Mary Poppins Returns: Movie Review

Mary Poppins Returns is a sequel Disney’s beloved Mary Poppins which came out 54 years before it.

It follows Michael Banks and his struggles after the death of his wife. His three children Anabel, John and Georgie have been forced to grow up and do work for their dad to keep the house orderly. When Jane Banks visits, the bank’s lawyers come by and tell the Banks family they have until Friday to pay the loan they took or their house would be foreclosed.

As Michael and Jane look for the shares their father left in the bank years before, the children are put in charge of buying the food. On their way to the market, the youngest child Georgie see’s a kite and grabs a hold. A strong wind pushes him upwards and he is pulled into the sky. Before he can float away, Mary Poppins floats down on her umbrella, saving him.

Just as Mary Poppins did in the first movie, she begins to teach the kids to be responsible but to have fun doing it. While visiting the bank to give their father his suitcase that he left at home, they overhear the president of the bank. He says that they’re basically stealing houses and the revenue of the bank is skyrocketing.

Can Mary Poppins and the Banks stop the bank or will they have their house taken away? Find out in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns.

Pros: The songs are very well done, Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda were very pleasant to listen to, and the story is perfect for children.

Cons: The story was a little bland and the acting seem forced occasionally.

Rating: 8/10

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A Review of Supernatural

Introduction

Supernatural is a TV show that is on Netflix and airs on TNT. Starting in 2005, It now has 13 current seasons, but is most likely making more. Each episode runs for about 30-45 minutes.

The show is produced by Eric Kripke and Robert Singer (Kripke Enterprises Wonderland Sound and Vision [2005–13] Warner Bros. Television).

The show starts by following two brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester quest to find their father (Jeff Morgan). Their father is a ghost/demon/ monster hunter and Dean follows his father’s foot steps, but Sam left them both for college until he reluctantly helps Dean find their father. After Sam and Dean’s little search, he returns home to find his girlfriend dead, murdered the same way his mom was when he was little, both the women were killed by a character called the yellow eyed demon.

Thought out the seasons the family faces different hardships and major demons, while also solving minor mysteries along the way. They also make new allies and enemies each season. A fan favorite example would be Castiel (Misha Collins) who plays and angel originally sent to assist Dean, he is introduced in season 3. Another favorite is Crowly, (Mark Sheppard) a demon acting as a temporary stand in for the king of hell, who is a comedic character introduced in season 5.

Overall Review

The first season starts off slow, the episodes are more repetitive and focused much less on the over arching theme then I would have liked. But with each season as the plot thickens and the characters develop more the show becomes a really great experience. All the actors are incredible and have grown close through their work, which makes the show feel all the more real. It’s a perfect balance of comedy, drama, mystery, and fear.

If you are not a fan of graphic content, this show is not for you. I myself, would originally skip the graphic scenes but they are not as bad in the later seasons.

The show has a very large fandom, and I am over all happy to be apart of it. I love when they break the fourth wall, it’s like the fans are in the show and interacting with the characters!

If this show sounds fun or interesting to you I suggest you give it a try, I love to watch it in the background of my homework or art because it is just so good!

Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Review

Marvel’s Spider-Man is an action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games and released on September 7th, 2018, to the PS4, receiving praise from both critics and gamers alike.

The question I am here to ask is: does it really live up to the praise? Is this truly a genre-defying game? That’s what I am going to answer. This is my review of Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Quick note: this is just my opinion. If you disagree with me, that is completely fine.

The story of this game revolves around Spider-Man, who beats Wilson Fisk, a crime lord he has been dealing with for years. Spider-Man’s triumph over this does not last long, as he is plunged into a uprising of criminals.

Story-wise, this game is superb, with a plot that will keep gamers engaged and Spider-Man fans squealing for its roughly 10-hour completion time. The story also has some events that may surprise you.

The game also explores Spider-Man’s life as a regular person, Peter Parker, and shows that he has his everyday struggles, just like all of us.

Without giving anything away, the story is absolutely amazing. 8.5/10

Gameplay: The game’s combat system involves battling the AI with normal fist to fist combat, and gadgets and upgrades you get as you progress through the campaign and complete side tasks.

The focus bar is a bar that fills up as you battle your enemies, and you can use it to heal yourself or, once the bar is full, perform a takedown on an enemy.

Stealth combat involves performing perch takedowns or web strike takedowns on enemies who are safe to take out. If an enemy is not safe to take out, another enemy is very close by and can see the other AI. You can lure the enemies out with web shooters, making it safe to take down the other AI.

Finally, stealth sections with other characters are present in the game. These are definitely the more mundane parts of the game. These consist of sneaking around to an objective, and not getting caught by enemies by interacting with the environment.

Gameplay: 8/10

Overall score: 8/10

My answer to the questions earlier is: Yes. This game is absolutely spectacular, and I hope other superhero games can be as good as this one.

This is starwarsguy124, signing out.

 

Phantom of The Opera(2004): Movie Review

The Phantom of the Opera

Background: Phantom of The Opera is a musical about a girl named Christine Daae, who has one of the best voices in the Opera Populaire. Orphaned at a young age, she came to live at the opera house and learn to be a ballerina. Before her father died he told her she would be protected by an angel of music. A short while after she arrived there, she was taught to sing by an anonymous person which she believed was her angel of music. When she is older the Opera is bought by two wealthy gentlemen, clueless about the Phantom. The phantom purposely attempts to injure the lead role in order to give Daae the part. He does so successfully and Christine is given her first lead role in an opera. In the crowd is her former and friend and love interest Raoul. The phantom in a jealous state takes her to his lair underneath the opera. Christine soon discovers the Phantom has a dark side and is controlling her through his voice. Will the Phantom win over Christine or will Raoul save her from the evil underneath the opera. Find out in Phantom of the Opera(2004)!

