Please Don’t Spoil Things… (108/365)

Thanks to the digital age, we stream shows like we’ve never done before. There was once a time where we had to wait until a certain time to watch out shows, but now everythings available at the click of a finger – when you add social media to the mix, then being left out of the loop can mean that you end up having a show/movie spoiled before you even get the chance to watch it.

Now I know some people don’t mind spoilers, but for the rest of us, it’s bloody annoying. Especially when loads of new shows, or long running shows have released their episodes: believe it or not, we don’t want to know what’s going to happen before watching it.

Game of Thrones season 8 has finally come out and the threat of spoilers are everywhere, whether you choose a legal means to watch it or not, everyones talking about it, and it’s truly annoying having things spoiled before you watch it. Especially when you really like the show. We want to experience the twists and turns in the plots naturally without warning, so discussing it everywhere online, or even in person loudly is just ruining everything for someone else.

Obviously GOT is a generic example, but now I’m in the world of work I realised that I’d have to worry about hearing spoilers before I got the chance to watch each episode. The same thing happened with one person I worked with who was looking forward to the most recent Star Wars film. He sadly had the whole plot spoiled for him and lost out on the natural experience.

My sister knew someone who would happily spoil everything for people, and looked forward to ruining their experience – I told her to put this person in a bin, but by the time she told me that story she’d already cut the person out of her life. You’d think spoilers aren’t that deep, but they honestly are. Shows and movies are a form of story telling, don’t ruin the story.

TLDR: So don’t be that person who willingly spoils a show or a movie – if you’re someone who takes joy in this you’re an actual dickhead. ๐Ÿ™‚

I Watched ‘Us’ and It Wasn’t Groundbreaking (86/365)

Before you send me streams of hate for not liking this film, please read the post.

I watched ‘Us’ this weekend and honestly felt a bit cheated. It’s not like it wasn’t a decent film, it just wasn’t amazing. I guess on some level I was expecting the same feeling as ‘Get Out’ where it took a concept and ran with it to the point where I was on the edge of my seat. ‘Us’, however, had a few shocking moments, but the grand reveal was predictable.

‘Us’ centres around the Wilson family vacation featuring Adelaide (Lupita Nyongโ€™o), her husband Gabe (Winston Duke), daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and son Jason (Evan Alex). Naturally, like with any horror film, their beach vacation went horribly wrong, as they fight tooth and nail to survive against their doppelgangers.

One thing this film did brilliantly was feature a black middle class family without making the film about race. It really goes to show how little representation there is in horror. As this families race was a massive surprise to the audience, we usually view spiritual and horror films through the lens of a white family. So showing racial representation as the norm was a nice touch.

As much as I wanted to like this film, I just feel like it failed to keep the suspense going. Initially when the doppelgangers attacked I was on edge and terrified, but then it got funny. When the humour kicked in, I lost that feeling of fear, and stopped empathising with the main cast. I personally feel like the concept was brilliant, but the execution fell flat. Part of this is because I went in with high expectations as Jordan Peele has a good track record.

I’ll try not to give away too much with my thoughts on this, but there’s a final reveal, and it was predictable as fuck.

That’s all for now, my final thoughts on this is, take it for what it is – which is a slasher/thriller that isn’t scary. The performances by each actor are Oscar worthy so if you enjoy a good 2 hours of amazing acting but not an amazing plot – feel free to watch it. The soundtrack is also fantabulous!

Captain Marvel Was a Pleasant Surprise (71/365)

So this Sunday I went out to watch Captain Marvel with low to no expectations. I knew nothing about the character from the comics and after what Marvel did to Black Widow and Scarletwitch I thought they’d somehow ruin this one. I just lost my faith in their ability to adapt female characters and keep them well rounded, strong and believable, but to my surprise Captain Marvel was an amazing film.

I’ll keep this short and spoiler free but the plot worked great as an origin story, it’s set before Nick Fury has his famous eyepatch so you don’t need to worry about where it fits in the greater Marvel timeline. The main premise is that Captain Marvel has lost all her memories and is a cree soldier hunting down the shapeshifting Skrull race, during her encounter she ends up on earth and that’s where the fun happens.

Everyones dynamics worked, not only was this a great story but it was funny, serious and at some moments it got emotional. The elements of female empowerment seeped through but didn’t overwhelm and honestly I would 10/10 recommend it to everyone. I can’t wait to see how she fits into the next Avengers film as we now know her full strength and what she’s capable of.

Also it has two post credits scenes, so like every Marvel film, stay to the very end ๐Ÿ™‚