Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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“A soldier will always choose death over humiliation”

  • What is this movie about? valerian_and_the_city_of_a_thousand_planets_ver3

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

 

  • Why should you watch it?

This movie has gotten tones of bad reviews and while the movie might not be one of the best movies ever, it didn’t deserve what they did to her. So please, give it a chance, it’s worth it because is an old school movie, where there are the good guys, the bad guys, and a net of relationships that don’t seem what we see, plus we get the chance to visit many different planets on the same planet, or better said, a thousand cities.

Frist thing that we notice are the spectacular computer generated visual effects. They leave you breathless during the whole movie, and don’t forget that the whole movie happens in space and in the future. There are many different species that appear in this movie and their creation has been taken care of to the tiniest of detail. It reminds us of “The Fifth Element”, also from Luc Besson, but this is on a bigger scale and the other is simply a masterpiece that is difficult to forget.

One highlight of the movie is the brief but cool appearance of Rihanna, where she does what she does best (besides singing) that is dancing. Her short time on-screen is really funny to watch. On the other hand, the main problem that I see in this movie are the main couple. Not that they aren’t good actors, because they are, but maybe for this story, it would have been better to cast older actors, because Dane and Cara look too young for what their characters do. And let’s not forget that, rumor has it, this movie is based in some comics that were the inspiration for Star Wars so if these are Han and Leia, we definitely would have needed someone like Han and Carrie (sorry for the comparison).

Above all, the story is really entertaining . Looks the movie is following the fate of “Jupiter Ascending”, and in here there are no human dogs, and the plot is based on something written that in France, its country of origin, is considered a classic. just give it a chance.

 

 

  • Did you know?

– The film is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières.

– Released in 2017, the year of Valerian’s 50th anniversary.

– The opening scene begins in 1975. This is the year “Ambassador of the Shadows” (on which the film is loosely based) was first published in French.

– The film opens with footage of the 1975 joint US/Soviet mission Apollo Soyuz Test Project. The mission ran from July 15, 1975 through July 24, 1975, 42 years to the week of the opening of this film.

– There are 200 different alien species in this movie. Luc Besson wrote a 600 page book describing in details all the species. The actors had to read that book prior to filming so they can adjust their acting depending on the species they were interacting with.

– There are 2734 special effect shots in this movie compared to “only” 188 in ‘The Fifth Element (1997)’ (“See you in space” featurette).

– Luc Besson deliberately chose to shoot the film, an adaptation of a French comic, in English with English-speaking actors in order to raise its chances of a wider audience.

 

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Death Note

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“The name and the face is all you have to have.”

  • What is this movie about? death_note

Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.

 

  • Why should you absolutely NOT watch it?

First of all, skip this disappointing movie and go watch the anime or read the manga that “inspired” it, for not finding a better word to describe what they have done with that masterpiece. This review is full of spoilers, so read under your own discretion. But before all of that, if you have not watched Death Note (nor read the manga), then you will probably like the movie. But as that is not my case, I am ready to unload!! Now, let’s get started!!

This story differs from the original one in many aspects. What has surprised me the most is that we don’t learn that much about Ryuk, we don’t know why he eats those apples nor do we witness any bond he might share with Light; which is really sad, as what they were playing between them was funny to watch and added a little bit of mystery to the main story. In here: nothing, they are two perfeclty strangers. The relationship between Light and Mia, it’s the realationship between two boring teenagers. That’s it. There isn’t the manipulative one that we read in the manga, and that made us hate Light even a bit and feel sorry for Misa; in here the hormones rule. On the other side, we have also the lack of relationship between Light and L. While in the original one, they are playing the game of the cat and mouse, here everything goes like in a CSI episode: too fast and to direct. (L doesn’t appear until almost half of the movie by the way). They have also erased some characters like Light’s mum and sister, why bother to pay more actors who would play characters that they didn’t know what to do with them?

Then the characters. Yes L is black, but who cares? That’s the least of our concerns. Light is supposedly to be smart, like really smart and a cold person. Here he is an average bookworm (kind of loser) and that’s it. He isn’t the cold-blooded murderer we know from the original manga (who only kills the bad guys, don’t forget) and who seeks justice whatever and whoever the cost might be. Who in their right mind shows the power of the Death Note to your school fling before you even realize the power you have in your hands? (Those are again the American hormones ruling over…). Next is Mia, who differs in everything from the original Misa. She is a bit of a cliché of the popular high school girl, or that is what we might think at the beginning of the movie, because 10 min into it we no longer care. It’s a shame that in the movie wasn’t included some details like that she is somebody that cames from outside Light’s world and that she has a Death Note of her own with her own Shinigami (that deal with the Shinigami’s eye, is really missing!!). Finally, there is L. He behaves like the L from the manga, until he starts to her hormonal and feeling too much, and he should not!! And one might think why is he jumping onto chairs, has he eaten a kangaroo? He should be as cold-blooded as Light, that’s why their fight was so awesome to follow in the manga and anime, to see who of the two would success and win over the other. In here: nothing, just teens. In this movie all characters are made in the USA style way too much, nothing worth remembering.

