No Time to Die | Not The Woke Fest Some Say It Has Become

The fifth and final Daniel Craig 007 movie, No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, is spy thriller we were all waiting for. Craig led the franchise as the notorious James Bond for 15 years, he has the longest tenure held by an actor in the Bond movie franchise. This time around, the iconic agent is joined onscreen by Lashana Lynch, Ana de ArmasRami Malek and Billy Magnussen.

Premise: James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Review: My excitement for this movie seriously waned, when it wasn’t very high to begin with. Between Spectre that wasn’t very inspiring and the long wait, I went to see this film for something to do knowing that I would probably write about it. I’ve seen this movie on Tuesday and delayed writing this review because this movie failed to excite me despite being a good movie that managed to make shed a few tears.

The story is really engaging and connects all of Craig’s films in a clever way, this movie is influenced by the previous ones. If like me the other movies are not fresh in your mind there might be a bit of a disconnect but it takes little away from action and drama. There’s a lot of incredible action scenes, which compliments the directing and cinematography very well, while highlighting the ingenuity of the stunts. The dramatic moments are good and refreshing for a Bond film, it’s a bit more emotional, which I liked.
However, I have two main nitpicks with this movie, one is about the vilain and the age difference that is hinted at between Swan and Safin, I’m sorry it doesn’t work there’s no way he’s much older; the other one is about the weapon that Safin has, I feel like there was another solution to that problem. I won’t say more because that might be considered a spoiler.

As for the cast, they’re amazing in this movie. I enjoyed seeing the returning cast, it made me want to see more of them, I wouldn’t be opposed to a mini-series on Q (Ben Whishaw). Lynch is kickass as a 00 agent, de Armas and Magnussen have small roles but they’re far more memorable than Malek who is criminally underused.

No Time To Die is a solid spy thriller that really feels like the end of an era. It’s not the woke fest some might like to say it has become because Bond is not F’ing multiple woman instead on focusing on the threat at hand.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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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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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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