‘The Gifted’ Recap and Review: “coMplications”

This show is giving me all the feels lately. I have a couple of new reviews up this week on MFST. I can’t wait to tell you guys about my first six months living in the New York/ New Jersey area. Be on the lookout for that soon.

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Entertainment News Weekly Catch Up

I’m still writing. I’m still busy. I’m still pushing. Here’s my latest article over at My Fantasy Sports Talk.

New trailers, new directors, new music. The entertainment industry is always moving and we’ve got the details.

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‘Legion’ Recap and Review: “Chapter 15”

I’m alive. I’ve just moved to another state and started advertising portfolio school for copywriting. The curriculum has been a lot from day one but really great. I’m still trying to keep up with all my favorite shows and write reviews though. My hope during my first break is to catch up on my WIP. I’ve had to put it on the back burner since I got into school.

Anyway, check out my recap and review of this week’s Legion!

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder with David and the others at Division Three.

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Song of The Week: Still in Wakanda

Happy Friday!

I’ve been busy, but in that busyness, I’ve had a ton of music playing while I work. February was a good month, especially with the release of Marvel’s Black Panther. This week’s song has been on replay since it was released as a part of Kendrick Lamar’s BP inspired album. This week’s pick is “Pray For Me” by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar.

It’s one of my favorite songs on the album and a great collab between Abel and Kendrick. I would actually love it if they made more music together. Not only was Kendrick’s album great but the film itself and it’s score were awesome. Shoutout to the score’s composer Ludwig Göransson, who also worked with Childish Gambino on his album Awaken My Love!.  Göransson also worked with Coogler before on Fruitvale Station and Creed.

The lyric video for “Pray For Me” dropped yesterday so check that out below.

What was your favorite song on the Black Panther album?

If you haven’t seen the film yet and want a spoiler-free review, check out the one I wrote on My Fantasy Sports Talk. If you’ve seen it, check out the article anyway and leave your thoughts on the movie. Thanks!

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At The Movies: Thor: Ragnarok

I wasn’t able to see it opening weekend, but I finally saw Thor: Ragnarok. From the moment we got the first trailer, I was excited to see the film. Here are my thoughts on the film. Warning: spoilers ahead!

Humor

When word was released that the next Thor film was going to deal with Ragnarök, I expected dark and angsty. This movie was a lot of fun. There were plenty of funny moments from the main cast and even minor characters like Topaz, the Grandmaster’s assistant played by Rachel House. Korg, who was voiced by director Taika Waititi, made me laugh every time he came on screen. I loved that character. I’m still quoting some of his lines to family and friends and laughing about it.

While the humor was great, I did feel like it took away from other parts of the story. For example, Odin’s death. The brothers don’t have time to mourn because they immediately had to deal with Hela and then ending up on Sakaar where Valkyrie is drunk and flopping off of ramps.

We’ve seen Thor deal with loss, but never quite like this. His father, his beloved hammer, and his homeworld in one film. I would have liked to see a bit more of an emotional performance from Hemsworth. We got the small moment of the cliff, his moment of disappointment while looking for a weapon on Sakaar, and then the scene where he kicks things in frustration like a teenager.

Visuals

As usual for most Marvel films, the visuals for Thor: Ragnarok were spectacular. Ever since the first film, I’ve been awe at the scenes where they use the Bifrost and portals to travel. Hela’s transformations were seamless. Visually, one of my favorite scenes was the flashback of the Valkyrie battling Hela.

Another one of my favorite visual moments is the return to Asgard from Sakaar. Overall, it was a nice movie for the eyes.

The Villain

Over the years, Marvel Studios has gotten critiques that the film adaptions of well-known villains haven’t been that great. I think Hela was a better villain than others in the MCU. Beyond the writing, Cate Blanchett’s performance brought strength to the character. She knew what she wanted and had qualms about killing anyone to get there. Her motivations and backstory are believable.

I have a preference for hints in earlier content about things to come in storytelling, i.e. a secret sibling. But when you have different teams writing each film and some altered storyline for characters, it’s almost impossible for any one writer and director to guess what the next team will bring in and what Marvel will approve.

Now, I’m left wondering about the relationship between the departed Frigga and her eldest child. Was she in support of her imprisonment? How did Hela react to news of Frigga’s death? Questions that may be irrelevant to the plot of Thor: Ragnarok, but questions I have none the less.

Favorite Parts of Film

1. Valkyrie

I loved her character. Flawed and dealing with the loss of the other valkyrie and the disappointment of the royal family’s drama, we see this woman once bond by duty coping in the way she knows best. Tessa Thompson’s performance was great. Question: How’d her hair go from half up and braided to flowing. Does her armor style her hair too?

2. Korg

Like I mentioned earlier in the review, Korg kept me laughing. He was a funny and interesting device to provide some backstory when telling Thor about the Grandmaster’s fight dome. His inclusion later in the story wasn’t expected but made sense. I thought he was just going to be a funny throwaway character, but he actually got to do things.

3. Thor Getting His Full Powers

Watching Thor use his lightning was cool and fulfilling. I was expecting him to somehow reforge Mjolnir, but maybe that’s to come later even though we don’t know where the pieces are. I think him freezing in combat to have visions of Odin probably didn’t make sense strategically, but they were interesting.

