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She-Hulk: Attorney At Law Gets off on the Right Foot (Series Premiere)

There’s been a general consensus that these marvel shows are a bit lacking when compared to the films. They haven’t really had a show that has reached the height that the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has had in the past. However, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law may prove to break the mold only time will tell but it’s on to a great start!

More Hulk!

The MCU’s use of the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is one of the most common criticisms I hear. You can’t really hold the fans responsible either because he hasn’t had much opportunity to perform since his debut. The Russo Brothers, who directed Endgame, even acknowledged nerfing the Hulk. Considering how strong he is, they were unsure of how to include him in the plot.

For the fans who just wanna see Hulk smash they really don’t get many satisfying moments. However, In She-Hulk: Attorney at Law I really love the fact that they bring back Smart Hulk. He’s funny and his relationship with She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) is very enjoyable.

Sitcom Done Right

Since WandaVision was the first of the MCU’s shows to air, the results have been somewhat variable. Although the concept was sound, the execution could have been improved. The majority of the show is a sitcom, parodying popular shows like I Love Lucy, Malcolm in the Middle, and others, but one thing was glaringly lacking throughout: humor.

Although I don’t think She-Hulk is absolutely hilarious, it had me laugh throughout the first episode, so it looks to be heading in the right direction in terms of comedy. The post-credits scene is one of the funniest parts, so stay after the credits roll because there will be a nice surprise waiting for you.

Conclusion

When all is said and done, She-Hulk may prove to be one of MCU’s best TV productions. It has a clear vision of what it wants to be, and it executes that vision expertly. Despite the fact that there are still many episodes to go, if they can maintain this level of consistency, we’re in for a genuinely entertaining show.

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‘Mulan’ Film Review (2020): How to Screw Up a Classic

“There’s no shame in being fearful before battle.”

Recently, Disney has been attempting to capitalize on some of its most successful animated films with live-action counterparts. Most lack the personality and quality of their initial debuts. Mulan (2020) is the worst live-action remake the big-eared mouse has ever produced, and I’m not sure how they managed to ruin a classic.

Overview

As her father is called to arms by the imperial army Hua Mulan (Liu Yifei) takes his place even though women are not allowed to be in the army. She must hide her identity until they can drive back the northern invaders.

Why Would You Do This?

There were rumors that Mulan might deviate from the original story before it was released. That first intrigued me, but when they removed some of the best elements from the original Mulan, my excitement rapidly turned to sadness.

Mushu, played by Eddie Murphy, is sorely missed in this picture, and instead of being replaced by another character, we are left with Mulan for the majority of it. The coupling of the two characters is what made the original picture so successful. Mulan’s personality consisted of trying to act like a guy… and that’s about it. Without her faithful guardian, she becomes a lot less interesting.

That’s Not Even the Worst Part

The fact that they wanted creative distinctions that only made the movie worse is my biggest criticism of the entire picture. Making a movie in the Mulan universe may have been interesting, but instead of doing something new, they stick to every significant plot detail from the first movie. I start to question the point of taking creative liberties at all.

The movie plays out as if someone skimmed the summary of the previous film and then constructed a new one while retaining the key narrative points and clumsily connecting the two.

From Mulan’s interactions with other important characters to her uninteresting demeanor, nothing in this two-hour movie is really compelling. Despite being longer than the original, this plot somehow lacks depth. It’s amazing how poorly this movie performed given its straightforward idea.

Conclusion

If you want to see a neutered version of the animated Disney classic go ahead and be my guest. However, if you go into this film expecting anything close to the original you will be disappointed.

This lifeless remake undergoes changes that diminish the overall quality of the film and had they just followed the original premise this movie could have just ended up better.

Mushu’s removal was a terrible error. The chemistry between our co-stars helped the animated movie a lot. Without the two of them, the film would not have had the same impact in its initial release.

To temper any expectations you have about this reboot any one of the original characters has more personality than every single individual in the reboot.

Perhaps the worst thing about Mulan (2020) is that you just don’t care. This movie will come and go without you thinking back on it. It simply exists as a worse version of the original and to top it all off is just a complete bore. I implore you not even to waste your time sitting down to watch this product. There have to be too many other things worth actually doing.

