Power Rangers

My first memory of going to see a movie on the big screen was in summer of 1995 at 7 years old watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. As a kid, the movie was amazing. I spent days after dressing up as the white ranger. Running around with kicking imaginary putty patrollers and rescuing Kim the pink ranger. Yes, I had a childhood crush on Kim.

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I kept up fairly well with each new team until about maybe the 4th or 5th one. I got a little older and thought that they were getting a cheesier as time went by. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago when Netflix had all the original series on their list that I had sat down to watch a few for old-time sakes. Realizing that the original team were sort of cheesy, but to me it was still nostalgic.

Having said all that, coming into this new release of the Power Rangers, I was hesitant to think that it could be decent. Transformers took off with a fun film then gradually fell as each sequel came out. The Ninja Turtles movies were less than sub par. At least Michael Bay didn’t have his hands in the Power Rangers.

In case you’re unaware of the global phenomenon that became the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The story revolves around 5 teenagers who were chosen and gifted with extraordinary abilities to fight against those who threaten humanity. This movie gives us a sort of breakfast club feel by bringing together 5 completely different teens; the wayward jock, a rebel cheerleader, the autistic nerd, the runaway tough-guy, and pretty much a young Ally Sheedy who is shunned from her family because she’s “different”.

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The 5 teens stumble upon a buried spaceship and come upon Bryan Cranston’s Zordon and his little robot Alpha 5 voiced by Bill Hader. Both actors give great voice work to their respective characters. Zordon and Alpha trains the new crew to fight against his old nemesis Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks.

Each member of the Rangers gets their chance to shine. Dacre Montgomery, the leader and the red ranger, brings strength to the film overall story, but the heart lies in R.J. Cyler, the Blue Ranger. In some way, he is the “Samwise Gamgee” of the group.

Elizabeth Banks gives us an updated, far creepier Rita, especially as she begins to wreak havoc on the citizens of Angel Grove. However, she does take it a little further into borderline campy as we progress along the story. But far less campy than the cackling witch we all remember from the original series. And, if I’m not mistaken, I believe they never mentioned her last name, Repulsa. Which may be a good thing.

There were a few things that I wished had been worked on to make this a slightly better experience than what it was. One, I did mention about Banks over the top borderline cheesy villainy. Two, when the Rangers got their zords. I had no idea what it was the black ranger had. I know in the original series he had a mammoth, but here I couldn’t make out exactly what it was he rode, assuming it was a mammoth. Three, Krispy Kreme? Really? I’ll leave that alone for spoilers sake.

Overall, the film is quite fun. I quite enjoyed the fight scenes and the climatic battle. I’ve read mixed reviews with more leaning towards being negative. Which lowered my expectations and gave me a little fear that it will be as bad as Transformers. Alas, in my honest Noble opinion, I’d go see it. Use it as an excuse to be a kid again.

MoCould Wonder Woman be the Savior of the DCEU?

wonderwoman-trailer-shell-205296Three things are certain when it comes to the Superhero Movie genre:

1) Marvel is the King of the Hill in live action movies and the Superhero Cinematic Universe.  Fox would be pretty close if it weren’t for half of their X-men movies, a reboot without a reboot thanks to an altered timeline, and the atrocity that is the Deadpool character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine….can we even call that thing Deadpool?

2) DC and Warner Brothers have taken the animated movie base by storm

3)Sony should just stay out of it. Give up and give all character rights back to Marvel…I’m looking at you too Universal.

OK, so let’s start with the first point(which by the way, we’re only going to look at the first two…number 3 is pretty self-explanatory).  When it comes to the live action superhero movies, it’s no secret that the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU) has had unlimited success at the box office, and has received acclamation from movie critics and fans alike.                  It’s counterpart however, the Digital Comics Extended Universe(DCEU) has not only received very limited success, but it seems that instead of chasing Marvel as the King of the Movie-verse, they are chasing their own tails instead. Though DC has pushed many more movies prior to the establishment of the DCEU, many of them have suffered similar (sometimes worse) criticism as these movies.

