Disenchantment Season 1 Review (2018)

[This review will contain spoilers]

This show is the very definition of ‘okay’.

It was created by Matt Groening, who also created the Simpsons and Futurama. Two shows that had some of the best animated comedy you’ll see. They’ve both got their weak points. Simpsons became a victim of its own success by lasting far beyond the point of being good anymore, and Futurama was at it’s best in its earlier seasons.

Disenchantment on the other hand is a different fairy tale (I know, bad joke).

It’s unique, despite its art style being reminiscent of the previous shows mentioned. It most certainly not the type of show that you should take seriously, which in some ways is a step back from the Simpsons, which was surprisingly mature. One episode that springs to mind is when Homer is guilt ridden over the idea of cheating on his wife, so he doesn’t.

Don’t expect anything like that in this show, it’s silly, and sometimes a little forced, like the last few seasons of Futurama.

Elfo is an annoying as hell character, that I’m more than happy was killed off (please don’t bring him back). Luci, a demon, is the ‘other’ sidekick, that has funny and witty one liners that’s a much better character when he’s left in that role.

Princess Bean in the main character, and she’s a bit dumb, but a capable fighter and loyal friend. Her morality seems to change with the wind, which can be surprisingly funny. It’s unfortunate however, that many of the jokes in this show falls flat. A lot of it feels forced.

Yet this show had a great ending.

Why? Because it took a risk.

Bean saved her mother, instead of Elfo. Normally when a choice comes up like that, the main character makes the hard but ‘right’ choice and saves their friend, the character that the audience grew to love.

This show chooses otherwise, and I love that. I even loved that the mother is villain manipulating her daughter to the ‘dark side’. It’s very fresh, and new, and different in all the right ways. It’s just a shame it took the whole show to get there.

I look forward to the next season, just please keep up the momentum, don’t stall and become just ‘okay’ again.

Gunsmith Cats Review:

[This review contains spoilers]

This OVA left me wanting more, and that’s praise that isn’t just tossed around. I loved it. It isn’t my favourite anime, but I could easily see it being someone else’s. The action was great, the humour always got a chuckle out of me and I was transfixed to the screen.

This story follows the unlikely duo Rally and May. Rally is reasonable and knows her way around a gun, whereas saying May was a bomb enthusiast would be a drastic understatement. They work well together and have strong chemistry. You can really tell they’re old friends.

Bill Collins is a nuisance of sorts, but the kind that’ll get you both in and out of a jam. He plays great off Rally with his wit and easy humour. He’s the ultimate leading guy.

The action is where this mini-series really shines. They’re isn’t one ounce of fat in this series. It’s just paced really well, with moments to breathe. It does stuff that I love about anime. You see the main characters talk about take-out, arguing about it, the way friends do. Anime can have small moments like that, without it being a waste of time. It’s about adding to the characters. Getting to know them, so that you care about them.

This is something that I think is missing from a lot of Hollywood films, at least coming out now. They don’t ponder on the quiet moments and let the plot breathe. Deadpool did, and I think that’s a fantastic film.

Radinov, a former KGB agent is a great villain. She really is a terminator, something she’s even called during the dub.

I really enjoyed the English version of this OVA. I thought the script was funny, the characters played off each other well. I thought it was well done, definitely recommended.

This is an anime for people that like slick, stylish action with attitude. Hell it even has a Psycho reference, which is cool in my book. Check it out if you like fun!

Tokyo Godfathers Review:

 

[This review contains spoilers]

This is the most interesting Christmas film I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. It’s about three homeless individuals: a drunk, a gay cross-dresser and a runaway girl. Each have very unique reasons for having ended up in such a horrible situation, literally living in a cardboard box.

It’s a film about family. How these three are one, and how they meet those from lives they’d lost.

The film starts with them finding an infant in the trash. It sounds horrible, and the movie suitably focuses on the horror of such an event. This leads them on a strange adventure as they search for the child’s mother; from them saving a Mafia boss stuck under his vehicle to a car chase at the end. There is a strong element of action in a film that seems to mainly focus on human connection. It’s an odd contrast, but this film is at least spiritually, a screwball comedy.

The strange turn of events shouldn’t make sense, but they do. There is a constant message of ‘Christmas miracles’, which is an interesting take from the Japanese perspective.

This is a bit of a thinking man’s film, but with all it’s comedy and action, it’s really for everyone. It tackles hard topics with a grin, with comedy always waiting in the wings to remind you of the levity in life. This is a happy story. But it does show that people can ruin their lives. That even a baby can be thrown away. That the world can be sick. But in that, you’re rarely alone.

That you have family to combat the winter.

Satoshi Kon made a great film, he’s known to do that. I hope that you look into him and his other works, because it’s criminal that he isn’t better known. It sucks that he passed before his time. This is a great film, it’s animation is wonderful. I loved the art. The script is both well written and funny. The translation, from what little I can tell, did a great job.

Check out this film, and merry Christmas.

