Iron Fist Season 1. My thoughts

Spoiler Warning. If you haven’t seen the show, I do get into some spoilers.

Having finished Iron Fist now, I do have some thoughts on it. I found it to be an entertaining show overall. It had some pacing issues for sure, and I can sort of understand some of the criticism leveled on those first six episodes, or rather the hate for Danny Rand , about him not being believable , and coming off as insincere or even miscast because Finn Jones , like Danny Rand is white……..

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Logan Review

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9th time’s the charm ? No, not at all. Logan delivers more of the same only with added cg blood and limbs flying every which way . Oh , and the F word. So many F words that it just gets unintentionally funny. Unimaginative, uneventful , and ultimately boring. That’s my takeaway after seeing Logan. Which I hope is the last time we see this version of the iconic Marvel character onscreen.

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Rogue One : A Star Wars Review ( Spoiler free )

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My oh my how the time flies. I must say that going into this one I had my shoulders down a hell of a lot more than I did when seeing The Force Awakens for the first time. The first in a hopefully long line of stand alone Star Wars Anthology films, Rogue One brings back the magic in a serious way.

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Captain America 3 : Civil War Review

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Captain America 3 : The Winter Soldier Part 2 aka Avengers 3 : Civil War was an awesome and fun action thriller roller coaster ride !

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Razz Reviews ROOM

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Spoiler-ish. But If you have seen the trailer, then I really won’t spoil anything for you here.

 

 

I finally got around to watching ROOM last night. I’ve been putting it off for a long time ,partially due to the subject matter , but also due to the genre. I’m not the biggest fan of drama, and when there are so many films queuing up ,films like this are easily put at the back of the line.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel of the same name, the film tells the story of Joy (Brie Larson) and her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who have been held captive for seven years in an enclosed space, who finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

The story is very well told, and the actors here do a damn fine job portraying these characters . Much has been said of Brie Larson´s performance , which is without doubt an award winning performance. But for me it’s the performance by Jacob Tremblay that really caught me by surprise. More often than not, child actors are terrible. And in a film like this, which above all else is about the relationship between parent and child , this movie could have easily fallen apart if they had cast a “Jake Lloyd”.

Jacob Tremblay’s only previous outing into film before ROOM was as Blue Winslow in the live-action animated film The Smurfs 2, and I seriously doubt that the kid learned anything of significance acting wise on that show. But in Room this kid is incredible. He displays the entire spectrum of emotion damn near flawlessly, and throughout the film I kept thinking this kid would have given Leo a run for his money in the Best Actor category.

As I said , my trepidation about this film was the subject matter. There have been some well documented cases the last few years about situations like this , which unfortunately, and for most people unfathomably is a very real thing. But if you are having those same feeling and putting off watching this film for the same reason, then rest assured that this is NOT a horror movie. It’s a very warm, and moving depiction about the relationship between a mother and her child who just happen to be in a very messed up situation. We get the sense that the real horror of the situation has preceded the events in which we find the characters when the movie begins. Joy has been in the ROOM for 7 years, and In this time she has given birth to her son Jack , who has never known anything about the outside world. Joy has deliberately mislead Jack about the reality of their situation,and indeed about the world at large, which as far as Jack is concerned is all tv-magic. But at the outset of the film , having just “celebrated” Jack´s fifth birthday , she endeavours to explain the situation they are in , in order to enlist his help in an attempt to escape their dire predicament. The scenes between Joy and Jack at this stage are exceptionally good. And the scenes where she tries to explain the difference between real, and tv-real will resonate with just about anyone who has ever tried to explain anything to a five year old child.

The second half of the film is about Joy and Jack acclimatizing to the real world after being kept hostage for so long. Here Tremblay again outshines Larson , as all of it is shown from Jack’s point of view. Having never been outside of the Room , never seeing the sky, a tree , a car, or other people ,  the sensory overload for this kid is brilliantly portrayed.