One of the most disappointing facts with the DCEU movies, is that despite the movie trailers, which are some of the best of any production based movie-verse(Fox included), these movies always fail to live up to their hype.  Starting with Man of Steel in 2011, there were many people thinking that Superman would finally get the reboot that he deserves and bring stiff competition to the MCU.  While it wasn’t terrible, it definitely didn’t excite us as much as we hoped it wood. Three years later, Warner Bros. and DC brought to us Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a movie in which very early teaser trailers brought us to think that these were the only two heroes we would see in this movie as it takes place just after the events of Man of Steel.  As the movie came closer to its release date, we find out that not only do we get to see Superman, and an older Batman, but we will also see the first glimpse of the First Lady of DC, Wonder Woman herself.  Once again, while this movie was not terrible, it didn’t blow us away.  One of the biggest surprises of the movie, however, was how well Ben Affleck was at personifying not only Bruce Wayne, but separating Bruce Wayne from Batman.  Despite all this, at least in my opinion, is that in every scene she was in, Wonder Woman became the dark horse and seemed to steal the spotlight from our super-duo.  Suicide Squad then became “the movie to steer DC in the right direction”.  If we were basing this just off of the movie trailers and Margot Robbie’s stellar performance as Harley Quinn, I would agree with that, but we’re not.  Yes, I understand that SS won an Oscar this year, but it was for costume design and makeup, not best acting, best picture, or anything that played significance to more than just the aesthetics of the movie, and rightfully so.

 

Now let’s move on to the second point. DC and the animated movies. There MIGHT be one bad DC animated Superhero movie, but if there is, I haven’t found it yet.  Even the Green Lantern animated movie, which basically followed the same plot as the CG disaster Ryan Reynolds starred in, was amazing.  Last week though, I watched Wonder Woman for the second time, and I’m still amazed by its quality.  From the animation to the modernized origin of Wonder Woman herself, this movie hit the nail on every account. While the comic books have set the origin for Wonder Woman in the World War II era, which by the way, the live action Wonder Woman featuring Gal Gadot as the titular character seems to be following that timeline loyally, the animated version features Diana in the modern world, secluded away from any man whatsoever with the rest of the Amazons on Themyscura, an island created by the gods specifically for the Amazons to shield them from the terrors of man and war.  Also on this island is the god of war himself Ares, a prisoner with shackles on his wrists that keep him from gaining power because of war, shackles of which only a god can remove, a punishment from Zeus for him starting a war with the Amazons. It isn’t until a US fighter pilot finds himself wrecked on this island that Diana and the rest of the Amazons see a need to interact with the rest of the outside world. Competing against her mother’s will to see who will take the pilot back to his home safely, Diana finally gets what she wants…a chance to encounter other humans, and bridge the gap between man and Amazon.  However, with the help of a traitor, Ares breaks free and unleashes Hell on earth and its up to Wonder Woman to stop him.

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This movie does a fantastic job at not only encouraging women to embrace both their strength and their beauty, but avoiding the trap of generalizing men in the process; something I hope that the live action Wonder Woman will avoid doing as well.  To be honest, I did not really know that much about Wonder Woman, as I used to see her as a lame character, wielding nothing more than a shield and a lasso, but after watching the movie, and looking into the origins, I won’t be making that same mistake again.  Now I understand that I have already mentioned DCEU movies failing to live up to the excitement that the teaser trailers create, and I am fully aware that this movie could fall victim to the same curse. However, I am a comic book fan, not Marvel, not DC, just comics in general, so I truly enjoy both, and because of that, I am cautiously optimistic that with this movie, they may have gotten it right this time, especially considering the fact that Zac Snyder is no longer running the helm.  With the new Wonder Woman set to come out early summer, this movie could not only set a new pace for DC, but possibly save it from falling apart altogether.  If you have not yet watched the Wonder Woman animated feature, I highly recommend that you check it out, and prepare yourself this summer for what could be DC’s best live action movie yet.

