Written by Ollie C. & Josh P.
Overall Average Rating: 8/10
This review remains wholly spoiler free, however read at your own discretion.
This review will be split into two sections, mini-reviews from both editors of the site, Josh and Ollie. Who do you agree with? Do you think Shazam is the saviour of the DCEU? Let us know in the comments!
Personal Rating: 7.5/10
After seeing Shazam! twice now, once on opening night and again on the day of writing, I'm pretty certain on my thoughts surrounding the Warner Bros' latest installment into the DCEU. David F. Sandberg brings his take on the boy turned superhero 'Shazam' and it's fair to say, overall he hit the mark. However, Shazam is by no means a perfect film- especially coming off the back of the slam-dunk that was Aquaman and the throughly enjoyable (other) Captain Marvel. Shazam! has its great moments, with the banter between Zachary Levi, Jack Dylan Grazer and Asher Angel all being fantastic. However there are issues to be had with this movie.
Shazam! is tonally all over the place. One minute it is incredibly kid friendly with flossing and pee-jokes, the next people are crumbling into piles of ash and being thrown out of windows. With David F. Sandberg originally being a horror director, its clear that is the sand pit he feels most comfortable playing in, as the latter scenes are easily the best scenes of the movie. However, of course, it must be recognised that this film is aimed at a considerably younger audience than usual, and thus the bulk of the movie is light, fluffy and rather colloquial, but Sandberg (if the rumours of a sequel are to be believed) needs to find the balance between happy-go-lucky and horror.
Despite this, overall the film is fun, easy to watch and relatively straightforward, all the cast members give it there all; in particular Mark Strong who (pardon the pun) gives a strong performance as Dr Sivana, who easily has the best scenes of the film.
For what it is, Shazam is a fun ride despite being slightly forgettable in parts. It has the potential to grow into a very exciting brand for DC and could lead to some electrifying moments between our favourite heroes such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Personal Rating: 8.5/10
This movie is definitely worth seeing, so if you haven't seen it yet go now, I instruct you. This movie has an almost perfect feel to it for the type of character Shazam is. Director David F. Sandberg aims for a family feeling movie and gets it right in most places but misses the marks in others. The lighthearted tone is done well for the most part, however there are some places where the movie feels to much like a kids film which will definitely put some audience off. There is also a horror vibe for whenever the villain shows up and it is done perfectly, however it sometimes feels out of place in this type of movie as there are some scenes which feel to much like an R rated film. The story is self contained and played rather safe which is exactly what a brand new character what Shazam needed for the general audiences to get to know him, as the movie wouldn't have worked if it was on such a large scale like Aquaman or Wonder Woman.
Zachary Levi was brilliant in the role of Shazam. He fits perfectly into the role, and makes you genuinely believe that he is playing a kid in an adults body, as he is so enthusiastic. Both, Zachary Levi and Asher Angel had great chemistry with Jack Dylan Grazer which made the transition between Asher and Zach more believable. Mark Strong does a great job as Dr. Sivana as he is really imposing and creates some of the best scenes.
Overall, there is a lot of heart in this movie. It is very fun and lighthearted to watch and definitely a strong entry into the DCEU, which seems to finally be finding its feet.
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Written by Ollie C.
This review contains mild spoilers for the finale of Fleabag Season 2
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
So this is it. For the forseeable future, this is the end of Fleabag. The wonderful tragicomedy created by the mastermind that is Phoebe Waller-Bridge. And boy did it end in style. This episode is perhaps on par with the exquisite opening episode to a stellar Series 2, but this episode didn't just wrap up this season perfectly, it wrapped up the show perfectly. Giving us everything we wanted but leaving us still wanting more from the troubled yet loveable Fleabag.
As the series comes to its climax, we open after another certain climax featuring Fleabag (Waller-Bridge) and The Priest (Andrew Scott) as they begin to come to terms with their relationship in which "complicated" rarely touches it. The episode then focusses heavily on the wedding between Fleabag's father and god-awful Godmother which gives us some of the best acting from all our cast, including Sian Clifford and Brett Gelman who play Claire and Martin respectively- each finally reaching breaking (up) point. We also get some absolutely beautiful moments between Fleabag and her Father played by Bill Paterson where it's discussed the importance of family.