Verdict 4 out of 10 Stars

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Why the Walking Dead Fell Off (Spoilers)

The Walking Dead had its AMC network debut on Halloween of 2010, and since then it has experienced many highs and lows. Let’s explore what directly caused the public’s perception of this drama series to shift from being one of the greatest to one of the worst.

Why’d It got Off to Such a Strong Start?

Season one of The Walking Dead came out at a unique time. We weren’t as oversaturated in zombies in the horror genre. Now in the present day when it comes t video games, TV series, and movies it seems impossible to escape them. Secondly, the story was at its strongest initially before delving into mediocrity. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) a former cop-turned apocalypse survivor is a compelling main character.

Even when it seemed like the program had missed a step while he was there, he could help it get back on track. Being teamed with Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) was undoubtedly beneficial. This power trio was the face of this franchise for so long but all good things must come to an end eventually.

When the show first began other humans certainly were a threat to our main cast’s health but the walkers were the greatest threat. There was real tension even if only a few showed up. Most action scenes were engaging and that’s quite the contrast with what happens in later seasons. The walkers become less and less of a threat. This doesn’t stop the show from trying to make them still seem threatening though.

One character can take a knife and end 30 plus walkers with seemingly no problem when the writing allows for it. However, to build fake tension more times than I could count a character will randomly trip or make a decision that they seemingly would never just to make the scene tenser. It doesn’t really help though it just lessens the impact of one of the “biggest” threats the show has seen.

Cutting the Fat

No question one of the worst aspects of The Walking Dead is the filler. Just so much of the show could be cut out and it wouldn’t change the overall story. Outside of the first season, the show feels like a 20-page paper that was assigned during school. Within that long assignment, there is a really good paper but it’s bogged down by all the unnecessary parts.

The Walking Dead features so many scenes where the characters are just walking through the woods and nothing is going on. There are whole storylines within the show that feels like they are more so trying to reach a quota rather than make a cohesive story and these parts tend to drag.

The first season was the only one that truly avoided this issue. Rick spends the majority of this brief season looking for his lost family after waking up at the end of the world. He makes allies along the journey and discovers more about what happened to the world. It has a rather straightforward plot, and I believe this show works best when it doesn’t try to accomplish too much.

Intriguing Drama

Most of the time, this show is more of a drama than a zombie beatdown. Numerous episodes will be devoted to examining particular characters’ relationships with one another. Having said that, the program shines when these passages are effectively written and you sense a genuine connection between the characters. But when there isn’t a strong connection between these individuals, the episodes end up feeling the longest in the worst sense.

Nothing is worse than spending 40 minutes with people you don’t care about and a plot that makes a valiant effort to give them more depth but falls desperately short. It’s actually horrible, and you’ll be able to tell if it’s one of those bonding moments right away.

As the show progresses plenty of characters come and go. You can tell the writers want almost every character to have their shine but the cast is simply too large. You can’t give everyone their own episode but they sure do try. These usually end up dragging and don’t advance the plot at all.

Some prominent pairings include Michonne & Rick and Daryl & Carol (Melissa McBride), to mention a few. Even if the writing isn’t great, the way they are able to share the screen together makes it worthwhile to watch. They never really seem to have bad episodes. Even though the majority of this has been negative, I would be lying if I said the show wasn’t in any way compelling. There’s a reason why I’ve continued to watch the show. Simply put, there are issues that have existed from the beginning of it.

Killing to Kill

In a show that kills off characters often there’s always a risk of killing off the wrong character. While death can be surprising and can shock the audience that isn’t always a good thing. Sometimes the show will sacrifice good writing for a surprise and in the long term, it makes the product suffer in quality. When season six premiered it introduced one of the best-written characters to the show Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

He’s rude, tough, and has ended quite a few fan favorites during his time in the show and that definitely made the fans upset. He kills off Glenn (Steven Yeun) a series mainstay since the first season and this was met by tremendous hate. He was loved and the decision to kill him turned a lot of fans off the show. That being said they Had to make Nega stand out from other villains having him kill off such a big character definitely gave him identity but was it worth losing so many fans?

While I was fine with the decision it’s always a mixed bag killing off characters because if the majority don’t care then the death has n impact. However, if a major character meets an early grave it can turn people off the project since they could’ve only been watching because of said character.

