Bandersnatch Review

Lots of people have been waiting for the long anticipated season 4 of Black Mirror. And many thought it would drop by the end of this year (2018). But of course it didn’t instead Black Mirror took a complete 180 and made a choose your own adventure movie. Needless to say that alone got tons of people pumped to try out this movie. And see what kind of trouble you could get into.

 

Just like a choose your own adventure book the movie has countless endings, and it seems pretty daunting for one person to unlock them all in one playthrough. At first the chooses you are given are pretty simple from what to eat in the morning to what music to listen to. You play as a young man named Stefan who wants to make a choose your own adventure video game in the 80’s.

 

It’s pretty ironic that making the game is his one true goal. They even take jabs at the player making jokes about it. But quickly the game takes a left turn and becomes dark and twisted super fast. You’ll often ask yourself “wait what just happened”. Or “Okay how in the world did we end up here”.

 

It doesn’t really matter if you “beat” the game because it always gives you a checkpoint. So if you want to keep playing you can start from a certain point and carry on with it.

 

It’s a little harder to really get a beat on any character. Because in most movies you can dive deep into someone and understand a little why they are the way they are. Because every decision you make can drastically change the way someone is. So it’s almost pointless to dive deep into anyone because they behave purely on what you decide.

 

While playing the game it didn’t feel like anything new though. I keep getting the feeling that I was playing a high end telltale game. It had almost everything a telltale game would have, it felt like a copy almost down to the core. It even gave you about 10 seconds to make a decision before just like the game. But needless to say it seems like Netflix and Black Mirror learned from them and picked up on what made them so fun and popular. Hopefully they continue to make more like this in the future.

 

With all that being said the game/movie is definitely a foot in the right direction for Netflix. The acting of course was nothing less than great, and the camera work along with the special effects were amazing. It’s unclear if Netflix will continue to do more things like this but one can hope so. The final rating I’ll give this is a 9/10.

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DareDevil Season 3 Second Half Review

After watching the first 6 episodes of season 3 you often ask yourself “what’s going to happen next?”. That trend follows all the way through to the very end leaving you that much more excited for what’s to come. The second half is all about finding yourself, and that’s a note that they hit on hard and heavy.

A really enjoyable thing that they do is devote a whole episode to Karen and her backstory. Until this all we got was stories of her explaining her hardships and what brought her to Hell’s Kitchen. But actually seeing it adds a whole new level to her and makes her story that much more heartbreaking. They did a fantastic job at fleshing out her character and making her more relatable

You even see Poindexter really shine although maybe not the way you’d like to see. He really begins to embrace his inner murderer and just lets loose at every opportunity he gets. Not taking failure for an option he becomes so focuses on his bloodbath it becomes hard for him to think straight, or even be calm and collective. The newsroom massacre was more than seamlessly killing people to him. It was him finally accepting who he is and what he’s going to become. One big thing stopping him from achieving his goals is Murdock.

So with him in the way he tries time and time again to kill him. Lastly with the final realization that he has been getting played this whole time by Fisk leaving him with no one to guide him anymore other than himself. Is a huge step for his character he was someone who needed his “North Star” but now he’s truly alone.

Even though you see the show do a huge shift in Nadeem and how that affects him. Being played all long just like Dex to do what Fisk wanted. The choices he made making him a part of a hit squad taking down other gangs in Fisk favors. He even drives Dex to kill Karen at the church, which was the last straw for him. At the end of his story he does whatever is in his power to help change the tide of this street war, and ultimately ends with him dead.

With the king pin himself you just further find how much of a threat he really is. He has perhaps the one of the more interesting ones. His whole purpose was to get back with his love Vanessa and once he finally does, she helps him remember who he is. Allowing her to be apart of the criminal underworld that he is so apart of. Keeping his head straight even in high stressful situations.

Lastly the Devil himself, Matthew Murdock. He finally comes to terms that he isn’t alone in this world. That people actually do care about him and with his friends they can do great things. He was almost entirely done with god and turned away from it, but near the end he finds god again and that helps him become a strong noble man again. Struggling with the idea with killing a man to save thousands and fear that it’ll send him down a path in which he’ll never come back from. To only see him come out on top and not cross a line that he has been so adamant on not cross.

With all of this being said I do hope to see a season 4 of DareDevil. Even with all the drama surrounding Marvel Netflix it still does look like the fans MIGHT get what they want. The show is a 10/10

 

The Defenders Trailer Break Down

May 3rd Marvel dropped a pleasant surprise on all of us. It’s no secret that the Netflix division of Marvel has been building up for sometime now the Defenders with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. They finally show us some tidbits of the actual defenders now.

Based off the first few seconds it seems like it’s going to mostly have a the darker tone that we’re used to seeing in Daredevil. From the camera angles to the usage of the song “Smells like teen spirit” by Nirvana.

It kickstarts with Jessica Jones in trouble with the law being integrated by Misty Knight who we’ve seen in Luke Cage season one. With out of the blue Matthew Murdock aka Daredevil coming in to defend her as her lawyer. It seems like the way all of our beloved heroes meet is going to be very natural and not forced at all.

On the other hand the way Danny Rand on Luke Cage cross paths is going to be solely on Claire Temple. Even though she is the one thing connecting all four of our heros directly she did play more of an emotional role to some more than others. With that said it doesn’t seem like those two first encounter is going to be all happy and thrilling.

The aftermath of Daredevil season two and Iron Fist season one are going to play a huge role in the Defenders, because of how heavily they deal with the hand. They even show off Stick who helped Daredevil take on the hand. From the looks of it he might play a role of a mentor or a teacher for them all. They even show Elektra looking as badass as usual.

But the trailer doesn’t confirm that the hand will be the major villain at all. It does tell us that they will be fighting a huge underground criminal syndicate, and whoever they are fighting is something that is much bigger than they are. The Netflix Marvel as a usual tone of being darker than it’s TV and Movies, and it seems to be the same with this one too. The Defenders will launch globally on August 18th, 2017.