AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – TEASER TRAILER

 

Goosebumps guys….goosebumps.

The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is out if for some reason you haven’t seen it yet and it is awesome!
We all know my track record with Avenger films but this actually looks so tantalising and seemingly a fitting conclusion to the colossal series of the Avengers. Loving Cap’s new hair too 😉

See you May 2018 guys!

REVIEW: THE TOMORROW PEOPLE

If you’re not a fan of all things American apple pie then look away now for The Tomorrow People comes across as a replica of all American teen dramas/films with some cool special effects thrown in.

Uber modern, with shots that resemble some kind of drug trip and an abundance of clichés and two dimensional characters, this glossy pilot tells the story of teenager Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) who, after repeatedly waking up in bed with his neighbours and with no idea how he got there soon discovers that he is a member of The Tomorrow People. This group of teen “we-are-clearly-older-in-real-life” rebels have three distinct powers that by their own description make them homo-superior rather than homosapien; telepathy, telekinesis and teleportation, the latter which causes Stephen’s aforementioned issue.

Thinking that he is crazy because of the female voice in his head but eventually meeting the owner of said voice, Stephen gradually accepts that he is a member of this Fantastic Four-esque group but immediately has to choose to which side he wants to belong. His new group of 2014 X-Men style friends or the people who are supposedly out to kill them; the evil government organisation, somewhat cheesily named, Ultra.

The show is relatively gripping as pilots go and aims to raise questions with a lot of impressive action in the first ten minutes but the follow up episode that will determine whether they will be able to run with this past a single season. It is essentially every other teen drama/film, old and new rolled into one such as Dark Angel, Jumper and The Mortal Instruments, teen drama by numbers if you will, with fast talking, sarcastic, beautiful people with deep earth shattering problems like school bullies and mothers working extra shifts to pay the therapy bills.

Yet despite this The Tomorrow People, though a bag of clichés and repetitive plot lines, was an entertaining albeit predictable hour of television. If viewers are looking for the love child of One Tree Hill and Avengers Assemble then this is it.

The Tomorrow People is on Wednesdays at 9pm on E4.

Posted originally on DIY TV

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE – REVIEW

Avengers Assemble?

One word: Basic

Now, before I get bombarded with the outrageous replies and eye rolling of die-hard Marvel fans, lets be real about things.

Yes, I enjoyed the film.

Yes, I laughed at a few well timed jokes and ever present sarcastic innuendos set in place by Mr. Stark but the film as a whole was very basic.

Just so I don’t leave anything out and go off on a tangent of complaints, we’ll start at the beginning and work our way through.

The film itself is well shot. A lot of blow ‘em up scenes and near death experiences that could only be survived by one of our Special Six, are positioned at the start which immediately gets you hooked. What it also does however, is deter you from the fact that there is no real structure to the film or reasonable reason for all six to be together.

I understand the threat of the tesseract and the fact that Loki has it, but first of all, how did he survive the previous film, where has he been the whole time; why does he want to enslave and rule earth when they haven’t actually done anything to him and who are these people helping him? I’m sure there’s someone out there who know ‘s the answer to these questions but they sure flew over my head! If you do know, feel free to bring me in. Another bafflement of mine was that Loki was the villain of the film (I use the term loosely) but his brother and fellow Asgardian plays such a minor role in defeating him.

Leading onto Thor, there were too many scenes where he was just aimlessly in a field or spaceship somewhere giving Mjolnir some quality time. Why didn’t he just give Loki a beating and be done with it? In all honesty, there was no reason for Thor to be there as he didn’t even provide inside knowledge of some kind. This was a common theme I found in the film, that they had no real place for all of the Avengers to be. At one point we had Iron Man and Captain America fixing a broken turbine engine for crying out loud.  Why were they on a floating/flying platform anyway may I ask?

There were also a lot of these-two-people-are-just-as-strong-as-each-other-so-neither-one-could-ever-win scenes but all it said to me was that they wanted to find any way to demonstrate the might of each character. This wouldn’t be a problem if we didn’t already know this from the preceding films where the cast had all been the center of attention.

The best thing about the film would have to be Iron Man and Hulk. Although his transformation was delayed with unnecessary build up as though we had never seen the Hulk before, Dr. Bana’s metamorphosis to the jolly green giant was welcome as he proceeded to beat the living daylights out of Loki, while some well choreographed leaps and bounds and plane crashes made him a joy to watch.

Tony Stark was well…Tony Stark. Robert Downey Junior’s excellent depiction of the billionaire genius made waiting for his scenes worthwhile. His sarcasm, candid attitude and contribution to the last battle was a testament to the character and its evolution throughout the film.

I wont spend too much time on the other characters, as there isn’t much to say to be completely honest. Black Widow had incredible moves but lacked any depth, while Hawkeye though amazing with his bow and arrow didn’t seem to be a specific part of the team. Unless you are already clued into the Marvel world, you would wonder why he was there. Captain America was straight up boring. In his film, it was cute and patriotic and refreshing to see a good man who wanted to do good in the world and so on and so forth, but in this film it just made him seem like Buzz Killington’s son…on crack. Furthermore, who died and made him the leader? You’re really telling Thor, the God of Thunder and a big green monster what to do in your star spangled latex underwear. Sure. I buy that.

Without going on forever as I could quite possible do, Avengers Assemble was a let down from the hype that came before it but was a decent film in its own right. There are a lot of laughs, things blowing up for the guys and hot eye candy for the ladies but its nothing to rush out for, except for the hype of seeing it. Any comic book adaptation directed by the man who once directed Buffy the Vampire Slayer was always going to be a questionable endeavor. You’ll enjoy yourself, just don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed.

Did anyone else notice that the bridge they fight on at the end of the film is the same bridge Will Smith was stuck on in I Am Legend? Same statue and everything!