Series Review: The Defenders – Season 1 (2017)

At long last, it is here. The culmination of all the Marvel/Netflix shows. It’s a really exciting time to be alive. Four characters from four different shows (three great, one meh), coming together for one big event. Let’s get into it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Defenders” season 1!

When something threatens to destroy New York City, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand (Finn Jones) have to team up to try to stop this great threat. And from that we get a superhero plot filled with twists, turns, and drama. And I’d say that it’s quite the enjoyable plot. Sure, at times in certain episodes the pacing can drag a little bit, but for the most part it moves at a good pace and it’s just a fun plot to follow. Seeing these heroes we’ve come to know and (mostly) love band together to fight a common threat is just really exciting. And overall it is a solid plot, with a couple of (minor) pacing issues.

The characters here are fun, cool, interesting, and quite entertaining. And most of the characters get some really solid development throughout. Charlie Cox once again plays Matt Murdock/Daredevil, and once again he’s great in the role, giving us the blind(ish) catholic badass that we’ve gotten to know. Krysten Ritter once again plays Jessica Jones, the drunken, cynical bitch who has a heart hidden somewhere behind all the whiskey and trauma. And once again she’s great in the role. Mike Colter once again plays Luke Cage, the bulletproof badass with a heart of gold. He’s charming, he’s likable, and Colter is once again great in the role. Finn Jones once again plays Danny Rand/Iron Fist, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of him in his solo show. As a matter of fact, he kind of annoyed me. But here something happened… he’s fun, he’s interesting, and he’s not the worst thing ever. Sure, at times he has some of those whiny moments that can get on one’s nerves, but he’s much more likable/tolerable here than in his own show. And Jones is good in the role. Rosario Dawson once again plays Claire Temple, the Nick Fury of the Netflix shows. And once again she’s fun and cool. And Dawson is great in the role… she’s Rosario Awesome. Jessica Henwick from “Iron Fist” reprises her role as Colleen Wing in this, the interesting and badass love interest of Danny Rand. And once again she’s really good in the role. Elden Henson and Deborah Ann Woll reprises their roles as Foggy Nelson and Karen Page from “Daredevil” here, and while they don’t have the biggest roles in the show, they’re present, and they’re good in their roles. Simone Missick once again plays Misty Knight, her tough cop character from “Luke Cage”, and once again she’s really good in the role. Rachael Taylor once again plays Trish, Jessica’s best friend, and once again she’s great in the role. Wai Ching Ho once again plays Madame Gao, the mysterious lady from “Daredevil” and “Iron Fist”, and once again she’s great. Also, spoiler for “Daredevil” season 2 coming up here, but this is a character important to this show, so I have to mention her… sorry. Elodie Yung plays Elektra, the dead ex-girlfriend of Matt Murdock. But she’s back here, and she’s tough and interesting (more so than in “Daredevil”) and Yung is great in the role. Now, for the newcomer. We get Sigourney Weaver (oh hell yes!) here as Alexandra, the primary antagonist of this show. She’s interesting and I found myself caring about her. And as expected, Weaver is great in the role. Then we get plenty of supporting characters/performances throughout, and they all range from good to great.

The score for the show was composed by John Paesano, the man who handled the music for “Daredevil”. And once again he has succeeded in a score that works very well for the show. It’s big, epic, cool, dramatic, and even at times beautiful. It’s just overall great. There were also a couple of licensed tracks throughout and they were used well. This show has good music.

The show was created by Douglas Petrie & Marco Ramirez, and written/directed by a whole bunch of different people (and don’t get me started on all the producers). And overall this show is quite well crafted in terms of directing and such. The show looks good and feels tight in it’s directing. The action scenes too are quite fun. They’re well choreographed, and you get a clear sense of what is going on in each action scene. It’s just fun seeing all of these guys kick some ass… even Iron Fist. One little detail that I too liked that was noticeable in transitions and the opening credits is that each character gets a specific color to represent them in those situations. I won’t go through each of them as you’ll quickly pick up on them yourself. Just thought I’d quickly mention it.

