Get Out is a Horror Masterpiece

Get Out is produced by Blumhouse Productions. It is written and directed by Jordan Peele, and is also his directorial debut. The cast consists of Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, Allison Williams as Rose, Bradley Whitford as Dean, Catherine Keener as Missy, Caleb Landry Jones as Jeremy, and Lil Rel Howry as Ron.

The Plot:

Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Warning: Spoilers!

 

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Like I mentioned before, this is Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, and it’s incredible how great of a job he did given this is his first film. The way Jordan Peele is able to get certain messages across throughout this film is amazing. Everyone in the cast shines, and delivers fantastic performances that keep you glued to the screen the entire time. Get Out is not just another horror film. It is a horror film with a statement about racism, and it does an amazing job showing the horrifying affect racism has on our society, and the horrifying struggle black people have to go through everyday no matter what. It’s literally jaw dropping, and outstanding how close to reality this film is to our society today. Daniel Kaluuya’s character Chris is feeling rightfully nervous because his girlfriend’s parents aren’t aware he’s black, and that right there is something black people face all the time. The idea that we may never be fully accepted just due to the color of our skin, and the fact that we are always on alert not because we want to be, but because we have no choice but to be with how dangerous the world is for us just because we look different. Unfortunately, that’s the reality we all live in, and have been living for decades. And that’s pretty much what Chris fears as he is getting ready to meet Rose’s parents. He fears for his life, and he has a right to be afraid.

 

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When we’re eventually introduced by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener’s characters Dean and Missy Armitage, Rose’s parents, things already start to get weird.  When Dean asks Rose and Chris how long has their relationship been going on, right from there I could feel the mood change. It’s not too obvious, but you can immediately tell that Rose’s parents are more than what they lead on. Especially once Dean decides to give Chris a tour of the house as he goes into detail about his father Roman Armitage who was a track athlete that lost in the 1936 Olympics to an african american man named Jesse Owens. It’s not until much later on in the film is it revealed that Roman grew jealous of Jesse, and chose to begin an experiment that transplants white people’s brains into the bodies of young African Americans. Roman would then pass down this practice to Dean and his family, and what we notice later on is that, Chris was being treated like a tool, and being auctioned off the entire time without realizing it. Even the audience doesn’t realize this until around the second to third act of the film. It’s terrifying, because the whole time Rose, Chris’s girlfriend was just using him to sell him off, and it’s not something we notice at all due to her sweet personality we’re introduced to fairly early on in the movie. This is due to an amazing performance done by Allison Williams. It’s like I said before, this cast is incredible, and almost every action made by a character is done for a reason and holds a deeper meaning even after watching it a second time.

 

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Daniel Kaluuya also gives an outstanding performance and one of the scenes he shines best in is when he’s having a one on one interaction with Rose’s mother Missy played by Catherine Keener. Missy performs an act of hypnotism on Chris by getting him to talk about the tragic passing of his mother, and it’s from here that things start to get crazy, because at this moment Chris is barely in control of his movements. He’s reliving his entire nightmare as a child not being able to help his mother, and is then dropped into the Sunken Place. The Sunken Place being a hallucination that traps the person who’s under hypnosis into a black void that is inescapable. It’s a scene that is wonderfully acted between Catherine Keener and Daniel Kaluuya, and is most definitely one of the best but also one of the most terrifying scenes in the whole movie. Daniel Kaluuya is fantastic, and does an amazing job of giving you a performance that makes you genuinely fear for him as if you’re in the moment with him. And once again, we have to thank Jordan Peele for doing an amazing job directing that scene as well.

 

 

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Eventually Chris does manage to escape and is saved by his best friend Rod Williams played by Lil Rel Howery. Lil Rel Howery is mainly the comedic relief of the film, but also comes off as the paranoid friend that fears for chris as he’s meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. And as the film goes on, we begin to notice Rod was right to be paranoid. In a lot of ways, Rod is the hero of the story. Not just because he tries to warn Chris ahead of time that something isn’t right, but also because he goes out of his way to track down Chris and eventually save him right at the time Chris needed him most. It’s honestly a relief and he brings a light-hearted atmosphere which is definitely needed given the dark mood the film has majority of the time. Lil Rel Howery is great in the role he’s in, and I can’t wait to see him in more projects in the future.

