TV Show Review: Marvel’s The Defenders

The thing about war is… it only works if both sides believe they’re the good guys

The Defenders is the highly anticipated own superhero team up, featuring The Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.


The Good

There are plenty to like about The Defenders, from the fight choreography to the cinematography this show offers plenty of action packed sequences that without a doubt entertain you.

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One cool thing that’s very noticeable is how each character have their own hue in their scenes. With Daredevil having a red, Jessica Jones with purple/blue, Iron Fist with green and Luke Cage with yellow/orange. It’s a nice little touch that stood out and gave the characters a unique vibe.

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Another impressive aspect of the show are some of the villains, Madam Gao, Murakami, Sowande and to some extent Sigourney Weaver’s Alexandra. The characters themselves are interesting, and though not very threatening to our heroes they have a certain charisma to them that helps the flow of the story.


The Bad

Unfortunately the show can’t be saved by flashy fight scenes alone as the story itself isn’t as great. The dialogue isn’t impressive either and at times it can be downright corny. You can tell the show doesn’t have a big budget and unfortunately it lowers the show’s overall quality.

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Another issue are the side characters, apart from Rosario Dawson’s character, the side characters from each show aren’t given a lot to do and it’s quite disappointing.


Rating

Overall The Defenders isn’t perfect it’s not as great as some of the stand alone series but it does deliver in the team up side of things. The fight choreography is great and the cinematography compliments this very well. The interactions between our heroes are fun to watch and though it’s not the same as when we saw the Avengers for the first time, but to see them interact with each other is entertaining.

The Villain, The Hand, isn’t very threatening but it did give us cool characters to look out for. Overall The Defenders delivers an entertaining show, filled with flaws but also filled with great superhero action.

Good Bad 3/5
  • Amazing Action
  • Jessica Jones’ One Liners
  • The Defenders themselves
  • Poor Dialogue
  • Pointless Side Characters
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Movie Review: Logan

She’s like you… she’s very much like you.

Logan is directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine) and it stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen.

In the year 2029 majority of the mutants are dead, and with an ailing Professor X, Logan has to make ends meet to keep them hidden and away from society. However when a lady and a young girl approaches him, he uncovers the young girl’s secrets and faces the dangerous people that’s pursuing her.


The Good

This is very different from the past X-Men movies we have seen, that’s not necessarily a bad thing but in Logan it worked perfectly. The movie takes advantage of it’s R-rating giving us the long-time awaited violence The Wolverine has to offer but also gave us a much more humanistic element to this movie.

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The movie is very grounded, there are no costumes no blockbuster set pieces but rather we have a very intimate story between Logan, Charles Xavier and Laura. One of the best things in the movie is the relationship between Charles and Logan. From watching all the X-Men movies we know what the characters have been through and you feel the gravity of their relationship.

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This movie is very character driven and all characters were great, Dafne Keen (Laura) in particular doesn’t say a lot of dialogue however her body language and her facial expressions makes her character and she’s fascinating.

Majority of the time you get the feel of drama here and there with plenty of touching moments however the movie doesn’t shy away from it’s action set pieces. With this being Rated-R we get plenty of violent action sequences both coming from Logan and Laura and it’s glorious.


The Bad

The only complaint, and it’s very minor, is how the third became cliched, and though the two-thirds of the movie barely reminds you that this is an X-Men film, the third act goes into X-Men territory and reminded you that this is still a part of the X-Men Universe.


Rating

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Overall Logan is The Best X-Men story told in the big screen, after 17 years of portraying Logan and Professor X, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart gave it their all. Their portrayal in this movie is something we’ve never seen before compared to their previous X-Men movies. The R-Rating this got is utilized perfectly, the banter between Logan and Charles Xavier is humorous and at times touching. Dafne Keen is also great and definitely a star in the making.

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With Logan you get a bit of everything, it’s hybrid mix of a road trip movie with some elements of a western and let’s not forget the superhero side of it. With Logan being the last portrayal of Hugh Jackman as Logan and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, it is a bittersweet ending to a legacy that will not be forgotten.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart & Dafne Keen
  • Grounded Story
  • Brutal Action Sequences
  • Cliched 3rd Act

Movie Review – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Be their hero, Clark. Be their angel, be their monument, be anything they need you to be… or be none of it. You don’t owe this world a thing. You never did.

One of the most highly anticipated films of 2016 finally hits the screen with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. A battle fans have been itching to see on the big screen. With visual director Zack Snyder, once again taking the helm of this production, was he able to quench the thirst of fans and casual movie goers alike, in this blockbuster movie?

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Batman V Superman follows right after the events of Man of Steel. Metropolis was the battleground in a fight between General Zod and Superman and unfortunately for the city, there were hundreds of casualties. Meanwhile billionaire Bruce Wayne got the front row seat to seeing one his buildings crumble while employees are still inside it. In return, made him furious and relentless in his pursuit to bring Superman into justice.


The Good

The prologue of this movie started off strong, we are taken back to the climax of Man of Steel, but this time we see things from Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) point of view. Though there’s still some questionable scenes, the whole sequence was exhilarating. It also gives us the reason as to why Bruce Wayne despises the Kryptonians. From here onward we are on Batman’s side.

