Posts Tagged ‘drama’

With the coming of the 4th season of Game of Thrones, I’ve decided it’s time to give my opinion on the series.

Based on the book of the same name written by George R.R. Martin, the series has stayed true to the novels and depicts the lands of Westeros really well. The first season’s main plot, follows Eddard Stark (played by the very talented, Sean Bean), a nobleman who controls the North of the continent and his quest to uncover a devious plot within the noble court of the realm. With a Ludacris amount of sub plots, constantly twisting and turning, it would be impossible for me to even attempt to write it down. A little warning for those of you too used to the norm, don’t expect Hollywood endings.

The story is filled with plots to kill the king, uprisings, love interests, a demonic occurrence and many more juicy events. The acting is really good and keeps the audience captivated, itching to watch the next episode. There’s an enormous cast however character development is fairly deep and progressive. The world is rich with blood and sex, so this series is definitely for children or early teens.

By far one of the best TV Series I’ve ever seen which in all honesty stays true to the book and does it justice. If you’re a fan of George R.R. Martin, you will enjoy this. I’d also like to point out that the season ends on both a massive cliff-hanger as well as a dramatic surprise. I CAN’T WAIT FOR the next season!!!

Acting – 4.5/5 (by far the best acting I’ve seen on TV)

Plot – 4/5 (does not differ from the book at all hence why it’s 4 not 5.)

Enjoyability – 5/5

Overall – 4.5/5 – Season one Trailer


Originally I thought Real Steel was going to be a complete pile of junk, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s actually quite a good film.

Set in the near(ish) future, the world of boxing as we know it has changed. Instead of humans fighting each other, we now have every nerd’s dream of watching giant robots pummel each other in part ripping action!

The film stars Hugh Jackman, who originally comes off as a real asshole only to become father of the year. His son, Dakota Goyo (who he originally abandoned), ends up having to stay with him after his mom died. Together they find an old rusty robot and build him up to become a powerful fighting machine who challenges the champion of the world (rocky anyone…). The acting is generally quite good and the story line is solid.

There are some really emotional moments as with any sports film, however there are a few things that didn’t make sense. If these robots are so advanced, then why aren’t there any hover-cars during this period, or any other particularly futuristic looking objects… The portrayal of the robot as a personality (I’ll leave it to you to find out whether the robot is actually alive or not) is quite good and you do end up creating quite a bond with it.

The plot itself seems very similar to most sport films, so there’s nothing new here, however the actors really sell it. Sadly, Hugh Jackman’s character goes from asshole to pretty cool guy too fast for my liking and in my opinion needed a sort-of inbetween.

I highly recommend giving this a watch, especially if you like sporty, feel-good films.

Acting – 4/5

Plot – 4/5 (yes I know this plot is similar to many others but I still like it.)

Enjoyability – 5/5

Overall – 4/5 – Trailer

American TV recently has a tendency to deliver an harmonic symphony of sex, blood and dismemberment… the third season of Spartacus doesn’t disappoint.

A new main actor brings the brutal and bloody needs of all you Spartacus fans out there straight to your screen.

This season starts off where the first ended. Spartacus and his muscle bound, mammoth-like gladiators have gone on the run from Rome, leaving a trail of blood and dismembered limbs in their path. His goal is to build up an army and avenge his wife’s death by killing her murderer, the newly dubbed Praetor, Cladius Glaber (Craig Parker).

Spartacus, now played by Liam McIntyre after the original star, Andy Whitfield, sadly died of cancer in September 2011. Though not as good an actor as Andy, Liam fills in Spartacus’ shoes pretty well and has thus far not failed to impress fans. His other co-stars, including Peter Mensah (Doctore), Nick Tarabay (Ashur – a personal favourite) Manu Bennett (Crixus) and several other surprise cast members from both season one and season two have made this series really boom.

Full of Blood and sex just like Rome and Game of Thrones. The battle scenes are just as heart-pounding as before and the writing team has really thrown a few curve-balls into the mix which make you pull your hair out at the end credits each week. The first two episodes were really hard to watch and were just plain bad, but the they seem to get it together by episode three and it’s now getting really good.

The acting in the first episode is, well, appalling… It’s like all the actors decided it would be a wonderful idea to run head first into a wall over and over again, till they lost any shred of talent they originally possessed. This, thankfully, gets better as the season rolls on. The writing is pretty decent and is getting better and better with every episode.

