Spider-Man: Homecoming ReviewΒ 

From the moment I saw Tom Holland as Spider-Man in Civil War, I have been super excited for Homecoming to be released so I could finally watch it. I had high expectations for this film and I wasn't disappointed!  But before I begin my review, I will give those you haven't seen it a fair warning. There may SPOILERS ahead!

Firstly, I have to say that Tom Holland is my favourite Spider-Man to date. Honestly, as a superhero, I've never really been a fan of Spider-Man but Tom Holland has changed that. He doesn't just play Spider-Man, he is Spider-Man! He plays both the superhero and the teenage boy part of the role to perfection. His scenes with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr.) were probably some of my favourite and as result, I cannot wait for Infinity War when he will almost definitely have more interactions with Tony and the rest of the Avengers. 

Other characters that I really loved in this film were The Vulture (Michael Keaton), Ned (Jacob Batalan) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). The Vulture is up there with Loki as one of the best Marvel Villians out there. Furthermore, the reason why the Vulture turned to crime is so relatable that you can't help but sympathise with the character. It's refreshing to see a villain that isn't villainous for villainous sake. Ned was the best, best friend that Peter could ask for and often he felt speaking on behalf of the audience. Moreover, Aunt May was so cool and funny. In fact, I love the direction they went with this character, it really worked with the whole direction of the film as a whole. Overall, the cast for this film were mostly amazing and well chosen. One of the things I loved the most was the fact that these high schoolers actually looked like they could be high schoolers in a diverse place like New York. That's rare to see and something that should be largely applauded. 

The actions sequences were great particularly the boat scene and the plane scene at the end. They were well-chereographed (if that's the right word) and clear. What's more, you could always see the Peter Parker had a plan and wasn't shooting aimlessly and winning by accident. I also loved when the suit's AI was turned on and began interacting with Peter. Karen was hilarious and I hope she's back for the next film. 

If I had to pick something to criticise, I'd have to say that I don't feel like Zendaya really needed to be in this film. That's not to say I did not like her character because she did have some funny lines. However, I feel like her contribution as Michelle (or MJ 😮😮) wasn't integral and she could have been put the next film with more of a substantial role.

Overall, this was brilliant film with superb acting, great action sequences and side splitting comedic scenes. Over the course of the movie, I laughed, I cried and I fangirled. Rating wise, it was solid 5/5 as I can't really find much fault with it. 

So what did you think of Spidey this time around? Leave your thoughts in a comment below 😊

Poldark Series 3 Episode 6 Review

Whilst watching Sunday’s episode of Poldark I was reminded of two things:

  1. Aunt Agatha is a boss
  2. George Warleggan is a dick

It seemed like this episode was George Warleggan’s turn to ‘win’ against Ross in their endless and pointless feud. Of course, whenever Ross wins, everybody cheers because the poor people are given food and work, good men are rescued and everyone is generally better off for it. However, when George wins, it’s an entirely different story. In this episode, George’s win saw a Drake being locked up and almost sentenced to death for ‘theft’, even though, the object in question was almost certainly gifted. But, the slimy social climber did spare Drake’s life… only to condemn Morwenna to lifetime of despair as the wife of that repulsive clergyman. This was all in effort to improve his own social standing! It just goes to show the lengths that George Warleggan will go to buy what he can’t inherit. 

As a result, this episode seemingly marked the tragic end for Morwenna and Drake’s burgeoning relationship which is a huge shame, especially since everything was going well for the pair. But you never know what the future will hold, so maybe there’s hope for these characters. 

Furthermore, another example of tragedy and broken relationships was that of Caroline and Dwight. The recently reunited newlyweds seem to be in some difficulty since Dwight has come back from the French prison. He’s suffering from PTSD, something that Caroline and most of her contemporaries are unable to understand nor treat. However, with some encouragement from Hugh Armitage and Ross Poldark, Dwight is able to open up and tell Caroline about his trauma. This was a sweet scene to see, I really hope that these guys get the moment of happiness and joy that they truly deserve.

Now whilst there was a lot of despair and tragedy in this weeks episode, their was also a lot of laughs too- mainly involving Toads and Aunt Agatha. 