This episode's theme really is 'blood is thicker than water', with some relationships coming to an end, some just beginning and some growing stronger than ever. My favourite line from the episode is from Claire who says "The only person I'd run through an airport for is you" in response to Fleabag, which sums up the entire character arc this pair have been on, from bickering to supporting each other through the hardest of times. The way in which it is delivered, under the breath of Claire truly is heart-warming. My only complaint of this episode, to make it feel completely wrapped up would have been a scene between Fleabag and Boo, the 2 that started it all.
We also get some lovely callbacks to earlier moments in the series, along with the infamous bust that Fleabag stole from Olivia Colman's Godmother, who we finally find who its based upon- which really is rather sweet. We finish the episode with a perfect scene between The Priest and Fleabag, which genuinely brought me to tears. But I wasn't ready for the actual ending. A glance and wave of goodbye from Fleabag was all we needed yet it was so powerful, Waller-Bridge was waving goodbye to her little world she created. I want to thank her on behalf of all her viewers that she gave us a programme that was incredibly unique and incredibly moving, not being a mere comedy about the troubled life of a troubled woman but touching on life, death and everything in between.
Thank you Phoebe Waller-Bridge, *waves goodbye*. #WheresClaire
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Written by Ollie C.
"Once upon a time, there was a girl and the girl had a shadow. The two were connected, tethered together."
Jordan Peele ('Get Out') brings us a new thriller in the form of 'Us', a societal commentary on the inbalance between rich and poor in America, the duality of man and humanity's inner demons. This review does not contain spoilers for Us but read at your own risk.
Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them. But what tethers them to their twins is more horrifying that you may expect. You are them and they are us.
Lupita Nyong'o gives us the performance of her career, I have no doubt that this film will propel her into some fantastic new opportunities, and I can already see her being nominated for awards. Playing the traumatised mother, Adeleide, Nyong'o certainly delivers, giving us a capitvating performance in which her character and her doppelganger are the polar opposites of each other, showing her superb acting range. Along with Nyong'o, we have Black Panther star Winston Duke as Gabriel who brings the comedy to the film, but that isn't without his fantastic alter-ego acting, too. Also credit to the two younger actors Evan Alex as Jason Wilson and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Zora Wilson who again play their dual characters effortlessly.
It has been mentioned before that this film shares many similarities with (my favourite film of all time) 'The Shining', not necessarily thematically but in the sense that it is incredibly open-ended, can be interpreted in almost any way you want and could leave many confused. However it just goes to show how this film works on a multitude of levels, on the outset its a thriller/slasher film with a zombie twist, but beneath face value is something so much darker- something I plan to discuss in my analyis of the film upon its release on DVD and Blu-Ray. It comments on genetic engineering of animals and humans, a hideious commentary on the rich and poor divide in America (This choice of film title links both to ideas of duality and connotations of U.S. oppression) along with ideas of peoples inner demons and societal norms being subverted.
The film leaves us with arguably more questions than answers, but I'm hoping Jordan Peele takes his time to craft a worthy sequel, as this film is almost perfect- my only criticism being the multi-layered twist that could leave casual viewers bemused and frustrated. I'm incredibly excited to see more from Peele, giving us two fantastic societal commentary thriller-horrors that delve deeper into the darkness within than many other writers dare to go.
We are often our own worst enemy. Peele wants us to talk and confront some of the darker sides of the human condition, because sometimes looking in the mirror can be how we learn to confront who we really are.
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Written by Josh P and Ollie C.
View the brand new, official trailer here:
Finally, our first look at Joaquin Phoenix's Joker movie directed by Todd Phillips, is here, and it certainly puts a smile on our face.
