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This is my final film review of 2020. A year that a majority of us want to forget. We are on the verge of 2021 and we hope that there are great things to come. We decided to end the year with the recently released Soul starring Jamie Foxx. Did the movie leave us on a high note?
The movie focuses on middle-school band teacher Joe, who’s played by Jamie Foxx. Joe isn’t fulfilled with being a teacher as he dreams of being a successful jazz musician. After receiving a huge break to play in a jazz set, Joe is so excited that he’s not watching where he walks and he walks over a manhole that is uncovered. Joe is taken to what the movie calls “The Great Beyond.” The Great Beyond is essentially the film’s version of the afterlife. It looks like outer space with a conveyor belt in the middle that is taking souls to a huge, white hole that we guess is Heaven. Joe finds a way to escape the Great Beyond, then lands himself in the Great Before. The Great Before is where souls that are like humans are mentored before being sent to earth to take the form of a baby at birth. Joe enlists the help of Soul 22 (Tina Fey) to make it back to his body, so he can play in the big jazz show. On this journey, Joe and Soul 22 figure out for themselves what it means to live and their purposes on earth.
The story is fresh, though it could be confusing for some. We mentioned in the above paragraph about the concepts of the Great Beyond and the Great Before. The film introduces other concepts, such as how important the soul is and how it’s created. It also speaks on how a soul becomes lost. A soul, in this movie, is lost when someone becomes obsessed with a particular idea or passion that they have. The concepts are intriguing and definitely thought-provoking.
Director Pete Docter does a tremendous job of making this a visually-stunning film. All of the different environments that are created for this film were crafted perfectly. Whether it’s the beauty of autumn leaves falling in the movie or the fun-colored Great Before, Docter makes this movie a pleasing aesthetic to the eyes. He does a great job of making the film emotional without it being dark. The film makes us aware that we’re going to die eventually, but to make the most out of life while we’re here.
My final evaluation is that Soul is a pleasing observation on life and the creation of it. A heartwarming film released in a dark year.
Overall rating: 4/5.
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Developer BioWare is busy hammering away at new projects. Last night at The Game Awards, BioWare dropped two teasers for fans. The first teaser showed a glimpse of Dragon Age 4 where players will be a hero taking on the evil rising in Thedas. The second teaser was a brief glimpse of the next Mass Effect. The teaser leaves many questions for fans to ponder until more information comes. We can’t wait to hear more!
Bruce Campbell is coming back as Ash! Saber Interactive, the developers of World War Z, are helming this future title based on the Evil Dead franchise. The game will feature co-op and PVP gameplay. In the third-person game, players can play as Ash and friends against the Deadites. Players are also able to play as the Kandarian Demon and lead the Deadites against the heroes. There are multiple maps, such as the cabin in the woods. There are dozens of weapons, such as Ash’s chainsaw. Be on the lookout for this game in 2021.
Epic Games announced three new skins coming to Fortnite. Master Chief from the Halo franchise will make his debut in the game. AMC’s The Walking Dead characters Michonne and Daryl Dixon will be available on December 16th. The new season of Fortnite shows that anyone is capable of appearing. Who will be next?
After we watched several episodes of The Mandalorian, we wanted to look at the other works of director/writer/actor Jon Favreau. Jon Favreau is known by mainstream audiences for his work on the first two Iron Man films and for being an architect in the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We decided to dive into Favreau’s lesser-known films that he has created. We stumbled upon Chef, an indie film that Favreau made in 2014. Favreau stars alongside fellow Marvel cohorts Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson in this picture about a chef, who moves to Miami to start a food-truck business.
Chef features a stellar ensemble of actors in this film. Favreau plays Carl Casper, who’s a chef that works in a prestigious Los Angeles restaurant. Casper quits from the restaurant after the owner, played by Dustin Hoffman, pushes him too far. Hoffman brings a ferocious side that highlights the tension between owner and Casper. Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Downey Jr., and Bobby Cannavale bring energy, humor, and compassion to the food flick. When Casper arrives in Miami, he opens the food truck in a manner of self-discovery to figure out what makes him happy as a chef. The move to Miami rekindles his passion for cooking, love, and life.
One of the many highlights of the film is the concentration on social media. Casper becomes somewhat obsessed with reviews from his critics. The film acknowledges the toxicity and the trouble that comes with being active on social media platforms, such as Twitter. Casper lets a particular critic, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt), get to his head. Casper retaliates online, which isn’t the best idea. In our society today, celebrities have to watch every word that they choose or every picture that they post. It’s easy in today’s society for celebrities to be offended by fans or critics. It’s also the same for the fans and the critics if the celebrity lashes out in return.
Another highlight is the beauty of food. Food is an amazing thing that brings us together. It’s delicious and it’s for our survival. Favreau portrays the beauty of food craftmanship, taste, and how it makes us happy. Seriously, if Favreau didn’t have Mando, he could make it hosting and doing his own food show. This film will cause hunger.
Overall rating: 4/5. A heartwarming film that will make viewers hungry for their favorite food.
Season 5 begins today! The mysterious Zero Point is above the new map. The Zero Point seems to be a portal that powers the island and is a way to/fro the island. The new map has several things to discover. One of those things is Razor Crest–the Mandalorian’s ship! Yes, the Mandalorian is one of the skins that you will unlock in the new battle pass! This season has a mixture of themes, such as time, space, mystery, gladiators, and hunters. Dive on in and begin your adventures.
We bet that you didn’t know that, did you? Aquaman has been to college. In 1947, writer Joe Samachson and artist Louis Cazenueve had the nautical superhero attend university to expand his knowledge of deep-sea animals/creatures. That is an admirable reason for Aquaman to go to school as he hasn’t seen every sea creature that there is. With extra analysis, people who study fish are called “ichthyologists.” It is a branch of the field of zoology.
In the story, Aquaman tells his finny friends that he’s going up to land to study fish after interacting with one that had poisonous spines. The fish with spines made Aquaman sick for a few days, so Aquaman wants to investigate fish that he hasn’t interacted with yet. Aquaman attends Weston College that has the top ICHTHYOLOGIST in the country. You will have that big word memorized by the end of the day. Professor Hatcher, the top ichthyologist, is in charge of the financials of the university. Aquaman overhears Hatcher talking to Mr. Reed, who donates his own money to keep the university open. Mr. Reed tells Hatcher that if the university doesn’t field a winning sports team, he will stop funding the university. Aquaman tells Reed that they will win an upcoming swim meet. Reed says he’ll give the university a million dollars if they win. Aquaman starts dominating the meet, while Mr. Reed is on the ocean with his boat sinking. A finny friend finds its way to Aquaman to relay to him that Mr. Reed may die. Aquaman swims his way to the ocean where he saves Reed with his finny friends and earns the million-dollar donation that Weston needs to keep operating.
The story is brief, but captures the lightheartedness of past Aquaman tales. Samachson crafts an intelligent script with the limited page length that he has. The transition of Aquaman’s academic career to saving Mr. Reed/Weston in the script is well-paced. Aquaman going to college could’ve been inspirational for readers back in the 1940s. Cazanueve is brilliant with his art and the colors make it pop. Some objects are colored oddly in the story, such as Mr. Reed’s ship being purple. The colors of when Aquaman is underneath the ocean has this beautiful, space vibe.
Overall rating: 3.5/5. It’s not a memorable story. It is a pleasing, short story that will make you smile.