Hope Isn’t Completely Lost

Last but not least, even though I think the program has had its ups and downs, now that the last season is almost over, it’s actually becoming better. Season 11 has surpassed many of the more recent seasons in my opinion, even though I don’t believe the show will ever reach its pinnacle again. Since the program has been running for so long, it would be devastating for the remaining viewers if it had to finish poorly. Let’s hope the show ends well and makes the remaining audience members happy.

‘Harley Quinn’ (Season 1 & 2) TV Show Review: Well… That Was Something

“I Trust You With My Life, But Not With My Heart”

What should be a definite slam dunk, Harley Quinn meets adult comedy, however, the presentation falls a little short in the wonderful category. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things you’ll like, but you’ll also want to overlook a number of issues.

Overview

Joker (Alan Tudyk) and Harley (Kaley Cuoco) have been together for quite some time. Committing terrible crimes only to get taken down by Batman (Diedrich Bader). After many years of betrayal and abuse, Harley decides enough is enough and it’s time for her to separate herself from the Joker and become a full-fledged supervillain.

Creative

This show excels in making fun of a variety of characters from the DC (Detective Comics) Universe. You probably won’t even know all of the characters if you’re just a casual DC fan.

A particularly well-done character is Clayface (Alan Tudyk) normally known as a supervillain with the power to shift his body into anything he could imagine. Instead, now he is an inspiring actor giving a backstory for anyone’s appearance he decides to take over.

Doesn’t Greatly Succeed in the Funny Department

First things first comedy is subjective so if you find the show funny I’m happy for you but the jokes didn’t quite land for me. With The Harley Quinn Show being a comedy that isn’t the thing you’d wanna hear. That being said when the jokes land they blow them out of the park. However, if you’re throwing jokes out constantly I think it would be odd for some not to land eventually.

Oh… What It Could’ve Been (Minor Spoilers)

Even though the first season was fine, I was a little underwhelmed after all the positive things I had heard about the series. However, when season two started, everything was different. It is Harley’s responsibility to overthrow the five crime bosses who have taken control of a portion of Gotham. These are by far my favorite episodes from the entire duration of the show.

Unfortunately, the good did not endure very long. Towards the end of the second season, a very clear romance begins to blossom, and it is not enjoyable. It takes away a lot of what I believe most of us wanted to see and moves the focus from Harley’s group to who she wants to be with. A love triangle is a common plot device, and this series hasn’t done much to elevate it.

Just Not Interesting (Minor Spoilers)

When this program delivers a stellar episode, I enjoy it. It demonstrates to me the potential of the show at its best. But I think this show stumbles in the strangest ways. For instance, the series’ obsession with the Joker in the first season is borderline psychotic. This criminal pair has been spotted by all of us more times than we can count. Therefore, having him return for the same plot beats almost every episode just becomes boring.

Season two improves on this and we see a lot less of the crown prince of crime but he shows up too much initially.

Conclusion

The Harley Quinn Show does a lot right but drops the ball in the worst of ways. One moment you’re gonna be on the brink of spitting out your drink laughing or you’re gonna just be mildly entertained wondering when it’s gonna pick up again.

On a more upbeat side, this show particularly excels at portraying Harley’s colorful gang; each character brings something special to the show, and when they are all on screen together, even the least compelling stories shine. Because of this, it’s sad that whenever they do decide to divide the group up, the comedy and overall cohesion of the show appear a little off.

The show might be hit or miss in terms of humor. I never reached the point where I despised some jokes so much that I wanted to stop watching the show; most jokes simply didn’t make me laugh. However, given that their top priority is to crack jokes, something will undoubtedly make you laugh at some time.

What hurts the most about this show is that I think it could be so much better. There are moments that stand out from the rest but then there are large portions of the show that are just uninteresting. With season three finally releasing here’s hoping that the series can make a massive leap in a great direction.

Verdict 6 out of 10 Stars

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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ (Season 1) TV Show Review: It Was This Close

“Have You Ever Been Afraid Of The Dark? How Does It Feel When You Turn On The Light? It Feels Like That

I never thought the day would come when we’d see Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) between the events of the Clone Wars and Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Now that the time has come how did the show do? Was it able to live up to the hype it generated?

Overview

Obi-Wan Kenobi has been hiding out on Tatooine for the past 10 years, keeping an eye on the son of his former student. In the meanwhile, he has been hunted by inquisitors, former Jedi.

