle feel very weird for me; I didn’t know where or when we were when we flipped between the two.
I loved the Porgs, and felt bad when Chewie tried to eat one, and I also loved the Vulptex (crystal fox things). All of them were used for the story, which was good. They weren’t just put in for nothing. In fact, I liked all of the weird wildlife – even the odd green-milk-booby-seal-things.

Oh, and Kylo and Rey need to kiss already. I felt very much like a 3rd wheel the whole film.

I don’t think it should be taken out of the canon, that’s an overreaction for sure, but I wouldn’t put it up there as one of the best. I don’t think Rian Johnson should have been allowed to write and direct, I think that that’s a conflict of interest.

Catch the trailer down below!

What did you think of the Last Jedi? Love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017]

‘Because dinosaurs can’t play tennis.’ – Battle of the Sexes, 2017

Yesterday (It was a week ago, I had an issue with my keyboard – RIP – and so this is now a week late!) I ventured to the cinema and watched a movie that finished at midnight. Yes, I was out way past my bedtime. But for good reason! I went to see Battle of the Sexes, a movie about the infamous 1973 exhibition tennis match between 29-year-old Billie Jean King (played by Emma Stone) and 55-year-old Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carell). It was refreshing to see him playing a more straightlaced role, which I will get onto further into my review!
Some of this review is courtesy of my friend Ben, who I saw this with! Hi, Ben!

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They were true likenesses! – Battle of the Sexes, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2017

Battle of the Sexes is one of the greatest LGBT+ movies I have seen in a long time. It talks about the growing acceptance of gays, specifically lesbians, and the unfortunate circumstance that a lot of them had – like a lot of lesbians in the ’70s, Billie Jean King was married (to a lovely man called Larry King – who was incredibly accepting of everything she did, he basically doted on her. More people need to be like Larry King. Make that your main goal – Be Larry 24/7) and had to hide her to true lesbian identity. She even had an affair with her secretary (hairdresser in the film).
Every line of dialogue and every action within the movie was incredibly telling of a) the action it actually wanted to profess and b) the deeper meaning behind the film (see LGBT+ rights above).

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After the “fight” – Battle of the Sexes, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2017

Watching this film literally felt like watching a film in the ’70s. Not only did they make the texture slightly grainy, but they used legit ’70s television programmes in the background. The clothing was ’70s, the food was ’70s… everything was ’70s! (I wonder how many more times I can say ’70s in this review…)
They went well into the story of Riggs vs King, it wasn’t just the final showdown. You got to see King overcome great odds, but Riggs was not a secondary character. I would say that this movie had two protagonists. We found out more about Riggs than I thought we would; he wasn’t just an arsehole looking to be the best, he was a gambler, trying to prove to his family that he wasn’t just a washed up nobody. The only way he could do this was by fighting against feminism – he had to make himself out to be a chauvinist. (I did some research after seeing the film, and apparently Riggs and King were friends until Riggs died. He even said he loved her.)

I couldn’t love this movie more than I did – I didn’t expect much going in, and was so surprised with how much I loved it that I just had to tell you guys! Ben even gave it an 8/10 on IMDB – and he rarely gives movies more than a 7 if he likes them! Catch the movie if you can, I really recommend it.

Catch the trailer below!

Have you seen Battle of the Sexes? Will you? Who do you wish won – Riggs or King? Do you just think Riggs was an arse or was he really just trying to prove himself? What about King – wished she didn’t cheat on her husband or are you proud of her for being herself? Leave a comment below! 

 [Header Image: Battle of the Sexes, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2017]