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.

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The Old Guard | Intro to Immortals 101

I randomly stumbled upon this movie. I mean I was looking another film of Charlize Theron‘s (Atomic Blonde) when The Old Guard came on my radar. It’s not an intellectual property that I’m familiar with but the cast and the premise was enough to put in my “to watch list.”

The movie is based on the comic books “The Old Guard: Force Multipliedby artist Leandro Fernandez and writer Greg Rucka – who’s also the screenwriter here. Helmed by writer director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Cloak & Dagger, Love & Basketball) the movies also stars KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), one of my favorite actors Matthias Schoenaerts (Suite Française), Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin), Harry Melling (Harry Potter), Luca Marinelli (Trust), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange, 12 Years a Slave).

Premise: A quartet of mercenaries, who are all centuries-old immortals able to heal from any wound, must fight to keep their freedom and identity a secret just as they find another immortal has “awakened.”

Review: The opening scene of The Old Guard gives you a false sense of dread. The titular characters lay dead, and immediately I thought is the end at the beginning? with an eye-roll but it’s not. In fact the first 15 minutes sets up The Old Guard nicely, the next 10 the new one.

It’s obvious that with long lived characters you could explore the emotional turmoil of seeing your loved ones age and die, the wars, the rise and fall of civilizations, the burden of always having to keep that secret from anyone you come across; and all that philosophical aspect of immortality but it’s an action fantasy movie. Not a TED talk on the trials and tribulations of centuries and millennia of existence. I’m not saying that the movie doesn’t touch on these subjects, it does, in flashbacks and exposition dialogues. Meaning it’s not the main focus but there is enough to allow the viewer to ponder those fascinating questions if they want to. Besides one need only to look at the behavior of our quartet to have an inkling of the burden they carry.

The story has shades of greatness but it’s a little predictable. There are not so subtle clues that will help you figure out how The Old Guard came to fighting to keep their freedom and identity a secret. I very much appreciated that they took the time to show us that the new “awakened” immortal was army combatant, that she had skills. She didn’t look out of place of the fight scenes. Speaking of which, the action scenes are good and efficiently paired with the visual effects. It was also refreshing to see a queer couple represented – They didn’t make it a big deal so I’m not going.

The cast does elevates the material, they make the genre tropes work. Theron is such a great actress that she manages to tell so much about Andy when staring at bandages. Melling represented the greed of big pharma well. Schoenaerts, like Kenzari and Marinelli, tells you as much about their characters with or without words. Kiki Layne held her own physically and acting wise, and Ejiorfor was nicely nuanced.

The Old Guard is a good movie that also would have been awesome – if not better – as a four to six part mini-series. It very much feels like a set up, an intro to a saga but all th at said I wasn’t half way through that I already wanted a sequel.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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Secret in Their Eyes | Trailer

Review: The trailer for the American remake of the Spanish film El Secreto en sus ojos that is adapted from Eduardo

Sacheri’s novel La pregunta de sus ojos was released today.

The film looks like a heartwrenching, horrying, and chilling story held by a great cast. Roberts, Kidman, and Ejiofor in the same movie is mindblowing on its own but after watching the trailer I’m very curious to see the movie. Julia Roberts is so vulnerable and intense just in the trailer that I have high hopes for the film. The trailer gives us enough to understand what’s it’s about but it doesn’t give away too much. 

I am liking it what about you?     

12 Years A Slave | Review

I was really reluctant to see that movie, even more so when I was told that it is based on a true story. I like movies that take you into an emotional journey but when it comes to real life based movies I always fear that emotional journey.
Twelve years a slave managed to take me on an emotional journey while teaching/reminding me about human nature. The movie left me content that Salomon Northup got to be reunited with his family, live and tell his story.