 

Overall, Get Out is a horror masterpiece. It doesn’t waste anytime introducing you to the characters while also getting you invested into the story. It’s actually insane that this was Jordan Peele’s first movie, and I’m just proud to have experienced this film in theaters. Jordan Peele’s next film is Us, which is also once again produced by Blumhouse, and it will also be another horror-thriller film much like Get Out.

I can not wait to see what Jordan Peele pulls off with that movie, and I will be there day one! Hopefully you all enjoyed this article, and let us know what you thought of the film by sending us a message on Facebook or Twitter @Earth2ComicCast. Have a great day!

 

Tron: Legacy is still one of the best original Disney films ever made

It’s been almost a decade since the release of Tron: Legacy, and it’s amazing to see how well this film is still able to match so many blockbusters today.  I decided to give this film another re watch, and I’m proud to say it’s still as awesome as the first time I saw it. Tron: Legacy is directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. The film stars Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn, Olivia Wilde as Quorra, Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley, Michael Sheen as Castor, James Frain as Jarvis, and Beau Garret as Gem.

For those of you out there that haven’t see the film in a while or haven’t seen the film at all yet, I’ll give a brief summary of the plot:

Sam the son of famous video-game developer Kevin Flynn has been haunted for a long time by his father’s mysterious disappearance. A strange signal draws Sam to Flynn’s Arcade, and he is pulled into the same cyberworld in which his father, its creator, has been trapped for 20 years. With fearless warrior Quorra, Kevin and Sam seek to escape from a universe that, while magnificent, is far more advanced and dangerous than Kevin had ever imagined.

 

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The world Joseph Kosinski has created in this film is spectacular, and is just straight up gorgeous! To this day the cinematography is able to rival and even beat most blockbusters today.  The moment this film takes you into the cyber world it’s jaw dropping, and it just gets more and more amazing as each scene passes. It’s definitely something to admire, and the style and look of this film alone is enough to keep anyone engaged through the whole story. You’re constantly in shock of how well detailed this world is and how much time and energy went into the design of this film in order to make it have a unique and distinct feel unlike any other Disney or sci-fi movie you’ve seen before. Joseph Kosinski does an amazing job of capturing your interest and making you want to know more about this world as Sam is first introduced to it. Garrett Hedlund is great in his role, and almost serves as an avatar for the audience, because as he’s experiencing this world for the first time in shock, so are we. It’s a fantastic original story that I think honestly deserves more praise than it has gotten in the recent years, and it’s filled with well developed characters that you grow to love very early on.

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The whole cast gives amazing performances across the board, and you’re left emotionally invested in these characters. You root for them, and you want them to be victorious in the end. To be honest, as much as I like Sam, Olivia Wilde as Quorra steals the show! She is such a badass and she truly owns the title as Fearless Warrior! Trust me, she’s awesome! Jeff Bridges is also very good, and is able to make you feel the pain of a father who’s been away from his son for so long, and wants nothing more but to rebuild his relationship with him despite the breakthrough he’s made. In the end, that’s what matters the most. A film filled with characters that you grow attached to, and want to see more of in later sequels. There is so much to love about this movie aside from the characters such as: The Music!

I don’t even know where to start. Daft Punk composes the score for the film, and I’m just gonna say….Wow! They nailed it! Every. Single. Time. The music is almost a character of it’s own, and elevates the whole film, allowing for more beautiful scenes to shine at their best! Check out a sample of the music here:

 

Tron: Legacy is not only a Disney film, but a sci-fi film that not only succeeds in the genre it’s in, but also is a breath of fresh air. It’s filled with so many different aspects to it that relates to our world, but it’s all heightened to the max. The only disappointment with this movie is that I thought it could have been a bit longer. A sequel has been said to be in development for a while now, but unfortunately it looks like it will be a long time until we see it.  Even though Tron: Legacy was released 8 years ago, it still feels like a film that came out today, and it still has managed to bring a smile to my face every time I watch it. It’s not perfect, but its a fun ride that I’m sure many of you will enjoy. Have you seen Tron: Legacy? Let us know by sending us a message on our Facebook pages @Earth2ComicCast or @JVS or tweet us @Earth2ComicCast and @JVS. We’ll love to hear your thoughts! Hope you all enjoyed this article and enjoy your day!

