TV Show Review: 13 Reasons Why

It has to get better. The way we treat each other and look out for each other. It has to get better somehow.

13 Reasons Why is based on a best selling book by Jay Asher. It stars Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, Kate Walsh, and more.

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When Clay receives 13 cassette tapes containing a voice recording of his former classmate Hannah, depicting 13 reasons why she killed herself. He stops at nothing to uncover the truth about her suicide and confront those all who’re involved.


The Good

13 Reasons is a very powerful show with a very heavy message. One of the best things about this show is how they handled topics such as suicide, depression, bullying, drug-abuse but more importantly sexual abuse. The show doesn’t dance around the topic but rather tackle it head on.

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The actors/actresses are mostly new names and with the exception of some they are still great overall. This is an impressively acted show and with a heavy theme the cast did an incredible job in their roles.

The best thing in the show however, is it’s story. The way it was told and the way it draws the viewer in, the pacing of it all was well executed. The show tackles some very dark themes but as a viewer it keeps you wanting to know more and makes you look forward to each episode right until the very end.


The Bad

There are very little complaints, and they are minor, but the show becomes inconsistent at times. With one strong issue being brought up with one episode, yet it never fully gets dealt with until three episodes later. Or how some characters, behaved at the beginning of the series despite the situation they’re in.

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The music can become overbearing at times and it becomes distracting. Especially on certain scenes where a viewer should be heavily affected. The music mostly consist of indie songs, unfortunately majority of these didn’t mesh well with as the show progresses.


Rating

Overall 13 Reasons Why is an incredibly powerful show, a viewer has to be in a certain mindset to get through some of the episodes as it gets disturbing. However with the importance of the message they’re telling here, it’ll help to pay full attention to it when watching.

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The cast is incredibly diverse and that’s one thing the show should be credited on as it worked in their favor. It really captured what it feels like when you were in high school.

As mentioned the show tackles topics such as suicide, depression, substance abuse and sexual abuse and unless you’re willing to face the harsh reality about these topics, you shouldn’t watch it. But with a very powerful message it’s encouraged that, apart from kids, everyone should check this out.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Powerful Message
  • Amazing Cast
  • Well Told Story
  • Minor Inconsistencies
  • Music

And if you are someone who’s going through similar hardships depicted in this show, you are not alone and there are people willing to help and it’s important to call for help. Likewise if you know someone who’s going through something, be there for that person the smallest things can help a person’s life.

TV Show Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage

You know why everyone wants to be the king? Cause of the crown.

With the success of Daredevil and Jessica Jones on the Netflix platform, Marvel continues the momentum with Luke Cage. Delivering yet another exciting series that helps set-up Marvel’s Defenders on Netflix.

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Following the events of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (Mike Colter), seeks solace in Harlem, working for Pop’s Barbershop. With Wilson Fisk out of the picture, there’s a struggle for power within the city’s underworld. Caught in the middle is our titular character Luke Cage, who will stop at nothing to save his city.


The Good

Luke Cage started it’s season incredibly strong (no pun intended). Though we’ve seen him before in Jessica Jones, this time around, we are given more about his character, from his past to his present psyche and how he’s coping with his abilities. Mike Colter as Luke Cage is perfect as he delivers a performance which has the perfect combination of strength, smarts and charisma.

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The supporting casts also take credit as far as the first-half of the series is concerned. Everyone has been impressive especially Mahershala Ali, who played Cornell Stokes or Cottonmouth. He played the character with believable bravado and to the series’ credit, it works. Alfre Woodard is also great as Mariah Dillard as she portrays a councilwoman who wants to make the city a better place, however with ties to the city’s underbelly, struggles to do so legally.

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Another excellent aspect of the show is the music, Luke Cage is magnificently scored as it’s able to pull you back to the old 70s blaxploitation movies while being able to mix with present time music. It’s a balance that’s handled really well and compliments the show’s overall theme.


The Bad

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Unfortunately Luke Cage, stumbles on it’s second half as new characters are introduced and the series goes full superhero mode and loses the subtlety that grasped you on the beginning. The new villains are over the top with their presence and line delivery and it derails the show completely.


Rating

Overall Luke Cage is still a fun show to watch, it’s got a good mixture of a superhero genre and drama and at times it is charming. The use of blaxploitation theme is well handled having just enough to engage it’s audience without pandering too much. Majority of the characters in Luke Cage are fascinating, the show does a great job juggling the different story arcs, even if some are more interesting than the others.

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Unfortunately the villains in the latter parts of the series didn’t work as well as Cottonmouth did but it did give Luke Cage a worthy physical adversary. The show does address the issue of cops shooting unarmed black men though it does it without feeling forced, it was a theme that’s handled really well and should be given notice to.¬†Highly recommended for binging on Netflix.