The trailer begins with a look at the life of Arthur Fleck going about his life as a failed comedian living with his mother, sharing a rather sad, intimate and slightly unnerving relationship. We see Fleck on the streets of Gotham as a human billboard spinning a sign that is later ripped from his hands, unexpectedly only to be hit in the face with it by a group of bullies who torment him, causing him to be thrown to the ground. This is our first look at a vague version of the Joker make-up we see at the end of this trailer. The outfit is in-fact styled as a charicature of the look held by Jimmy Durante, the singer of the backing song 'Smile' heard in this very trailer.
We also get a quick look at Sophie Dumond, a role we aren't aware of yet, portrayed by the wonderful Zazie Beetz, previously seen in Deadpool 2 (2018).
Here we have get a better look at the Arkham State Hospital, which Arthur visits here, aswell as later in the trailer, it's possible he could be visiting his mother- could this be the motive that drives him off the rails and becomes the Joker?
We see some more scenes of Fleck in what looks to be the asylum, speaking to someone on the other side. We also get to hear our first clip of Joaquin fake-laughing at a comedy show, something he will become all too familiar with as the time goes on as his comedy career also fails to cause any laughs. This just shows how socially inept Fleck is, as he pretends to laugh to try and fit in with the soceital norms he feels he needs to conform to.
We see Phoenix's Fleck (trying to) don the infamous smile of the clown prince of crime, struggling as his emotions seep through- visible by the tears coming down his face. He faces yet another fall as he is attacked on the Gotham subway we have seen multiple times in set-photos.
Here's our first official look at Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne aka Batman who seems to be our antagonist in the Joker movie. Is it wrong to call our villain the protagonist?He seems to be appearing on a breakfast television show/news channel, talking about people hiding behind masks- little did he know his son would also don a very famous mask.
Next up we have Arthur making a child smile. Our guess is that this child is a young Bruce Wayne who has crossed paths with the Joker. Where's Alfred when you need him...
This hallway shot showing all of the Joker is a beautiful image. This scene in the trailer indicates how great the cinematography is going to be in the movie, from director Todd Phillips, who previously worked on the mixed bag of movies such as The Hangover and War Dogs.
The last shot of the trailer is a closeup of Joaquin's upper body in his red suit and make up. This is another stunning image, and one that will get fans excited for the upcoming movie to see how well Phoenix will portray this character. It's great to see that after Phoenix's Joker struggles to smile the for the entirety of the trailer, we finally get to see a small smirk from the man, signifying an arc for the character as he finally settles into his true persona.
Written by Ollie C.
.Another Monday, another Fleabag and another stellar review. Fleabag continues to excel with its tragicomedy stance, giving us a further insight into dealing with grief along with added sex and sins.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge gives us a fantastic penultimate episode that leads up to the grand finale of the (unfortunate) wedding between Fleabag's father and stepmother-to-be. With preperations fully underway, Waller-Bridge brings in her first twist of the episode as the Priest pulls out (pun?) of the wedding last minute- much to the blasphemous disapproval of Godmother, Olivia Colman. The reasoning for the Priest's (Andrew Scott) sudden exit from the wedding comes after last weeks sacriligious snog in the confession booth involving a whole lot of kneeling and a whole lot of leading on.
This episode ramps up the relationship between Fleabag and the Priest, again, giving us a wonderful final act sequence between Fleabag, The Priest and her sex-on-the-side (SOTS?) Hot Misogynist portrayed by Ray Fearon. But before that, we get an equally enjoyable- albeit for very different reasons- scene between Fleabag and Clare in which the latter has a rather awkward incident that leaves her looking like a piece of stationery. And we also get a fabulous scene between our protagonist and Martin, Brett Gelman, who gives off some serious early Jack Nicholson vibes that are frankly really impressive. The way he acts towards Fleabag is truly disturbing and PWB really understands the progression her characters have taken.
Going back to that final scene, our protagonist finally gets the moment she has been waiting for, and its well deserved, rather than the arguably misjudged and selfish snog that happened the episode prior. Fleabag is incredible, I don't want it to end. See you next week for the grand finale, I hear wedding bells...
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