Series Review: Des (2020)

Been a while since we covered a tv show, so I’m a bit excited right now. Also, don’t murder people.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Des”.

The year is 1983. Police have arrested Dennis “Des” Nilsen (David Tennant) on suspicion of homicide after human remains are found near his home. And throughout the show we follow the cops a they try to identify the various victims, as well as trying to get information out of Nilsen regarding everything he did. This is an interesting little crime drama. Now, it does fall back on a lot of tropes from these type of true crime murder mystery type stories, which is possibly the show’s biggest fault. It’s not outright bad, but the sometimes formulaic nature does take away some from it. But with this said, I did still find the story here decently interesting. It has this sort of eeriness that I feel we don’t necessarily get in similar things. I don’t know how to explain it, but the whole vibe around it just makes it a bit more interesting. And I do still think the investigation around Nilsen and his victims is a pretty interesting one, especially as we learn more about him as a person. There is also some stuff set around the bureaucracy of the investigation, which does add a decent bit of drama. On the whole I do think the story here is solid enough, just a little familiar in its structure.

The characters in this are pretty interesting. Especially our main two, who are both really compelling. First up we have Daniel Mays as Detective chief inspector Peter Jay, the man leading the investigation into Nilsen’s murders. He’s a man of principle, someone determined to see this all through, even when the higher ups try to get in his way. He’s a compelling lead, and Daniel Mays gives a really good performance. And then we have David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen, AKA Des. He’s a really frightening character. But not in a Hannibal Lecter or Annie Wilkes kinda way where they’re made to be frightening. Nilsen is frightening in how blunt and forward he is. Right from the start he’s like “Yeah, I killed them” and has no problem telling how it happened, like how you might tell your friends about your trip to Spain. He’s frightening because he is so… human. And Tennant is fantastic in the role, giving one of the best performances of his career. We also get supporting work from people like Jason Watkins, Barry Ward, Jay Simpson, Bronagh Waugh, and more, all giving good performances.

The score for the show was composed by Sarah Warne, and I think she did a pretty good job. It’s very low key, going for a somewhat eerie, almost droning sound to add to the atmosphere of the show. It really helps create an engaging soundscape within the show.

Based on the book “Killing for Company” by Brian Masters, “Des” was created by Luke Neal and Lewis Arnold, with Arnold directing, and Neal serving as lead writer. And I think the craft here is really strong. One thing I really appreciate about the directing and such here is how remarkably restrained they are. So many other people would probably give us the gory, graphic details of the entire situation, but the crew here didn’t. They hold back quite a bit, just giving us the explanations of everything that happened. And while too much exposition can be a bit bothersome, I feel that they found the right balance here. I must also commend Mark Wolf on his cinematography, because it’s really frickin’ good and fits the story being told really well.

This show has been quite well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 75/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7.7/10.

While its formulaic nature does bring it down a little bit, “Des” is still a pretty compelling crime drama. It has a good story, pretty good characters, great performances, really good music, and great directing/cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Des” is an 8.45/10. So while flawed, it’s definitely still definitely worth watching.

My review of “Des” is now completed.

Symphony of Des-truction…

“DuckTales” Reboot First Look

How’s it going, guys? Hope you’re all having a good Friday! Anyhow, let’s talk about a trailer.

So we have gotten our first trailer/look for the “DuckTales” reboot. Now, this trailer came out a little over a week ago, but I didn’t talk about it sooner because I didn’t exactly know what to say. But now I do have something to sau, so fuck it… I have nothing better to do! For the people who have been living at the center of the earth for the past 30-ish years, “DuckTales” is an old Disney cartoon about Scrooge McDuck going on adventures with Huey, Dewey, and Louie. As a kid I watched the show, and kind of loved it. And now we’re getting a reboot. So what’s in this trailer then? Well, we have Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo) introducing Huey (Danny Pudi), Dewey (Ben Schwartz), and Louie (Bobby Moynihan) to the one and only Scrooge McDuck (David Tennant). And then we see them go on crazy adventures together with Webby (Kate Micucci) and Launchpad (Beck Bennett). Now, when this reboot was first announced I was a bit angry. But as more things about the show has been revealed over the last few months I have opened up a bit more to it. And honestly… this trailer has gotten me excited. Firstly, the cast is amazing. All people involved are pretty great. Secondly, it looks like it will keep the classic adventure-y pace from the original show. And third, there are some really good jokes featured in this trailer. I am still a little bit skeptical, mainly because of the new art style. But you can tell that the creators are actually giving the show their best efforts and not just half-assing it. So I am genuinely interested in this. There is no set premiere date for “DuckTales” (The rebootification), but it’s confirmed to at least be out at some point this year.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited about “DuckTales” (The rebootification)? And what do you think about the original show? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

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We’re now halfway through my series of reviews leading up to the release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. So I just wanted to take a moment to thank you guys for sticking around and for giving me a bunch of likes and nice comments… I really appreciate it. Okay, done with the mushy stuff… let’s get into the review!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”!

So Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) return for their fourth year at Hogwarts. But this time it is a bit different since the school has been selected to host the Triwizard tournament. This of course is the huge magical tournament where wizards and witches from three different schools compete to show who’s the best. The wizards get selected through the Goblet of Fire (roll credits). And for some unknown reason, Harry get selected by it to compete, despite being three years too young. So now he has to compete in there, while something more sinister goes on in the background. And this gives us an intereesting plot that further develops this world we all know and love, while also playing with the theme of maturity. I mean, since this is the first PG-13 “Harry Potter” movie, so we get some more mature themes in this movie. And it’s really interesting to see these characters go through all the things they go through in this movie.