The supporting cast shines here as well , with Joan Allen playing Joy´s mother ,  Tom McCamus playing her new husband and William H Macy playing Joy´s father.  In truth Macy has very little screentime. The disappearance of Joy devastated her parents marriage, and her father is the one who seems least equipped to deal with her return. But the film does not get lost by dwelling too much on these supporting characters. It wisely keeps the focus on Joy and Jack throughout, and I can not stress enough how good this kid is from start to finish. It really is HIS movie.

So if you have not had a chance to see the film yet I highly recommend it. I would be damn surprised if Brie Larson doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, and Jacob Tremblay…….  did i mention how great he his yet ?  Well he is !

I will be watching this movie again, as I’m sure it will be an even better experience the second time around.

-Razz

 

Razzbender Reviews Star Wars The Force Awakens

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10:00am this Wednesday morning December 16th I saw Star Wars The Force Awakens . And 17:40 pm later today I will see it again with my brothers and sisters. And I am really looking forward to seeing it again.

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Razz Reviews Jessica Jones Episode 2 AKA Crush Syndrome

SPOILERS !!   IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN EPISODES 1 AND 2 , THEN WHY ARE READING THIS ?

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So first of I have to sadly admit that I was wrong about Jessica and Trish being possibly former lovers. They are childhood friends. And although they might have practised kissing each other at some point in the fictional friendship, I doubt we’ll be seeing anything of the sort during this 13 episode series. Im bummed out about it. Let’s move on.

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The episode kicks off as the aftermath of episode one is being investigated by the police. Jessica is brought in for questioning and is none to pleased about it.  The police find pictures of Luke Cage in her apartment , which they searched without a warrant, and no god damn reason at all. Im not sure why, but they see Lukes picture and immediately suspect he might be involved with the crime at hand. A gun crime. A double homicide no less.  Now I won’t speculate why the police would think that. Some picture of some random dude in a girls apartment , who herself has not committed a crime. New York’s finest, at their finest.

But despite Jessica telling them what’s what, the police still question Luke about the case. Leaving Jessica in a problematic position, having to explain why she has been taking pictures of Luke in the first place. So she does what any woman would do in her position. She lies about it. This helps little or nothing with Luke , who for reasons unknown wants very little attention brought to himself, especially from law enforcement.  He tells Jessica to back off, and leave him be.  She does.

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Much of the episode is dedicated to Jessica trying to help Hope, who is now looking at murder charges for killing her parents. Jessica knows Hope was under the control of Kilgrave, and with the offering of an ” I owe you” to corporate lawyer Jeryn Hogarth, she gets her to defend Hope.  That was not the lawyer I had hoped would take the case, but anyway. The show does a great job in showing off Jessicas investigation skills. And all actors are on point throughout .

Jessica’s investigation leads her to several other victims of Kilgraves control, and the realization that if rendered unconscious by surgical anesthesia , he will lose his abilities . Although not yet being fully seen onscreen, Kilgraves presence , like in the first episode, looms over head.

The investigation takes a slight detour however when Jessica’s earlier lie to Luke Cage comes back to bite square in her perfect ass.

Telling Luke that she had pictures on him because the husband of Lukes “booty calls” hired her, prompts Luke to break off this relationship, and believing that the husband already must know about the affair, the distraught cheating wife comes clean to her RUGBY playing husband, who unsurprisingly is pretty pissed off.   He decides to take this out on Luke Cage. And he decides its best to bring his offensive line with him.  Jessica learns of this and arrives just in time to join in on a pretty wicked bar fight. In said bar fight both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage see that the other is not quite normal.

Cage later shows up at Jessica’s apartment to confront her about her abilities. And at the same time to show off his own amazing abilities using a power saw and his abdomen.  So now they both know that they are superpowered freaks.  And what happens when superpowered freaks meet ??

They get their freak on !!

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I’m still enjoying the hell out of the show. There are a few minor plot points that I skipped mentioning, and I’m sure they will come back to haunt me.  On To Episode 3 !!  ( well actually 4, I already watched episode 3…..)

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-Razz