The MCU Recap: Ryan Recaps

Hello and welcome to a special post, where I recap everything you need to know before Avengers: Infinity War. This post will contain spoilers for the 18 Marvel movies before Infinity War, so you have been warned! You are now also warned for some of my predictions for what will happen in Infinity War. This is just my predictions, I haven’t seen the film, so anything that is I say and predict is a possible spoiler but I’m also probably wrong. These are just theories, so don’t come after me if something that I think may happen comes true.

I guess what’s important to know is where all the Infinity Stones are. An Infinity Stone  There are 6 Infinity Stones littered all over the universe and each stone can grant its user ultimate power over a certain element, like time or power or space. The Stones came about from 6 singularities that existed before the creation of the universe, but then the Big Bang transformed the 6 singularities into 6 Infinity Stones. In trailers and movies, we’ve seen Thanos (big, evil, purple dude, also known as the Mad Titan) wield the Infinity Gauntlet, a gold glove that can hold all the Infinity Stones, as they are too powerful to be held in your hand.  The blue Space Stone in the form of the Tesseract was used in Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and other movies. It has been used by Hydra to make laser-like weapons and grants the owner power over space. The last we saw of the Space Stone was in Thor: Ragnarok, where Loki stole it from Asgard. We’ve seen in trailers Loki holding up the Space Stone and Thanos put it in the Infinity Gauntlet and we’ve also seen a large ship looming over Thor and Loki’s at the end of Ragnarok, and it’s likely that this is Thanos’s ship and I think he’s come to collect the Space Stone from Loki. We then have the purple Power Stone, seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. Peter Quill found the stone in the form of an orb on a deserted planet, and it was revealed that it is the Power Stone, which allows it’s user ultimate power and energy, where they can destroy entire planets at their own will. We last saw it being locked away and protected by the Nova Corps at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. I think Thanos will have to beat up a few Nova Corps with laser guns to get to the Power Stone, something that should be easy for the Mad Titan. The yellow Mind Stone was originally in Loki’s scepter in The Avengers and allows its user to control other people’s minds. It was extracted in Age of Ultron and put in another hero, Vision’s forehead. We’ve seen one of the Black Order try to extract it out of Vision’s head and also seen Shuri and Banner try to fix Vision, so there’s no telling if Thanos gets his hands on the Mind Stone. We’ve also seen the red Aether, the Reality Stone, which grants the user power to manipulate matter. This was seen in Thor: The Dark World and I kind of forgot about it until now. It’s in the hands of the Collector, who showed the Guardians what the Power Stone could do. Doctor Stephen Strange (not his made-up name) is in possession of the green Time Stone, in the form of the Eye of Agamotto. The Time Stone allows its user to the power to rewind or fast-forward time. Strange wears it around his neck, so it makes him a target for Thanos. We finally have the orange Soul Stone, and not much about it is known. It’s somewhere in the MCU but that’s it. According to comics, it can control souls, both living and dead. Popular theories suggest that the Soul Stone is in Wakanda, but it’s possible that we don’t see it at all.

Another key question to answer is where everyone is at the start of Infinity War, or at least when we last saw them. I think it’s best to work geographically for this. T’Challa, Shuri and everyone else from Black Panther are still in Wakanda, where they are joined by Captain America, Black Widow, Bucky (or the White Wolf) and Falcon. In New York, we have Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Wong. On Thor’s ship, we have Thor, Loki, Valkyrie, Hulk and Heimdall. The Guardians are flying around somewhere in the Milano, but I don’t think Nebula is with them. I could be wrong. I know the trailers have shown Hulk/Banner in New York and Wakanda, but he starts off in space with Thor, before crashing down to Earth. One important thing to note is that the events from Civil do carry on into this film. Iron Man and Cap are not speaking and the Avengers are still broken up, which makes Thanos’ job easier. And in case you were wondering, I have no clue where Hawkeye is.

A spoiler and non-spoiler review will be published next week, so stay ready. I don’t think the non-spoiler review will be too long, and I’ll really be avoiding spoilers. Avengers: Infinity War looking promising and early reviews say it’s awesome. It opens this week everywhere, so go see it, especially to avoid spoilers. It’s expected to have a $500 million opening weekend, which is a staggering number. So go watch the film, laugh, cry, enjoy it and go watch it again. It’s been 10 years in the making and looking phenomenal. But don’t go around parading spoilers. #ThanosDemandsYourSilence

 

 

Black Mirror: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #14

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! As a heads up, this review will contain some adult themes.

As mentioned last week, I’ll be reviewing my favourite Black Mirror episode. Except I couldn’t choose between ‘Hang the DJ’ and ‘Shut Up and Dance’ so I’ll be reviewing both! Black Mirror premiered in 2011 but didn’t really take its fame until bought by Netflix in 2015. It has Charlie Brooker attached to it as he created the show and is a modernised version of The Twilight Zone.

Shut Up and Dance is the third episode in the third series of Black Mirror and looks at teenager Kenny who has anti-malware installed on his laptop. However, this anti-malware allows an unseen hacker to access Kenny’s laptop camera and all of his contacts. The hacker records Kenny masturbating and threatens to send the video of him masturbating to all his contacts unless Kenny does as the hacker instructs. The next day, the hacker sends Kenny a location where Kenny must deliver a cake to a hotel room. In this hotel room, we find Hector, who is going to cheat on his wife with a prostitute. The hacker is sending his own threats to Hector, as he fears he may lose custody of his children. Hector and Kenny are then instructed to drive to a bank and rob it, with a gun which was in the cake. Though Kenny wets himself during the robbery he gets the money and drives off with Hector. They destroy the car and Hector flees. Kenny is forced to fight another blackmail victim to the death, and tries to shoot himself but finds the gun is empty. Kenny emerges victorious from the fight and makes his way home, but all the other blackmail victims have found that their secret has been released. Kenny arrives home to his angry mum and sister, as it is revealed that the hacker released the video of his masturbation and that he was masturbating to child porn.

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Hector and Kenny have just found a gun in the cake

Alex Lawther plays Kenny and does so brilliantly. He captured the essence of a teen well but his emotional complexity in this character was fantastic. From the breakdown in the car to the aftermath of the fight, Lawther was perfect for Kenny’s role. Hector was played by Jerome Flynn who I also thought was great for this character. The way Hector kept his cool yet was also evidently panicking for himself too, and Flynn did this perfectly.

I think this plot is one of Black Mirror’s best. We all use phones and laptops and other technology in day-to-day life which monitors all our activity, even from webcams and microphones. It’s a bold and smart idea to tackle an idea where a hacker can blackmail people because of footage or information they have on them. It’s also kind of funny that I’m reviewing this episode now, as we have seen pictures of Mark Zuckerberg covering up his webcam and microphone when FaceBook has been stealing data from its users. Shut Up and Dance educated watchers of the show that you never know who’s watching you and what they can do with the footage of you that they have.

Shut Up and Dance is tied as my favourite Black Mirror episode with Hang the DJ, so I award it with 9.1/10. It was a brave and dark episode that really was thrilling to watch and I loved it. Not a perfect episode, sure, but certainly one of Brooker’s best.

We then come on to Hang the DJ. I love this episode. It was awesome. So smart, so cool, so amazing to watch. It’s kind of opposite to Shut Up and Dance as one is a dark drama about someone being caught masturbating to child porn and the other is a sweet and awesome love story. We have Amy and Frank, one of many couples who have been set up with each by Coach, a merge of Tinder and Siri, but Coach tells both people how long the relationship will last when both people in the relationship request to see how long they have together. A little confusing there, but it’s smart. Everyone who part of the Coach system lives in the Hub, which is essentially a really nice prison, where you can’t escape and you date people all the time. Amy and Frank have 12 hours together, but it’s evident that they have an intimate and sweet relationship with each other. Frank is set up with a dislikable Nicola for a year, meanwhile, Amy is set up with a few other men. During this period, Amy and Frank meet up again at a wedding, and it’s more obvious that they should be together. At the end of Frank’s long and somewhat painful relationship with Nicola, Coach sets Amy back up with Frank. They both agree to not check how long they have left, but Frank gets tempted and taps without her, and the length of the relationship begins to fall. Frank and Amy argue and split up. Amy is told that Coach has found her a match and chooses to say farewell to Frank at dinner before throwing her Coach pod into a pool. Later at a dinner, Amy convinces Frank that the pair is part of a test, as neither can remember life before the Hub. She persuades him to escape with her as that is the only way to pass the test, and the pair escapes from this lovers prison. We then see multiple simulations of Frank and Amy appearing, showing that 998 times out of 1000, the Frank and Amy couple would escape and rebel. We then cut to a pub where Amy is looking at a dating app on her phone, where she has a 99.8% with a guy named Frank. The two smile at each other and ‘Hang the DJ’ continues to blare as the episode finishes.

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Frank was played by Joe Cole and he was great. I found his character a little dull at times but Cole executed the role neatly, particularly in the scene where Frank reacts to how long the relationship will last with Amy’s permission. I must hand it to Georgina Campbell and her role of Amy. She was fantastic in this role and portrayed Amy’s fun and rebellious character well.

Similarly to Shut Up and Dance, this plot was amazing. It’s a smart idea to tackle the dating world and Hang the DJ reminded me of Season 3’s San Junipero. I like how you can see how long the relationship lasts, as it highlighted to me how you may know someone well but not realise how long left you have with them. Also, the use of Hang the DJ at the end was great. It made me smile and it was a happy song to highlight the goodness of this episode. I just loved everything about Hang the DJ, from the witty relationships and the interesting plot. It took something from the real world, changed it around a little, and was highly entertaining.

Hang the DJ is joint first with Shut Up and Dance and overall is one of my favourite episodes. I think it has something a little more than Shut Up and Dance though, and I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is. I guess because it was more of an uplifting episode and had a happier tone to it, I enjoyed it a little more. For that, Hang the DJ gets a 9.3/10 from me. Pure gold in my opinion, and one I definitely will rewatch for time to come.

Thanks for reading this special TV episode review. Black Mirror is arguably one of the most popular TV shows today, mainly because it’s so smart and gets the viewer thinking about real life, whether it’s bringing back a dead partner or excessive control over your child. It’s certainly one of my favourite series, and I can’t wait for season 5.

I’m seeing Infinity War tomorrow and the hype is unreal. It looks to be the most amazing and extravagant Marvel movie yet. I’ll be posting up a Marvel recap at some point, which is everything you need to know before Infinity War, like where all the Infinity Stones are and where all our characters are.

Once again, thanks for reading this weeks review. I’ll be posting up a non-spoiler and spoiler review of Infinity War soon, so see you then for that!

 

Ready Player One: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #13

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! Just as a heads up, this review may contain a few spoilers, but shouldn’t ruin the entire movie for you.

I frequently go to the movies with friends, but when my friend Khushal suggested that we go see Ready Player One, it didn’t sound like much to me. After watching the trailers and seeing that it was from Steven Spielberg, I found myself drawn to the film. I saw the film last week with Khushal, Nick and Josh and we loved it! Here is my review of it.

From the winner of Empire’s Legend of our Lifetime award, Steven Spielberg and author Ernest Cline comes Ready Player One. In 2045, the reality is a bore and people dislike their lives. To escape reality, people go to the OASIS, a virtual reality universe where you are free to do whatever you want. You also gain coins for completing various activities, but once killed in the game you will lose everything and have to start again. When the creator of the game (James Halliday) dies, he leaves 3 challenges (known as Anorak’s Quest) for all players, and winning each challenge will give you a different key. Once you obtain the Copper, Jade and Crystal keys, you will win Anorak’s Quest and inherit $500 billion and complete control of the OASIS. It’s a race against time and all other players to win Anorak’s Quest. Wade Watts, or Parzival as he’s known in the Oasis, is one of the competitors, wishing to escape life in the slum-like stacks. The film focuses around him and his friends trying to win Anorak’s Quest while IOI (Innovative Online Industries), a company who manufactures most of the equipment used in the OASIS, competes to win the ownership of the game.

Spielberg’s direction was great, and Ready Player One will go down as one of his greats. It was classic Spielberg that made me entertained throughout the film. Our protagonist of Wade Watts was played by Tye Sheridan. Sheridan was amazing as Parzival as he captured the fun of the gaming and brought it to life in a wonderful way. Olivia Cooke took on the role of Art3mis, or Samantha, a pro-gamer and leader of the rebellion against IOI. Cooke was good and played Art3mis awesomely. The antagonist of Sorrento, the CEO of IOI, was played by Ben Mendelsohn and I thought he was perfect for the villain in Ready Player One. We’ve seen him as the villain in Rogue One, and Mendelsohn was great then, and great here. He is accompanied by Hannah John-Kamen’s F’Nale. F’Nale was a decent character, but I personally would have liked to have seen more of her. She was introduced as part of the bad guys, but only served to go against what Sorrento wanted. Art3mis and Parzival are not alone in their attack against IOI. They join forces with Aech or Helen in real life. Lena Waithe was great as Aech as she was so fun and interesting for her role. Mark Rylance played James Halliday or Anorak, and he was pretty cool. For Halliday, he had the perfect mumbling tone, and he also had the perfect godlike voice for Anorak. Simon Pegg played Ogden Morrow and another character who if I mention is a spoiler, but Pegg was great as Ogden and his voiceover for the other mystery character was something that I loved! T.J. Miller voiced I-R0K, a bounty hunter hired by IOI to kill Parzival to stop him from getting the keys. I thought he was perfect for the role and was hilarious. My three favourite characters were Wade Watts (Parzival), as Sheridan was perfect for the role of a hero (aside from Cyclops in X-Men) and portrayed the character in a fun way, Samantha (Art3mis), mainly because Cooke executed the role perfectly and suited the role, and finally I-R0K as his seriousness character mixed with the nerdy yet jokey tone was fantastic.

The music is easily one of the best parts of Ready Player One! From the Van Halen to New Order, I loved the music in this film. My only criticism is that there should have been more of it. It was like all the good music was used in the first half of the film, then we had two great songs at the end, but that was it. It would have been nice to have the awesome 80’s music flowing throughout the film.

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Aech, Parzival and Art3mis inside Aech’s workshop, with an Iron Giant leg in the background.

The story was great. Though some things were changed from the book (which I’m currently reading), the film portrayed the story well. I liked the opening, as it introduced the plot and story well and kept me hooked. I did find it slow moving in places, but something else bothered me a little more. I found it just so plot convenient that everyone that Parzival needed and met on the OASIS that just happened to be in Columbus, Ohio, in a close proximity to one another. How amazing would it have been if Daito and Sho were in Tokyo, Parzival in Ohio and everyone else spread out across the world? I would have loved that! Imagine it, like Aech in France or something helping Parzival execute his plan while he’s trying to help Art3mis out with something while she’s in London or New York. That would be incredible!

Now on to my favourite parts and this will contain spoilers, so be prepared! Firstly, the Easter Eggs in this film were so cool and actually made the film a little more enjoyable, though I found myself a little too distracted at times trying to spot them. From obvious ones, like the Iron Giant, King Kong, Chucky and Halo soldiers to subtle ones that I spotted like Hello Kitty in the background, Marvin the Martian entering the OASIS and Freddy Krueger getting killed by Aech in a game. My favourite Easter Eggs were the Back to the Future Easter Eggs. We had the Zemeckis cube, Parzival driving the DeLorean and even a Mayor Goldie Wilson poster in the background! One YouTube channel found over 300 Easter Eggs! I loved the opening as it emphasised how everyone was sucked into the OASIS and all its possibilities with little exposition. The race to the first key was awesome, I had such a thrilling time watching it both forwards and backwards. The scene of Art3mis and Parzival meeting the Distracted Globe was entertaining too. First off, because of the music. New Order and BeeGees? Yes please! Secondly it was really good fun to watch. The end battle with all OASIS players storming the IOI headquarters in the game was fun to watch too, as there were so many Easter Eggs here, it was a great action scene and Twisted Sisters ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ was so perfect for this scene which made even more enjoyable. I also loved the scene where Wade regenerates because of the quarter. It was a neat nod to how a quarter could bring you back to life in arcade games and it was an excellent revelation from an earlier scene. The animation throughout the film was gorgeous, and the music was awesome too.

Ready Player One gets an 8.2/10 from me. It may have been slow and could have used more music, but I found that the more I thought about this film the more I wanted to see it again! I reckon that Ready Player One will go down as one of Spielberg’s greats. I urge you to watch this as it is Spielberg at his finest and is an amazing and entertaining experience in cinemas. Don’t wait for it to come out on Netflix or whatever, Ready Player One deserves to be seen on the big screen.

Thanks for reading week 13 of Ryan’s Movie Reviews. It’s a very exciting time to be a movie and TV Fanatic. We have Westworld season 2 and Archer season 9 starting next week as well as Infinity War coming out! So. Much. Hype. Follow my WordPress with your email to be notified of when I post a new review and my Instagram (@Ryans.Movie.Reviews) for the latest TV and movie news.

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Shaun of the Dead: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #12

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews!

If you saw the trailer for Netflix’s Cargo that was released last week, you may have thought of a zombie apocalypse. It looks awesome (both Cargo and a zombie apocalypse), and it also got me thinking about some zombie films I’ve seen. I then opened an Instagram poll between Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, two zombie movies that are great fun to watch. Shaun of the Dead won with 79% of the vote, which makes it this weeks review.

Edgar Wright directs the story of Shaun, a 30-something-year-old man who lives the same repetitive day. Wake up, go to work, come home, go to the pub, sleep, repeat. He lives with his best friend Ed and Pete, who wants Ed out of their house. Shaun is also experiencing some relationship issues with his girlfriend, Liz. Shaun wakes up after a night out to start his usual day, only to realise that there has been a zombie invasion. He formulates a plan with Ed to help them escape the living dead and save their loved ones.

First, off the bat, Edgar Wright is a genius. He takes a basic and simple idea then turns it into one of the best zombie movies around. The direction and camera work were amazing. From the uses of pans, like Ed going to check if the zombies are still there, to a camera staying in place, like when Shaun climbs up the slide to see if the coast is clear. The best camera work goes to the quick cuts, it’s one of Wright’s signature cinema moves. Wright also directed ‘Spaced’, a sitcom on Channel 4 from the late 1990’s, where he worked heavily with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The chemistry between the director and the two leads was fantastic, and it’s nice to see this chemistry continuing throughout the Cornetto trilogy. My two favourite characters were both played by Pegg and Frost. Simon Pegg played Shaun, the hero who attempts to save his friends and family from doom. Nick Frost played Ed, Shaun’s best friend from primary school, who is a bit of a loser. Both characters are equally funny in their own ways, and that mainly goes down to the dialogue, my favourite being ‘kill the Queen’ from the pub fight. There’s even some foreshadowing from Ed, but I’ll get to that later as that’s one of my favourite parts of the film. Kate Ashfield plays Liz, Shaun’s ex, but when the zombies attack, Shaun (with a little help from Ed) devise a plan to help rescue her, her friends and Shaun’s mum from the attack. Ashfield clearly enjoyed playing this role, but I felt she could have been a bit more lively or enthusiastic as a character. David also seemed a bit dull, and I personally didn’t really like his character.

I see Shaun of the Dead as the origins of Edgar Wright’s latest hit, Baby Driver. This is illustrated by the infamous pub fight at the Winchester. Synchronised perfectly to Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, the gang take down John, the pub’s owner. There are other great musical moments in this film. One of my favourites is the opening of the film, with the use of ‘The Blue Wrath’ by ‘I Monster’. This song was perfect for the opening, as it suited the zombie-like behaviour of humans actions wonderfully. I think the use of Queen’s ‘You’re My Best Friend’ gave the films ending a bittersweet tone that reminded us that nothing is stronger than the power of friendship. Not even a zombie attack!

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‘You’ve got red on you!’

The story and plot were amazing. Wright took a simple idea and added comedy to it, which was blended perfectly into this film. One of the best things was the foreshadowing by Ed. I saw this online a couple months back, and it blew my mind. Early in the film, Ed says that ‘We’ll have a Bloody Mary first thing, a bite at the King’s Head, a couple at the Little Princess, stagger back here and BANG! Back at the bar for shots!’ Personally, I think this is so smart because the next day the boys find a zombie called Mary in the garden, then to Phillip and Mary’s house, where a zombie takes a bite at Phillips’ head. The boys go to Liz’s flat, then stagger back to the Winchester on foot pretending to be zombies. Finally, shots are fired in the Winchester from a shotgun that hangs above the bar. Pure genius, or as Ed would say, it was a slice of fried gold!