Leia and Obi

One of the best aspects of this show is the relationship Obi-Wan has with Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair). To begin the old Jedi’s quest, she is abducted early in the series. Once united they end up playing off of each other well. Ewan McGregor also must be recognized for his phenomenal acting throughout the entire series.

When the season began there was a bit of skepticism on my part about the role but I was proven wrong. It’s hard to have a child actor perform well and I’d say she was even out acting some of the adults.

Setting the Tone

Regardless of how good the program is, I believe Disney has done a good job of establishing the tone for its Star Wars TV productions. Obi-Wan has severed his connection to the force. He spent most of his life relying on this power. He’s just an old hermit who isn’t the same fearless general he used to be.

He doesn’t simply make a slight alteration throughout the series, which makes this component very nicely written. He’s lost and terrified, and he needs to find himself again. It’s one of the things I like best about this season.

Slow Start

Reva Sevander (Moses Ingram) is arguably the most notorious character; from the minute she appeared on screen, she drew harsh criticism. I truly don’t think it’s her fault, though.

She is on the quest for Obi-Wan, and nothing will stop her from succeeding. Even while this may be a fulfilling plot, we know there isn’t much tension because Obi-Wan lives. This along with the fact the creators give us one of the most irrelevant twists in Star Wars.

When you have a story about an established universe you can’t do much to change things up. You can’t kill off certain characters or even impair them in a meaningful way unless in an earlier story that already happened. Therefore, this show just doesn’t have much wiggle room which definitely bogs it down.

Just Unnecessary

Have you ever had to reach a quota for work or a homework assignment? Maybe 60-70% was genuine great work but by the end, you were just adding filler to finish the project. This series has that vibe. Unfortunately, there is a lot of fluff that only serves to detract from the good that is present.

For most fans before this show began, I think we all knew where it was heading. There’s nothing wrong with that and honestly, the ending has some of the best content this season has to offer. However, getting to that point was just not an amazing experience. The earlier parts of the show simply don’t compare to the last two episodes of the series.

After finishing the show it just doesn’t feel like it needed all of this. A film could have sufficed or a mini-series of just a few episodes. Instead, they try to stretch the content out to make a show and those are the worst parts of it.

Conclusion

Who would have imagined that so many years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, we would have another adventure with the main actors reprising their roles. I detest to say it, but perhaps they shouldn’t have.

For me, Obi-Wan Kenobi is all that it needed to be. Seeing my favorite Jedi back on the big screen having to face his demons. What I didn’t expect was for him to have such a great relationship with Princess Leia.

When the adventure first began I didn’t realize her role would be so large but it works. The formula of guardian and child is just something that functions well. I believe that they had a connection in the story and some emotional beats couldn’t have been hit if they didn’t have the chemistry they had.

One aspect of the show you can’t really question is how they established the tone of it all. This is not the same Jedi knight we all know and love. He’s scared and he’d be willing to let an innocent die to stay hidden from his pursuers. We are more accustomed to him doing all in his ability to defend the vulnerable, so we aren’t too used to that.

I believe Evan McGregor’s character to be one of the greatest aspects of the entire series, which couldn’t be stated about the last Disney+ series, The Book of Boba Fett. Unfortunately, I don’t believe you’re missing much if you don’t care too much about his character.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is at its best when it focuses on Darth Vader and his master. It’s why we’re here in the first place. They deliver in those moments but those don’t make up the entire series. We spend a lot of time without them both sharing the screen and a lot of those sections feel unnecessary. Like they didn’t know how else to stretch out their story.

Worst of all they set up some really lackluster twists because if you follow the Star Wars universe you’d know that certain characters live many years past this point. So if the show tries to kill one of those characters off you know that they’ll be back. Then this program will treat it as some sort of big twist when it just feels like a waste of time. You could argue that going in blind would be more interesting but if you don’t care about the universe, especially the prequel films I don’t know why you’d wanna watch this show in the first place.

Lastly, I don’t hate this series in fact I loved watching it. If you’re willing to turn off your brain a bit and just enjoy seeing Obi-Wan and Darth Vader on the screen you’ll probably have a great time. If you’re looking for a very well-written story, with plenty of twists, and surprises you’ll probably be disappointed.

Verdict 6.5 out of 10 Stars

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