 

 

Worlds Of DC: What this can mean going forward.

Warner Brothers just recently announced their upcoming films for later in the year and early next year and during their Hall H panel at Comic Con, they announced a new name for their  banner of upcoming DC films. That banner being:

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Now this title can mean a lot of things, but giving the recent announcements of all the upcoming DC films that were made during the year, one can only help but wonder will this new name have any significance to the change of approach WB has decided to take with their DC films going forward? Well… that’s what it looks like, and the new title is a fantastic way to get that idea across to the public.

Earlier this year it was announced by WB that a solo Joker film was in the works with Todd Phillips directing and co-writing the script with Scott Silver, along with Martin Scorsese possibly producing. Joaquin Phoenix is said to be playing the clown prince of crime himself, and the film is slated for a release date of October 4th 2019. The film is said to be a “exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

The idea of a film like this is very exciting because it opens the door to so many other talented directors out there who may want to tell an original story of their own that isn’t necessarily focused on connecting to an already existing universe. Worlds Of DC is an excellent title because it indicates that there is multiple worlds going on in the DC Universe, and not all of the DC films have to be of the same world and connect with one another. It’s freeing, and overall a very cool idea. In this article, I wanted to talk about another  potential DC film that can possibly get a greenlight with the new title “Worlds Of DC.”

Jason Todd:

A Jason Todd solo film that focuses strictly on the life of Jason Todd, and his view points on Gotham City and how and why he blurs the line of being almost a hero, to a vigilante, to almost a villain.

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For many who aren’t aware of Jason Todd’s origin, Jason at a very young age had a troubling childhood due to his toxic upbringing. His mother Catherine Elizabeth suffered from drug addiction and depression, and his father was a thief who also taught Jason how to be one when he was younger as a way to survive which eventually led him into getting into trouble on his own. Sometime later his father passed away in prison, and his mother also passed away due to an overdose. Sometime after that, Jason runs into the Batman himself, and Bruce decides to adopt and train him to be the new robin as a way of setting him on the right path. Unfortunately that doesn’t last long as Jason begins to disobey Bruce and take on the Joker by himself which leads to his eventual death. Taila Al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul resurrected him using the Lazarus Pit which has the ability to resurrect the dead, but makes whomever uses it more violent. Jason already holding in a lot of anger due to his past, becomes increasingly violent, and becomes a vigilante with a new name Red hood. Jason would go against the morals Bruce taught him, and choose to instead kill his enemies believing Bruce no longer new how to handle crime which persuaded him to take things into his own hands, which would later put a strain on his relationship with Batman.

Allowing new audience members to see why Jason Todd looks at the world the way he does, and why he is willing to cross the line of being strictly a good guy, but instead is forced to or is willing to become a monster if not worse than the monsters he faces in crime, so that he can make his city a better place can be a really interesting plot to see unfold for a solo film.

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The idea of a Jason Todd film is a great idea, because it allows people to see that this isn’t just a kid who was picked up by Batman to be a sidekick, but instead he’s a kid that Batman realized had a dark tragic childhood that he has had to endure. A childhood that in a lot of ways is more tragic than bruce’s own.

Allowing people to see something like that can allow them to resonate with Jason Todd before we see him become the cold vigilante Red Hood. What makes great characters is characters that us as individuals can look at and tend to agree with even if that character is maybe written to be a villain. It is stories that can emotionally grab our attention, and make us question our views on things once we walk out the theater.

