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Rinzy Reviews ‘Aquaman’ (2018)

Release Date: December 21

Budget/ Box-Office: $200M/ $488.2M

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, et al.

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It’s no secret the DC cinematic universe (popularly known as the DCEU) has been off to a rocky start since it kick-started with 2013’s Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It wasn’t until 2017’s Patty Jensen’s Wonder Woman that it found its first critical win to go with the box office wins it’d grown accustomed to, and found its footing. The road to Aquaman was filled with uncertainties with many dubbing it a crucial point in determining whether the DCEU had a future like Marvel’s to look forward to, or a done affair. I’m happy to tell you this movie might just be the best in the DCEU, critically and commercially.

The movie, Aquaman, is a rollercoaster ride, one filled with unending entertainment. The main character, Arthur aka Aquaman is a delight to watch, and at a point I felt he was Khal Drogo on steroids, which, to me, is a good thing.

Director James Wan, best known for the Conjuring movies, does a terrific job especially with the underwater scenes, they’re so beautiful that even the little time spent outside of it caused me to sulk. In these preferred scenes, there are more fantastic creatures than in the entirety of the movie Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald. I know it might sound harsh to those who haven’t seen both movies, but in die time you’ll understand why I had to say so.

Patrick Wilson’s Orm is cool. His acting is solid, and I think he did justice to the character except in two scenes where he needed to scream like a gladiator (Spartacus style)… He just didn’t have it in him. It’s a trespass easily overlooked though, might not mean a thing to most people, so I guess I’m just overreacting. The main issue I have is with his character Orm and how he lacks any real motivation for his wanting to attack the surface world. I believe a better screenplay would’ve helped make the movie better generally.

Side notes:

1 There’s a giant crab-like creature that looks like one of the Kaijus from Pacific Rim.

2 Arthur’s surname, Curry, isn’t mentioned, not once. Neither are his initials, A.C. Correct me if I’m wrong.

3 Black Manta was decent.

4 With that ending, a sequel is definitely coming.

Directed by: James Wan

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow Season 3 Finale Review

After 18 episodes, the third season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow comes to an end, and it does so in a very RIDICULOUS manner. Funnily ridiculous, if there’s a phrase like that ๐Ÿ˜‚.

I’ve always known the show to be goofy, but I never knew it could go to the lengths it went in this season finale. Most surprising of all is that in its silliness the episode actually works and we get the vibe and flow with the tide the show’s become known for. 


The season started with The Legends trying to fix time anachronisms they themselves unleashed at the end of the previous season. And in their many  adventures realized the fight, this time, was truly against an ancient demon named Mallus and his human minions, The Darhks. Even though I had my reservations about Damien Darhk’s continuous reoccurence on the show I quickly moved passed those differences as he and his daughter Nora effortlessly won me over with their shenanigans. Imagine me waiting months for the epic showdown between The big bad, The Legends and all six Anansi totems they struggled to find, only to see Mallus battle a giant sized TEDDY BEAR ๐Ÿป (Mimo)… Like, WTF!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. The scenes were hilarious though, I fell down laughing and rubbing my aching tummy ๐Ÿ˜, maybe you’d too, who knows? 

I still maintain my stance, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ is one of the best shows on TV ๐Ÿ“บ right now. If you don’t agree, tell me why, or go argue with your umunna, ๐Ÿ˜Ž. I’m waiting… ๐ŸŽค. 

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Rinzy Reviews Crisis on Earth-X

SPOILER!!!
WTF! Victor Garber’s send forth could only be realized by killing off his character Martin Stein…. why?

On this note I begin my review of 2017’s Arrowverse massive crossover.

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Ever since ‘The Flash’ was spun out of Arrow in 2014, the Arrowverse has continue to grow with more characters added to its ever growing list and its crossover becoming more and more ambitious. This year’s wasn’t an exception. It’s the best so far.

A lot of things happened. We had the disaster wedding of the moment, courtesy of Nazi soldier’s from Earth-X interrupting Barry and Iris. We also had them getting married at the end courtesy of John Diggle, with a spoiler, Oliver and Felicity also got married… I didn’t see that coming.