Santa Clarita Diet

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I realized as I was writing this post that some of you may have some questions for me. Questions like, “How does Sarah Beck pick which show she will next review for our delight and pleasure? Who is this wonderfully innovative and hilarious new blogger? Who are we wondering about again? How long is too long to wait to admit I don’t actually know or care who this person is?”

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Well, despite the fact that you’re all terrible people and have done irreparable damage to my feelings, I will answer one of your questions. How do I choose which new shows to start watching? It’s not much of a process, really. I just like weird shit. So when I saw a new show on Netflix starring Drew Barrymore about a Southern Californian real estate agent come zombie trying to live a somewhat normal existence, I knew I was in for at LEAST a season.

Let’s get a few disclaimers out of the way first. If you often have trouble understanding dark humor, you can’t stand gore or you need a lot of realism in your shows, Santa Clarita Diet (SCD as you can call it if you’re good friends with it like I am) is not the show for you. Maybe try Fuller House or CSI Miami (is that still a thing?) or something.

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Or puppies. Maybe you just watch a box of puppies.

I invited a buddy over, popped some popcorn, and settled in to watch the first two or three episodes (that’s my usual cut off for deciding if I like a show or not. iZombie only got two episodes before I tried to burn it from my memory). Before I knew it, the show was over. I don’t mean the first episode progressed quickly, I mean somehow several hours of show watching happened without me noticing. I always love shows that can have that effect on me. SCD pulled me into the story so completely and effectively that time ceased to be important to me.

Honestly, it wasn’t surprising that I enjoyed the show, not like Jane the Virgin. Netflix is on fire with its original series. I mean, Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, (we won’t talk about Iron Fist here, I’ll leave that mess to someone else), they are behind some truly amazing shows lately! So let’s break it down with what I really enjoyed about SCD. First of all, Drew Barrymore. She’s fantastic. She brings an honesty and levity to her character Sheila that makes her endearing and fun to watch. Other enjoyable performances include Ricardo Antonio Chavira as the high strung, possibly violent, potentially dangerous next door neighbor Dan and Skylar Gisando as his nerdy, awkward, sweet stepson, Eric. The bright, colorful, plastic backdrop paired with the repression and shallowness of the characters (mostly the neighbors) is a pretty cool juxtaposition against the new dark, gritty world that Sheila is attempting to secretly navigate.

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Mmmm… Tasty tasty arm…

There are definitely a few weak spots, like the weird, forced feel of the relationship slowly developing between Eric and the Sheila’s daughter Abby (because we all know that the brilliant guy HAS to be awkwardly obsessed with the mediocre girl next door) or the strange and convoluted search for a cure for the zombie disease. Hopefully, these are issues that will be addressed and fixed in the second season, but they definitely don’t ruin the show for me overall.

The darkness is met with sufficient brevity, the storyline holds your interest and there are some pretty fun characters thrown in the mix. For a show in its first season, I think SCD did very well! I’m hooked and I impatiently await season two… COME ON NETFLIX, HURRY UP!

Jane the Virgin

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When I first heard the concept behind Jane the Virgin I thought, “A good little Catholic girl ends up accidently pregnant via insemination with a baby meant for another couple and now… What? You’re going to show me how that impacts her love life? That has to be the silliest, most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard! Oh, it’s on CW? Yeah, that tracks. No way is this NOT going to be super lame.” I thought that so much that I refused to even look at it during its first season. CW has burned me too many times before. I still haven’t forgiven them for Hart of Dixie.

Then somewhere around the middle of season 2, I got stuck in a show hole.

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I had just finished binging the most recent season of Orange is the New Black (which always leaves me with a general sense of hopelessness and ennui that I may be a little addicted to), and I wanted to go with a show that was more lighthearted and fluffy. I Netflixed, I Googled, I Hulu-ed, I… Primed? Amazoned? I don’t know. Insert your favorite proper noun being turned into an adjective here. The point is, I researched a bit to find something interesting but light… and ended up reluctantly settling on Jane the Virgin.