One of the best things about Jason Todd is that, he is above all else human. And I don’t mean the obvious such as him not having superpowers. He has gone through a lot of tragedy for a young age that is very real for so many people today. Especially children who have had to go through the things he’s gone through. Creating a film based on Jason Todd can allow people to really have an idea of how hard it is for other people who have been where Jason Todd is at, and it can allow the audience to think or question their own self, and their own morality based on the actions they make everyday. Films that can both emotionally and mentally capture an audience are always the best type of films no matter what genre it is in, and have always been films that stick with people for years.

Tone:

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The tone of this film can easily be a dark crime thriller that is centrally focused on a young man who has lost everything. No longer has a mentor to guide him, is now angry at the world, and decides to almost become a dictator in order to save the innocent from suffering the same fate he suffered. Being able to show Jason’s cynical view on society, but also being able to show the raw humanity in the character as well, can lead to a powerful performance and a powerful tone that the film might need in order for the audience to resonate with him.

Choreography:

The choreography for this film has to be heavy on action. Jason Todd is a character that is known to be the second robin after Dick Grayson, and was trained by Batman. On top of that, he’s a much more brutal character than Bruce Wayne is, so showing the difference in how the two fight can also give off a feel of how different their personalities are as people. Showing that where Batman never crosses the line of taking a life, he chooses to restrain himself, and Jason no longer caring about restraint, chooses to emotionally add his anger into how he fights which shows a difference between the two.

 

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Those are my thoughts on why I think a Red Hood film would be a good idea, and why I think focusing on a story centered around Jason Todd would be very cool. Having a character that is both a protagonist, and treads the line of possibly becoming an antagonist is very unique and makes for an interesting story if handled by the right team of writers, directors, and actors that care about the project, and care about telling the story of a broken young man, who is very close to walking the path of redemption or walking the path of becoming like his enemies. Let us know what you all think of this article, by sending us a tweet on our twitter page, or sending us a message on Facebook. Hope you enjoyed this article, and have a great day!

 

 

 

Mission Impossible Fallout goes above expectations!

Mission Impossible Fallout is the sixth film installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, and has so far been met with nothing but rave reviews across the board. The film is directed, written, and produced by Christopher Mcquarrie. Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt returns as lead and producer along with returning cast members starring Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Ving Rhames as Luther Stickwell, Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley, and Sean Harris as Solomon Lane. New additional cast members include Henry Cavill as August Walker, Angela Bassett as Erica Sloan, and Vanessa Kirby as the White Widow.

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In this installment Ethan Hunt and his IMF team join forces with CIA Director Erica Sloane, and CIA agent August Walker to obtain three plutonium cores from a arms dealer that goes by the name John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles who plan on setting up a nuclear attack on Vatican, Jerusalem, and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Ethan and his group race against time to prevent this disaster before it’s too late.

Mission Impossible Fallout is an incredible installment of the franchise. Christopher Mcquirre does an amazing job of putting you right into the scenes with the characters giving you a rush of intensity, and having you experience everything through their eyes in the exact same moment. Everything in this film is done with practical effects. No green screen. The action in the film is made to feel as real as possible. The stunts Tom Cruise is able to pull off in this film is downright incredible, and jaw dropping. It’s not just great. It’s beyond that. It sets a new bar for other action films to follow going forward.

 

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The musical score for this film is done by composer Lorne Balfe, and it is fantastic. Lorne Balfe does an amazing job of actually allowing you to feel out the scene as it’s happening. Not to give away too much spoilers, but there is a scene where Rebecca Ferguson’s character Ilsa Faust follows Ethan Hunt in a park, and the two eventually make eye contact and slowly begin to walk towards each other with no dialogue being shared and as that is happening you’re able to not only see how strong the chemistry between Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson is on screen, but you’re able to feel all the emotions they both are sharing throughout that sequence. No words. Just eye contact and a beautiful score playing in the background. It’s amazing and a work of art. Not only are you able to see all the action taking place in this movie, but thanks to this amazing soundtrack you’re almost put into the mindset of these characters, and you start to have almost the same reactions they’re having as if you’re actually right there with them. That is what movies are all about. A film that can draw you in not just through plot, but through emotions, and can have you engaged the entire time. This is definitely a film that is a must see.