Good Bad 4/5
  • Strong Main and Supporting Characters
  • Great Score
  • Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth
  • Villains in latter episodes

Movie Review: The Little Prince

It is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

The Little Prince is based on the French novella written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The movie stars an ensemble cast featuring Jeff Bridges, Benecio Del Toro, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Mackenzie Foy as The Little Girl and Riley Osborne as The Little Prince.

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Based on the novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who’s being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator.


The Good

This is possibly the best animated movie of the year so far. The animation isn’t as great as Disney’s nor Pixar’s however the stop-motion animation is impressive nonetheless.

The cast consists of several known actors and actresses and they all played their parts perfectly. The subtlety on their voice acting compliments the movie’s tone extremely well and Mackenzie Foy, Riley Osborne and Jeff Bridges did an incredible job portraying their characters.

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The story is beautiful as it tells a lot about kids growing up but in a very positive light. Simply put the movie encourages kids to be kids and enjoy the happiness of being a kid brings.


The Bad

The movie is divided into two styles of animation, one is stop motion and the other is computer generated. Unfortunately the computer generated animation didn’t work as well as the stop motion did and in some scenes it looks cheap.


Rating

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Overall Netflix has got another hit in their hands as The Little Prince tells a beautiful tale, though it is aimed for kids there’s an incredibly mature story behind it. From the amazing voice acting, to the creative imagery and the gorgeous stop-motion animation and lovely French soundtrack. With very little flaws, The Little Prince is a near perfect animated movie.

Good Bad 4.8/5
  • Amazing Stop Motion Animation
  • Beautiful Story
  • Great Voice Acting
  • Lovely Soundtrack
  • Computer Generated Animation

TV Series Review: Daredevil Season 2

You hit em and they get back up, I hit em and they STAY DOWN!!

Daredevil Season 2 is what The Dark Knight did to Batman Begins or what Winter Soldier did to The First Avenger. It was better in every form and exceeded any expectations I had.


The Good

The new characters are an exciting addition to the already impressive roster. Jon Bernthal as The Punisher and Elodie Yung as Elektra bring nothing less than their A game and brought these characters to the screen in the way they see fit. And it works, their characters are given a lot of great material specially The Punisher. Jon Bernthal manages to give The Punisher an incredibly strong personality, practically delivering the best on screen performance of the character.

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While Bernthal shines as a new comer Elodie Yung’s Elektra is also someone you should look out for. Elektra is sly, manipulative very mysterious and yet playful in a very dangerous way. As someone who simply wants to reconnect with her college sweetheart. You just know something is more to it and Yung plays Elektra’s mystique to perfection.

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With more characters added to the mix, the usual characters have to step their game up and glad to say they did. The interactions between the new and old characters are great and it makes up for intense and interesting scenes. Mainly Matt Murdock’s conversations with The Punisher and Elektra are filled with great memorable dialogues. While Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page has also improved and really proves time and time again that she’s not to be underestimated. Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson had also some great moments and he truly shines in his scenes. Makes it more easier for the audience to like him.

The fight scenes, this time around, are a lot more violent and more blood is shown and Daredevil truly embraced the R Rating that’s given to them. They are still incredible to watch and delivers some of the best fight scenes to be shown on the small screen.


The Bad

Though everything seemed to be better than the first season, there are small complaints I’ve garnered through my binge-watching of Daredevil. One of them is story progression, Daredevil started of incredibly strong and it carried it all the way to the middle. However just when you’re at the end, it felt as if the momentum has slowed down and maybe it’s because of exhaustion from seeing so many good stuff but the latter parts of the series are not as strong as the earlier episodes.

It felt as if some of the writings been rushed and with so many story arcs happening throughout the season it felt as if the culmination of everything wasn’t properly planned. Resulting of everything being ¬†all over the place.


Rating

Overall Daredevil Season 2 is a worthy follow up to the first season, not only were the characters great it gave everyone the chance to shine. The stakes are higher this time around and it gave the characters the push to go and beyond what have already done. The fight scenes are more graphic and it’s definitely grittier. However seeing as Hell’s Kitchen is a place crawling criminals and vigilantes, the gore and violence feels right at home.

Easily the best Marvel Property to be seen on-screen, Daredevil Season 2 is definitely worth checking out and worth spending 13 hours for it.

Good Bad 4.9/5
  • Jon Bernthal as Punisher / Elodie Yung as Elektra
  • Strong Dialogues
  • Incredible Fight Sequences
  • Story Progression on Latter Episodes