Review: Iron Fist (probable spoilers) 

Iron Fist is is the latest series in Marvel’s Netflix shared universe and the final piece of the puzzle before the all in Defenders series coming later this year. I loved both seasons of Daredevil and both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage so I was really pumped about this series coming out. I wasn’t incredibly familiar with the character but I knew he got his powers by defeating a dragon in battle so I was really jazzed to see this get really weird and out there.

Firstly I just want to start with the ‘whitewashing’ controversy which I find to be completely ridiculous because there’s a big difference between the racism that is whitewashing and just a potentially missed opportunity. The character of Iron Fist has always been portrayed in the comics as white so it’s not a racist move to cast a white guy. There’s nothing wrong with having an issue with the casting if you don’t think someone’s right for a role and in this case that should be the only argument I feel.

Now onto my thoughts on the series. Iron Fist is about a man, Danny Rand, who returns to New York after 15 years of being presumed dead. When he was 10 years old he was on a plane flying through the Himalayas with his parents when a crash claims the lives of all but himself. Raised in a monetary of monks in the mystical K’un-Lun where he earned the highest honey of becoming the legendary ‘Iron Fist’. Upon returning he realises the corporation his father created and the city are all in turmoil and he may just be the only one who can save everything. I’ll come right out now and say I dug it. I thought it was a pretty good show. I didn’t love it like I did with the other shows but I didn’t think it was terrible like most critics are saying. It definitely doesn’t come equipped out swinging like,  Lloyd the other shows. It doesn’t hook you instantly. It takes until nearly half way through the series to really get things going and that’s a bad thing. The first four or five episodes could have been compressed down to about two episodes and it would have made things a lot neater and would have made room for things that were completely left out. The kind of reversed what Luke Cage did. Where Luke Cage started off really strong then started to get a bit weak towards the end, Iron Fist starts off weak then finds its strength at the end.

Along with the slow start for the series I feel like Finn Jones took a few episodes to really find his stride as the character. He wasn’t bad in the beginning  (although that’s an unpopular opinion) but it just felt to me like he didn’t know what he was doing with the character. Other than that though every other character came to play in this series. The highlights for me were Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing who is the sidekick/ love interest of Danny Rand who was incredible and captivating every time she was on screen. I also really enjoyed Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum who was really interesting as a highly tortured character. The action scenes also got progressively better episode to episode. The fights weren’t quite as raw and jaw dropping as Daredevil but there was some damn impressive choreography going into some of these fights. 

Something that was really a shame was that there was never really an origin for the character. There’s a lot of talk about K’un-Lun and what the Iron Fist is supposed to do but they spend maybe 10 or 15 minutes of screen time through the whole series there out of 13 hours. I was waiting and waiting to see the show down between Danny Rand and the dragon and it never came. There was so much that could have been delved into there but so much time was wasted stretchier g out moments that didn’t matter. One of the great things about the other Marvel Netflix shows is that they have long scenes of really intense dialog and it really locks you into the characters but in this show those scenes just weren’t as engaging.

Overall, despite its flaws I really did care about the characters and mission they were on. The writing was at times something that really let the show down and kept it from being something great. I would say if you’re really keen on watching it, stick it out through those first few episodes otherwise I think a lot of people are just going to fall off. I give Iron Fist a 6.5/10

What did you think, have you watched Iron Fist? What did you think? Do you agree with the critics? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and till next time, take it easy.

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Venom movie still happening 

Back when the Amazing Spider-man movies were still happening, one of the spin off movies announced in that universe was a Venom and Carnage movie that, from memory, wasn’t to feature Spider-man at all. The outcry from that announcement was that it was a mistake. Then the deal with Marvel Studios happened and the Spider verse movies were all scrapped but there remained hints that a stand alone Venom movie could still be planned. So the MCU gets to share Spider-man and his debut in Civil War was fantastic and the first stand alone, the upcoming Spiderman Homecoming is one of my most anticipated movies of the year. With all of this though Sony still announced their own animated Spider-man movie based on the Miles Morales version of the character that would be completely separate from the MCU. There’s nothing wrong with that plan at all, I’m looking forward to that and I hope its a catalyst to one day seeing get that character in a live action movie one day.

So today the announcement comes that the Venom movie has itself a release date in October of 2018 along with the news that it would indeed be separate from the MCU and no version of Spider-man would feature in it. Separate from MCU and no Spider-man. WHY FUCKING BOTHER?!?!?!?!?! This idea is just dumb and will confuse a lot of people. People know the origins of Venom are deeply connected to Spider-man and unless they keep tabs on movie news and everything they will be expecting Tom Holland’s Spider-man to show up. He never will and they will be disappointed. Also what story would they tell then? Would it be a different origin? Would he be hero, villain or anti-hero? What other characters would appear? Will anybody care to have these questions answered? I love the character of Venom and especially the dynamic between him and Spidey. I would much prefer the character of Eddie Brock be established for a couple of movies then become Venom and take on this MCU Spider-man. 

