Unfortunately, due to exams and an increase in my uni work, I completely forgot to post my March & April film and TV review. I barely had time to go to the cinema so, the only new film that I’ve seen is John Wick: Chapter 2 in early March. However, during breaks from work, there was always time for the odd episode (or three) so here’s my review for Legion S1, Grace & Frankie S3, Big Little Lies S1 and Arrow S5. A review for May and June will be posted shortly.
John Wick: Chapter 2
Director: Chad Stahelski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Peter Stormare, Franco Nero
The first film was just pure fun and the sequel is even better. Slicker, greater action sequences, more locations, Lawrence Fishburne and a more badass John Wick than ever before; Chapter 2 doubles up on the fun but doesn’t compromise on the badass style of the first film. I especially loved that we got more of a glimpse into the world of the assassin and the Continental Hotel. Chapter 3 and the recently announced TV show has a lot to live up to. Awesome!
Created by: Noah Hawley
Starring: Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Jean Smart, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton
Mind-bending, confusing, exhilarating, beautiful. At times, like watching cartoons on acid in the best possible way. Stevens is perfect and Plaza is a revelation. I’ve never seen a show like it and doubt I will again for a long, long time. This year’s Westworld. Incredible.
Grace & Frankie (S3)
Created by: Marta Kauffman, Howard J. Morris
Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael, Baron Vaughn
I really enjoyed this season of Grace & Frankie. Primarily involving the development of their vibrator business for the elderly and a few not-so peaceful times in their friendship, Fonda and Tomlin prove once again just what talented actresses they are, both comedically and dramatically. There was even more focus on their friendship this season and this is where the show is at its best. Fonda and Tomlin are the perfect foil for one another and I can’t wait to see them together again for another season. Another star included for the inclusion of Peter Gallagher this season who’s chemistry and banter with Fonda was brilliant!
Big Little Lies (S1)
Created by: David E. Kelley
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Zoë Kravitz, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Laura Dern
A show directed by Jean-Marc Vallée with this cast. Wow. And quite a show it is. Based on Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name, the series deals with difficult storylines, intertwining families and a murder. The actual murder itself is the least interesting aspect of the story but it is the character’s stories leading up to said murder that require your full attention. Witherspoon hasn’t been this good in years, Woodley impresses and Kidman is by far the standout of the series, dealing with arguably the most difficult of the storylines with great sensitivity and emotional depth. Big Little Lies is all about the women but the husbands/boyfriends/lovers all have their chance to shine and Skarsgård, in particular, is fantastic. A show not to be missed.
Developed by: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne, Echo Kellum, Josh Segarra, Rick Gonzalez, Joe Dinicol, Dolph Lundgren, Juliana Harkavy
Finally, a return to form for Arrow. After a dull third season and a struggle-to-get-through and muddled fourth season, Arrow is back to basics with a compelling villain and Oliver Queen and co fighting the good fight. The Green Arrow is no longer fighting solo having recruited Rene Ramirez (Gonzalez) aka Wild Dog, Rory Reagan (Dinicol) aka Ragman, Curtis Holt (Kellum) aka Mister Terrific and Dinah Drake (Harkavy) as the new Black Canary. Segarra and the new recruits are brilliant additions and the change of dynamic within the team is incredibly interesting to watch. This season also delivers the show’s greatest ever season finale. An incredible end that will leave any viewer desperate to watch the next season.
I also recently watched Iron Fist; however, I decided to do a more in-depth review and a further discussion on the negative reception the show received from critics. I will be posting this very soon.
– Lorna C.