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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Daredevil-Netflix season 1


Why you should watch Daredevil Season 1

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- Ben Affleck and Co were hard done by in an interpretation of an iconic Marvel Staple. The problem? Tone. 

Matthew Cox is given everything to succeed, an impeccable script, great costume design and the time which  📺 TV’ small screen allows to tell a coherent, thrilling story with a great action packed crescendo. The solution? Again the answer is tone.

This adaptation is faithful to the comics without becoming simply Ridiculous; it’s grounded in so much reality I’m daring to say it’s darker than The Dark Knight… Pun intended! 😂 

Without giving away high points I’ll some say it’s bloody…and no it’s not Quentin Tarantino bloody. It’s well balanced and humorous too.

This iteration of Daredevil benefits from a series format allowing for  much needed back story to fill us in on blanks, explain status quo,  affording us the time to really root for hero and understand villain.

All this is achieved with some class too, offering up some comic book panel-to-screen moments, whilst consistently balancing art with choreographed action. It never descends into dance move territory or tilting the otherwise into unbelievable fist fights. It’s all about balance and it’s struck perfectly here.

I hate giving out 5 stars but Marvel are consistent entertainment and never sacrifice substance for spectacle;there’s enough here for the thinking viewer too. 

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Luke Cage- Netflix Season 1


Why you should watch…

LUKE CAGE is a beautiful amalgam of African-American history, culture and hopes. His story is set against the back drop of Harlem where a battle for its soul rages between those who would make it a paradise for crime and those who want to elevate it into socio-economic prestige. 

Watching this play out is enthralling even if it isn’t perfect, it’s modern blacksploitation elements work with a good cast helped magnanimously by a soundtrack that proves soundtracks can be characters in their own right. The lyrical content is so fitting at times and others so poetic it’s practically theatre.

A story about a bullet proof black man in America would always be a little bit on the nose but it’s importance and timing given the racial tension at the moment cannot be overstated. It’s one bit ode, part bit elegy, several bits theatre and every bit action. It also has an earned romantic through line that accentuates the plot. Several interesting strong female characters to choose from, and a well developed villain make this outing better than good.

All in all this is a historic outing that has raises the bar for future outings.
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