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The Defenders

As the cold front finally swept Durban this weekend, I was stuck for the most part at home. I was searching Netflix for something to watch. And there it was; The Defenders or as I like to call the Marvel’s TV Avengers. So of course I made some popcorn, brewed some tea and settled down to watch it.

The series is neatly packaged in an 8 episode box which means no out of place fillers. As the series starts we find the 4 members in the aftermath of their solo series. I won’t get into the specifics there in odd chance you may have still not watched the solo runs (as if). I will however say that you don’t need to watch them to appreciate this series. The series uses the characters to shed light on each other’s past and that gives us as much hindsight as one needs to follow the show.

However he series does suffer a tad bit from the merge as each character had a different tone for their solo outings. It isn’t glaringly noticeable but fans of Daredevil will notice a lighter tone…marginally. Other than that the characters do mesh well and have a decent rapport. The slowly growing friendship between Luke and Danny is evident. Fans of the comic will be happy to see this evolve into their close friendship, especially because of their vastly different backgrounds. Matt is back too and still steals the limelight; he is the A-lister after all.

The show brings back the Hand, which was expected after the finale of Daredevil. This time we get a better look of them as we delve into their underbelly. This is where series tends to shine best, unlike movies they aren’t anchored by run times and have the luxury of being able to fully flesh out their characters. The Hand is fully explored and the motivations slowly addressed.The series moves at a steady rate, with enough action and drama to keep one engaged. I watched in on an 8 hour bender but strongly advise against that. Splitting it 2 ways is the best. This is no Stranger Thing and does not grip as well. But it is a strong entry and is genuinely entertaining. There are dull moments in the show but thankfully they are few and far apart. The show still isn’t as polished as it could have been, but its fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes almost guarantees a second season, here they can remedy the shortcomings suffered in its primary outing.

To wrap things up I will say Marvel may have stumbled a bit recently especially with Iron Fist, but this brings them back to their usual standards. The best part is there was no shoehorning any movie stuff or setting up the next series, which lead to a more concise story.

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Batman v Superman: The Review

Batman V Superman, the mother of all match ups finally did its Superhero landing this past Friday. And what a landing!

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The movie seems to be critically panned by most yet is set to make mega moola.

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So how did it really fare?

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*super minor spoilers ahead*

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Firstly the darkness of the movie was a breath of fresh air compared to all the humour we get from Marvel (don’t get me wrong I love the Stark/Banner Banter but too much one thing can be detrimental fro ones health ) but I also feel that they drenched it in darkness when a good soak was all that was needed. A little more humour would have balance it more.

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The movie did feel cluttered at times but with Snyder having to manages 3 heroes and world/franchise building I can let that slide which is more poor editing than bad direction. But like I said before the shared universe has that effect and it’s a symptom we will have to live with if we want this multi-verse to continue.There were some obvious plot holes that may be done on purpose and this shall only reveal itself in future instalments or could be just poor story telling.

The film is well cast ( more on that later) and for the most part well directed. There are some camera angles that seem less that courteous to the scene at times. Visually it is stunning, but with such a long development period I would expected nothing short of spectacular. The score felt right and my favourite was that of Wonder Woman in the final act.

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Moving on to the cast, Batfleck seems to have nailed the Dark Knight but falls a little short on Bruce Wayne as there are times when it feels they are the same character and it shouldn’t, but time will heal that wound and IMO he has earned his seat as a worthy successor to Bale. His relationship with Alfred is captured beautifully and a key moment was him making old Al a cup of coffee. A scene that clearly defined there relationship is more than what appears on the surface.

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Cavill seems to be settling into his role well and his second outing is an improvement, even his physique is larger. His romance with Lois felt a little fast tracked but again nothing one cant get past to enjoy the film. Ms Lane’s character is served well as one can but visually she looks a bit old for Clark but who am I to judge what Supe’s into these days.

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Wonder Woman is a scene stealer in the best sense, her beauty, her strength and charisma shines through and will surely cement success in her solo outing. The only negative is that we never have enough of her.

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Lex I must admit shattered all my fears of Eisenberg playing the role. His malice is unmatched (until a certain new green haired freak makes his début ) and his genius is on point. While others may say his eccentric was over the top, I applaud it and felt it was what would be in his youth in this time. He is so full of himself as only a Luther can be.

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Snapping back to the film itself, I felt it delivered, adapting key Batman and Superman stories write out of comic book history and blending them together to create a cohesive story. So yes the movie is flawed is some ways but it certainly didn’t deserve the global panning which will probably hurt its box office returns.