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The plot of this film starts off simple, but as it goes on the story gets bigger, and isn’t one note as you may think. All the plot twists are effective and are delivered very well. Even when you think you know what’s going to happen, it’s all done in a way that is still able to keep you shocked the entire time. Nothing about this film is done with half effort. It’s clear as day Tom Cruise, Christopher Mcquirre, and the rest of the cast and crew have gone out of their way to make sure our experience watching this film would be one of the best experiences we ever had, and they not only succeeded in doing that, they went above that, and gave us a film that is able to stand on its own. You don’t need to watch other past installments to enjoy this one, but I recommend you do, so that you can have more of an insight on certain characters. It helps, and makes the movie much more worthwhile. Mission Impossible Fallout is a thrill ride from start to finish. You’ll never want it to end, and it will leave you speechless way before the film is over. This movie is one of the best action films of our time, and everyone should go see it.

 

Let us know what you thought of this review. Did you like it, and was I able to get you even more interested than you were before? Let us know by tweeting us @Earth2ComicCast or sending us a message on our facebook page Earth2ComicCast. Go see this movie now! And Have a great day!

 

Worlds Of DC: Mask Of The Phantasm Solo Film

  Going with the fact that Warner Brothers has now chosen to focus more on standalone stories for their DC characters, tackling a solo film that revolves around Andre Beaumont and her arc of becoming the cold assassin known as The Phantasm, is something entirely new and unexpected, and it can turn out to be something truly special if done the right way.
Before breaking down reasons why I believe a Phantasm solo film is a great idea, I first want to give a small rundown on who the character Andrea Beaumont is, and how she fits into the DC Universe for those out there that may not know so much about her.
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  Andrea Beaumont is the daughter of Carl Beaumont and deceased wife Victoria Beaumont. Carl Beaumont is a wealthy businessman that unfortunately gets mixed up in a crime having to do with a mafia in Gotham City. What’s later revealed is that, Carl has been stealing money from the criminal organization he’s been working with as a way to provide for himself and his daughter Andrea. Once the mafia finds out what Carl’s true intentions were, one of Carl’s trusted friends Arthur Reeves helps Carl and his daughter flee to Europe where they lived in secret escaping the mafia. Some years pass, and Arthur decides to run for office, but runs out of money to help with his campaign, and decides to ask Carl for money. Carl refuses and this leads to Arthur telling the mafia of Carl’s whereabouts which eventually leads to Carl’s death later on. This leads Andrea who is devastated by this tragic event down a dark path becoming the vigilante known as The Phantasm as a way to get revenge on the people that killed her father.
What’s interesting about Andrea’s story is that she shares a few similarities to that of Bruce Wayne. Both have seen their parents killed, and both share a view on wanting to get back at the criminals that wronged them, but one of the differences is that, Andrea’s tragedy leads her into becoming an assassin. Andrea isn’t just killing criminals out of pure rage. She is very specific on who she targets, and she isn’t choosing to become a savior like Batman. She becomes an assassin that is out for nothing but pure revenge. She may have less morals than Bruce, but she is just as experienced as him which makes her in a lot of ways just as interesting as Batman.
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  Andrea is a character that very early on is living a normal satisfying life, and is unfortunately thrust into another life she never asked to be a part of due to the faults of her father. After losing her father, she loses the last remaining close relative she ever had, and is left with nothing. A broken soul similar to Bruce Wayne when he witnesses the death of his parents. The difference here is that, Bruce still had Alfred to lean on as a father figure. Someone that could pull Bruce out of the darkness just enough so that he doesn’t spiral out of control. Andrea had no one. That is what makes her story so much more devastating. She’s left alone in the world and it’s unfair, but also it serves for a grounded realistic story that isn’t far fetched that people are able to get on board with.
Making a film based around a woman that starts off with a positive outlook on life and then is broken down into a character that slowly sees nothing but the dark side of humanity, and uses her anger as her driving force to help gear her into becoming a vigilante that is more cold than even the cape crusader himself, is something that will definitely be appreciated amongst both fans and new viewers alike.
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  One of the things some people may say is that, a superhero fatigue maybe on the way since a lot of superhero films feel the same. Well, why not change the game and make a anti-hero film instead. One where we follow a character that serves as a protagonist for the most part, but throughout the film can very well become an antagonist later on due to her drive for revenge. Giving us real characters that go through real problems, have real reactions, and feel like real people is a perfect way to keep the genre fresh and new. Showing us a character that loses everything and is forced to accept the dark world she’s drawn into with no one to lean on but herself, can serve for an interesting story. Also, seeing later on a redemption arc where she realizes the repercussions of her actions, and she tries to become her own anchor by climbing out of the darkness she fell into, can allow for an interesting twist.
Another thing people may appreciate about Andrea Beaumont is that she is equal in combat to Batman, and can hold her own against him. This is just another thing that people can love because she’s not a copy of Batman, but also she’s become a vigilante just like him just with a much more darker cynical outlook on life. A character like that can be unpredictable, and a character that can leave people guessing on how far she is willing to go to accomplish her goals, can leave people on the edge of their seats if done by a dedicated talented team. This is a film I’m not saying has to happen, but I believe it would make for an amazing idea. It’s out of the box and different than most superhero films we’ve seen in the past, and if done right can end up being something legendary.
One actress I think would be perfect for the role is:
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  Rebecca Ferguson has not only made a name for herself in Hollywood at a short time due to her work in the highly praised film Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, but also again showed everyone just how amazing she is as an action star in the film Mission Impossible Fallout. Rebecca Ferguson has incredible range as an actress and is able to emotionally grab you without dialogue. She is an actress that can truly bring her character to life, and make you believe for a moment that the character you’re watching on screen is a real person. She’s that good, and has done amazing work so far. She’s one actress I believe can give new life to the character Andrea Beaumont that is needed for a film like this one.
  This was my rundown of why I think a solo Phantasm film would work out really well. I hope everyone enjoyed this article, and let us know what you think of this idea by tweeting us @Earth2ComicCast or sending us a message to our Facebook page Earth2ComicCast. Enjoy your day!