From episode 1, I was hooked. I didn’t realize that the story would be told as a telenovela, which is an interesting and unique set up for an American show. Strike 1 (but in it’s favor, I don’t know what the positive counterword would be for strike, so just roll with it and stop thinking so hard). It also has a narrator, which I love (And Anthony Mendez is the whipped cream AND the cherries on this already tasty ice cream sundae of a show).

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Pictured: Jane the Virgin sprinkled liberally with Anthony Mendez.

I’m often drawn to shows like Arrested Development or A Series of Unfortunate Events because I love having an outsiders opinion on characters and goings on within the world of the show. It also mirrors my own tendency to separate myself from people and situations and cast myself as the wisdom-filled outsider. Enough about that, I’ll go blog somewhere else about by mental health issues. Anyway. Strike 2. Add in the genuine feel of every single central character (no matter how crazy their back story may be) and the fact that I was introduced to possibly the single most enjoyable name to pronounce (Rogelio DeLaVega), and it was a clear home run for me!

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Best. Name. Ever.

What? That’s not the way baseball works? Sorry, I don’t really sports. I can caveman, though if it helps. Me likey show. Funny, make laugh. Like fancy name.
All of this to say, if you haven’t watched it yet, do it. Some other highlights for me include the emphasis on family love and loyalty, the different novels Jane is always attempting to write and how she interacts with her own characters and the overall brightness and beautiful scenery of the show. It is light and funny much of the time, but when this show sets out to pull at your heart strings, it accomplishes that goal plus some. It ended up being pretty well rounded and even keeled for a show I didn’t have a lot of expectations for. The characters are consistent, the acting is up to snuff and the storylines are huge and ridiculous. Jane the Virgin has easily become one of my top 10 favorite current TV shows, and that’s saying something for me. Go. Watch. Enjoy. You’re welcome.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Belle was a pioneer in Disney princesses in 1991. Does the new version of Beauty and the Beast hold up that standard?

While The Little Mermaid is credited with kickstarting the Disney renaissance of the 90s, I’d argue Beauty and the Beast kickstarted the trend of awesome Disney princesses, the princesses who were actually the heroines of their own stories. The pre-1960s heroines mostly had things happen to them rather than making any decisions of their own, and while Ariel certainly made decisions and effected change, it’s tough to call her a heroine when her actions hurt everyone around her and were made out of selfishness. Belle is more in the vein of future fantastic ladies like Mulan or Frozen‘s Anna. Belle was significant to me and other young girls growing up in the 90s who saw in her a model of both strength and compassion. And now she’s back to be a model to a whole new generation of young girls, albeit a generation that has a lot more options along those lines than I did.

For anyone who somehow missed out on the Beauty and the Beast story, here’s an extremely condensed version, as I’d rather spend this review talking about this particular movie than its primary plot points. The story centers around two people: Belle, an avid reader who is deeply misunderstood in her small-minded village, and the Beast, a prince who was cursed to take on a monstrous physical form because of an act of selfishness. They meet when the Beast imprisons Belle’s father for stealing a rose from his garden and Belle offers to take his place. Over the course of the film, the two begin to find they have more in common than they think and begin to form an unusual friendship with the help of the castle servants, all of whom were transformed into household objects. The Beast performs his first unselfish act in letting Belle leaving in order to go take care of her ailing father, and she in turn comes back to help him when the villagers (led by handsome war hero Gaston) storm the castle to kill the Beast. Her love for him breaks the spell, the Beast and all his servants regain their human form, and Belle and the Prince live happily ever after.

Now that that’s out of the way, how does this film do? How does it compare to the original? Is it best judged entirely on its own?

