What If…? (S1) | The Multiverse Saga in All Its Glory

Review: What If was an interesting ride with each episode posing their own question with surprising results. The pilot set the tone very well even if for the fans that re-watch The Infinity Saga on the regular it might have seem a bit repetitive. Just like the saga it’s mirror after some episodes held more interest and excitement for me than others, in fact each episode ended up being like the movies with the finale acting as the first Avengers (2012) movie, making this season of the show a Multiverse Saga.

Looking at each episode as a “movie” in the Multiverse Saga I do have my favorites, ones that I’d watch again. The Captain Carter episode, the T’Challa Star-Lord one, the Killmonger episode, and of course the finale are my favorites. However what’s interesting about all of them – more than the story, than the question that episode answered – is the display of powers and abilities. Throughout the season there were amazing action sequences, some more impressive – and of course easier to do in animation – than the movies. We’ve seen characters we know using their abilities and team up in a way we have yet to see in the movies, and that alone is exciting. It opens up some many possibilities for future action sequences in live action.

Another thing that What If smoothly does this season and more so in the Finale, is setting up future threat and heroes to join the live action timeline. I know a Black Widow, a Steve Rogers, or a Killmonger to name a few that would be interesting to bring into live action. In fact, if what I heard about Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is true that pocket dimension won’t be guarded for long.

What If is enjoyable and fun, visually exciting, sometimes emotionally rough and gives us a different look at the characters we know.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home | Trailer

  • Writer: Steve Ditko & Stan Lee (Comics), Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers (Screenplay),
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Star: Zendaya, Tom Holland, Jon Favreau, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons

It’s more a teaser than anything else, because this trailer teases a lot of characters and plots. It picks up right where Spider-Man: If you’ve somehow avoided most of the spoiler filled rumors this first look at the movie is perfect. Because we have Dr. Strange and Dr. Octopus clearly shown in it, there’s also the Green Goblin’s bomb at some point, and for those with a keen eye the electricity bolts and the sandstorm hints at Electro and Sandman. Since I expected all this I’m more excited for the confirmation of some of these rumors than what I saw in the video.

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What If…? (Pilot) | Review

A.C. Bradley (Head writer) Bryan Andrews (Director)

CAST
Hayley Atwell
Josh Keaton
Dominic Cooper

Sebastian Stan
Jeffrey Wright

Review: When I first saw images of this show, I wasn’t impressed by the animation style at all, but enough time has passed since then for me to get used to that What If look and this first episode is so strong that it doesn’t matter. Captain America: The First Avengers (2011) is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that I’ve only seen once in fact it’s my least favorite of the films. However, it didn’t stop me from enjoying this entire episode. I bet that if the 2011 movie was fresher in my mind, it would have enhanced the experience a bit.

The pilot episode does shift the MCU in a new direction by smoothly introducing this what if scenarios. There’s a lot of story in this 30 min episode and it’s not just about the gender bending of captain America but the creation of an alternate universe with a captain that acts and moves in its own way. Captain Carter is a total brawler and yet graceful, it makes for amazing looking fight scenes that have a

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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Good Omens | Review

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon and adapted from “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.A novel written by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett.

The Premise – A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch. – I know it’s vague but it’s accurate and I love that description.

Review – The Tv-Show was written by Gaiman himself and it shows. It’s quircky, funny, clever and fairytale like. The tone strikes a nice balance, between all three. the fantasy, the drama and the comedy. God’s voice-over, the music, and the esthetics helps with fantasy element and the quirks in every episodes. It’s very reminiscent of Mathew Vaughn’s Stardust (2007) – that is also a novel by Gaiman. It also reminds me of Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies (2007-2009) with Lee Pace.

The cast they’ve assembled for this is just amazing. Sheen and Tennant have, as we know, great comedic timing. It’s made even better because they are kinda playing it straight. There are tons of known characters actors that are perfect in their roles. Seeing these actors felt like little easter eggs throughout the show. Speaking that I did catch the Doctor Who references even if I’m not a whovian. It was a nice touch.

There’s a lot to love on Good Omens – Season 1. I really liked the new take on the four horsemen particularly what was done with Pestilence, and Famine’s introduction. The show is littered with clever ideas that get their across without getting preachy.

It’s a fun show worthy of a binge on Prime Vidéo.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

The Imitation Game | Smart storytelling for a compelling story

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Directed by Morten Tyldum, based on Mathematician Andrew Hodges’ book Alan Turing: The Enigma, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Matthew Beard, Allen Leech & Alex Lawther. The Imitation Game is the biopic on Alan Mathison Turing.

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Premise: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

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Review: It took me a couple days after watching the film to start writing this review. I didn’t know why it took me so long but since I generally don’t rush these things it didn’t worry me. Writing a review I always try to be original, use my own words, share my own opinion, and try to make memorable with a couple of paragraphs. The Imitation Game is an interesting film with a great cast and brilliant performances but I’ll get into that later. 

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Watching the film the narrative jumped out at me and I couldn’t pin point why. It starts off with the declaration of war and progressively goes back and forth from 1945 to the 1950s with little flashbacks on Alan Turing’s boyhood peppering the narrative. No matter the time periods the constant in all this is Turing, it is his story after all. I guess, I didn’t understand why the story was told that way. I mean it’s a compelling story, so to me the flash-forwards to the 1950s – his post WWII life

– are almost obsolete. The boyhood aspect of the flashbacks were important and interesting because they helped understand how complex Alan Turing was and gave him depth, as for the flash-forwards I had no clue. 

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Of course, the movie would have felt a bit boring without the flash-forwards but it wouldn’t have hurt it. Then it occurred to me that without them the British Government looks seriously bad. The man saved 14 Millions of lives – like they’ve reminded us in the film – but they still prosecuted him for consensual homosexual sex, sorry I meant “public indecency”. I am baffled by this, I am no LGBT activist but injustice still rattles me. Maybe more so because if this war Hero’s “kink” was little girls, I get the sense that he, somehow, would have eluded prosecution. And that investigator, who looks consumed by shame and guilt, once he realized what he’s done, does not shake my belief that things would have gone differently for Turing if it was anything other than homosexuality. I may have gotten too far with this but you get my point.

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As for the movie, it has all the cultural aspects of this era, by which I mean misogyny and homophobia,  no seriously it’s also funny, riddled with humor like most British movies are and it is because of Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Turing. The loner, introverted, socially awkward genius makes for comedy gold. Turing’s interactions with people around him and their reactions to his “uniqueness” made me laugh throughout the film. This might sound like Sherlock, also brilliantly portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, but I did not once felt like he was playing the same character although, I’ll admit that the two are alike. Which brings me to the immense talent that Cumberbatch showed in The Imitation Game, he not only portrayed a similar character to the one that internationally brought him to stardom but he did it with enough flair and finesse to give Alan Turing a voice and singularity. 

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Unlike some biopic about great men, the supporting cast in The Imitation Game was strong and memorable, they all had their moments that gave them layers and also elevated the film. Among those people, is Keira Knightley, someone who I had lost hope a long time ago, she showed skills and cunning in this movie for a character that easily could have felt flat and forgettable. She’s borderline fag hag but with a good script and some acting skills she did well. The same skills – why do I feel like it’s an insult to them? – are shown by the talented Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard & of course Alex Lawther. 

Morten Tyldum delivered a culturally relevant, fun dramatic film. This man knows how to get you emotionally involved and takes you smoothly through one of the great injustice of our time.

So, what did you think?