The Lego Batman Movie:

[This review contains spoilers]

I really hope that this movie gets a sequel. I mean it’s like Deadpool, but for all ages. It’s witty, fast paced and without one dull moment. I like this version of Batman, I mean he’s a beatboxing machine, full of himself and has character development in surprising ways. It tackles issues that most Batman media just doesn’t touch.

How did Bruce’s parents dying affect him? Why is he alone? Is he intentionally just pushing people away? Is saving Gotham really as important to him as just being loved by its people?

Some of these questions the film only indirectly touches, but already it has more depth than some of it’s live action counterparts. I loved every moment of it.

The film begins and ends with a bang. It has incredibly catchy songs. It’s a must watch for any Batman fan, especially long-time ones. It has so many references you’ll miss half of them.

It’s a great comedy, and an even better action film.

I watched Wonder Woman and was incredibly underwhelmed. I didn’t have any of those issues with this movie. When it slowed down, I cared about the characters. I liked this version of Barbara Gordon. I mean she went to ‘Harvard For Police’ and is just as much of a badass as Bruce; which I loved.

Also Robin is adorable. He can kick butt. Actually this film has a great version of Alfred, I mean they actually acknowledge that he’s Bruce’s dad, and can also beat the enemy to a pulp.

Also Joker and Batman are in true ‘hate’ for each other. It’s silly, with a weird amount of subtext that’s just a hoot.

Also Barbara/Bruce. It’s a thing that the world needs to deal with, even if all it amounts to in the film is a one sided attraction from Batman. It was funny and I want it to be a thing! Get Hetro together!

The music is fun. The animation is wonderful, the art design just as much. The colours pop off the screen. I have no complaints with the animation at all. Also the action was awesome. I’m sure I already said that. It needs to be said again.

Watch the movie. It’s great. I love it.

Batman vs. Two-Face Review:

[This review contains spoilers]

This film included a tribute to Adam West, who unfortunately died this year. It’s sad to say then, that thought this film is fun, it isn’t as good as Bataman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. It feels like a ‘filler episode’, like the type of content that you enjoy, not because this is the best you’re seen of a TV series, but because you like the characters.

If you didn’t like Bataman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, then there is nothing for you here. If you want a tribute to the sixties Batman TV show, watch that other film first.

Now, that’s not to say this movie isn’t fun, it is. It’s wacky and silly, but it’s not nearly as clever as the first film. There isn’t half the amount of word play in this one, and the film suffers as a result.

The plot is also a mess and doesn’t make much sense. That worked in the first film, because it was self aware, unfortunately that element didn’t transfer to this film. It also had a resolution that didn’t make any sense. Two-Face just ‘battles himself’ through talking. Even as a ‘good guy’ Harvey Dent seems like a rotten lawyer. Just sending people to prison instead of rehabilitation.

Though the evil extractor was a fun idea, and watching an evil ‘two-faced’ robin was rather amusing.

I think the ending was the best, when Catwoman bid on Batman for a date. That was funny. That felt like the previous film before the magic was gone.

The animation was consistent, more so than the first film. Though it was never good, or outstanding, remaining fairly average throughout the film. The art was nice, but unremarkable and the voice acting was great. Though the end credit did have some bad animation that just looped, that was odd.

I did like this film, yet I can’t recommend it. Again, if you liked the first film, give this one a shot. Even then though, it’s hard to say if you’ll enjoy it or not.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader Review

[This review contains spoilers]

This film is based on the 1960s Batman TV show, you know the one, it’s incredibly entertaining and very easy to make fun of. Adam West, who recently passed on, returned as Batman. He does a great job of playing it straight, despite the goofiness of the story.

Batman becomes a villain, fires Alfred, and all that was just a distraction for the real ‘plot’. This film is a wacky Loony Tunes cartoon. If you want something serious, don’t watch this film,

The villains can be at times benign, committing a prank spree on Gotham, to robbery. Always leaving a path of destruction behind them. The police are so incompetent, they can’t even handle shoplifting. They’re a joke, which is the point.

And of course Batman has a spaceship.

You didn’t have to know that, but it’s something that I think I should emphasis. This is a cartoon, not just an animated film. It’s incredibly silly.

Catwoman flip flops loyalty at the drop of a hat, though her flirtations with Batman are rather humorous. It’s like they don’t even try to ‘beat’ each other.

Batman is a boyscout. There is no brooding here, only puns, lots of them…and alliteration. Wordplay is what really makes this film work, the script writers did a great job.

The animation is fine, though not always fluid. It could’ve been better, Batman Beyond is far more smooth, and I think that should’ve been achieved in this film. The art is nice, similar to the pages of a comic book, which I think is a compliment. Though again, it doesn’t look as good as Batman Beyond.

The CGI is fine, mainly used for vehicles. I’ve seen worse examples of it, but it could’ve been implemented better, I’m thinking of Gundam Unicorn or Pycho-Pass.

It isn’t the prettiest film, but the script and voice acting makes up for everything else. It’s that good and fun. I’d recommend this to any fan of superhero comics or films that want a different take on the genre. If you like the 1960s TV show, this is a no-brainer for you.

BAM! WACK! THRACK!

Give it ago, it might surprise you!