REVIEWs

Jessica Jones-Netflix Season 1


Strong females characters are a lot easier to point out in action films and other genres today. It’s no coincidence, popularity has grown ever since Sigourney Weaver in Alien 👽 . From Angelina Jolie in Salt to Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games, women are finally getting the strong female characters they’ve been craving but what do we even mean by strong ? Ronda Rousey recently starred in the third installment of Sylvester Stallone’ popular throwback action trilogy, The Expendables and while she gets her moments to shine it pales in comparison when propped next to Emily Blunt in Live/Die /Repeat (if you haven’t seen LiveDieRepeat yet beg, borrow or steal it, it’s a thrill ride!). The difference?  Emily Blunts character is layered with intrigue,  mystery, given her own important motivations and hopes.

Jessica Jones is one of four Defenders, Street level Avengers if you will. She’s the only girl in the group amidst some very cool guys; Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist 👊 (Iron Fist air on Netflix on the 17th if March 2017) so she needed to be truly special rather than a token.

Jessica Jones’ is a success because her villain is so despicable, her allies so few,  her human flaws and challeneges so relatably real, it’s hard to not watch how she will triumph. You come for the drama and stay for the super powers.

My only gripe isn’t with Jessica, it’s with the pacing. This could easily have been 8. It’s a criticism that’s been lobbied at all of Marvel’ Netflix helpings but it shows here the most as suspense can sometimes grows cold. That being said another brilliant feather in Marvels hat 🎩 of tricks as they pull yet another one out the bag 💼.

The only thing better than watching this is watching her in Defenders when it finally arrives. I cannot wait!

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Passangers


I made the mistake of watching this film alone. No, it wasn’t a horror(horror movies and I fell out years ago!) it was a charming romance with equally charming leads.

Passangers is a pretty film with a delicate soundtrack that Thomas Newman has composed. A fan of the soundtracks he composed for Skyfall and Spectre I was treated to another in this feature. Some composition bring to mind Disney’s Wall-E. 

In this film were treated to Thomas Newman’s composition again heightening the peril or creating a romantic atmosphere,  always accentuating the drama that is going on (which there is plenty of).

Jennifer Lawrence has become a tad bit unlikable by some, perhaps because of her ever increasing role in the X-men cinematic universe ( which no one asked for) or perhaps it’s her idiosyncrasies that have gone from likable to loathsome #thatcanhappen. Whatever the case may be,  Passengers is a great addition to her filmology.  I went into this movie cold, pretending I didn’t know who she was and she came across as someone else. Mission accomplished. 

As the drama increases so do the performances. Pratt is heartbreaking and believable and engages with Laurence believably, their chemistry is clearly tangible.

The film has some interesting features but is ultimately predictable even if everything else in the film tries hard to convince you it isn’t a more polished rehash of a dependable trope. That being said, if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. 

A great film for couples, which I wish I discovered sooner (the feels are real 😭 ) before I marched to the cinema to watch this by myself.

The film  grapples with the theme of mankind’s need for society and our place in it. Pratt’s character focuses on why man should not be alone,  Lawrence’s character on her place in society. 

These themes are great and really added depth and emotion to the film which could have been just that little bit better if they were willing to write a script that pushes the envelope a little further. Instead,  the script shifts in favour of a semi-fomulaic third act. While it was disappointing being unable to explore more about these characters, what we do get is still a great cinematic ride.

There are 3 movies in this film; a romance, an action thriller, and a sci-fi and the film almost has a hard time balancing all themes. Praise should go to the two leads who perform the juggling act of being part of all three films and making it enjoyable despite the tonal shifts that threaten to throw the film of course.

An enjoyable watch, I came to watch one film and I ended up watching all three and I liked all three even if they aren’t as strong when considered as a whole.

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