Series Review – Legion

Legion_06Oh My Fu***ing God.

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.’ (IMDb) (8 ep. of apx. 1h)

This is Awesome. Yes, Awesome with capital A. I was so surprised by this series and I honestly to god do not know how I feel after finishing it. Each episode is crazier then the one before. I won’t really do an episode-by-episode review, but the main review will be mostly about the first 4 chapters/episodes.

May contain small spoilers

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The first episode starts with a short montage where we see David grow from a baby and where we see the first moments his power escapes him. It’s interesting to see, because the way it was filmed and edited gives us a small preview of how the series will be. It will be fucked up, full of colours and will give us an inside look of how his brain works.

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The entire episode is a mix between the real world, where it’s made clear to us it’s real, and the inside of David his brain, with quickier editing, full of colours (red and others) and flashes of light. It’s crazy, it’s colourful, it’s bright, it’s flashy and it’s so, so good. Next to the fantastic cinematography and the crazy editing, we also have some amazing actors.

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Dan Stevens, who we all know and love from Downton Abbey, gets all the attention here. He’s marvelous. He’s crazy, but human. You immediately feel sorry for him and you immediately feel with him. Here Dan gets full freedom to showcase his incredible acting skills. The important thing here is that he’s supported by other amazing characters. Next to David’s craziness, it’s the realness of the side characters that made this a real treat and really interesting. Here I want to give a big round of applause to Aubrey Plaza who gave a beautiful, yet crazy rendition of Lenny Busker, David’s best friend in the hospital. She grounds the story and makes him a bit more human.

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While I will try to not give any spoilers here, or at least try to, I still want to give a quick note about the second episode. Here we get to the mutant base, where David gets to know his real powers. He’s told repeatedly that he’s not crazy, but just super powerful. He needs to control it, because he’s the key. To what? Nobody knows. They tell him the key to winning the war but also to something else. We get a lot of questions, that aren’t all answered in this season.

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In the third episode we get even more questions. Who is Division 3? What do they want from David? What does Dr. Melanie Bird want from David? The dynamic here between David and Syd remains the same. We see Syd being a more reasonable voice in the craziness of David’s life and actions. She’s there to pull him back and to keep him from making rash decisions.

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Something else I loved in this series are Ptonomy’s powers. Going back to ones memories and seeing them again is just so interesting. Here we get to know a bit more about David’s history and what he went through. But it gets crazier. Syd implored them to take her with them in his memories because she believes she can help, and what they get to see is mindblowing. In the crazy-sense of the word.

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They see his nightmares, things he was afraid of when he was little and the more he sees these things, the more he gets out of control and the more his powers control those of Ptonomy and kicks them out. After sedating David to a point where his powers can’t affect them anymore, they go back in and there shit hits the fan. I’m not going into details here, because you have to see it to experience it fully, but this is an excellent piece of montage and lighting, giving us a sense of how his mind works and how crazy it all is in there.

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The entire series is an introduction to the characters, to the world and to the story they want to tell. You have to get used to the way they want to tell the story, but once you get used to it, it’s a rollercoaster of craziness. I liked it a lot, because it showcases the talents of the editors, but showcases the craziness that is this world and this story as well.

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It’s definitely a must-watch and I can’t wait until the second season to see where they will take this story. I hope they go even further and keep those crazy revelations coming. This entire season had twists and turns in every episode and it’s so binge worthy that I already told all my friends to watch it.

8/10 stars.  

Movie Review – Logan

Logan_05perfect end to this series

may contain small spoilers

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.’ (IMDb) (by James Mangold, 137 min.)

This was such a treat and one I wasn’t expected at all. I laughed, I cried, I shrieked in horror and I felt pumped by all the action scenes. Needless to say this movie left me with a lot of feelings and that, for me, is usually a sign that it was a great movie. To me anyways.

I wasn’t very familiar with the history of Logan and this specific Comic. I knew it existed, but for me it didn’t fit in my world of the X-Men. It was different. It told a much darker story, with an older Logan and I wasn’t ready for that. But now, seeing Hugh Jackman getting older and taking on the same role over and over again, his character not aging, but him, as an actor definitely getting there, I felt ready for this story. And apparently so did Marvel and the world.