The characters in this movie are just as interesting and great as in the first three… if not even better. Since Harry gets dragged into the tournament and has to face some truly dangerous stuff, he of course has to mature a bit, which he actually does throughout the movie, and I do like seeing that type of development in him. You can really tell that he’s very different from when we first saw him in “Philosopher’s Stone”, he has really grown as a character. And Daniel Radcliffe is absolutely terrific in the role, especially since he has to show a lot of emotion throughout this movie, which can be difficult for someone so young. But he fucking nailed it! Ron and Hermione also gets some development in the movie, which is nice to see. Of course Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are great in their roles. All other returning cast members are great in their roles too. So let’s talk about some of the new additions. First off, Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory, a handsome young man from Hufflepuff. And he’s really good in this movie, compared to his performance as Edward in “Twilight”… which was shit. Then we have Brendan Gleeson as Alastor “MadEye” Moody, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. He may be a bit crazy, but at least he’s great at what he does. And Brendan Gleeson is fantastic in the role. We also get Katie Leung as Cho Chang, a student at Hogwarts that Harry may or may not have a bit of a crush on. And she’s good in her role too. Basically all actors did really well.

This is the first of the “Harry Potter” movies not to be scored by the one and only John Williams. Instead the score was composed by Patrick Doyle. And while I don’t think the score is as great as maybe “Prisoner of Azkaban”, it still is damn good. It’s fun, exciting, magical, and perfectly works for the movie. It’s good.

This movie was directed by Mike Newell and I think he did a really good job with it. The shots look really good and the scenes flow very well. But where this movie really shines is with the Triwizard scenes, particularly the first and the last. The first is an exciting scene where Harry has to dodge a CGI dragon that looks absolutely terrific. The final one, which is in a maze… tense as all hell. And it’s a great scene for Harry as a character, because it’s basically just him trying to survive in there, all by himself. Speaking of things, the visual effects in this movie looks absolutely fantastic. Sure, you can tell most of the time when stuff is CGI, but at least it looks really good. There’s also a lot of comedy in the movie, I really had forgotten how funny this movie actually was. Most of the comedy has to do with the guys entering puberty and also having to deal with a Yule ball. Seriously, I laughed quite a bit thanks to this movie. And of course, Fred and George, being as awesomely funny as always… love ’em.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 88% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 81/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,7/10. The movie was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best Art Direction.

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is not as good as “Prisoner of Azkaban”, but it’s still a damn fine movie. With a really good plot, great characters, great acting, really good music, really good directing, and great visual effects. Time for my final score. Accio, envelope! My final score for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is a 9,74/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is now completed.

Halfway there… holy shit.

 

Series Review: Jessica Jones – Season 1 (2015)

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With Netflix releasing new shows from Marvel every now and then, I feel like I will lose parts of my week/weekend to those clever bastards. So I guess it’s time to review their second collaboration which came out this friday and got finished by me saturday evening… help me.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like you to meet… “Jessica Jones”.

So this show follows former super-heroine, current P.I. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). She’s been struck with PTSD after something that happened to her in the past, which is the reason why she stopped doing the whole superhero thing and became an alcoholic P.I. But everything is not as easy as it may seem since a man named Kilgrave (David Tennant) who did her wrong in the past resurfaces. Jessica also meets Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and they begin a bit of a romance. So Jessica’s got quite a bit on her plate, having to deal with life as a P.I. and finding/stopping Kilgrave. And is the plot presented well? God damn motherfucking hell yeah it is! It is all presented in a very noir way that not only has style, but also works in a very dramatic and actually engaging way.

The characters in this show are about as broken as a vase that’s been dropped from a twenty story building… and they are all the more interesting for it. As previously stated, Jessica is an alcoholic P.I. with PTSD… if that doesn’t sound interesting, then I dodn’t know what does. What makes it interesting is that it makes her a pretty unpredictable character who never really catches a break. And Krysten Ritter does a fantastic job as her. Mike Colter who plays Luke Cage in the show is also great. You really sympathize with him and you wish you could be his friend… mainly because you want a buff guy with indestructible skin on your side. And I gotta talk about David Tennant as Kilgrave because it is David Tennant as the show’s main antagonist. Holy hell, he is great. He is both a charming and threatening villain for the show and he perfectly suits the shows. But seriously, David Tennant does a great job with his performance and I am so happy to se him in such a great role because I really like him as an actor. And I honestly think every other actor in the show were great as well.

The score for the show was composed by Sean Callery who apparently also did the score for shows like “24” and “Homeland”, none of which I have seen. But I won’t let that cloud my judgement and say my basic thoughts on the score for the show. So how did his score hold up? Pretty damn well I would say. It’s cool and great, that’s all I’m gonna say.

This show was brought to us by Melissa Rosenberg who served as a writer, for, the… “Twilight” movies… it seems like we are in great fucking hands (sarcasm overload). But to be serious, while those movies are poorly written, she also wrote for this show and it is actually very well-written so I’ll let her go for now. But what she didn’t do for the show is direct, and maybe that is for the better. What I am trying to say is that the show is very well directed and looks fantastic. It perfectly matches the tone and style of “Daredevil” while still feeling like it’s own thing. And when there is action in the show, it’s pretty great.

I know the show just recently came out, so maybe not that many have seen it yet but I will still see how it’s been received so far. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 91% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 81/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 9,0/10 and is ranked #62 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

“Jessica Jones” is another welcome entry into the Marvel/Netflix catalogue. The show has a great plot, great characters & acting, great music, great writing and great directing. Time for my final score. *Smashes wall*. My final score for “Jessica Jones” is a 9,87/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Jessica Jones” is now completed.

*Insert clever outro here*.