TV Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth (Pilot) | Engaging but a little slow

Review:

For the past couple of months, I’ve been working toward something else. So books, Tv Shows and movie reviews have not been more of a priority to me. I read a little less, don’t have much time for series and films but I watched this pilot.

I wasn’t sure about reading the book that the show is based on but after watching this pilot I’m very intrigued. The intro to the series is starking, with Ejiofor’s voiceover paired with images of his character’s arrival on Earth was beautiful. It was also useful to see where he ends up since the show starts from where he started, because the episode does drag a little at time. Because it’s very anchored in the mundane – for a alien-on-earth TV series – so the anticipation I felt to see the extraordinary side of things made some of these mundane parts a bit…boring or maybe more acurately slow.

However the cast is excellent, they make give the slower moments some gravitas, they also make the plot so engaging. Overall this pilot grabbed so I’ll be watching.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

If you’re interested in the source material, help us by getting them from the links below:

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Review

image

Adapted from Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has the starriest cast in British acting legacy.

image

Premise: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

image

Review: The Best Marigold Hotel never sounded like a movie I would want to watch, the title alone kinda put me off, but then I heard about the cast, which is essentially the cream of British Comedy in one film so I check it out.

I had a smile on my face for a good portion of this movie, it was fun, heartwarming and a pleasure to watch. The characters all have an individual flavor that feels natural because it’s obviously put in the ends of talented actors, who didn’t dive into the stereotypical shit. I didn’t necessarily relate to these lovely old folks, I’m not nearly as old, but I got to a place where i understood and came like them. Dev Patel as the lesser experienced of the cast did held his own, I half expected him to completely make a fool of himself but he’s OK.

image

The movie is mostly set up India so of course there are colors, people, warmth and life in those shots and it counter shocks with the cold gray ones in England. They didn’t go into a Bollywood mood as I thought they would which was refreshing because the movie is already crowded with a lot of story lines, which is my only real problem with the film. 

What did you think?