This show just came out but has so far been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 63/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 9,0/10. (Keep in mind, these scores can and will change over time, but I will not edit this damn post for that, all these scores are at the time of writing).

Season 1 of “The Defenders” is one hell of an entertaining show. It has a really good plot, great characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. The only flaw I have with it is that in a couple moments throughout the pacing drags a little, but it’s not too deal-breaking for me. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Defenders” season 1 is a 9,32/10. While mildly flawed, you should definitely watch it!

My review of “The Defenders” season 1 is now completed.

It looks unclear right now, but let’s face it… there will be a season 2 at some point.

“Defenders” trailer!!!

What the fuck is this, trailer day? *Checks to see if Comic Con is going on* Nope, no comic con… there’s jsut a bunch of trailer being released today… sweet.

So we have our first real trailer for “The Defenders”, the next Marvel/Netflix show. We’ve had two teasers before this, but none of them showing any actual footage. But here we have a good look at what’s to come. So what’s this all about then? Well, it’s about Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) teaming up to fight some bad dudes. And it seems like the main bad guys will be Elektra (Elodie Yung) and a mysterious woman named Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver). All set to Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”. So what do I think about this? Holy shit, I am fucking excited! This looks like so much fun. Seeing these characters team up to kick some ass… YEAH! Also, it’s quite refreshing to get a fun/good trailer like this after that disappointingly bad “Dark Tower” trailer. So yeah, I am really excited about this show. All 8 episodes of “The Defenders” is set to be released on August 18th, only on Netflix.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you excited about “The Defenders”? And what’s your favorite of the four Marvel/Netflix shows that came before it? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

Movie Review: Chappie (2015)

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Usually I have some kind of way to intro my reviews that will relate back to a theme in the movie, but this time I couldn’t really figure anything out. So I will just say that this was one of my most anticipated movies of the year… and then I got a little bit turned off when the reviewes started coming in. And now I have finally sat my ass down to see it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Chappie”.

In the not too distant future, science have evolved in such a way where it’s been able to switch out a good amount of human police officers with robots. And in the movie we follow young scientist Deon (Dev Patel) who created the world’s first sentient artificial intelligence. And then it’s put into a stolen police robot who is then activated and gets to learn about the world. And the poeple who stole are the members of the band Die Antwoord (God damn it…). So they basically teach this stolen robot they name Chappie (Sharlto Copley) to do bad shit and not to be a scientific marvel. Seeing the progression of a robot from innocent child to vastly intelligent adult would be so cool if they didn’t fuck around with the whole Die Antwoord thing. It isn’t interesting seeing Chappie be a gangsta (not gangster) and see these two assholes as his parents. There are so many great opportunities for great story development, but for this one they went in a pretty weird direction.

The characters in this movie are not interesting in the slightest… except for Chappie. The reason he works as a character is because he is pretty conflicted about who/what he is in this movie and he’s not a straigh-up dick. I will also say that Sharlto Copley with his performance capture really did a great job as Chappie, bringing so much humanity to the role. Dev Patel did a good job as Deon, but his character didn’t feel like he was properly used. The two members from Die Antwoord were not good in this movie. My guess is that they were hired because director Neill Blomkamp is a fan which I think is great, he can be a fan of them if he wants to… but that doesn’t make the decision to cast them in such major roles a good idea. Hugh Jackman I think did a fine job even though he is stuck in the same situation as Dev Patel where he wasn’t properly used since they went with the kind of wrong story opportunities. And Sigourney Weaver had nothing to do in this movie… she was a little unnecesary. And saying that about such a great actress really hurts my heart. So I guess to conclude this part: the acting was fine, but the characters (except for Chappie) were all pretty bad.

Finally… something I can give some praise! The score for “Chappie” was composed by Hans Zimmer and while it’s not one of his best, it’s still really good. It worked for the movie and helped bring out emotions and feelings that could not have come forth without the score. And as you may have expected, there is music by Die Antwoord in the movie as well. And while it didn’t ruin the movie, I have to say that I’m not a big fan. If you like it, great. But I am really not a big fan.

