Written by Josh P.
Josh's Rating: 9/10 Ollie's Rating: 8.5/10
I feel like this opener was perfect for the final season. First off the new title sequence was amazing and the best variation of it that we have seen so far on the show. So many story-lines between all these characters we know and love merged into one. We got so many reunions between characters that haven't seen each other in many seasons and all of them were executed naturally and in ways that fit those characters specifically. Most of the story-lines were setting up for the season ahead starting of new threads which will unravel as the episodes go by.
Moving on into light spoilers Danaerys and Jon's relationship seemed to have progressed quite a bit since we last saw them in season 7, and the chemistry between the couple is certainly there. Even though her scenes were scarce Cersei was phenomenal as always. Sam certainly has the most heartbreaking scene in the episode though but that's all I'll say about that.
Overall, this episode was a fantastic way to open the final season, and it will certainly be one to remember. Below is the trailer for episode 2.
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Written by Josh P. & Ollie C.
So we finally have it, the first trailer for the conclusion of the sequel trilogy of 'Star Wars'.
Click below to watch the official trailer:
We also got first looks at Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), new concept art from Episode 9, John Boyega's Finn, Poe Dameron played by Oscar Isaac, a group shot between the aforementioned pair, Kylo Ren portrayed by Adam Driver, Jannha portrayed by Naomie Ackie, see below:
Now lets get down to business. We start off with Rey alone on a sand planet. This could either be two planets, if they wanted to go full circle and connect it too the whole franchise this planet will be Tatooine, however this could also be Rey's home planet Jakku which is where we started the journey with Rey in episode 7. We then start to hear a Tie Fighter off in the distance and it's revealed to be Kylo, it's going to be interesting to see how these two interact after what happened in 'The Last Jedi'. We then see Rey do an awesome flip over the tie fighter, it's great seeing Rey having the mobility of the prequel trilogy mixed in with the classic style of the originals, something which could really help her character become a fan favourite among fans.
We then see Kylo knock down what looks like a resistance soldier. There is also a stormtrooper in the background, which could imply that this will be a battle between the first order and the resistance, maybe the last battle? The trees in the background look similar to the trees in the forest where all the cast members are stood next to the Millennium Falcon in the photo above, this could possibly be the same planet.
We then switch to Finn and Poe standing around and Finn looks like he is holding Rey's staff. We also see them being chased on a ship, and it is revealed this is also a sand planet, which is probably the same one where Rey was facing Kylo earlier on in the trailer.
We get our first shot of Lando in the trailer, and he's piloting the Millennium Falcon. Here's hoping he claims it for his own after losing it all those years ago. He is also wearing what looks like the same outfit as Donald Glover's version of the character in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' this could be used to further connect the two versions of the character.
We then get a lovely shot of Leia hugging Rey. We were hesitant how the footage of Carrie Fisher would look, however JJ. Abrams seems to have done a good job here as it looks like she was really there.
Our final shot of the trailer is the sequel trio: Rey, Poe and Finn along with C-3P0, Chewie, BB-8 and a new droid staring at what looks like a fallen ship or space station. There seems to be a disk at the front or back or the ship, depending on which way it is facing, which could be similar to the Death Star's weapon? Here's hoping we don't get a Death Star 3 or Starkiller base 2.
Finally we get a title reveal. We love this title here at ASO and think it's the perfect title for the last movie in the saga as it encompasses every episode not just episode 9. Throughout this trailer Luke Skywalker was narrating and his final words are 'no-one's ever really gone.' Could this suggest Luke never died in episode 8? Or maybe he will return as a force ghost? Could this also imply someone else will return such as Obi-Wan or Anakin? I guess we'll find out in December. We also hear Palpatine's laugh at the end, what this means could be anything. Maybe the Emperor never died and he will be the one returning, share your thoughts with us about this in the comments. We love this trailer and it has gotten us hyped for the movie. We hope you liked it too.
So that's it! Episode IX is 'The Rise of Skywalker'. Are you excited for the end of the saga? Let us know, you can get in touch with us via our insta (a_space_oddity_official) or on Facebook and just look for the logo. Thanks for reading!
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.
'Shazam!' is in cinemas now. Comment your (spoiler-free) thoughts below or get in touch with us via our insta (a_space_oddity_official) or on Facebook and just look for the logo. Thanks for reading!
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.
'Us' is in cinemas now. Comment your (spoiler-free) thoughts below or get in touch with us via our insta (a_space_oddity_official) or on Facebook and just look for the logo. Thanks for reading.
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