Dark (Netflix) Review – Season 1 + Season 2

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Dark will soon be releasing its third and final season in a few months, and hence, I thought this is the right time to talk about this amazing show. Dark is a rare show because of many reasons, the first being that it is the first German TV series coming out as a Netflix original. That's an amazing reach for a show that otherwise no one would have even heard of halfway across the globe. Hats off to Netflix for being able to scout for such brilliant shows and having the eye to know their global appeal. Dark is set in a fictional small-town called Winden in Germany and going by the season 1 trailer, it may come across as a murder/kidnapping mystery, falling very much into the Crime genre. But that may not be a correct assessment.   ... 

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 (Netflix) Review

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There aren't too many media franchises in the world that have stood the test of time. Certainly not like Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, which is not only one of the most culturally-influential media franchises but also touted as the greatest Sci-Fi television series to date.  Star Trek originally premiered in 1966 only to be pulled off-air after just 3 seasons. It came back with a bang when ownership changed hands and Paramount pictures started reruns across over 200 domestic and international markets to recover some of the losses. Star Trek garnered a cult following and became a pop-culture icon.  ... 

Lost In Space Season 1 Review

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There is nothing scarier than being stranded in space and Gravity taught us that all too well. But, being up there among the stars is also fascinating. This great combination of fear and fascination has been explored by countless TV shows and films, none more iconic than Star Trek. I started watching it as a little kid because my dad was a huge fan. Since then, I have been hooked to shows and films that explore life up there, light years away, finding new worlds. Lost in Space is one such show that tells the story of a group of people who have been selected to set up a human colony on a star system called Alpha Centauri. It is a remake of 1965 series of the same name which itself was inspired by an 1812 book named The Swiss Family Robinson. ... 

Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review – Fun ride but way too simplistic for Han Solo

Han Solo has been my favourite Star Wars character since I got hooked onto the universe created by George Lucas. When I read that there will be a solo Star Wars film made on him, I was delighted. More so because his character had been brutally killed off in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There was a lot that I wanted to know about Han’s character like his childhood, where he grew up, how he met Chewie, how did he come in possession of The Millennium Falcon. The film does answer some of these questions and it uses a fun, action packed delivery mechanism.

We see Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) dreaming of becoming a pilot of his own ship and leaving his old life with his girl Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke aka Khaleesi aka Mother of Dragons aka Breaker of Chains….you know how it goes). He starts off on his quest to earn enough and buy himself a ship and on his quest he comes across some interesting characters including our beloved Chewbacca. The scene where Solo looks at Chewie as he takes the navigators chair for the first time in the Millennium Falcon is full of nostalgia. Oh how many great adventures have we seen in that cockpit and the ship itself. The Millennium Falcon is so iconic an object that it is very much a character and I am so tempted to address ‘it’ as ‘him’.

The action sequences are well shot and have an immersive feel to them. Fortunately or unfortunately, technology is moving so fast that these days a film really needs to make a lot of effort and spend a lot of money to put forth something that has never been seen before. Hence, in Solo, you will not find anything extraordinary in terms of visuals, though IMAX does take the visual experience up by a couple of notches. The background score is too safe for my liking and especially for a film like this, which essentially is full of con artists, thieves and whatnot. Even the characteristic Star Wars theme is used very less. Costume and production design are top notch as without these incredibly important facets, a film like Solo could never exist.

As for the cast, Emilia Clarke is a delight. She has spectacular screen presence and lights up every frame she is in, wether she is dressed as a outcast or dressed to kill. She breathes life into Qi’ra and maintains just the right balance that keeps you intrigued throughout. The other highlight for me was 

Woody Harrelson who plays Beckett and creates this earnest vibe about himself. He is so good that one might just be unconvinced about the climax (you will have to see the film to understand this one, NO SPOILERS). Donald Glover as Lando is charming, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos sparks menace but does not get too much to do. I would have loved to see more of Rio Durant voiced by Jon Favreau but he gets killed off way too soon. Star Wars as a franchise has had a habit of creating great Robot characters, they are the pioneers actually. From C3PO and R2D2 to BB8 (Star Wars Force Awakens, Last Jedi) and K-2SO (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) more recently. Solo is no different and this films introduces the most intriguing Robot character called L3-37. She is so refreshing as the rebellious robot who has a mind of her own and wants equal rights for machines. Unfortunately, the character that needed to stand out the most in this extremely talented cast does not. Alden Ehrenreich plays Solo and does a reasonable job but it is the writing that lets him down. There isn’t any firepower written into the character, and we are talking about the legendary Han Solo. This film could have been spectacular had this been done well.  ...