Why Westworld is the Best Science Fiction Story Ever!

Westworld is an American science fiction series created by two of the most intelligent and talented showrunners working today, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series is based on the 1973 film with the same name written and directed by Michael Crichton. The show airs on the HBO Network and is currently on its second season, and has been met with high praise for both its two seasons so far. Almost everyone fans and critics alike have spoken nothing but positive things about this show, and there is a reason for that. It’s because it is downright fantastic in every way and unlike any other show on television.

In todays article I’ll be speaking on why I think Westworld is a show everyone should be watching, and why it rivals and even tops many of the science fiction stories we’ve watched on television and even film today. To start off:

The Storytelling:

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The storytelling on this show is done so well, it’s almost damn near perfect. How? I have no clue, but Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have gone out of their way to produce something truly special and have created a name for themselves making this show. Without going too much into spoilers, the show takes place in the future in a park known as Westworld where people enter as guests and are met by android hosts. Guests come to this park to indulge in their wildest fantasies and the hosts are forced to fill whatever desire these guests want, and are taken advantage of due to this. Throughout the series we slowly begin to see the hosts gain their own consciousness and finally become aware of the real world they live in, and how far they will go to gain their freedom from their oppressors. The show tackles various topics such as: People abusing the power they’re given, some questioning their place in the world, who they are, and who they want to be, and how far some are willing to go to see those views become a reality.

The Messages:

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One of the things I love about the messages instilled in this show is that it causes you to ask questions such as: What is real? What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to truly be conscious, who are you? And who do you want be in this world? All these questions play a part in the show that really speaks on the actions of humanity, our ways of using technology, and understanding the repercussions of going too far when creating Artificial Intelligence. Understanding that if we as a society are truly going to move forward in this world, it has to be done with empathy. We as individuals have to truly take responsibility for our actions and understand that if we don’t we could be paving the way for chaos that could very well end our way of living if we’re not careful. There is many more topics this show talks about, and all of these topics hold true meaning to how we as people choose to live in this world. The messages in this show are messages we as people need to listen to, so that we can in the end build a better and brighter future for ourselves and future generations.

