Apologies again for the lateness of this post but dissertation and preparation for exams have been taking over lately. July and August’s viewing consisted of the 3D revival of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver and Wonder Woman. TV wise, I watched Season 7 of Game of Thrones and Season 1 of American Gods.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong, Joe Morton, Earl Boen
Best Bit: Very hard to choose but any scene between Arnie and Patrick is gold.
Worst Bit: None.
Verdict: Does the 3D add anything? Well, not really no. Is it still a classic after 25 years? Absolutely! This is Arnie at his best. Hamilton is the ultimate female badass, Furlong impresses in his feature debut, the CGI is still a wonder after all these years and Patrick delivers one of the greatest “robot” performances of all time. Cameron please step away from the Avatar films. You might not be able to reach this amount of greatness again but we’d certainly love to see you try.
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover
Best Bit: Tom Holland. His charm and innate likability make for the best version of Peter Parker we’ve seen so far. From adorable life and love chats with “Karen” to ‘A Film by Peter Parker’, Holland proves there is no better fit for the spidey suit. Bonus: Ned, Tony Stark as Parker’s mentor, Keaton makes for a great villain (something the MCU lacks) and the brilliant end-credits scene.
Worst Bit: The Shocker (or Shockers) were completely unnecessary.
Verdict: A wonderful addition to the MCU and, due to Holland, the new incarnation of our favourite Spiderling has made a seamless transition into the team.
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Bernthal
Best Bit: “Bellbottoms”.
Worst Bit: Although still great, Baby is the least interesting of the characters.
Verdict: A brilliant piece of filmmaking from Edgar Wright. Funny, charming, sweet and oh-so original. Totally current yet feels like a love letter to the way things used to be; a retro treat for the eyes and ears and a must for any music lover. One of the best films of the year.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock
Best Bit: Diana tackles No Man’s Land.
Worst Bit: The slightly overblown finale. The DCEU still has this problem unfortunately.
Verdict: Wonder Woman is an important film in many ways. Directed by a woman, starring a virtually unknown actress, the film tackles the role of a Amazonian warrior with a 70 year comic book history. It’s a celebration of women and a relief at finally being able to see a female superhero on the big screen. Gadot is fantastic, as is Pine, but the film’s greatest achievement is the abundance of female-led films that will follow. The dawn of a new era is approaching.
Game of Thrones (S7)
Created by: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Starring: Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Aidan Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten, Nathalie Emmanuel, Indira Varma, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Rory McCann, Jerome Flynn, Joe Dempsie, Iain Glen
Best Bit: So many incredible moments this season but its best has to be the most thrilling and important episode of the series – 7.6 Beyond The Wall.
Worst Bit: Varys gets sidelined. His ever quotable lines were sorely missed.
Verdict: Season 7 proves to be show’s greatest season and its standout moments are some of the greatest television, not just of 2017, but of recent years. Everything Game of Thrones was intended to be.
American Gods (S1)
Developed by: Bryan Fuller and Michael Green
Starring: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Peter Stormare, Gillian Anderson
Best Bit: Ian McShane. The soundtrack. Gillian Anderson as Media. The visual style. I could go on, there is so much to love here.
Worst Bit: Shadow Moon feels slightly underdeveloped but I’m hoping this will be rectified in Season 2. Viewers unfamiliar with the book might find the show hard to follow.
Verdict: An incredible spectacle which demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible. A dramatic exploration of myths and sin. Fuller supplies substance as well as incredible style.
The review for September and October’s viewings will be posted very soon.
– Lorna C.