What do you think? Are you keen for a COMPLETELY separate Venom movie? Even with it being produced by the people who lost themselves control of Spider-man?  Comment, let me know. Thanks for reading this here thing and till next time, take it easy.

The Matrix gearing up for a reboot

The Matrix is one of the most iconic movies of all time. That’s just a fact that can’t be denied. It’s so influential that for years afterwards, movie after movie kept spoofing, parodying and paying homage to the ground breaking action and effects. Then the sequels happened. Reloaded isn’t that bad in my humble and unprofessional opinion but Revolutions is just a big fucking slog of nothing, it’s really not good.

Now I’ve said it before (probably, I can’t really remember) that I have no issue with things being remade or rebooted because if they’re good, you have a great new thing to watch but if they’re bad you still have the original to enjoy. It’s a different discussion though of what movies are in need of a remake or reboot. For example, as awesome as Escape from New York is I am really looking forward to seeing the long awaited remake and hope it’s done right. Also, the new Scarface which is in development sounds like it could be incredible and will of course be the second remake of that property. There are the stinkers obviously such as Point Break which is just not good.

The question now is, will this new Matrix movie be a completely new remake, or is it going to be a new story set in the same continuity of the original three movies. Word is, and it’s certainly the better option, is that it will be the latter. If this is true it’s unclear whether this new film would take place before or after the events of the other movies but I would be fine either way. I admit I have thought about what a fourth movie in the franchise could be. I won’t get into that here but if anybody ever wants to know it I’ll put it out there in some way. 

Reports are saying that Michael B. Jordan is the top pick to lead the project and that would be a huge buy for me. The more I think about it, there really is nobody I would prefer to lead this movie. There are certainly other people I would be fine with such as Donald Glover, Miles Teller, Brie Larson, Thessa Thompson and the list could go on. 

Truly I think this could be something really cool if it’s a continuation of the same universe. You wouldn’t necessarily need to include any of the original cast members but it could be cool, and it would be good to nitpick for any references and easter eggs referencing the originals. Now I don’t want this to look like I’m just over the moon excited about this, it could be a complete load of old arse but there are ways to make this work and I hope its the direction it is heading. Unless they do just do a complete remake in which case fuck that shit.

What do you think? Are you up for a new trip into the Matrix? Would you be cool with a complete remake or would you prefer a continuation? Let me know. Thanks for reading and till next time, take it easy.

Matthew Vaughn up for Man of Steel 2

The DCEU has been having a hard time for the past year and there have been many instances that have proved that they may not be handling it all to well. Recently though they have been making some moves that could just turn everything around. 

I’m not the biggest fan of Man of Steel, every time I try to rewatched it I spend most of the movie wondering why I didn’t love it but then by the end I’m just so thankful it’s over. It’s a slog to get through but I’m not one of the people who thinks Zack Snyder’s sucks as a director. He’s hit and miss for me with his movies but I would never say he isn’t talented. I am happy though hat he isn’t directing Man of Steel 2, I think it would be a good move for him to step away, at least from directing this franchise for a while. 

So now the top choice over at WB to direct the movie is Matthew Vaughn. Nothing here is a done deal, this isn’t definitely going to happen but this gets me very excited. I stopped getting excited about these movies but this gets me back there. Vaughn is a director whose work I have never not liked. He’s brilliant. Remember, the X-men franchise was as good as dead after The Last Stand and X-men Origins: Wolverine flopped with audiences and critics, then he came in and did First Class and completely, undeniably brought he franchise back. 

What concerns me if this does become a deal is there have been so many directors have dropped out of these DCEU movies because of creative issues with the studio. Matthew Vaughn does not seem like the kind of director to deal with that so if they do book him, WB would be smart to just hold back and let him do his thing. 

I’m really excited about this, are you? Do you like Matthew Vaughn as a director? What your favorite of his movies? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and till next time, take it easy.

Review: The Nice Guys (2016)

Director: Shane Black

Starring: Russel Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice

Holland March (Gosling) a private investigator hired to investigate a sighting of a recently deceased porn star and he has a hunch that there’s a connection with a missing girl. However that missing girl doesn’t feel like being found so hires enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) to stop March. When Healy finds out that his client is in danger he enlists the help of March to find her and keep her safe with the help of March’s daughter, Holly. 