We got to see evil doppelgangers of our heroes and the return of the Reverse Flash. I think the producers have gotten tired of explaining his return, so much, that they just skipped it, on purpose, this time. Barry needs his Eobard, this we know, it’ll be easier if they just stopped killing and rewriting him. 

I enjoyed the crossover. An article from ‘Screen rant’ said it was a better DC team up than the cinema-released Justice League. Ouch!

The stakes keep getting bigger, more expensive, I really wonder what they’ll do next year.

All shows in the Arrowverse return for their mid season finales next week.

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Rinzy Reviews Justice League (2017) – SPOILER FREE!

I finally saw Justice League. Lord knows I loved everything about the movie, which makes me wonder why Rotten Tomato critically panned it. The movie has a unique blend of background darkness and humour, which I loved.

Ezra Millar stands out for me as a bright spot as The Flash… my love for him since ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ just doubled.

The movie was dark enough for me not to notice Henry Cavil’s Superman’s digitally removed moustache that was complained about.

Gal Gadot (as Diana Prince/ Wonder Woman) was a darling as always; she remains the heart of the DCEU. (Themyscira also featured in this movie).

Cyborg was good. Batfleck was also good.

I loved Aquaman’s humour…

There were lots of Easter eggs, including one about a race of green ring-wearing heroes and another one I’ll let remain a secret (I shouted at the cinema once I saw it).

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There was a brief fight scene that blew my mind… you’ll recognize it once you see it.

Make sure you stick around for the mid credit and post credit scenes, they’re mind blowing.

I really enjoyed watching this movie. If you haven’t, you should go check it out soon.

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The Best Movie Trailers From SDCC 2017ย 

The San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2017 had come and gone. With 4 days of explosive gigs surrounding the release of movies and TV shows, this annual event sees the massive release of trailers for anticipated and surprise shows and movies – the latter of which I’ll share with you.

I’ve watched almost every trailer released, and here’s a list for my top picks. 

This is Rinzy’s best trailers from SDCC 2017 #SDCC2017.

1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The first installment (The Secret Service) was a surprise hit for 2014, causing this sequel to be hotly anticipated. Thankfully, the trailer didn’t disappoint – I enjoyed every hit of it. What could go wrong with Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, and other  wonderful new additions to the franchise?

RR rates it 4.5/5

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2. Thor: Ragnarok

The son of Odin returns for the last adventure in his trilogy. After the mixed review for Dark World, Marvel was in a tight corner to make this work seen as Thor’s very integral to the story the MCU hopes to tell. Luckily for them, the trailer didn’t disappoint. A lighthearted movie which features The Incredible Hulk – what could go wrong? Even without Mjonir (Thor’s hammer), we’re in for a treat.

RR rates it 4/5

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3. Bright

The most surprising to make this list – Netflix continues to break through borders with their innovative spirit. Bright is a cop movie which feels like a blend between Men in Black and Star Trek, features Will Smith as its lead. Netflix has my attention, what they do with it depends on how well they execute this movie.

RR rates it 4/5

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4. Justice League

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to see the Justice League in live media. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait till I was frail to gave my wish granted. JL will certainly be the talk of town upon its release in November. Wonder Woman’s success does well to rub off on all the other DCEU properties – Let’s see how it goes.

RR rates it 4/5

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That’s my list. Which movie do you strongly anticipate? Tell me in the comment box below.

TV Recap: The Flash – S03 E23 (Finale)

Someone died and it wasn’t Iris.

Remember when HR was introduced as a version of Harrison Wells from Earth 19? He came with a new toy that allows him wear the face of anyone. That toy came into play this episode; HR took the face of Iris somewhere along the line and sacrificed himself do that Iris might live. This heroic sacrifice of him caused the future to be restored and Iris to write the article when The Flash got missing in Infinite Crisis.

I keep wondering why no one is talking about Barry missing in the year 2024.