Pros: Amazing visuals and costume design, great acting, and a pretty good story.

Cons: The singing from Gerard Butler as the Phantom was not great and the chemistry between the characters were not as good as the Broadway musical intended it to be.

Final Verdict: 8/10, Pretty Good!

 

Fablehaven – Review

Fablehaven is the first book in a series by Brandon Mull. Forewarning: the reviews about the next books will contain spoilers possibly. I will try to avoid them, but I’ve given you fair warning 🙂

Kendra and Seth Sorenson are siblings, being sent to stay with their grandparents for a few weeks while their parents go on a seventeen-day cruise. They have never really met their Sorenson grandparents, but they know that they rarely let people visit their home and they almost never come out to see the family either. Kendra and Seth were both worried about two and a half weeks with relatives that they hardly knew, and suspected were slightly crazy.

When Kendra and Seth learn the truth about Fablehaven, the magical preserve that Grandma and Grandpa Sorenson are caretakers of, the children are exposed to an incredible, and dangerous, new world to explore and grow to love. There is so much to learn about the hidden magical worlds that have been disguised for safety, of both the amazing creatures and humanity. But when everything goes wrong, it is up to Kendra and Seth to try and maintain some sense of control, and to save the preserve from the evil side of the magical world they never anticipated encountering.

I love this series. Mull created a world that incorporates lots of the mythical magical creatures you’ve heard of, like satyrs, dragons, centaurs, fairies, evil witches and all sorts of others, and gives them entertaining and realistic personalities to incorporate them into the story as more than just the cool but ultimately mindless or evil creature; but as real beings that have thoughts and ideas, and can be total game changers. The series is a exciting adventure, but overall is a tale of what people will do to protect the world they love, and the strength that comes forth when forces of evil threaten to tear that world apart.

I would give Fablehaven a 4.6 / 5, mainly because I felt that some parts dragged a little, but that is to be expected, especially when he was trying to get background information in that he could build off of in the next books. but I’m also giving it that review because I love this book. I love the series and the characters and the magical world that is inside.

American Vandal Season 2 Review

AmericanVandalI first started watching American Vandal because of season 1 supporting actor Jimmy Tatro. He has a a YouTube channel that I’m a huge fan of and when I heard he was appearing in a Netflix original, I knew it’d be hillarious. While I wasn’t wrong and the show is a comedy at heart, it’s the mystery and mockumentary aspect that had me finishing the show 3 days after I had started it.

I didn’t think they were going to end up making a second season as the first season had already told it’s story. However season 2 starts up in a new direction with Peter and Sam now traveling to a Catholic School in Washington to solve a new mystery. This time instead of the crime being genitalia on staff cars, it was a poisoning of the cafeteria’s lemonade. This new crime was dubbed The Brownout by students because the lemonade was spiked with laxatives. I personally believe that poop humor still has its place in comedy and in this show it’s hilarious. Some may be grossed out or even disturbed at the sight of high schoolers defecating all over the school, and I understand where you’d be coming from, but the true humor comes in the fact that it’s treated so seriously. An Instagram user by the name @TheTurdBurgular takes credit, and the police starts pointing the finger at oddball student Kevin McClain. Similar to season 1’s Dylan Maxwell, Peter and Sam quickly realize Kevin seems to be falsely accused. The police make a very compelling case against Kevin and eventually he confesses. Peter and Sam start digging and realize a forced confession may have occurred. As they unravel the mystery we meet several charming, believable characters, and each episode get closer to solving the crime.

The season had me on the edge of my seat as each new theory seemed like the answer had finally been found, only to be proved wrong that same episode. The ending not only fully satisfies the mystery lovers in all of us but gives an interesting perspective on my generation. So, yes while maybe not as inovative as the first season, American Vandal Season 2 is must watch for fans of mystery, comedy or any teenager.

Final Score: 9.6

Fantastic.

Insidious: Movie Review

close up of a boy with a creepy house in the background

Insidious is a 2010 horror film directed by James Wan and starring Patrick Wilson, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and more.

Some people say this is one of the scariest films they’ve ever seen. Do I agree with this? Partly. It may be because I am not frightened very easily, but whatever it is, it did manage to satisfy my scare craving.

The movie revolves around a kid named Dalton, who falls into a coma. Nobody knows the cause at first, but over time it becomes apparent that something unusual is causing his state. Something rather….. Insidious. After a set of strange occurrences, it’s up to supernatural investigator Elise Rainer, her crew, and Dalton’s family to figure out what, or who, is causing his state.

As stated earlier, I wasn’t too scared by this film. I will say, however, it is the scariest horror movie I’ve seen so far, although I’ve only seen 2 others. If you do watch it, watch it alone, at night, by yourself, with no distractions.

Now, I will go over different aspects of the film and how it executes them.

Writing: The writing of the film may seem cliched and predictable at first, but it makes up for it by its insane twist ending.

Writing score: 8/10.

Acting: Nothing to say about this other than it’s pretty good overall.

Acting Score: 8/10.

Directing: James Wan did a great job with this film, really proving he’s a great horror director.

Directing Score: 8/10.

Overall, Insidious is a scary reminder that a horror film doesn’t need to be rated R to be scary.

Overall score: 8/10.