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I’m very excited to be able to tell you guys that I am now officially employed by the Daily Nebraskan, the student run newspaper here at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln!
I will be writing film reviews for them, as well as some other articles in the future. The Daily Nebraskan will become the main source for which I review movies moving forward. Most of the reviews I write for the DN will cover the major films that most of the general moviegoing is interested in seeing. Every article I write for them I will share on Twitter (@kruze_reviews), so follow me for updates if you haven't already!
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Once again, I’d like to take one of these articles to talk about something that isn’t movie related, and that’s what I consider to be my favorite TV show, Game of Thrones. You’ve all heard of Game of Thrones. People are literally always talking about it, and chances are, if you’re reading this article, you watch the show yourself. The reason I wanted to talk about it today is that the finale for season seven aired last night, and there’s a lot to discuss as a result of it. So here are my thoughts regarding the season seven finale of Game of Thrones.
Spoiler Alert for those not caught up through Season Seven, Episode Seven, “The Dragon and the Wolf”
At the end of last season, I had an idea in my head as to how the rest of the show was going to play out. At the time, there were only two seasons left in the show, and two major storylines (Daenerys invading Westeros, and the White Walkers attacking) to finish up. So naturally, I assumed they would tie up one of these this season, and the other next season. In my head, I figured that they would have this season be all about Dany taking Westeros, and it would end with the death of Cersei Lannister. That would leave the entirety of season eight to deal with the White Walkers.
As we saw in last night’s episode, and this season as a whole, that’s not what's happening. The White Walkers aren’t patiently waiting for the wars in the South to finish up until they invade. They have their own agenda, and they’re not going to just sit around until it’s a convenient time for them to attack Westeros. So, over the course of this season, we saw the White Walkers coming closer and closer to the Wall. Last week they scored a major victory when they killed and resurrected Viserion, one of Dany’s three dragons. Last night, we glimpsed the result of that. The Night King riding a dragon is something I never thought I’d actually see on this show, but I’m so glad I did. Also, seeing that dragon destroy part of the Wall to let the army of the dead through was incredible. I was at a loss for words when that happened, and it’s still so crazy to think about how far this show has come.
There was a lot that happened in this season finale, but there were two things that surprised me the most. The first of which was the death of Petyr Baelish, better known as Littlefinger. They handled that scene very well when it came on. I legitimately thought that Arya and Sansa were about to go at it, but then the focus turned towards Littlefinger. Suddenly you realize that they had both been playing him the whole time, instead of the opposite way around for once. As much as it was fun to have Littlefinger in the show, I think they were right in killing him off now. He had run his course, and I don’t think there would’ve been room for him in the final season. Petyr Baelish was one of the most interesting characters to watch in this show, but it was time for him to go.
The other big surprise, to me, was the turn that Jaime and Cersei’s relationship took. When Jaime approached Cersei in an attempt to make her change her mind about how to deal with the White Walkers, and Cersei threatened to kill Jaime, I legitimately believed her. They had the Mountain there ready to do it, and he even began taking his sword out. I was freaking out. They really made it look like Jaime was going to die. Jaime, however, called her bluff and just walked right past the Mountain and out of the room. We then see him leaving King’s Landing. I’m assuming he is going to head North to help with the war against the White Walkers, so I’m really curious to see how that’ll play out for him. Maybe that “Jaime is Azor Ahai” theory has some weight to it after all?
Even though it was basically confirmed during last season’s finale, last night we got the official confirmation that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Not only is he their son, but he’s their legitimate son, as they were secretly married before he was born, which makes Jon the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This was all pretty heavily hinted at and speculated about throughout the season, but now we have official confirmation. The one thing I didn’t see coming was the reveal that Jon’s actual name is Aegon Targaryen. While it doesn’t really change a whole lot, that’s still a really cool thing to throw in there. It is a bit confusing though because Rhaegar already had two children with his first wife Elia Martell, one of which was already named Aegon. Elia, Rhaegar's first son Aegon, and his daughter Rhaenys were all killed during Robert’s Rebellion. If I’m looking at the timelines correctly, Jon was born shortly after the death of Aegon, Rhaegar’s first son. So Rhaegar had another son (Jon), and also named him Aegon right after the first one died? That seems kind of weird to me.
I’ve never really been rooting for Jon and Daenerys to get together. The idea always felt like something out of a Game of Thrones fan-fiction, rather than the actual story. However, that is the direction they are going with the show, and admittedly, they are handling it quite well. I’ve found Jon and Dany’s relationship and how it has progressed to be extremely believable. Now that we know that Jon has a more legitimate claim to the Iron Throne than Dany, I’m really curious to see how that is going to affect their relationship moving forward.
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Leap! is directed by Eric Summer, and Eric Warin, and it features the voice talents of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Mel Brooks, and Kate McKinnon. It tells the story of two orphans from France. When they run away to Paris to chase their dreams, they quickly discover that chasing their dreams might be more difficult than they think. The film primarily follows the girl Felicie, and her journey to become a dancer at the Grand Opera house.