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A recent rewatch of the original 1991 animated film convinced me that it is very nearly a perfect movie, so this one had its work cut out for it. Let’s talk about the positives first. These are excellently-produced musical numbers. Emma Watson‘s “singing” leaves much to be desired, but everyone around her makes up for it by being pretty much amazing. There’s an infectious energy, especially to Luke Evans as Gaston and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere the candelabra. McGregor’s rendition of “Be Our Guest” is a show-stopper, and possibly the highlight of the entire film, managing to capture the delightful enthusiasm of the original without mimicking it too closely. Evans is equally impressive in the much darker “Mob Song,” where he furiously whips up the crowd into a murderous frenzy. (I only wish they’d given him a more comedic chance to shine by including “Me,” a musical number written for the Broadway adaptation that Evans would have nailed.) He and the strong ensemble also make the opening number “Belle” one to love in spite of Watson. Oddly, musical theatre veteran Josh Gad fails to bring the same energy to his signature number, “Gaston,” and I’d have thought the one thing Gad could have been counted on to bring was energy!

The story goes out of its way to close some of the original’s loopholes, especially in creating a more coherent narrative of the prince’s enchantment. Many an Internet article has been written about the problems with that wonky timeline, so I won’t go into it here, but it’s simplified here in a way that makes sense. I also like the new subplot in which Gaston tries to humor Belle’s father in hopes of getting his approval to marry Belle. It’s an interesting way to approach that part of the story, and entirely consistent with our villain’s character.

The movie also looks lovely, for the most part, especially in its set design. The perpetually wintry castle is a stunning backdrop for the budding romance, and the shops and taverns of the village perfectly match the atmosphere of a town too small to hold someone like Belle. Occasionally I found the CGI distracting, but on the whole it worked and brought all these characters to life well.

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Now on to what didn’t work so well. Emma Watson is not particularly special as Belle. Her subpar singing definitely doesn’t help, but she doesn’t bring anything new to the role — disappointing, since I anticipated a lot more. This may, however, be a symptom of the film’s bigger problem: It doesn’t understand quiet drama. One of the greatest charms of the original was that the big, lavish musical numbers were interspersed with simple, understated scenes of our leads interacting, learning about each other, enjoying each other’s company. There’s honestly very little hint of a romantic attraction until the film’s end. Their relationship is much more a quiet, blossoming friendship that just naturally becomes more. It’s what keeps the woman/beast romance dynamic from getting creepy, it’s what lets us see what their lives together could truly look like.

Not so here. This film is determined to turn every scene into a Big Dramatic Scene. Belle can’t just tend the Beast’s wounds and extend compassion to him, she must solve the mystery of why the Beast is so mean! The Beast and Belle can’t just read books together, they must literally travel to another location through magic and figure out how Belle’s mother’s died! The Beast and Gaston can’t have a straightforward fight at the end on the castle balcony, they must somehow jump madly from castle turret to castle turret screaming at each other! The Beast can’t die and come back to life at the end, because even that is not dramatic enough, we must also have a two-minute scene of every single servant we’ve seen slowly dying! DRAMA!

It’s disappointing. So much character development and growth can be shown through these quiet moments, but since these characters are perpetually in a state of heightened stakes, there’s nowhere for them to go when the stakes are actually raised. It also ends up uncomfortably sexualizing parts of the story. There have long been jokes about this being essentially a bestiality story, but the original avoided that by centering their relationship on their friendship and only transitioning toward romance in the final scenes. But here, friendship is simply not dramatic enough. The musical number “Something There” now seems less about someone realizing she may have found a kindred spirit in an unexpected place and more like Belle is having a sexual awakening.

I left the theater with great ambivalence. While I was elated by the performances of our side characters and would happily rewatch some of those musical numbers for days, the script’s insistence on constant high stakes is not only exhausting but undermines the narrative’s actual drama.

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Would I recommend it? I think I would, though I would immediately recommend the animated version as a follow-up to anyone who was new to it and disappointed. There’s plenty to like in such a strong ensemble cast, and I suspect it will still capture the hearts of young girls as the original captured mine 26 years ago.

WestWorld: A Season 1 Review

I have just witnessed WestWorld and I’m bursting at the seams to tell you all about it! I will keep this review as a general overview and not go into any details, so no spoilers ahead. Buckle up kids, its going to be a wild ride!