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This movie isn’t made to win over critics, it isn’t made to collect Oscars, it was made for the fans. It was made as fun popcorn blockbuster that brings together the holy trinity. And in that regards it succeeds.

All in all it is a solid entry into DC’s cinematic universe and even warrants a second viewing.

Lets give it a hard earned 4/5

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As always BRING DA MAYHEM!!!!!!!!!!!

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Deadpool Review

 

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I am not going to lie, I have been waiting for this movie for almost a decade so maybe my view maybe a little skewed, but then again when it comes to Deadpool you kinda need a skewed view to truly appreciate him.

In a world now filled with superheroes and world building, we get the refreshing enema in the form of Wade Wilson, the fan favourite Merc with a Mouth (and thank God it aint sworn shut).

The movie lives up the the well marketed hype and then some, even the opening credits reminds you, you aint in Kansas no more Dorothy.

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The movie keeps the plot simple, while some might find that a bit boring for a Deadpool movie I felt it was necessary otherwise it would have distracted the average movie goer from the oddity (shout out to my boy ) of the movie itself. and that’s what Tim Miller has done well here, stayed true to the core character without alienating the general audience. But that’s not only what he and star Ryan Reynolds do well. They show us they can do X-Men better than X-Men, case in point Colossus. Never has the character been better depicted, from the thick Russian accent to the physique and his humble persona.

I will admit the villains were pretty underdeveloped but the movie makes you forget that with the well placed wit and humour… oh the humour, always the right dosage, always the right time.

In short Deadpool is a fun filled ride that’s the perfect break from all the intense franchise and their sometimes convoluted shares universe. You don’t need to catch up on 7 movies to know what is going on, you don’t need to buy a mountain load of back issues to understand the character. All you need is a barrel of popcorn and large soda and you will get your moneys worth.

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The movie gets a slightly biased 5/5 simply for being totally original when the only options where dark or light. Being grey has never been so colourful.  Oh and to my Deadpool fans….

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Ant-Man The (micro) Review

Ant-Man…

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In the spirit of Ant Man I will keep this review as small as possible :-)

What on odd choice for a big screen adaptation, why choose ants when you can have the X-Men or Fantastic 4… oh right….

But honestly this is a fun movie, and very refreshing.

The choice was originally a coin toss between mission impossible and this and I am glad it won the toss.

Paul Rudd is loveable as the protagonist, as his charm shines through a pretty standard script. Don’t get me wrong the premise is original, a heist superhero movie (Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t count as it set in outer space <thinly veiled sarcasm>).

 

 

 

 

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The movie moves at a healthy pace with decent character development, and laced with plenty of humour similar to GOTG and just like the space adventure has that unique obscurity that helps it feel different from previous Marvel films.

There is the long haul to the end of the film to see any real action but the journey there is filled with some interesting shots of the microverse.

Rudd’s charm is perfectly suited for this picture and Eff (from the Strain) shows us his other half as the bad guy.

In short this is a good but not great film, nothing really light you on fire and the Avengers tie in feels a bit forced. I doubt this will light the box office on fire but its Marvel so…

3.5/5

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Terminator Genysis

Another late review…

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Due to circumstances I was not able to watch this on its initial release, which to me was a great loss as I thought that this instalment had great promise.

After watching it I still stand by that statement.

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The movie is actually entertaining, which an idealistic mix of humour, action and science fiction. It would have had suspense of a good twist too had the trailer not blown away its best surprise so early.

The movie isn’t T2 quality but I suppose nothing ever will be, what it is though is spades better than T3 which was like a poorly made remake or it predecessor and Salvation which had such promise but kinda folded on its self.

This movie is a great popcorn flick and adds to the terminator universe. Acting might be a little wooden and the relationship between Sarah and Kyle feels more forced than Arnie’s smile.  But the mythology  is given a nice addition and if the sequel gets green lit could make for an interesting trilogy.

Seriously go out and watch this if you get a chance… still a better watch Fanlastic 4 (sorry couldnt resist)

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Arkham Knight Action Figure Series

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The highly anticipated game is here, and with it comes the merchandise. The good thing is Arkham takes as much pride with their merchandise as their game development. The Action series in particular has always been stellar. Even now the original Arkham Asylum Joker is highly sought after.

 

The first wave has already been released and I have already picked up 2 (should have gotten the Batman too darn it!). Harley Quinn and Scarecrow.