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Ben Affleck’s fresh take on Batman is easily the best thing going on in this movie. We are given a quick backstory of his past but more importantly we are given his motivations for his actions. Acting wise, Ben Affleck is great. His take on Batman is vicious, brutal and incredibly intimidating. His character stood out through the whole movie. Though not as much screen time as Batman, Jeremy Irons also nailed his role as Alfred. It was fun to see him on screen and his witty remarks about Bruce Wayne are great. And no matter what movie, animated movie or TV show, to seeĀ Batman verbally shutdown by Alfred is always a treat.

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Another awesome part of the movie are the fight scenes. The battle between Batman and Superman, no matter how shallow it was, was fun to watch and it keeps the audience guessing on who’s going to win. Speaking of which, Batman’s fight scenes were better choreographed this time around. For those familiar with the Arkham games by Rocksteady, can easily see the resemblance and it makes for great action sequences. The final battle at the end was explosive and depending on how you like it, it goes on full comic book territory. It was a visual experience like no other.


The Bad

As mentioned above, the movie’s prologue started off strong. Unfortunately the momentum wasn’t carried on to the first and second act. In return, delivers some of the most boring scenes in the movie. The movie itself was badly edited, where a scene would jump to the next without having real connection. Granted it doesn’t have to have connection but most of the time it does feel random and completely takes out any story progression. There were a lot of scenes which felt unnecessary and misplaced. This overall, resulted in a movie being too long in which it lacked real substance.

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Another complaint is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. I’m not all too familiar with the character myself but his take on the character was too much. Most of the time he’s overacting. Delivering lines with a cadence which if done in the real world, will deem you unstable. His lines were unbearable and he truly lacked the mixture of menace and sophistication that Lex Luthor should’ve had. He really is one of the worst things going on in this movie and unfortunately a lot of the story revolves around him.

The story itself wasn’t good nor bad, however it was uninteresting. Majority of the dull parts were in the first and second act of the movie. With addition to the badly edited sequences and unnecessary scenes makes it difficult to care about the story as a whole.


Rating

Overall Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice did not live up to the hype. The face off between the two iconic heroes, no matter how cool it was, felt shallow. There’s no real motivation behind it except for Batman’s side and truthfully, whatever issues they were fighting for could have been resolved with a simple conversation.

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Henry Cavill himself was dreadful and one-dimensional though Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was a treat. Most of the time she’s just there to be pretty and be an eye candy. However, her fight scene as Wonder Woman was exciting to watch, not to mention she’s got a pretty kickass theme song. The addition of Doomsday was exactly as how it was shown on the trailer and after seeing it there, there’s nothing left to be excited about. In the end, Batman V Superman may not be a strong movie on its own but it does lay the foundations for DC’s Cinematic Universe, which is still something to look forward to.

Good Bad 2.7/5
  • Ben Affleck’s Batman
  • Cinematic Action Sequences
  • Opening Sequence
  • Long Running Time
  • Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor
  • Badly Edited / Unnecessary Scenes

Movie Review: Deadpool

I ain’t super, and I’m no hero. But when you find out your worst enemy is after your best girl, the time has come to be a f****** superhero

-Deadpool

In a year populated with Superhero / Comic-book movies, Deadpool enters the fray first as this lovable anti-hero delivers a truly one of a kind not so superhero movie.

Wade Wilson is a mercenary for hire who’s unfortunately stricken by cancer. Desperate to find a cure, he enlists on a secret experimental program *cough cough Weapon X cough cough*. However things do not go as planned as the program left him tortured and deformed, though cured of his cancer, Wade Wilson came out a completely changed person. Seeking for retribution, Wade Wilson adapts the codename Deadpool and searches for the people who tortured him and save the love of his life.


The Good

One of the most beloved comic book character finally hits the screen with Deadpool. Now he’s been portrayed before from a different movie, but it’s a movie better off forgotten and buried in a “never to watch again” box. This movie on the other hand, does the character justice. It’s everything a Deadpool fan asks for in a Deadpool movie. It’s crude, violent, extremely funny and all around enjoyable. The movie takes advantage of it’s R Rating and it works incredibly well.

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Ryan Reynolds is perfect as Deadpool, it’s as if he was born to play this character. His jokes are witty and delivers them with perfect timing. From his sarcasm, to his foul language to references to other superhero movies from breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. These are lines a fan would thoroughly enjoy. The side characters were done well, the addition of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (geez that’s a mouthful) compliment’s Deadpool nicely, specially Colossus who’s given a much needed personality. Though Deadpool is still the star of the film, Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) gave a nice noticeable performance.

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The Bad

Though the movie is incredibly fun and laugh out loud funny. It’s with flaws, the antagonists Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Angel (Gina Carano) were one dimensional and though they play the villains well, there’s not much else to them. Also some of the CG were obvious and one can tell that there this movie was not made with the same budget as other superhero movies. However these are just minor flaws, and it shouldn’t ruin anyone’s viewing experience.

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Rating

Overall Deadpool has definitely raised the bar for the rest of the superhero movies coming out this year. With a perfect on-screen adaptation of a comic-book character, Deadpool delivers a refreshing take on the superhero genre. It’s a satirical movie who’s not afraid to comment on the cliches and flaws of said superhero movies. It’s self referential yet uses this to it’s advantage to deliver a near perfect anti-superhero movie. Highly recommended for people who are familiar with the product, likewise for people just looking for a good laugh.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
  • Well executed use of R Rating
  • Witty and clever laugh out loud jokes / one liners
  • One Dimensional Villain
  • Poor CGI on some scenes

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