At some points in the movie they play it cool using cool music in the most critical moments of the movie, not critical enough for us by the way, and the whole movie has dark colours, which is fine. But that’s it. Nothing makes sense, even less that finale that is presented to us; and by the way, you will realize that the movie has ended because the credits start rolling, not because it feels like it has ended. And after you wake up, you will think which kind of end was that and how did they trick you to waste 1h 40min of your live watching this movie.

Worst of all? They are going to make two more movies!!

#DeathShit

 

 

  • Did you know?

– Right before going into production, Warner Bros dropped the project. Since Adam Wingard was passionate about the project, the studio let him move the film into another platform, with Netflix buying the rights.

– Adam Wingard read the “Death Note” manga comic to find a way to translate the story to an American environment: “Death Note is such a Japanese thing. It became about what do these themes mean to modern-day America, and how does that affect how we tell the story. What are the things that people chalk up to conspiracy theories? What kind of weird underground programs does the government have? How do those work in the world of Death Note?”

– Producer Roy Lee stated that the film is “definitely for adults. It has a zero chance it will get below an R-rating.” He also stated that it “will be one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements.”

– Watari is a white Englishman in the manga and anime, but he is Japanese here, as he was in the Japanese animated films/TV series.

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The Defenders

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  • What is this series about? defenders_marvel_ver2

“Marvel’s The Defenders” follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

  • Why should you watch it?

And here we are. A new Marvel series. But we could say that this one is 4 in 1. Here the paths of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Lucas Cage and Iron Fist cross and go beyond. The centre of the story is Iron Fist and it’s the other characters that move around him until they get together.

The series keeps the spirit of its four predecessors, meaning that the main characters are people with special gifts/power that want to be normal, they are not the typical superheroes with their special outfit that wants to save the world. They are just people who want to keep going with their normal lives. To point out that only 1 put of 4 is wearing a superhero outfit, the other three they don’t care and don’t want anything to do with it, they even make fun of Daredevil’s one.

On one side are these four people. On the other side, we have Sigourney badass Weaver. She is really mean in her role as the main antagonist of our so-called heroes. She doesn’t have any special power, but still, she can face the four of them together without messing her hair up. The only thing I have against her, is that she should have more screen time. Really a pity.

As for the plot; itself is a bit slow and at some point, you might ask yourself, who are the bad guys in here? And what do they want to do? Maybe one problem is that the season is only 8 episodes long and they showrunners want to add everything possible from the other four shows, including all these secondary characters who will make you feel lost because you won’t be able to place them properly on their respective backgrounds; and if you’d like to, you would have to watch 5 different seasons, but by the time you finish The Defenders you won’t feel eager at all to do so.

Although that from these 4 series I have only had the opportunity to watch the Jessica Jones one, I would say that it is safe to say that The Defenders is better than Lucas Cage and Iron Fist (after checking the critics reviews, that’s it). But sorry, Jessica Jones is still my favourite of the whole lot. As per Daredevil, it is probably at the same level as The Defenders, specially taking into consideration that a character from that series is one of the main characters in this one.

In a bigger picture the series is good, mainly because you just want to watch how these different characters come together in the main story. But once they are together, it feels like the story slows down and then at the end we are running to catch it up and we face a bit of a chicle ending. Still, worth your time.

 

 

 

  • Did you know?

– The opening credits are a sequence of cityscapes of New York, with colored silhouettes of the Defenders (Daredevil in red, Jessica Jones in blue/purple, Luke Cage in gold and Iron Fist in green).

– In this series, the founding members of the Defenders are Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. In the comics the Defenders were formed by the Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer and Namor the Sub-Mariner.

– The IP address hidden in the first teaser trailer will take you to a site with information about The Defenders.

– In the first few episodes, the production uses colored light to great effect to separate out each individual Defender story. Look closely and you’ll notice that each scene involving Daredevil has a hint of red. Jessica Jones is lit with purple. Iron Fist with green and Luke Cage is lit in shades of yellow. As the series progresses and the Defenders become aligned, the four colors eventually turn into more neutral whites and blues.

– The name of all the four defenders cast members appears based on the release date they got released. The order is as follows. Daredevil played by Charlie Cox Jessica Jones played by Krysten Ritter Luke Cage played by Mike Colter Iron Fist played by Finn Jones.

– When Matt Murdock plays the piano in one of the episodes he’s playing the Defenders theme song.

– When Matt and Jessica are leaving the police station a photo of Stan Lee can be seen on a wall in the background.

– One of the trailers shows black and white security camera footage of the four defenders in a light with a time stamp in the top right corner. The time says 8:18 in hours and minutes. This is a reference to the release date of August 18th.

 

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