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Gone is the old blister packs, and now we have gorgeous boxes (great for those who keep their figures in packages). The figures have really evolved from the Asylum days and the detail is far superior to anything in its prices range. I love this rendition of Harley as it makes her look real while still preserving her craziness and sex appeal. Scarecrow is scarier than ever and looks the part as one half of the games central villain.

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This is the first wave with the second coming soon, Arkham Knight seems to be the elusive one from the entire series, so grab it if you have the chance. I very rarely collect or attempt to collect an entire series but I think this has earned that.

It is very well priced and detailed as i stated earlier. I will be updating this article as more of these pieces make it to my hands. I do hope they maximize the amount of characters they release and if this is the final game then bring them all.

PS: game review will be live later this week.

As always bring the MAYHEM!!!

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Jurassic World Review

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I will take you into this review the way I was taken into the movie…..

It was all ho hum until the monorail started approaching the gates and you see the doors “Jurassic World” and the open with the theme music softly playing in the background.

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Needless to say it sent shivers down my spine (o-saurus?)

The plot slowly manifests itself as it establishes the core characters, while giving you a nice tour of the theme park. And what a tour, the 3D work on this movie is breathtaking.There are scenes that truly take in, and then scenes that have something coming at you. And it isn’t forced, like hey this is the 3D part and something just flew at you. Its sometimes little things,but mostly just feels polished.

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The action is amped and plenty, however the thrilling suspense building isn’t as great as the first one was. Speaking of the first, there is plenty homage to it, some direct and some not to direct, but it doesn’t feel forced. It feels right. I do warn you though if you walk in looking to emulate that feeling you got when you first saw dinosaurs come to life then you will be left disappointed.  The movie pays tribute and brings some of the original magic back but also puts its own stamp on it. It iconic water in a cup-tremor tool that used to signal the distant yet closing approach of the large and in charge villain dinosaur is gone. But that’s a good thing, some things are better left untouched, a statement  ironically itself the underlying theme of the movie.

The effects again are nothing short of spectacular, but we all knew it would do that. The acting… well… I mean everyone loves Chris Pratt, but this isn’t Star Lord and there is only a few well placed puns or jokes. I for one am glad as its now adds an extra dimension to his action star credibility. The kids acting is generally poor, “there is no quivering spoon”.  The rest of the cast ranges from wooden to mediocre but then again the real stars are the prehistoric divas so we can let it slide.

I was genuinely concerned about the hybrid dino, but trust me it makes sense and falls into place… in the context of crazy DNA movie science.

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Bottom line this is a great popcorn flick, in fact the best sequel to the original to date and gets 4 out of  5 mega bites.

 

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Figure Review: CABLE

Well he finally arrived…

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Cable is one of my favourite X Men characters. He is so badass. He is also one of the most powerful mutants in the world and one of Marvels powerhouse players.

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Born of the legendary Cyclops and Jean Grey (clone) he is the ultimate strategist and with his mothers telekinesis abilities he has made even Apocalypse quiver in his boots.

The new Marvel Select Honours him with this highly detailed action figure. It really does capture his rawness. Packaged with some rather large arsenal that well only Cable can pull off. His traditional armour is well positioned to emphasize his demeanour. And even that trade mark square line jaw is moulded to perfection.

Marvel Select proves to us that you can still get a great figure with plenty articulation and not have to break the bank. This one is a sure winner and is already positioned to be a highly valued collectors item. If you lucky to get your hands on a 1st edition grab it. There is a genuine short supply.

Mine is already aptly placed to Deadpool.

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AVENGERS: Age of Ultron Review


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Well I was lucky enough to attend Durban’s Avenger Premier, so my mind was pre-blown even before the movie itself.

But how was the movie you ask?

Well from the moment it start it pulls you deep into the action; taking periodic breaths for character development. Unlike the previous instalment the characters are really fleshed out by now. So rather than look into their pasts so much we get to learn more about the present off screen adventures much more.

The CGI is insane as ever and if you think the trailer gave away too much then think again. This movie is bigger in every way possible. But even on such a large scale it feels closer to home.  The threat feels much more real than the alien invasion, even the villains attack is more cerebral than burliness but that doesn’t mean it lacks action, believe me it has action by the spades.

The movie does have a few drawbacks, some action sequences felt rushed and a bit in your face, and I suppose that was meant to be that way to give a feeling of urgency however after the long wait I personally wanted to savour each moment.

In the end it’s a fantastic movie that is going to shatter box office records and have fans salivating for more (yes even those hard-core DC fan boys) well if its sister competition doesn’t scoop those records for itself.

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