The Characters:

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Every character on this show is written with so much layers to them, and hold so much importance to the story that you begin to truly feel for them, and the struggles they are going through fighting for consciousness and fighting to be free. There is a character that everyone can relate to one way or another, and every character has different ideals from one another, and we see these characters change and evolve overtime  due to all the conflicts they are forced to face while fighting for their freedom. Westworld has some of the best characters ever made on television and that is due to the amazing cast that Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan has bought together while making this show. Some of the names involved in this series are Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, and Tessa Thompson. All the actors on this show give such amazing performances across the board, and each of them are able to bring these characters to life in a way that leaves you more than satisfied and speechless every time.

Hopefully I was able to encourage any of you that read this article that haven’t seen the show yet, to check it out. The show is deep, and ground breaking on every level possible. It does not miss a beat at all, and is a true example of excellent storytelling. It’s one of the few television shows that pull out raw emotion from its viewers, and that in itself is incredible. It is able to emotionally, and mentally grab the attention of people and is definitely worth watching. Please whatever you’re doing, when you have the chance, go watch this show now. It is everything and more!

Down below are trailers for season 1 and season 2. Check them out if you want a tease on what the show is like:

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Why You Should Be Watching Into The Badlands Now!

Into the Badlands is an American television series that currently airs on the AMC Network. The show is created by Alfred Gough and Miles Miller, and it is currently on its third season which has been met with rave reviews across the board.

In today’s article, I want to talk about why Into the badlands is a series that everyone should be watching, and why it is so damn cool, and one of my favorite shows on television!

Let’s begin:

The World Building:

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The world set in Into the badlands takes place 500 years in the future where society is now ruled by several feudal lords who together forge order to drive out chaos in the badlands. Throughout the series we see different factions ruled by different leaders called Barons who each hold a different view on how the badlands should be ruled. Each baron is in control of a military force known as Clippers, and amongst those clippers there is one that is chosen to be the right hand man to the baron known as a Regent. Each clipper is ordered to organize and train a group of young kids known as cults, and these cults later grow to become a clipper themselves. Other people take on jobs as cogs which are individuals that cannot normally defend themselves, so in doing so choose to work for barons in exchange for protection. Each baron is in control of a resource that is of importance to everyone’s way of living. Such as:

– The Armadillo Territory: Baron Quinn: In control of Opium

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– Butterfly Territory: Baron Minerva: In control of Oil

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– Pickaxe Territory: Baron Jacobee: In control Of Mining

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– Peacock Territory: Baron Hassan: In control of Textiles

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-Grasshopper Territory: Baron Rojas: In control Of Agriculture

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– Fox Territory: Baron Chau: In control of the Cogs.

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Throughtout the series we see how different conflicts arise amongst those barons as a way for one to rule over the other, and  during those conflicts, we see how different characters are forced to deal with the ramifications of those barons actions. The world established on this show is gigantic and each season we learn more  about how and why the badlands formed into the way it is now. This alone should capture anyone’s interest because it allows the viewer to take in the idea that this world is set years past our current time, along with showing the rise of the oppressed and who those people become once they’ve gain power in the badlands.

The Mythology:

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Throughtout the series we slowly begin to see characters take on certain abilities as their eyes go complete Black. These individuals are referred to as dark ones. Once the eyes of a dark one goes black, they gain dark chi abilities that gives them a certain amount of super strength and speed, and are able to control objects in mid air. In order for a dark one to activate their abilities they must be cut. Once they are cut, they usually are not in control of their body and take on a much darker personality than who we’ve known them to be. Some individuals do have control, and are able to activate their dark abilities without being cut, but that requires a certain amount of training to be done first. The abilities these dark ones have is known as The Gift, and if used for too long it can shorten their lifespan. Right here is another reason to gain interest in the show. Not only does it have a world that is completely original, but the idea of having individuals with almost godlike abilities is an amazing way to get the attention of viewers everywhere. The story and mythology behind the dark ones is constantly being built on as seasons go on, and each season we gain new information on how these abilities came in to play in the first place. This story element brings real weight to the show, that is sure to bring a new level of excitement for many viewers.