Aunt Agatha continues to the real MVP of the series as her witty dialogue and useful insights make her the best character in the show. It’s especially fun to watch her mock George. Although, judging from the preview of next week’s episode, will she go too far?

Overall, this was a good episode and I can’t wait to see what happens next. But did you think of this episode? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below 😊😊

    To the Bone- Film Review

    There was a lot of controversy surrounding this film on the subject of whether it glorified Eating Disorders. So, I wanted to watch the film and decide for myself whether the criticism it was receiving was justified- and also, I wanted to see if it was a good film. Here is what I thought: 

    Firstly, in my completely subjective and non-ED suffering point of view, I do not believe that ‘To the Bone’ glorifies Eating Disorders in any way. As I watched the film, I found myself confronted by the harsh realities of living with an Eating Disorder. In my opinion, the film showed the absolute harsh and brutal reality of living with an ED and how it effects those around you. In fact, as a person who doesn’t really know much about Earing Disorders, the film was extremely informative. It showed me that EDs don’t discriminate by age, race, gender, sex and sexuality. Therefore, I think it is a great example of why films that tackle this issue must be made and shown more often. 

    Regarding the plot, I have to say that it was nothing extradinary as nothing really happened. It basically just followed Eli/Ellen (Lily Collins) as she takes part in Dr. Beckham (Keanu Reeves) inpatient program in efforts to get better. 

    Without a doubt, I have to say that the film was well acted with Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves being the standout performers. Watching Lily play Ellen/Eli, I really did see the struggle of living with an ED whilst watching Keanu, I did really feel like he was this caring no nonsense doctor who wanted to see his patients get better and live. 

    However, one of the things that partially spoiled my enjoyment was the romance between Luke  (Alex Sharp) and Eli/Ellen. I feel like the main focus in this film should have been the Eli’s recovery not this unnecessary romance. Furthermore, I really didn’t like when he asked her to stay because he needed her. I feel like that was too much pressure to place on someone who was going through their own stuff and was clearly spiralling. In addition, the bottle feeding scene was super weird and took me out of the film a little bit. It just felt really random and out of place but maybe it just me lol.

    And one last thing, I really didn’t like the bit where they lied about having cancer in order to get the waitress to serve them alcohol. (A bit random I know). I feel like that was a bit selfish as that woman could have lost her job because of it. To manipulate her in that way was not funny and not necessary.

    To conclude, whilst the film tackled many important issues and tackled them well, the film itself was nothing remarkable or groundbreaking. That’s not say itwas awful, so in terms of ratings I would give it 3/5 stars 

    So what did you think of the film? And in your opinion, does it glorify Eating Disorders? Write your thoughts in a comment ! πŸ™‚

    Before I fall- Film Review

    After my last experience watching a similar film on Netflix (cue shameless promotion of You Get Me blog post) I was a little apprehensive about watching this film. However, I have to admit that I kind of enjoyed it. The film is far from perfect but it is watchable and even enjoyable, at times. But before I start this review I’m gonna put out a SPOILER warning for all those who may wish to watch it. You’ve been warned!

    The plot for this film is fairly simple, think teen high school drama meets ground hog day. The main character Samantha (Zoey Deutch) wakes up expecting her day to be absolutely fantastic. It’s Cupid day, so she’s looking forward to receiving loads of roses and finally pop her cherry with her “amazing” boyfriend Rob (Kian Lawley). However, her day doesn’t go as planned as her and her friends go to this party where they proceed to harass the weird loner girl from their school Juliet (Elena Kampouris). This altercation sours their night to the point where they decide to leave, only to later get into an accident with a truck. Normally, that would be the end but Samantha soon discovers she was mistaken when she realises that she’s reliving that same awful day. The film then follows Sam as she attempts to end the loop that she is stuck in.

    Firstly, I think the film was a bit lazy in its characterisation, for example, I knew straight away that Samantha and her friends were going to be a group of rich, mean, popular girls for these reasons:

    1. The way Samantha spoke to her parents and younger sister
    2. The way they discusssed the amount of roses that they had gotten previously and how much they expected to get this year
    3. The fact that they call each other ‘sluts’ and ‘bitches’

    There are plenty more examples like this that focus on the central group of friends, but I have to say that these stereotypes weren’t exclusive to those characters. In fact, every character could be stereotyped in a similar fashion for example, the douche boyfriend was exactly that- a douche boyfriend, the grungy, hipster lesbian had lines like “I’m in heteronormative hell!” that firmly grounded her in that specific stereotype and lastly, Juilet the apparent class weirdo dressed in odd clothes, painted dark and unusual paintings and sat by herself at lunch.

    There were attempts to add depth to these characters which were somewhat successful but whether they were enough to stop them from being standard high school stereotypes is something I’m not too sure of.

    However, negatives aside, I quite enjoyed seeing Sam relive each day and eventually get her redemption. I thought “to hell with it phase” was hilarious as well as being the moment where she really stuck it to her horrible friends in particular, Lindsay (Halston Sage).

    Furthermore, the ending completely took me by surprise. A pleasant one at that! I was expecting a complete happy ending but I was so wrong. I thought that if she fixed everything about that day, she would skip off into the sunset a new and better woman (with better friends) but that did not happen. Admittedly, this ending was way better as it was in a way, more satisfying.

    So to conclude, this was a standard teen drama, tropes and all, but with an interesting twist. The film was definitely watchable though nothing outstanding and as a result, I’ll give it 3/5 stars.

    So what did you think about the film? What do think abou the ending? Feel free to leave a comment telling me your thoughts on the matter πŸ™‚

    Castlevania Review

    Having never seen or heard about the Castlevania games before, I had nothing to go on except the trailers released by Netflix. They gave me an idea of what I thought the series would be like, however, when I actually began to watch it, I was surprised. But pleasantly so!

    My first big surprise from the series was how gory it was. Honestly, I’m not really that squeamish and I’m quite used to fantasy style violence however, there was one scene where a hell monster had a presumably dead baby in its mouth. As a series, I have to admit that it was pretty dark but that’s not to say that it was bad, just a little unexpected.

    My second big surprise was how funny the characters were. I absolutely love all the main characters particularly Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage). He was everything that you want in a protagonist; interesting, funny and relatable. As a result, I am looking forward to seeing him interact with the other two main characters more. This is due to the fact that this season was very much a set-up season, which saw the band come together, before taking the fight to Dracula. Dracula being another character that was different to what I expected yet, I liked him all the same and wished that we had more time with him. To be honest, for small moment at the beginning, I was Team Dracula! But I wasn’t really a fan of the whole genocide revenge plot, so I had to switch back to team Human.

    My third surprise was the action sequences and how good they were. I very interested to see how action sequences are portrayed in series and films. There is this tendency to speed action sequences up so that the protagonist looks super impressive slicing through the fodder *cough* King Arthur: Legend of the Sword *cough*, but it reality, you can’t see anything and the fight looks way too easy. However, Castlevania wasn’t like that, instead, in every fight scene you could see Trevor thinking his way to victory, something that is always more entertaining for me. Also, the magic in the series was looked pretty impressive too, which is always a bonus.

    If I had any complaints, it was with the overall length of the season. I began watching watching Castlevania hoping to have a nice long binge watching session of about 10 hour long episodes. Therefore, you can imagine my devastation when I realised that the series was only FOUR episodes long!! And the episodes were only 23 minutes each!! I can’t help but feel a little cheated! But with longer season 2 being commissioned, it’s smiles all around. πŸ˜€

    So here you have it, my review of Castlevania on Netflix, if you want to discuss something, feel free to leave a comment.

    Poldark Series 3 Episode 5 Review

    This week’s episode of Poldark is definitely my favourite so far in the series! It had everything from witty one-liners and daring rescue attempts to shameless social climbing and devastating heart break.

    Realising that all my reviews of late haven’t been marked as having spoilers in them, I’ve decided that from now on I’ll now declare that fact at the beginning so no one has the episode ruined for them. So, you’ve been warned!!!

    This week’s episode began on a fairly happy and hopeful note. Caroline was in high spirits over the possibility of Dwight being rescued by Loyalists whilst Morwenna was all smiles at Trenwith with Drake and Geoffrey Charles. It would do anyone good to be away from George Warleggan and the creepy Reverend Whitworth (Christian Brassington).