If you have ever thought to yourself “I wonder what Game of Thrones would be like as a western? If Westeros met the Wild Wild West?” And no, I am not talking about the beautiful, Oscar snubbed Will Smith movie. Imagine the intense drama as Game of Thrones meets the gun slinging ways of old. If that sounds intriguing, then WestWorld is just the series for you.

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West World takes the best parts of GOT and completely creates a new and unique story. Gripping dialogue? Check. Battle for the top position in the land/company? Check. Names that do not quite make sense and are somewhat hard to pronounce? Check and Check. Though be warned, just like GOT, HBO loves to throw in its patented “have tons of sex and when we aren’t having sex let’s be naked” concept wildly about. That could be a pro or a con depending on what you want in a show, and as Katie Perry and CBS say, the more you know. Oh no… I am speaking in rhymes.

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Not intrigued yet? Well allow me to explain one key detail my friend. All the shenanigans I have stated above, fully take place within an adult Chuck E Cheese. Yes, Chuck-E-freaking Cheeses for the twisted adult mind and no, not Dave and Busters. You see upon entering the beauty that is WestWorld, you quickly discover that the wild west is filled with two kinds of people, humans and host. The humans are well exactly that, people who wanted to get away from their mundane lives and live out their wildest fantasies in a time they could only dream about. Rich folk looking for that next high cable TV just can’t satisfy anymore.

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Then you have the host, robotic AI with the ability to help you live out unique story-lines thanks to their advanced metrics and improv skill set. They can take you on the adventure of a lifetime by saving a cattle rancher from evil henchmen, have a few drinks with you in a saloon while playing cards, allow you to purchase a fine wench for a few hours of fun time or, just like in Chuck E Cheese, you can run around and blindly shoot the host/mouse and no one is going to fight back.

On second thought…maybe not a good idea

Unlike Chuck E Cheese, this is a theme park that is monitored by adults, so there is a third component at work here. The workers of this WestWorld live far above the park in the mountains and keep out a watchful eye, like the gods they fancy themselves. Enter corporate espionage. As you may already be aware, you can’t have a futuristic theme park and not have someone wanting to abuse it for something other than thrilling adventures, all the while accidentally endangering the guest…I am looking at you Jurassic Park.

“Dinosaurs, they basically watch themselves”

Combine incredibly advanced robotics, rich clients, and a company that keeps more secrets than a Lost episode and you have WestWorld. The show does an amazing job of seamlessly moving back and forth between the theme park and company whilst still showing you a good time and creating a bit of ruckus on their own. Somehow the writers make something so ridiculously futuristic seem extremely realistic, all the while challenging your view point constantly with thoughts like “Can AI feel? Is it cruel to have such power over them? How much does it cost to go?”($40,000 a day by the way).

HBO does an incredible job in casting once again. Sir Anthony Hopkins is a genius as always but it’s the supporting cast that constantly surprise me and the actors playing the robots just blow me away. I never expect any less from a major company like HBO that makes every episode seem like a big budget blockbuster.

All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed WestWorld and its first season. You will hear some people complain, as I have heard many a time already, that the first season finale is predictable but it’s one of the many things I love about this show. What some people took as predictable, I took as a taking of power from the audience’s hands.  We are taught in storytelling to make the audience the smartest or make them feel most important, but just like George R R Martin giving the big ole middle finger to that rule by killing off beloved characters and leaving audiences completely shocked, WestWorld does something very similar. Instead of trying to surprise you or kill off the ones you love, they simply create a storyline that is somewhat predictable but unstoppable. Just like watching a moving train about to crash into a brick wall. The show reminds you that you are completely helpless and even though you “might” have predicted the ending, there is nothing you can do to stop it. YOU ARE HELPLESS. HBO shouts the same thing the oddly named Silento shouts to today’s youth “ooh watch me, watch me, oooh oooh oooh”

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I have quickly fallen in love with this show and think that everyone should give it a shot. You may think Sci-fi might not be for you but in my Noble Opinion this show is for everyone.

I give it a full Phenomenon stamp of approval.