I went into this movie knowing almost nothing about it. I knew that it was an animated film that took place in the 1800s, but that’s it. I hadn’t even seen a trailer. I was pleasantly surprised by the film that I got. Leap! is a feel-good movie that will leave you in a really good mood after seeing it. Is it an amazing movie? No, but it is one that I think most people can really enjoy.
The best word to describe the experience of seeing this film is “pleasant”. From start to finish, the film was a heartwarming tale of two kids chasing their dreams. You really get connected with these characters, and in turn, you are emotionally invested in the movie as a whole. When these characters are living their lives, your heart really connects to them. You are happy when they succeed, and you’re sad when they fail.
Speaking of which, it was nice that not everything in this movie worked out exactly the way we hoped it would. We often see films, specifically animated films, where everything goes according to plan. There may be one or two bumps along the road, but overall, it was pretty smooth sailing. That was not the case in Leap!. This film was brave enough to have its characters fail. These characters really go through some rough patches, and it’s believable when they do. They seem like actual people living their life, which is quite a feat for an animated film such as this.
This film does suffer from something that most kids movies do, and that’s poor dialogue. I’m not saying that all of the dialogue was bad, but on occasion, it became extremely predictable and cliché. That is probably tied along with a few of the characters being the typical animated movie caricatures. There was one point in the film where I literally had to resist the urge to laugh because the dialogue was so poorly written.
The quality of the animation in this film was very good. The whole film was beautiful to look at. From the character models to the landscape of Paris, everything in this film was animated very well. It made the film even more interesting to watch. Visually, everything was a pleasure to look at, so watching the film became a much more pleasant experience than it already was.
At the end of the day, Leap! was actually pretty good. It felt like a Pixar animated short, except it was an hour and a half long instead of fifteen minutes. The film features a lot of really good and positive messages for kids, though it also shows that sometimes things don’t work out how you want them to. The film was animated very well, and from the moment it starts it was interesting to look at. The dialogue can be pretty bad at times, although the pleasant quality of the story being told makes up for that. Leap! was a pleasant little film that I would certainly recommend.
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The Hitman’s Bodyguard is directed by Patrick Hughes, and it stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Elodie Yung. When an international hitman is the only viable witness to a ruthless dictator’s crimes, it’s up to one of the world’s top bodyguards to keep him alive en route to the courtroom.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard was actually a surprisingly entertaining time at the theater that can make for a fun night out with friends. While it’s far from perfect, I believe the good definitely outweighs the bad here. It was funny, it had entertaining action scenes, and it was just an amusing, simple movie that you can have some fun with.
Let’s start with the humor. While The Hitman’s Bodyguard isn’t the funniest movie of the year, it still managed to get plenty of laughs out of the whole theater. The humor in this film may not be the wittiest, the most clever, or the most original, but it worked for what it was. The point of a comedy (granted, this is an action-comedy, but a comedy nonetheless) is to make the audience laugh. The Hitman’s Bodyguard succeeded at that. Most scenes featuring Salma Hayek in prison, in particular, were pretty funny. While occasionally it does rely on toilet-humor, annoyingly so, for the most part, there are quite a few laughs to be had in this film.
The action scenes also stood out as being very well shot. In its action scenes, The Hitman's Bodyguard was able to keep focus very well. It never became overly complicated to the point that you weren’t really sure what was going on. It was always very clear what was happening in the action and chase scenes, even though they could get quite complicated. At times, they reminded me of what you would expect to see from a film like Kingsman: The Secret Service. While they never got quite as violent as Kingsman, the action scenes here were still pretty bloody, so if that’s not your thing, this movie might not be for you.
No film is perfect, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard does have its flaws. Primarily, it doesn’t really handle emotional or romantic scenes very well. When they happen, as they do often in this film, they come off as cheesy and cliché. In addition to that, the musical score, which is mostly very good, also gets very formulaic in those scenes. At one point, an emotional scene is undercut with a joke at the very end, and the film actually used the sound of a record scratch when it did. While record scratches can work well if used right, it felt out of place and, to put it simply, distracting in The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds definitely carry this movie on their shoulders. I actually find it hard to imagine any other actors playing those lead roles. I was concerned that all I would see was Ryan Reynolds playing the same character as Deadpool in this film. That’s his shtick, and I assumed he’d stick to it. Thankfully, his character was a little different from that. It wasn’t drastically different, but it was a little touch of a different flavor from Reynolds, which was a welcome change. I had the same concern about Samuel L. Jackson, but he also fit into his character quite well. Jackson surprisingly brought a lot of emotion and depth to his character, and he really made you empathize with this hit man, despite his attitude and all of the awful things he had done. Together, Reynolds and Jackson worked very well. It was apparent that the two of them were having fun together making this movie, and that translated onto the screen wonderfully.
At the end of the day, The Hitman’s Bodyguard isn’t an amazing film, but it was pretty enjoyable. This is the type of film that you can go see in the theater with a group of friends and have a really good time with. It’s pretty straightforward. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is exactly what you’d expect an action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson to be, though that’s not a bad thing. If you enjoy these two actors then you’ll enjoy The Hitman’s Bodyguard. It's as simple as that. It might not be the type of movie you plan a day around seeing, but if you’re bored, it’s certainly worth your time.
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