Now for my favourite moments, and there’s a few of them. I love the opening as it sets out the style of the film immediately. A day on repeat with everyone acting like a zombie, with the funky electro of ‘The Blue Wrath’ playing to emphasise that this is not your usual horror zombie flick. The scene where Shaun goes to the shop oblivious to zombies was amusing, as we’d just seen Shaun do this trip a day earlier. It highlights the repetitive day and how we rarely see or experience change in our day to day lives. One of the best bits from this oblivious to zombies was the channel surfing. It doesn’t follow the cliché of the protagonist being explicitly told that there is a zombie apocalypse, but sneaks it in in a fun and entertaining way.  It was amazing! Then we come onto Shaun and Ed’s first encounter with the zombies with the records and the locked shed. I love the chemistry between both Pegg and Frost in real life and Shaun and Ed in the film, and this is perfectly shown in the record discussion scene, which had me in fits. I also liked the plan, as the music for it was awesome and it was executed in a funny and entertaining way. The rest of the film is littered with great comedic moments, but one of the best has to be the bar fight synchronised to the music was so much fun to watch. I did find the film a little slow moving in places, and I would have liked less of a focus on Shaun and Liz’s relationship. I would take that back if we actually have more of an establishment of their relationship. It seemed kind of tacked on to the film, but the movie was still enjoyable nonetheless.

Shaun of the Dead gets an 8/10 from me. Though I didn’t like some of the acting choices and some of the plot, the film certainly makes up for it in comedy, especially from Shaun, Ed as well as the camera work and dialogue.

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Men in Black: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #11

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! Sorry for the late post up of this weeks review. I was in Dartmoor on a practice Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition, but I am back with a review of a sci-fi classic!

If you follow movie news as heavily as I do, you may have heard of the new Men in Black spinoff/reboot that would reunite Thor and Valkyrie. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have both signed up to bust aliens in the latest reboot.  With that, I decided to review the original from 1997.

From director Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, Men in Black tells the story of a secret government agency that protects Earth from intergalactic threats. Smith and Jones team up to take down an intergalactic terrorist who poses a threat to Earth.

Men in Black is certainly one of my favourite space-related movies, purely because of how enjoyable it was to watch. It brought something new and interesting to the cinematic table and made to be an amazing movie. I found the that my favourite characters were both protagonists. Tommy Lee Jones played Agent K, a long time serving Men in Black agent who is tasked with recruiting and training a new agent for the organisation. Jones played the character with a serious and kind of rough and tough attitude, that was perfect for Kay’s character. Will Smith played the new recruit, Agent J. Smith was perfect for this role, as he played Jay with a cocky yet cool-boy attitude. Smith also brought a comedic element to the film that made it more enjoyable. Together Jay and Kay will team up to take down Edgar, a human who basically transforms into a giant cockroach who can shoot cockroaches out of his hands. Vincent D’Onofrio took on the character of Edgar and I think he’s quite under-rated for this role. He was fantastic and played the character awesomely. It would have better if Linda Fiorentino had more role, as she just seemed like a damsel in distress who the Men in Black had encountered previously.

I can really say only 2 things about the music in Men in Black. First off, the main theme is perfectly suited to the film. It has a sci-fi and dramatic element that is absolutely spot-on for this film. Secondly, Will Smith’s ‘Men in Black’ rap is awesome. For someone who’s an 80’s/90’s music fan, I found myself humming this song weeks after watching the film.

I did find Men in Black slow in places and just a little boring too. It’s a very easy idea of a space buddy cop comedy/drama with the classic cliché of 2 partners, the oldie and new recruit, who are opposites and don’t get on too well to start off with but make a great team. I personally feel it’s been done so many times and a twist or a new take on the whole buddy cop idea is needed in Hollywood. That being said, the intergalactic element in Men in Black was good fun and Men in Black is certainly on the better side of buddy cop comedy/drama films.

One of my favourite scenes from Men in Black is the test scene. When Jay is taking the test with other, more recruitable candidates and awkwardly drags the table to himself, I found myself in fits of laughter. I also liked the scenes in the morgue as they were pretty funny to me. Admittedly, most of the comedy came from Will Smith and I applaud him for that. He has always been funny in everything I’ve seen him in; the man is a comedic genius!

Overall, Men in Black gets a 7.1/10 from me. It was a great and entertaining film but followed the clichés of buddy cop movies and was a little boring in places for me.

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