Savitar (Evil Barry) got to unveil his ultimate plan immediately after the shenanigan of Iris’ survival. He intends to split his existence throughout time, the past, present and future, that way the paradox of Iris’ survival won’t be able to wipe him out of existence. It was a nice plan but it lacked substance because Savitar required Cisco to make it happen. Instead of Cisco doing so, he causes the Speedforce bazooka to instead release Jay Garrick from his speedforce prison. In all the scuffle that ensure, Killerfrost (or should I say, a new version of Caitlin) saves Cisco from Savitar. It’s all fun and chill, three Speedsters, two Vibes and a host of others take on Savitar. I found it ironic that Iris was the one who struck the final blow – shooting Evil-Barry at the back before he could hurt good Barry. You should find time to ask, why Barry couldn’t phase into Savitar’s suit all season. Since that was a possible thing, why wait till now to execute in the name of anger.

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It isn’t The Flash if they don’t leave us with a cliffhanger into the next season. Because Jay was released from his prison the speedforce was short an occupant and decided to descend on the whole city in the form of special coloured lightening. Barry ever the hero sacrificed himself to save the city and invariably the world.
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Verdict

This season of The Flash has been fairly predictable, and I’m glad the producers hope to revamp the show by leaving the formula of unmasking an evil speedster. It did work before (especially the first season), but now, it’s extremely annoying. 

After building all season towards revealing Savitar as a force to be reckoned with, he finally was shown to be a weaker version of Barry – sort of a let down.

In all, this season of The Flash could have been a whole lot better. Hopefully, next season turns out fantastic. The Flash could take a cue from Arrow and get their act together.

RR rates the season a 6/10

TV Review: Arrow (S05 E23) – finale

He came alone, but left with many. His name is, Prometheus.

Rarely do we get a show that lost its way gain back its bearing. But that’s what Arrow did with itself this season, all thanks to a worthy villain, the kind we love to hate. I must confess, a part of me hope Prometheus would be given his own spinoff; the character was just too good. He had a good run and a more befitting send off, one that ensures he won’t be sticking around come next season, but here’s to hoping Arrow doesn’t lose its way again.

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This episode saw the permanent loss of two players in the Arrowverse – Malcolm Merlyn, who’s been with us from the start and Captain Boomerang, who’s almost never been around. The man behind the Dark Archer (John Barrowman) intends to go unto other projects, that I get; his sendoff was great as there’s no greater love than a father willing to die for his daughter even when she resents him.

Slade Wilson and Oliver Queen
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If there’s one thing Prometheus/ Adrian Chase had always made clear all season, it’s that he’s always one step ahead of Oliver. He made it clearer in the finale ashe gave Oliver not much of a choice – kill me and save your son to lose your friends, or save your friends by leaving me to kill your son. See, not much of an option. Oliver does find a loop hole to recover his son (William) from the clutches of mad man Chase, and this forces the hand of arguably the greatest villain in the Arrow verse. Adrian Chase committed suicide. I almost didn’t see that coming. Yes, Adrian behaved suicidal for the greater part of the season, but I believed it was to send Oliver a message and not simply because he didn’t have any other thing to live for. But as it turned out Oliver resolve to not kill waned stronger, Adrian blow his own head. Through whatever form of science his death caused the spontaneous detonation of C4s placed all round the island. It wasn’t clear if Oliver’s friends got on the boat as Oliver directed, but I get we’ll have to wait till next season to see who died and who didn’t.

Those on the island were: Thea, William’s mother Samantha, Felicity, Rene, Curtis, John, Dinah, Laurel 2, Evelyn, Captain Lance, Slade Wilson, Nyssa, Talia, and a host of others without a name. All our fan favorites are there, so unless the producers have in mind to reboot the show like Once Upon a Time intends to do, I almost certainly believe that Team Arrow will be intact.

It was a wonderful ride. Arrow s5 was one of the shows I looked forward to weekly. Thank you Greg Berlanti for upping your game. A big thank you to the writers, producers and directors for a wonderful job.

I give this season a 10/10