Honorable mention to the great Heimdall played by this handsome and talented Idris Elba. I wasn’t feeling the dreads, but I was definitely here for his storyline. When the film started with Skurge at the Bifrost, I was like “That isn’t Heimdall!” but I was pleased to find him doing his own thing and being heroic.

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At the Movies: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review

Happy Monday, folks!

I was able to get to the movies this past weekend and see Marvel Studios’ Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2. The sequel opened with $145 million domestically and climbed to $428 million worldwide. That’s a lot of money. Is it worth seeing though? I say yes. Stick with me for my complete thoughts. There are spoilers from this point on.

GOTG2 focused on the guardians getting into trouble after Rocket steals very expensive batteries from their client, The Sovereigns This, of course, caused discord amongst the team who split for a time with Peter, Drax, and Gamora going with Peter’s father Ego (played by Kurt Russell) to his planet, which Rocket, Groot, and a recently imprisoned Nebula stay with their wrecked ship. It turns out that Peter’s father is a celestial who wants to use his son’s inherited powers to spread his essence and take over the universe. The team reunited and partnered up with Yondu, Nebula, Kraglin, and new character Mantis to take down the celestial and deal with the Sovereign fleet.

What I Liked

Just like the first film and Doctor Strange, the film was nice to look at. The special effects and the set designs, especially Ego’s planet. There were so many colors and things to look at. I really enjoyed all the character development. We got back story on Yondu and learned more about Nebula and Gamora’s childhood. They did a good job of showing how complicated Nebula is and how her relationship with Gamora is the same. Although those moments tried to make me emotional about every five minutes, it was important for us to get to know the characters better. For some, the Guardians felt like strangers compared to the Avengers and its familiar characters like Iron Man and Captain America.

The humor was great. When Yondu, Rocket, and Kraglin jumped to Ego’s planet, I was almost in tears watching their faces warp. Some of my favorite moments were the Mary Poppins joke and Drax’s sensitive nipples. Baby Groot brought a lot of humor to the film as well. His post-film teenage Groot scene was great. For the characters, Mantis was a really good addition to this sequel. The dialogue between she and Drax was fun and introduced the character, who she is, and who she can be well.

The In-Between

The mutiny that happened on Yondu’s ship was needed to pull the character away from the ravagers,  but from what we learned in the first movie the ravagers were kind of like family. For them to turn so violently on not only their leader but their crewmates startled me. I wasn’t sure if I completely believed they would go as far as launching their crewmates into space to die. I never saw them as murders, just thieves.

Ego spent millions of years planting his seed figuratively and literally on a bunch of planets. How is it that none of those planets noticed a foreign plant impacting their ecosystems or giving off some kind of energy. For Earth and the Midgard dimension, the Asgardians and other aliens species like the Kree have visited. Wouldn’t they be able to notice something otherworldly? Am I just thinking too hard about this one? Also, if you want someone on your side you certainly don’t tell them you killed their mother.

There wasn’t anything I disliked about the film that much to go into detail about it. On a side note, I did like the soundtrack from the first film better than I did this second film. The plot was good for the most part and the pacing was okay. There were just characters who got more screen time than they probably should have. For example, Taserface. Great character for a moment and to cause problems, but I was ready for him to go by the time he met his end.

There weren’t any valuable mentions of the infinity stones so it looks like we’ll have to wait until Avengers: Infinity Wars to figure out how the Guardians end up on Earth. Maybe the Sovereign’s creation of Adam Warlock in the post-credit scene will do the trick.

I’m going to give Guardians of the Galaxy a B.

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At the Movies: Doctor Strange (spoiler free)

Hey guys, I’m back with another review of the latest movie I actually left my house to see. As I mentioned in an earlier post, November is when a lot of movies come out and that means my list of what to see grows. But, as we all know going to the movies cost money and sometimes I have to pick and choose. This weekend, I went to see Marvel’s latest film, Doctor Strange.

The first words that left my mouth when I left the theater was, “Wow.” My mom’s first opinion, “That was wild ride.” Like Ant Man, Doctor Strange is different that any Marvel movie to come before it. As fan of BCC’s Sherlock, I’m not new to Benedict’s acting ability. He played Dr. Stephen Strange amazingly well.

As a POC (person of color), I went in a little hard-hearted by the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, but surprisingly I enjoyed her character. Did I ever think Tilda wasn’t a good actress? No. Are there actresses of Asian descent who could have also gotten the job done. Yes? You can read about director Scott Derrickson’s latest comments on that casting choice in this The Daily Beast interview.

As usual, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong were great. I’m glad they  got as much screen time as they did. In terms of the plot, it was a good origin story but the timeline wasn’t explained in detail. You knew that time had passed but not how much time exactly. This made you feel a little skeptical when the battle scenes came around and Strange showed us his skills.

One of the best things about this film is the special effects. The effects team deserves a standing ovation and whatever kind of special effects awards they can be nominated for. Somethings I would have liked to see is a woman of coat-the-movieslor with a speaking role. Nobody who looked like me said a word, if they appeared on the screen at all.

I’m going to give the movie a B. The special effects and Benedict Cumberbatch boosted this film. With a runtime for just under two hours (an hour and fifty-five minutes), the film felt short. Also, some of the writing and timeline left a little to be desired, not to mention the whitewashing of the Ancient One. I probably need to see the film again to wrap my head around it, because I’m still reeling.

Did you see Doctor Strange? If so, let me know what you think. Tag your spoilers too.

Kira Elise