The Characters:

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Each character on this show is different from the other, and holds some level of importance to the story that is being told as the series unfolds. Every character has their own reason as to why they either want to rule the badlands or leave the badlands, and the show does a great job showing the journey of these characters and how they change going forward.

One of the main characters on the show played by Emily Beecham is Minerva

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Her regent and daughter is Tilda played by Ally Ioannides

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who when we first meet her looks up and is inspired by the widow due to the widow saving her from a tragic event years ago, and throughout the series we see Tilda come into her own and begin to question her own morals and the morals of her mother. We see Tilda slowly begin to go against the way of the badlands and form into a symbol that she wants to see in the world. During that journey she is met by a boy named MK who is saved by the most dangerous clipper in the badlands Sunny.

MK played by Aramis Knight

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is one of the few individuals who possesses the Gift, and as the story unfolds we see MK go on a journey where he tries to find out what happened to his mother, and how he gets back to his homeland Azra which to many others in and outside the badlands is referred to either as the promise land or a myth made up to instill hope in others.

Sunny played by Daniel Wu

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is our main protagonist of the show and is known and feared as the most skilled fighter in all of the badlands. Very early on in the series we learn sunny’s loved one Veil, is pregnant with his child, and learning this causes sunny to question his loyalty to his baron and find ways out of the badlands to keep his family safe. Through all of this, he helps MK find his way home as a way to help save his family.

Some other important characters that are part of the show are:

Nathaniel Moon: 

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Nathaniel Moon played by Sherman Augustus was once a regent, and before Sunny, was looked at as the most skilled clipper ever to walk the badlands. Early on before we meet Nathaniel, we learn that his family was killed by the brother of a Nomad he had killed years ago working as a regent. Ever since then, Moon has decided to retire and leave the badlands for good. Trying to go a new path than the one he went down in his early years. For a while, moon never wanted to go back to the badlands. That is until he meets Sunny who he grows a liking to. Moon sees a lot of himself in Sunny, and because of that the two of them have gained true respect for each other. Moon and Sunny eventually end up in a fight, with Sunny leaving as the victor, and due to this, it was enough to give him a reason to return to the badlands. We see moon who is a man of honor evolve throughout the series, and become a true leader and ally to The Widow in the growing war taking place in the badlands.

Waldo:

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Waldo played by Stephen Lang was regent to Baron Quinn in his early years, and is the one who found Sunny when he was a young boy and couldn’t remember who he was or where he was from, wearing a pendant that took shape of the paradise land known as Azra. Waldo adopted Sunny as his own, and trained him into the skilled fighter he is today. He helped Sunny grow into a man with morals, instead of becoming the dangerous mindless clipper Quinn wanted him to be. Waldo is a true father figure to Sunny, and one of the few characters that Sunny considers a trust worthy ally in the badlands.

There is many more characters in this show, that I won’t mention due to spoilers. The cast in this show is completely diverse across the board, and every character holds real importance and weight to the story of the show.  There is so many characters of different backgrounds that are written incredibly well, to the point where fans begin to root for them even if they may not be a full on hero on the show.

 

The Choreography:

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The choreography on this show is done beautifully, and is one of the main reasons as to why fans love this show so much. The directors of the fight scenes done on this show is led by Stephen Fung, Andy Cheng, and Master Dee Dee. The fight scenes are not only extravagant in the biggest ways possible, but also each fight scene is not done the same way twice. Every character has a unique way of fighting that separates them from the rest, and in doing that it allows for a much more enjoyable show in the end. All the fights on this show is different from the one before it, and that’s a good thing, because it causes fans to have a level of anticipation for how these fights are going to end, and on top of that, it’s just downright cool to watch. Period.

I say if you’re someone who is looking for something new to watch that is really unique or someone that just loves martial arts in general, then this show is definitely for you. Like I mentioned before, the world is huge, the characters are very likable, and the action is at its best, and better than any show I’ve seen in on television. Season 1 and 2 of Into The Badlands is now on Netflix, while season 3 is currently airing on AMC. Check out this show now! You won’t regret it.

Into The Badlands Season 1 Trailer: