Month: September 2015

Agents of Shield season 3 premiere 'Laws of Nature' review

Agents of Shield season 3 kicked off last night in a big way, following on a few months after the events of the season 2 premiere, people have now been affected and changed by the Terrigen chemical that leaked into the ocean, called the ‘Bio-morphic event’ on the show. Meaning certain people   with alien DNA already in side them that have the potential to change, then undergo a transformation and get changed and turn into super powered beings or Inhumans, while Coulsons task force is up and running with Daisy in the lead with her powers now in better control as they track down new Inhumans.

And to talk of new things, we have a shiny new bus for SHIELD and a new dynamic for the season with more Inhumans and more focus on super powers, Coulsons team is looking for them to save and recruit them while the government is also tracking down individuals but for quite different reasons – to study them and we see they’ve already captured a few people, while one person got away (Lash?).

Things aren’t so much SHIELD vs Hydra anymore as the Inhumans have come and taken centre stage and there’s a glimmer of the drama to come in the rest of the season as now transformed people cope with their new abilities and how their lives gets changed. As usual SHIELDS team is a highlight of the show and great to watch with Hunter and Mack especially bringing some good humour, Bobby seems to have taken over Simmons role in the scientific research department now and it’s something different for her, it’s a bit of a stretch to not see her in the field but she seems to know what she’s doing. Meanwhile Fitz is globetrotting in search of clues to help get Simmons back and seeing him determined and on a mission brings an interesting dynamic to him, Fitz has had some of the more interesting plot arcs since season 2 and once again, he’s getting good material.

And Lash makes his appearance, which I didn’t think he would in the first episode, confirming he’s hunting down Inhumans to kill them as he fights Lincoln and Daisy, watching this was awesome and makes me think of season 3 as a more fully fledged superhero show now, powers are here in a big way and here to stay and Lincoln is back. He’s been working in a hospital, incognito but gets exposed as an inhuman and has to go on the run, opting not to go work with SHIELD, though Daisy objects to this. As it turns out, the government is behind the other task force that is hunting down Inhumans, the ATCU or ‘Advanced Threat Containment Unit’, not trusting anymore in SHIELD. The premiere ends on an intriguing note, Simmons is alive but somewhere unknown, what looks to be another planet awash with twilight, I wonder how that story will play out.

On the whole the premiere was really solid, Agents of Shield has re-invented itself as a superhero show of sorts and it’s exciting TV with the Inhumans story and some interesting characters like Lincoln, more of the same with what made season 2 great is back – Bobby and Hunters flirtationship, Macks one liners and new stories for Fitz and Simmons. The Inhumans have injected a lot of fun into the show along with super powers and some interesting mysteries are raised with May and Simmons whereabouts, as well as Wards, great season opener for what should be an equally great season.

Talking points

. Where is Simmons exactly? An alternate dimension?

. What is Ward up to now?

. Will we see Hydra in any real capacity soon or are they out of action for the time being?

October film preview

October has rolled on up as awards season build up gets into gear and we reach the tail end of the year, with a few prominent films set to come out in the next 4 weeks, here are some notable releases (US release dates by default).

The Martian – released on the 2nd of October, (30th of September in UK)

Based on a best selling novel of the same name, the story is set in the near future and follows astronaut Marc Watney as he attempts to survive alone on Mars after an accident which forced his teammates to abandon a mission, not knowing they left him behind. Directed by Ridley Scott, starring – Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover.

The Walk – released on the 2nd of October

Biographical drama based on the real life French tight rope walker Phillipe Petit, his motivations and what drove him to walked between the Twin Towers on a tightrope in New York in 1974, yes he actually did that. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring – Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon.

The Final Girls – released on the 9th of October

Self aware horror parody as high schooler Max Cartwright is transported into one of her late mothers (a former scream queens) famous films and re-united with her, having to play out the story with her friends, fighting the films characters and clichés as they try and find away out of the film and home. Directed by Todd Strauss-Scholson, Starring – Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch.

Knock Knock – released on the 9th of October

Happily married man Evan Webber opens his house to two women one night and discovers they may have sinister intentions for him. Directed by Eli Roth, starring Keanu Reeves, Lorena Izzo, Ana de Armas.

Pan – released on the 9th of October

You know the story of Peter Pan but do you know how he became the iconic character? Prequel Pan strives to answer this 12 year old Peter gets taken to Neverland and discovers wonders, dangers and a path which will lead him to become Peter Pan. Directed by Joe Wright, starring Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garett Hedlund, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried.

Steve Jobs  – released on the 9th of October

Biographical drama based on the late Steven Jobs and his life as an inventor and the creator of Apple along with the highs and lows he encountered. Directed by Danny Boyle, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels.

Bridge of Spies – released on the 16th of October

Based on a book of the same name and the real life events during the cold war as an American lawyer is recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of a US U-2 plane pilot who got shot down over the Soviet Union. Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ran, Alan Alda.

Crimson Peak  – released on the 16th of October

Period drama set in the late 19th century in a dilapidated Gothic mansion as a writer falls in love and moves in to live with her husband, who she discovers may have shocking secrets of his own along with his sister who also lives with him. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddlestone, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam.

Room – released on the 16th of October

A mother and her 5 year old son struggle to adapt to the outside world, escaping after being trapped in a single, featureless room for 7 years. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H Macy.

Burnt – released on the 23rd of October

Drama based on a chef trying to redeem himself and his name, returning to work in London to build up a restaurant to excellent quality so it can get 3 Michelin stars, Directed by John Wells, starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Emma Thompson.

The Last Witch Hunter – released on the 23rd of October

Fantasy action film centred on the last witch hunter, an immortal fighter standing as a force of good against evil witches in modern day New York City. Directed by Breck Eisner, starring Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Michael Caine.

Suffragette  – released on the 23rd of October (30th in UK)

Drama based on real life events and the suffrage movement in the early 20th century as women fought for equal rights, battling with the state as they did so and facing the consequences of their beliefs. Directed by Sarah Gavron, starring Carrey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson.

Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse – released on the 30th of October

Horror comedy set during a zombie outbreak as group of friends who are also boy scouts try to survive and save their town. Directed by Christopher Landon, starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, Halston Sage, Tye Sheridan.

Source Code review

Source Code is a sci-fi action thriller directed by Duncan Jones, starring Jake Gylenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, centred on Colter Stevens, a soldier who wakes up in the body of a stranger on a train that has been bombed. Colter is projected into another person but for only 8 minutes at a time and has to use that time to find the train bomber and stop him before the fact.

The film has an awesome premise and is a creative film from Duncan Jones, proving himself as a rising sci-fi director, it’s time travel that’s straightforward and with a central plot of needing to time travel to further the plot, but having Colter only having 8 minutes at a time to try and find the bomber was an interesting change for a time travel film. The time constraint as well as the circumstances that Colter found himself in made the story all the more gripping, you are along for the ride as the characters are and actively looking out for clues and hints here or there to try and find the bomber, which speaks volumes of the level of engagement the story has.

Hitting those emotional points as well is important in the film and it does that well, Colter is the protagonist, trying to save a train full of people and doing it rather selflessly, further getting you behind him and Gylenhaal brings a likeability and charm to the role, also playing Colter with nuance each time he’s back on the train. Initially he’s panicky and paranoid, trying to instantly find the bomber but as time goes on he’s more measured and calculated, while Michelle Monaghan is great as Christina Warren, bringing a level headed, grounded approach to events as well as some more emotional elements.

The plot plays out in an interesting way and it’s quite an emotional ride but a well crafted one, watching it the first time, you may think you know how it will play out but you will probably be surprised with a satisfying, gratifying ending that feels like it’s a great way to end the story and give the audience what they wanted while they were watching the film. While the film also looks great and has fast cuts and effective shots used to focus on certain things in a scene, as Colter himself looks out for clues for the bomber, the cinematography works well to match the action as well as Colters own frame of mind in various scenes as he makes attempts to save the day.

Source Code is a gripping and engaging emotional story, told well and driven by strong performances from Gylenhaal and Monaghan, the plot really gets you behind Glylenhaals’ character and is written in a way that isn’t too confusing but straightforward and entertaining.

8/10

. Great plot, engaging from start to finish

. Gylenhaal is a great leading actor, plot gets you to empathize with him

. Time travel done in a way that isn’t too convoluted, story does well to explain what’s going on

Star Trek (09) review

Star Trek is the reboot of the popular, iconic sci-fi franchise, helmed by JJ Abrams in a shiny new portrayal, there’s a new, all star cast this time around, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth.

And we get a well told entry point to the Star Trek universe with James T Kirk played brilliantly by Chris Pine, embodying the arrogant, headstrong persona of young Kirk, as he tries to make a name for himself and live up to his fathers legacy, signing up to work in Star fleet, a space faring organization. JJ Abrams has a great handle of things in Star Trek and expertly crafts an entertaining and engaging world, with a standout aesthetic to the visuals that represents the shiny new updated version of the Trek universe from the film from the interior of the spaceships, to the teleporter beams to the blaster rifles, it’s a wonderful looking film. And JJ really nails it with great camerawork, giving us awesome panning and wide shots of alien planets, spaceships and space battles, Star Trek feels very epic and big in scope and it’s a joy to watch.

The cast is fantastic and everyone really does well in their role, Pine and Quinto play off each other really well as a younger Kirk and Spock and even if you’re not that familiar with Star Trek (as I am not) you can tell the two have a special relationship and will probably need each other in future. While Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana also bring life to their characters and play them with enthusiasm and vibrancy, same goes for Eric Bana as Nero, the films antagonist who wants to terrorize the galaxy, destroying planets with black holes because… he can. And the heroes of the story do have things a bit rough, things don’t always go their way but they band together and tackle things with their thinking and some improvisation which is fun to watch storywise, the stakes in the film are high and the tension is carried well in certain points, helped by the films great soundtrack.

Bana as Nero is good and quite larger than life with his actions bring about some of the more emotional beats in the film, James Kirks’ father sacrificing himself, the loss of the Romulus planet and Spock holding onto and tragically losing his mother spring to mind, these moments came thick and fast and are treated well in an otherwise fast paced, action packed film. Character development is also a big part of the film with Kirks’ own personal journey as he grows into a capable ship captain, willing to sacrifice himself for his crew, growing to respect and depend on Spock and vice versa, as Spock learns to trust and rely on others and not always go it alone, Leonard Nimoys’ cameo in the film was also a great touch and a nice nod to the original TV series and films.

Star Trek really is an excellently crafted blockbuster with heart from its’ tone to its great pacing, scenes flow into each other seamlessly and the big action set pieces are fantastic, especially the space combat which is emphasized by the use of the camera to pan out and show the vastness of space and the ships in the scene firing away at each other. And while being a big budget, CGI packed film, the storytelling never takes a back seat and plays a crucial part in why this re-boot works, the plot is engaging, the characters are colourful, fun to watch and it’s a thrill ride from start to finish, with some great tension and action.

8.5/10

. Fantastic plot, great pacing, engaging

. Stunning visuals, very well shot film

. Effective use of characters to draw you into the story, good character development

Sunshine review

Sunshine is a sci-fi drama directed by Danny Boyle, set in 2057, on a spaceship on its’ way to the sun in hopes to re-ignite it, as it’s dying and a dead sun would mean a dead human race and dead planet, the plan is to take a crew on a long mission, using nuclear bombs to use fission to re-invigorate the star Saving humanity in the process. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris Evans, Mark Strong.

The ships’ crew is diverse, coming together on their mutual mission to save humanity but and the earth but naturally there are divisions and conflict between people. The film is notable for some good performances as well, brought especially by Cillian Murphy and his own internal struggle whilst being on the mission, a few of the characters actually have their own doubts over aspects of the mission, while others are more optimisic making for interesting difference between the crew.

Danny Boyles’ effective directing shines through again, as he takes on another sci-fi film, doing the science some justice but also crafting an interesting drama, pitting people against seemingly impossible odds, as sound as the science for the mission is, stopping a star from dying is pure science fiction as of right now. The films’ tension is played up very well, coupled with a fantastic soundtrack that matches scenes perfectly, the visuals in certain scenes are stunning, whether highlighting just a fraction of the suns’ full visibility which is mind blowingly bright at nowhere near 100%, to emphasize the sheer power of the nuclear factory we see in the sky everyday. You really get the scope of the mission the scientists are on and marvel at the sun itself, which is almost like a character in the film, throwing curveballs at the mission as the crew has to work around different situations.

The films looks spectacular, from the outside shots of the spaceship to glimpses of the sun, to the solar flares the sun itself puts out, seeing outside space scenes was a great touch and it made for an interesting change in pace to the ships’ interior, which is also designed quite well, as the ship as a whole is. The spacewalks and scenes taking place outside as are very tense as you’d imagine and they make for great viewing, knowing a slip or detachment in space means a character will flying into space or a puncture or fracture in a space helmet means almost certain death, the tension is at a fever pitch in quite a few scenes.

The story is well crafted from the onset and plays out an interesting way, with the crews’ conflict growing deeper and an extra element to the mission, though seemingly coming out of nowhere, the final third of the plot feels disappointingly out of place and almost an after thought, to drive in some tension and extra drama. Still, Sunshine works well as an engaging story and as imaginatively put together sci-fi with some brilliant visuals and a good set of characters, the film falls foul of a poor overall final third though the pot worked its way up to that point rather well.

7/10

. Awesome premise executed well

. Has some stellar (pun totally intended) visuals

. Great set of characters and some good performances

. Last third of the film is a bit messy

Prometheus review

Ridley Scott makes a return to the Alien universe but this time.. it’s not really related to Alien at all, as a group of space faring scientists are selected and tasked with a mission to explore a far off planets’ moon with the hopes of discovering the origins of life, though things don’t exactly go to plan to say the least. Prometheus is a big movie in scale, an ambitious stand alone story that I know is very polarizing but I’ve actually liked it more as time has passed.

First of all that cast, Prometheus has a brilliant cast, from Michael Fassbenders’ oscar worthy performance as the android David, to Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall Green, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce, the performances in the film are great on the whole, while Fassbender really shines as David, delivering a very memorable performance, hardly showing a single emotion as the android in the whole runtime. Rapace is also great and sort of is the new Ripley, staying optimistic and driven despite the things situations she goes through, she’s definitely a star of the film and ends up being more important than you think she will be. The plot has more of a standard setup like Alien did for at the least the first half or so of the plot and it still works well, establishing the characters, their personalities, their mission and the setting but the tone changes progressively.

The change in tone from an exploration type film to out and out horror may feel a bit jarring if you’re watching it for the first time, but the plot itself is pretty gripping and has a few twists I didn’t see coming at all. I like that Prometheus kept me guessing as a viewer and wasn’t really predictable in the 2nd half at least, you could guess what would be become of Fyfield and Milburn for example but other things did come as a surprise and while they do act a bit stupidly, I’d also argue that natural human curiosity is in part to blame for their actions.

Also finally seeing the engineers and their reaction to the crew – again a surprise, the film a few several left turns and for me that made it quite thrilling, the music was also a big part of the film and played an effective role in building and maintaining tension. And the visuals in the film are stunning, the moon that makes up the setting for Prometheus looks and feels Alien from the wild dust storms to the inside of the engineers’ ship, everything jumps out from the screen and looks vivid, easily being one of the best looking sci-fi films I’ve ever seen. I also really like the imagination and ambition of the story, which doesn’t hold back from asking big questions but still crafts an engaging plot around them with some tense scenes and unpredictable plot turns.

Ultimately while being divisive and not what some longtime Alien fans wanted, I think Prometheus stands on its’ own two feet as an engaging story with some good horror elements, some questions are answered and some raised and not everything gets addressed but the film ends on an interesting note leaving room for sequels and expansion. It’s important to maintain a sense of mystery and intrigue in films and if the film was completely open and shut leaving no room for expansion, it would have been worse in my opinion. I like that we don’t know everything and still have more of the Alien universe to explore, where do the engineers come from? How do they make the black goo? Just a few interesting questions left to be addressed that allows for interesting storytelling in future.

7.5/10

. Fantastic visuals, very well shot

. Great cast with some brilliant performances

. Interesting look at the universe of Alien with exploration of some completely new ideas

Sci-fi week!

Alright so 90s film (fortnight) a few weeks ago on my blog was a fun little nostalgic trip to some great 90s films and it went pretty well I think.  As it turns out, I already have ideas for future themed weeks and one coming right at you is a is a sci-fi week to in part celebrate my favourite genre, one of the oldest in film history and an ever popular one at that and also because The Martian is coming out next week and is set to be a pretty big hit.

So stay tuned and I will try to keep it to one week this time if possible (but there are a lot of great sci-fi films) and yeah, a week of reviews of Sci-fi films as well as some lists are on the way.

Z for Zachariah review

Craig Zobel directs this post apocalyptic drama based on a novel of the same name, set in a future with humanity devastated by a mysterious virus, two men and a young woman get caught up in a tense love triangle, the film stars Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Margot Robbie.

Coming in to this type of set up, you may have an unshakeable feeling of having seen this type of story done before and I had that, thinking of intimate dramas, mysterious viruses and humanity being on the ropes, the 2009 film Prisoners sprung to mind with a similar premise and small cast and that might have been an initial red flag in a story that feels a bit derivative.

But that being said, a story feeling somewhat familiar doesn’t doom a film to failure and where Z For Zachariah would shine in theory would be in its performances and the things it does differently to similar films but the plot doesn’t quite do that, it doesn’t do much at all in fact and the story falters as a rather by the numbers small drama. The failings of the film aren’t because of its small scope or cast however, all great actors, Ejiofor as John Loomis and Robbie as Ann Burden are great and work well off each other but they don’t really get that much to work with in a pretty bare bones story, Pine adds an interesting dynamic as newcomer Caleb, but feels far too cliché and a tad one dimensional.

You could argue that not knowing much about Caleb just adds to his mystery and potential danger, but I struggled to find why the John or Ann should be worried about him, aside him looking a bit scruffy and John being a bit jealous of his growing relationship with Ann. The threes interactions are a decent side to things and the performances are strong, but they don’t really spend enough time together for there to be any significant tension and Johns reasoning for mistrusting Caleb make him look a bit petulant and take away from his character, while Ann is left to sort of be in the middle and not do much else. A big problem for the story is that the scope hampers potential character development, we know nothing about the world, what people are like and only see these 3 characters so we have no measuring stick to compare characters behavior and don’t know what strangers behave like, we know humanity is devastated but what do the rest of the survivors act like? It’s anyones guess.

Though the way John and Ann act initially does bring about interesting questions relating to their backgrounds and what they’ve been through. Technically the film is decent with some nice camerawork and nice looking shots of the environment around the characters but it’s a bit superficial, a world as empty and hollow as the films story, with far too little expanded on in relation to the characters and the world they inhabit, the idea was a potentially good one but ultimately it didn’t quite go anywhere interesting.

6/10

. Not enough time devoted to characters

. Not enough of the world is shown to give us reasons to be engaged in characters, empathize or really fear for them

. Has some nice shots

Heroes reborn premiere review

The anticipated Heroes Reborn kicked off yesterday with a double episode premiere and… things are different for sure, taking place directly after Heroes but several years later, a few characters from the original show have returned including Jack Coleman as Noah Bennett aka HRG, Masi Oka as Hiro, Jimmy Jean Louis as The Haitian and Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh.

But aside those returning characters, the rest of the characters are new to the world of Heroes, now focusing on the relationship between normal humans and ‘Evos’ or powered people as Luke (Zachary Levi) and Joan Collins (Judith Shekoni) hunt them down, they’re the main threat to the powered people for the time being but the other Evos are getting to grip with their powers and finding where they fit in society. Aside the Luke and Joan mercenary angle, the pilot did feel a bit reminiscent of the original Heroes, showing different characters in different settings, coming to terms with their powers with a few people this time around already aware of their powers like with the case of Tommy Clarke, an insecure high school kid that can teleport things and people but to places he doesn’t control where to.