Get Out

Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out went wide on February 24th, 2017 in the categories of Comedy, Horror, with a little Mystery & Suspense. In my noble opinion I would scale down the Horror category and narrow it to a Mystery and Suspense with some comedy. Granted the plot thickens to a moderate horrific crescendo but it was not scary to me or anyone else I went with since it was tamed with comedic overtones, which by the way was done very well.

Get Out begins with an opening scene where a black man is abducted by someone during the night on some neighborhood street. Led by Daniel Kaluuya who if you remember played Reggie in Sicario, plays the role of Chris Washington, the black boyfriend, and Allison Willams as Rose Armitage, the white girlfriend. Together for several months they decided to take the next steps that elevate their relationship to another level which would be nothing more than to meet the girlfriends parents of course. Allison is portrayed as an understanding person and just downright cool, so why wouldn’t Chris go and meet her parents. She is pretty, witty, fun, and understanding so off he goes. Surprise, that ends up not being the case as the weekend progressively compiles some quirky clues and events which lead to a situation he never could have imagined. As they arrive at Allison’s parents house, Chris notices that they have black servants on the grounds who appear to act a little odd or not as “themselves”. Allison’s parents, Bradley Whitford as Dean and Catherine Keener as Missy greet both of them warmly but later appear to be overly accommodating. Chris feels their awkward attempts to be inviting and friendly toward him are mistaken and actually reactions to the fact that their daughter is in an interracial relationship with him. Well why would that be you ask, that’s because he finds out that Allison never told her parents that he was black.

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Later Jeremy arrives for dinner played by Caleb Landry Jones, who is the off-kilter’d brother of Allison. Dusk settles and Chris unveils the fact his mother had died when he was young and this is where we find out Missy is a psychiatrist who then offers to help him quit his smoking habit through hypnosis, of which Chris politely declines. That night Chris observes those wacky servants where we now see where the latest “Get Out Challenge” is derived. After those awkward encounters Chris heads back inside where Missy awaits to convince him of trying hypnosis which sends Chris into a void called the sunken place. Let the Mystery and Suspense begin here as Chris convinces himself that it was a nightmare but that could be further from the truth. However, Chris awakens the next morning with a disgust for smoking!

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Allison’s parents remind her that it is their “annual get-together” of which Allison surprisingly acknowledges, “is that this weekend”? Well why not, Chris is here and let’s get this party started! Insert creepiness and comedy here. With guests arriving and taking a liking to Chris, he runs into a black guest that reminds him of someone so he calls his friend back home who just so happens to be a fantastic TSA officer, Rod Williams, played by LilRel Howery. I must say that Rod really makes the comedic presence known in this movie and without this character I might have been less intrigued as to the nature of Chris’ character development. His meeting with LaKeith Stanfield as Logan King, the black guest, winds up with Chris trying to get a picture of him to send to Rod. The flash goes off and its as if Logan awakens from something, turning to Chris he yells “Get Out”! Allison’s father Dean tries to cover up Logan’s outburst as if he had some sort of seizure from the flash of Chris’ camera phone but he does not buy it.

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As more events unfold it leads Chris to realize something is very wrong here so he states he wants to leave, reluctant at first, Allison agrees to go with him. Later Rod gets back to Chris about the picture he sent him. It turns out that it was an old acquaintance of theirs that went missing a while back. This flips the switch for Chris and he now has to Get Out! Worried and trying to pack his stuff we find Allison in agreement but she can’t find her keys and they are heading downstairs! Oh how convenient! Chris keeps encouraging Allison to hurry up and find her keys but no luck. Missy and Dean are waiting for them at the bottom of the stairs along with the screw loose brother Jeremy. Horrific crescendo is met here as Chris navigates his way by whatever means necessary to Get Out. Struck by Missy’s key control through hypnosis, Chris is triggered by a clink of Missy’s spoon to the vintage coffee cup of his demise.

I will leave the rest alone but Chris and his hilarious friend Rod manage to succeed but the plot that is revealed once Chris tries to leave the house is really creepy and worth a watch. So Get Out and enjoy this comedy thriller mystery suspense…