    However, if I have learned anything from watching TV, it’s that happiness rarely ever lasts and it is usually followed by some kind of tragic event. And that formula was proved accurate again as the sad times just kept on rolling in.

    It began with the breakup of Morwenna and Drake after Aunt Agatha joined the likes of Demelza and Sam to counsel against the pairing. At least Aunt Agatha didn’t use the excuse of their different stations this time because that argument is really beginning to grate on my nerves. Demelza did just fine, so why is Drake any different? Furthermore, even though the “Warleggan is a dick” excuse made sense, I still found myself asking- what more could that pompous twat really do? However, something tells me I’ll soon find out.

    The next batch of tragic events came in the form of the news that the Loyalist landing was unlikely to be successful in freeing the POWs. As a result, Ross came up with a daring plan to sail to the coast and break Enys out of prison. It was a brilliant scene that led to the Dwight’s liberation but the cost was great. Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth) was fatally shot, his body left behind on the Continent. It was devastating to see one of Ross’ most Ride and Die friends die but I suppose it had to happen. If everyone came back from such a dangerous mission without any real casualties or injuries then it wouldn’t really seem all that dangerous.

    But there were some happy events in this episode such as the cute reunion between the Caroline and Dwight- though I wonder how long that happy moment will last. Moreover, the rescue attempt resulted in the liberation of Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) whose powerful uncle will make an useful ally for Ross, who has a desperate need for friends in high places.

    Additionally, it looks as if Elizabeth is coming back around as she is clearly taking no joy in George Warleggan’s attempts to demean Ross. It’s a shame that it took an opium addiction for her to come round…

    So, here’s my review on the episode. Feel free to leave a comment!

    Series that Deserved Another Season

    Don’t you just hate it when you begin watching a series, it gets really good and then it gets cancelled at the end of its first/second season?

    This is one of the main reasons why I hate getting emotionally attached to the programs I watch. However, the welcome revelation that Sense8 was returning for a 2 hour series finale next year had me thinking of other programs I wish got the same or similar treatment. Here’s a list of them:

    • Constantine (2014-2015)

    I was absolutely devastated when this series was cancelled because I thought that it was brilliant. I thought the series was dark, funny and interesting with potential to be great given time. Matt Ryan was fantastic in the flawed hero role that I have come to love. What’s more, the end of the series had a shocking revelation about who the real villain was. I was really looking foward to how it would have all played out, but I guess I’ll never know…

     

    • Star-Crossed (2014)

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    Star-Crossed was a CW show that I feel was misjudged based on that fact. Although, the main bulk of it was a romance between a human (Aimee Teegardan) and an alien refugee (Matt Lanter), the show was able to touch upon some really important themes particularly regarding civil and human rights. In fact, I remember the best episode being one where one of the aliens fights for the right to join the swim team. For me, the focus on civil rights in this episode made it stand out and be relevant. Also, one of the main characters was pansexual, a definite win for LGBTQ+ representation in an era where representation is desperately needed. Furthermore, this show was the prime example of the saying,

    “Good things come to all who wait”.

    I say this because the finale was amazing and resulted in a cliff hanger that will now remain forever unresolved. To my eternal torment!

    • Alphas (2011-2012)Image result for alphas tv show

    Alphas was a brilliant sci-fi show with a fantastic premise, cool characters played by awesome actors and amazing story arcs that kept me coming back every week. It’s also another show that ended in cliffhanger that will never be resolved. And so, my torment continues…

    • Emerald City (2017)Image result for emerald city

    Emerald City was a pretty decent series that re-imagined the world of Oz that we all know and love. Emerald City was a fresh take on the Wizard of Oz story that managed to be interesting, entertaining and representative too! It is a real shame that there will not be a second season as I feel like the World of Oz presented in the show had a lot more to give.

    • Agent Carter (2015-2016)Image result for agent carter

    Agent Carter was a fun, action packed and entertaining show with one of best female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the helm. Hayley Atwell’s performance as Peggy was exceptional and her relationship with Jarvis (James D’Arcy) was something to be cherished. Hayley Atwell deserved better!!

     

    So this is my list, if you have any more shows to add, leave a comment πŸ™‚