The chemistry between the two leads is undeniable and watching them together is truly a delight. All the characters work well together in the movie. Shane Black has his own distinct style with his writing and it comes through in full force for this movie. The way the story unfolds and comes together, sometimes in surprising ways, really keeps you locked in to the movie.

the movie is set in 1977 and it definitely has a 70’s feel to it. The set pieces, the clothing and the lingo are all very distinctive of the era and it makes for a really fun backdrop to the story.

There aren’t many negatives I could give for this movie, the main one though is that Ryan Gosling walks a fine line between being a bumbling idiot and a brilliant detective and at times can really stretch how far he can go with each, but that’s a minor issue.

Overall this is a really fun movie that keeps you locked in from beginning to end. The action is incredibly enjoyable to watch and the chemistry between the characters is sharp and engaging. I give The Nice Guys a 9/10.

What do you think, have you seen The Nice Guys? Let me know what you thought in the comments. Thanks for reading and till next time, take it easy.

Ending of ‘Logan’ (SPOILERS!!!!!)

So a picture was posted to twitter of a couple of screen grabs that has people kind of going nuts. The top pic is from The Wolverine of the scene where the character of Yukio (Rila Fukushima) explains the premonition she saw of Logan’s death, that he would be lying on his back, surrounded by blood, holding his own heart in his hand. Then the second pic shows Logan’s death in Logan specifically a close up of him covered in blood, lying on his back, holding Laura’s  (his daughter pretty much) hand. The implications of this side by side comparison are very poetic and very beautiful and they suggested that director James Mangold was planning this all along. Mangold himself even responded seemingly confirming this and now people are flipping out that he had been planning this beautifully tragic ending since The Wolverine. I dont think that’s what he meant nor what happened.

I honestly don’t believe they had this end for the Wolverine character mapped out like that so far, instead I would think it more likely that when they were crafting the story for Logan, they went back and watched The Wolverine and saw an opportunity for something great. My evidence towards this is that the scene of him holding his own heart covered in blood took place in that movie, it definitely played out. Also, they had no idea at the time what story, if any, they were going to tell next and Hugh Jackman hadn’t decided to end his run as Wolverine yet. I do buy that they’ve made a connection there though, even if that’s me just being optimistic, because it really does make an already incredibly emotional and heartbreaking moment even more powerful.

What do you think? Do you think it was planned all along or do you think it’s a coincidence? Let me know! Thanks for reading and till next time, take it easy.

First images of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a fucking nerd and I love comic book movies. One of my most anticipated movies this year is Thor: Ragnarok, the third stand alone outing for the God of thunder. I really like the first Thor but Thor: The Dark World was really forgettable I felt. This movie however has my full attention. The concept is really cool, ragnarok, basically being the end times and they’re throwing in some Planet Hulk goodness? Yeah I’m in. Also you can’t forget about the cast, not only do you have the return of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo reprising their roles as Thor, Loki and Bruce Banner/ Hulk respectively but your also throwing in the likes of Cate Blanchett,  Jeff Goldblum and Benediction Cumberbatch as Hela, Grandmaster and Doctor Strange. 

Earlier, Entertainment Weekly dropped some images from the movie and I just want Ted to throw a few of my thoughts on a couple of them out there. There’s a few so I’ll just say here all of these are courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and Marvel Studios.

First of all is this image of Thor and Thessa Tnompson as Valkyrie. The first thing to notice is Thor has had a dramatic haircut. I dig it, I’m all for the new look. Also you notice his different armour, it’s more gladiator style and I think it looks pretty rad. Another thing is Thor appears to be holding a weapon that isn’t Mjolnir which is interesting. I also really dig the look of Valkarie and I have a feeling she is going to steel this as a total bad arse.

Next I’ve got Loki who also appears to have some new threads which looks great and he seems to be in a fairly relaxed position, perhaps enjoying some gladiator battles. As the unquestionably greatest villain the MCU has produced I’m really looking forward to seeing him again and can’t wait to see how he factors in to all this.

Here we have Cate Blanchett as Hela. Now I’m not all that familiar with the character but I know she is the goddess of death. Blanchett is one of the greatest actresses out right now and she looks terrifying in this image. I cant wait to see what damage she is going to do, she definitely looks like someone I wouldn’t want to fuck with.

Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster looks all kinds of weird and I love it. The character is, I believe, is the brother of the Collector who has been played by Benicio del Toro in a couple of small appearances. The two characters definitely look like, even they could be related and there’s nothing about Jeff Goldblum being in something that you can hate on, the man is just a delight.

The last image I’m looking at is this image of Bruce Banner and Thor. It’s hard to say whether this is the first time they see each other or if they’re celebrating something awesome, either way they look happy to see each other. The movie has been described as a buddy road movie in space and this image throws evidence towards that.

As and ways thanks for reading. Are you looking forward to Thor: Ragnarok? What did you think of these images? Let me know in the comments. Till next time, take it easy.