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It was the right time to tell this story and to show us this part of the world. It does give us an entire new character to get to know and love, and probably follow, in Laura. And on this they played well. Because we still have the fierceness from Wolverine, but she’s different in a way. I found her part really interesting and I can’t wait to see what else she will bring to this world.

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I found the entire story interesting. It was a bit weird at first to hear them talk about their friends and colleagues in the past tense, but they gave us enough time to get used to it, before throwing us into the story and the action. And when the action started, man, it didn’t stop.

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I found the new, older, less improved, less perfect Wolverine a real treat on screen. He had so many layers and with his sickness, his dark thoughts, his job, the way he handles this kid that stepped into his life, he became a much more interesting character to follow. The way he handled all kinds of situations and the way he dealt with death in this film, showed me a Logan worth saying goodbye to. Because this movie is a goodbye. Don’t get me wrong, (no spoilers); but I cried several times in this film.

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Every character got their beautiful goodbye in this film, their final scene in this world. And it touched me. It was like saying goodbye to characters that grew with me, that made me grow to the person I am today. So when the credits rolled, it was like a gigantic chapter of my life got to an end and I turned the last page of this book.

The end was bittersweet. Saying goodbye to old favourites and welcoming new characters, new possibilities… 8/10 stars. Definitely earned.

New Trailer Reviews (#4)

2:22

A different kind of Groundhog Day

Michiel Huisman is gorgeous and he is probably the only reason I will go see this movie. There, I said it, now I can continue with my review. This movie sounds strange. The story is just so confusing and when I read the synopsis on IMDb, it doesn’t match at all with what we get to see in this trailer. I think they can do great things with this premise (an ominous pattern of events repeat itself in exactly the same way every day, ending at 2:22), but I’m afraid that when it’ll be to difficult to follow or to understand, we won’t be hooked enough to care how this movie ends. I think for me, the make or break it, will be the second trailer where hopefully it’ll be explained a bit more. We’ll see. I don’t think this is a movie I will catch in cinemas.

Blade Runner 2049

They’re back !!

Ryan Gosling… Jared Leto… Harrison Ford… Need I say more? This with direction by Dennis Villeneuve… It’s going to be amazing. I loved the original. I enjoyed the story, the way it was told, the cinematography. The use of colours, the duality between the colours and the greyness/darkness. I have a feeling this will be the same with this new movie. I hope he uses the same style and genre, but make it his own, so we can have the same character development we had in Arrival. I’m excited.

The Gifted – Fox

The X-men come to a tv-screen near you

This looks so great. I honestly didn’t know they were putting this show up. I was transfixed on any news on Netflix and their Marvel stories, that the idea of my favourites (the X-men) coming to television this fall completely passed me by. And then I saw this trailer. And now I’m excited. I hope it has this Heroes-vibe to it, but with the X-men background. I hope they don’t overdo it too much as to lose the look and feel of what makes X-men so special. I’ll definitely be checking this one out when it comes out.

Battle of the Sexes

Emma Stone vs Steve Carell

Yes, this movie has finally a trailer. And it looks amazing. Emma Stone is gorgeous and so real as Billie Jean King. And Steve Carell looks as his best self as this goofy Bobby Riggs. I can’t wait to see their fighting and knowing what (at least) Emma Stone went through as physical training for this part, I know both of them are so dedicated to this story. This is one great story and one I can’t wait to see as a film.

The Breadwinner

Animation at it’s best

The production company behind Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells bring us this new movie with Angelina Jolie as producer. If you watch the trailer you find their style so much in what they do. I loved Song of the Sea so much. It is to date my favourite animated feature. I was transformed by the story, the images, the music… I can’t wait to see what they’ll do with this story. One set in an entire different world from theirs and what they’re used to. But I do think they’re the perfect vessel to tell this story. Because it will be told with dignity and beauty. A must-see for me.

What do you think? Are any of these films on your watchlist? And which ones will you be seeing in cinemas?