Some of the new characters are kinda interesting, Carlos Gutierrez especially for me, a former army soldier who doesn’t seem to have powers, meanwhile other characters with powers so far are a bit.. cliché and that’s a problem with a few characters to be honest, Tommy seems like the cliché insecure high school kid and Quentin Frady called a ‘truther’ by Noah Bennett is a manic seeming conspiracy theorist. Heroes has always embraced the idea of stereotypical characters for entertainment value and its often over the top style but the story added depth to them as thins went on as I suspect Reborn will do this but 2 episodes and things do feel a bit thin on the ground for a few characters.

And speaking of over the top, the Japanese character Miko Otomos power is to.. go into a video game? I don’t know where that story line is going but it seems a bit gimmicky so far, as if the show doesn’t know what to do with the character, Mikos interaction with her sort of friend Ren Shimosawa are fun but they should do more in the real world, we get a glimpse of that near the 2nd of the premiere and it was good.

Heroes Reborn has the luxury of updating the setting with more modern themes and not having to explain Evos origins which should prove some pretty different story telling, the powered people are again trying to find their place but in this time in a world where the public is well aware of them, hating them, worshipping them or hunting them, this dynamic is interesting I have to say but I’m wondering where the overall main story is really headed. The set up is there but I think the show needs to find a good reason to bring a few of the characters together, otherwise their separate stories don’t really make for compelling viewing outside of Jose, Luke and Joan Collins.

On the whole, the premiere has its flaws but it wasn’t terrible, some of the characters definitely need better stories imo as having characters with compelling arcs and dull arcs in the same show could make things a bit unbalanced but I hope things get better from here on out and we already started to see some more interesting characters show up by the 2nd episode so I’m curious to see how things pan out.

Thoughts on Disneys live action film slate

So D23, Disneys own expo event happened a few weeks ago in California and it was a pretty exciting time for any Marvel, Star Wars or Disney fan – or fan of all the above with a slew of some good looking movies announced and shown at the expo, Disney definitely has a lot on their plate and some exciting projects coming up but their live action movies are some of their more controversial projects.

Then again I’m not so sure if they’re controversial as people seem pretty open to them and from what I’ve heard, reaction at the expos was very positive to The Jungle Book and Beauty And The Beast being revealed so we’ll have to wait and see with general reaction to trailers for that and other live action films they have coming up in 2016. On the whole though I welcome the idea, I remember watching Disney animated movies of the past and imagining them as live action – as you do when you’re a kid but this idea actually coming true is something that could really work for a few films.

Plus with the recent widely shown Jungle Book trailer, reaction seemed mostly positive and quite a few people outright loved the look of it.

Of course there are ideas that can work as live action Alice In Wonderland and Jungle Book especially in my opinion and possibly Aladdin, though some films are clearly harder to do e.g. The Little MermaidHercules, some of Disneys stories are just really well constructed and they transcend their established platforms, with characters and plots that can work rather easily as live action as it turns out and Disney is smart for capitalizing on that. Looking back on recent films, the track record for their live action films aren’t great, Alice In Wonderland grossed $1 billion somehow but got a very mixed reception, Maleficent was very lukewarmly received as well and didn’t make much of an impact, while Cinderella was decent though it’s not a film that has really been on peoples radar from 2015.

It’s not that fans everywhere are crying out for these films but they’ll definitely go out and watch them anyway, as will I, as they’re Disney films and everyone loves Disney. Sure it’s a cash grab but as many of these films are treasured in our memory and in nostalgia but Disney is a company that needs to make money at the end of the day, not that they really need to do these films in any sense as Disney is pretty much printing money these days but hey.

The negative reaction is understandable though, why re-create already established stories and just do them again in live action, it’s a lack of originality and lazy etc but they are Disney properties and you have the choice to watch them or not at the end of the day and a lot of people will (and Disney knows that). It’s weird that I have less of a inflammatory reaction to this actually because the idea of live action disney movies initially might sound like a bad move but I’m pretty welcoming to them. And seeing some classic stories re-told in a different way is something I look forward to, seeing familiar characters in high definition and with new film making techniques could prove for some interesting visuals on screen. If Disney can buck the trend of lackluster live action films and knock it out of the park with The Jungle Book then I think they might just say public opinion on the issue and maybe have some more solid entries.