The directing in the movie is really good, but that is something I have come to expect from this director after having seen his two previous movies. The movie looks sleek and everything is overall well directed. And as in Blomkamp’s previous movies, the CGI looks pretty fucking amazing. Blomkamp knows how to blend it in perfectly without making it bloated and distracting, it all actually looked very real. And the action in the movie is pretty good as well, nothing spectacular, but still pretty entertaining. And I can say that despite the story being a little bit of a fail, it still kept my attention all the way through and it had a good pace to it. So it’s not slow and boring and dull and everything like that.

This movie was not very well received by the people or the critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 31% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 41/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,9/10.

So “Chappie” was a bit of a fuck up. The story missed every good thing it could do and none of the characters (except for Chappie) were interesting. However, the movie did have great music, fantastic visual effects and some good action scenes. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Chappie” is a 6,97/10. While it’s not as good as I hoped it would be, I do still think it’s worth a rental.
Rent it

My review of “Chappie” is now done.

I got nothing celver to say here.

Movie Review: Alien (1979)

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As October is coming to a close, so does “The Month of Spooks”. That’s right, this will be the final review for “The Month of Spooks” and that is why I started it in such a cliché way. And I thought therefore that the final review would be for one of the first horror movies I ever saw and hell, it’s even one of the first that I ever enjoyed. But do I still like it after a few years of not seeing it. So we are ending the series of horror reviews in a pretty big way.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a big hand to… “Alien”.

So in the movie “Alien” we follow the crew of a giant cargo ship called the Nostromo as they receive a distress call from a seemingly unexplored planet. But after their search for survivors come up with jack shit… sort of. When they return to the ship and plan to leave they learn that some strange biological life form has come aboard and wants to murder them all. So it’s a fight for survival as they try to get home and make sure to not be killed by this Alien. The concept is pretty simple, it’s kind of like “Jaws” but with a scary fucking space alien in a close quarters environment instead of a shark in the ocean. And how is it executed? Saying that it was done well would such an understatement. The story not only is presented in a well told way, but is is also suspenseful and scary. The reason this all works so well is that they keep it very confined and doesn’t stretch it out too far into something that it isn’t. I also like how it explores a very realistic science fiction universe. And the entire way the suspense is real and the scary bits are least said terrifying. Great job, plot of “Alien”!

Since this basically is a monster movie, you expect that the majority of the characters will die at some point. The interesting part is though that you don’t want them to bite the dust in this movie. Yeah, these characters aren’t just tasty snacks for the alien in the movie, but they all feel like actual people who you care about, even if they at times are dicks. And the acting is really good in the movie, and it’s great to see that there are so many well known actors here. Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt… we got a great selection of people here. And they all perfectly nail it in the movie!

The score for the movie is about as tense as the story. Yes, I think it’s pretty damn great. It got a lot of subtle tracks which sort of just lie in the background as ambient noise, but then we also got a lot of the tense and action-y tracks which made my heart race. And who do we have to thank for all of this? The combined forces of Jerry Goldsmith and Lionel Newman, that’s who!

This movie is almost 40 years old and the visual effects still hold up brilliantly. And the overall directing is pretty damn fantastic as well, all perfectly orchestrated by Ridley Scott who despite some failures, is one of the greatest directors ever. And of course we have to give some awkward and creeped out love to H.R. Giger who designed the alien in the movie, it is scary and will live on forever as one of the coolest monsters ever. And the sets all look fantastic and oh my god, everything in the technical department is just amazing in this movie! I’m sorry, I can’t help but praise the praise-worthy stuff in this movie, it’s just great in that sense.

This movie has gotten some pretty great reception over the years. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 97% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 83/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars and has it on his “Great Movies” list. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,5/10 and is ranked #52 on the “Top 250” list. The movie also won 1 Oscar in the category of Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for 1 additional Oscar in the category of Best set decoration. 

Guys, “Alien” is one of the first horror movies I remember seeing and actually enjoying. And that memory is now justified with a tense, scary, well acted, perfectly directed movie that also has great sets, visual effects and music. Time for my final score. *Hiss*. My final score for “Alien” is a 9,88/10. It most certainly, without a single doubt gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Alien” has now been reviewed.

In Space, no one can hear you scream…