Franchise Weekend – Mythica: The Iron Crown (2016)

Director: John Lyde

Writer: Jason Faller (Screenplay) Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin (Creator)

Starring: Melanie Stone, Adam Johnson, Jake Stormoen, Nicola Posener, Christopher Robin Miller, Paris Warner, James Gaisford, Ash Santos, Matthew Mercer

 

Plot: When a team of unlikely heroes hijacks a steam-powered battle wagon, a daring young wizard (Marek) steals the final piece of the all-powerful Darkspore and embarks on a desperate quest to deliver the cursed artifact to the gods for safe keeping; but when they are caught in a death race between a ruthless team of elite mercenaries and a trinity of demons, Marek must learn to believe in herself before her friends are killed and the Darkspore is lost, to stop the evil necromancer (Szorlok) from uniting the Darkspore and flooding the living world with his legions of undead.


Tagline – The War is coming.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Best One Yet

 

Story: Mythica: The Iron Crown starts with Marek (Stone), Thane (Johnson) and Dagen (Stormoen) on their latest quest to capture the last remain Darkspore before Szorlok (Mercer) collects them all, giving him the power to bring the undead back to life, the quest is filled with peril with more enemies coming after them, while Marek is trying to take the spore to the place of the gods.

 

Thoughts on Mythica: The Iron Crown

 

Characters – Marek has now learnt to control her powers, she leads her team to make up for the previous mistakes of losing the Darkspores, she is filled with guilt after losing a member of her team on the last quest, now she wants to be the one to end the hunt for the Darkspores once and for all. Thane is still the brute of the group, being the strongest in combat, while Dagen continues to show he has connection around this world, even ones that want him dead, he continues to go through the evolution from lowlife thief to valued hero. Szorlok is the evil necromancer that is trying to collect all the Darkspores, now he has three, he won’t stop till he gets the final one, giving him the power against the undead.

PerformancesIn the performances, this is the first film that you can clearly see the cast understanding their roles, they look like they are having fun with what is going on in world created. Melanie Stone continues to show she is the strong leader of the group, while Adam Johnson and Jake Stormoen both keep up the strong work in the supporting roles. Matthew Mercer continues to give us a menacing performance in the villainous role.

StoryThe story here continues the battle for control of the Darkspores, with Marek looking to get the last one out of the possession of Szorlok, which will see her leading the team against more enemies before deciding what path she wants to make herself. For this story, we get the most together story yet, it is a simple adventure from location A to location B with different people trying to stop them, the story is told in such a way that it feels like it isn’t taking everything too seriously at last, which give us the relaxing mood through the film, which was needed after the last one started getting slightly stale.

Action/Fantasy The action in the film is a lot bigger than we have been seeing, we large set pieces created, even if they do all feel like they have a slower pace than required. The fantasy world continues to grow which is great to see, leaving us ready for the next stage of the franchise too.

SettingsThe film continues to use the travelling settings, which uses the different weather conditions to help show the difficult of each setting for both heroes and villains.

Special EffectsThe effects are still the weakest part of the film, we have large set pieces which did turn to the effects which are weak in parts of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Carriage fights.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The pace of some of the fights.

Final ThoughtsThis is the best in the franchise so far, it feels bigger, it feels funnier and enjoyable for the first time in the franchise.

 

Overall: The best in the franchise.

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James Bond Month – Spectre (2015)

Director: Sam Mendes

Writer: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth (Screenplay) Ian Fleming (Characters)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista

 

Plot: A cryptic message from 007’s past sends him pitted against a mysterious terrorist organization called Spectre, and learns of its involvement in previous events of his most dangerous missions.


Tagline – The dead are alive

Runtime: 2 Hours 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tries Too Hard to be an Espionage Movie

 

Story: Spectre starts as James Bond (Craig) heads to Mexico in search for his own reasons where he learns about a mysterious terrorist known as the Pale King, he doesn’t leave without causing damage, which forces M (Fiennes) to ground him from active duty.

James goes against orders, going in search of the terrorist group which after his actions in having one of its first meetings in years, to appoint a replacement to the table, where the leader (Waltz) and M have now made James their number one target, forcing James to turn to an old enemy for help.

 

Thoughts on Spectre

 

Characters – James Bond has reached the peak of his experience, he will still break the rules when it comes to tracking down a lead, only now he will need to learn to overcome modern technology placed on him to elude his superiors. James will need to take on Spectre the very group which has been involved in trying to cause chaos in all his mission. Blofeld is the leader of Spectre, the man that has been pulling all the strings, a man that has faked his own death to rise to the position of power, where his ultimate control will see him seek the power to watch the world. Madeleine is the daughter of an old enemy, she has become a target for Spectre, which means she must come out of hiding to work with James, not willing to be one of the women in James’s love life though. M is trying to keep James in line, while also dealing with the ideas that somebody C is trying to push through a new surveillance that would see the 00 branch closed. Hinx is the main hitman that is tracking down James, his is the silent type, that is bigger, more powerful and even smart, a pure brute of a hitman.

PerformancesDaniel Craig continues to not put a foot wrong in this role, handling the action and giving the cold responses to anything asked of him. Christoph Waltz just doesn’t reach the levels we know he can, it is partly because the character isn’t given the deserved time though. Lea Seydoux does well in her role, but often takes second fiddle to the scenes with Daniel in surrounding the action moments. Ralph Fiennes does step into this role well, while Dave Bautista does make for one of the more memorable hitmen in the Craig era of Bond.

StoryThe story here follows James Bond on his latest mission, which sees him coming face to face with one of the most famous villains in the franchise history Blofeld who has had hand in each of the missions he has been involved in. The base of this James Bond mission is everything we have seen before, seeing him travelling the world to fight the villain of the piece, the problem with the storytelling comes from focusing too heavily on the side part of the film which sees M needing to prove the worth of the 00 branch which is connected to the bigger picture, but takes away the reason we enjoy these films about an all out action spy star. The fact the story does continue to operate in a universe where each film is connected is also a big plus because the consequences of the actions in the previous films are being felt throughout this one.

Action/AdventureThe action in this outing does once again give us a brilliant opening sequence, which slowly turns into enhanced versions of what we have seen before through the franchise, though we do get more of a feel of an adventure here, with the locations James visits.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to give us the unique moments in the film, be it the opening in Mexico, the Austrian mountain range or the Italian meeting place, they all give the film a unique look at how everything unfolds.


Scene of the Movie –
Mexico City.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Monica Bellucci is criminally underused.

Final ThoughtsThis is an entertaining Bond movie, when it comes to the spy side of everything nothing feels out of place, but as soon as we start looking at side stories, things start to fizzle out.

 

Overall: Entertaining Bond Outing.

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