A little warning for all the younger viewers out there. Do not watch this series! It’s definitely not for you!!! This also goes for the feint of heard and easily offended. If you don’t like nudity or limbs flying everywhere then please, refrain from watching.

I recommend watching this season as it really does reel-you in and the plotlines are quite solid.

Acting – 3/5

Plot – 3/5 – getting much much better as the season progresses but first 2 episodes were just bad and I can’t overlook it.

Enjoyability – 4.5/5

Overall – 3.5/5 – Season 3 Trailer

In March 1963, over 300 inmates from Alcatraz were transferred from the prison and it was permanently shut down…. Or were they? DUM Dum dum!!!

The premise for this new TV show is that everyone inside Alcatraz (in San Francisco) had actually vanished, gone without a trace, leaving the US government to create a massive (surprise surprise) cover-up!! Fast-forward to the present and they start re-appearing and killing people. It’s produced by none other than the grand-daddy of out of left-field ideas – J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Super 8, Lost, need I say more). The plot is so far out there that it sometimes ruins the immersion and makes you actually feel stupid for watching. HOWEVER (before people start slapping me around), it has actually found something unique and is decent to watch.

The cast, made up of Emerson Hauser (played by Sam Neill….. hmm, inmates brought back from the past….Dinosaurs brought back to life…..see a pattern here), Rebecca Madsen (played by Sarah Jones), Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra) and Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia – who plays the nerdy-yet-loveable Alcatraz obsessed nerd extremely well). The acting is generally quite good and with Sam Neil and his ‘unique’ eye-brow squishing facial expressions make the series quite entertaining.

Each episode sees a new Villain returning with a hunger to kill!!! This, thrown in with a conspiracy theory of ’is someone behind it?’ and ‘why now?’ has thus far, kept me interested in watching.

The Character development is quite good and you end up caring for them. The story line has kept Sam Neill’s character a bit of a mystery which I find to be quite interesting as, in true Abrams fashion, leaves us in a constant state of ‘BUT WHY DOES HE DO THIS… IS HE REALLY WHO HE SAYS HE IS!!!’

I recommend watching this, particularly if you were a fan of Fringe or detective shows. I warn you C.S.I. fanatics out there, there are no ‘watch how the bullet went through the body’ type of scenes as its more logical detective work, where they try and pin down when and where the next murder will happen. In the first episode, the acting seems to be a bit forced but it smoothens out as the first season rolls on.

Acting – 4/5 (Especially Sam Neil who really sells the mystery of his character)

Plot – 3/5 (for trying to turn actual events round on their head)

Enjoyability – 4/5

Overall – 1/5  …… just kidding,  4/5

Wow, The Immortals is possibly the absolute BEST FILM EVER. No, I am not bought by the director…..honest….

Well, if I truthfully meant that then I probably deserve to be slapped by a sardine wielding Zeus. I don’t even know where to begin with this one, I’ve seen a number of bad films in my time but my God, this one takes the cake. Let’s begin with the story line. The film takes place in the onset of a war between the god fearing Greeks and the rebellious titan worshippers. Here, King Hyperion (played by Mickey Rourke in possible his worst acting job ever) tries to find a magical enchanted bow which will allow him to release the titans, defeat the gods and take OVER THE WORLD!!!  MUHAHAHA…..sorry, couldn’t resist.

Theseus (played by Henry Cavill) is chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to fight Hyperion and his army of facially scarred and grotesque rather gladiator sized men. As the plot suggests, the movie is expected to be action packed, full of sword-wielding action. In this respect it does not disappoint. The film is also quite gory, full of blood splatter and brains being smashed in (always fun to watch). This, however, is not enough to save this film from the acting prowess of a one-year-old-baby.

The leading Lady, Phaedra (played by Freida Pinto) is a prophet with the ability to see into the future (wow, how original, as if every other film set in this era doesn’t have a sight-seer…).

Aside from the acting, the plot does have some questionable moments which will leave you thinking; ‘why did this happen in the first place!’ The main Villain is the ‘if you fail me, i’ll kill you’ type, which leaves me thinking; ‘WHY THE HELL DOES HE HAVE SO MANY SOLDIERS FOLLOWING HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!’

Character development is also a joke. Aside from Theseus and Phaedra, you couldn’t care less if any of the other characters die (and a lot of them do). The only way I can justify someone watching this film is if they are bored at home and have already seen all the other ancient Greek-era films out there.

Trailer –

Acting – 1/5

Plot – 2/5 (Greek Mythology has been overdone)

Enjoyability – 2/5

Overall – 1.5/5