King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)*

*Minimal Spoilers

So, I’m fresh from the theater and can hardly wait to deconstruct this film. After tumbling through the latest films (see upcoming reviews on F8 of Furious and xXx), I had no high expectations, especially after viewing the titillating trailer featuring all the fighting highlights in the entire film in a teaser style that video game trailers love to over-utilize.

That being said, I’m not exactly coming from the perspective of one who has watched all that cinema has to offer on the topic of King Arthur, Merlin, the Pendragons, or anything of the sort. While I am generally familiar with the story of Arthur’s ascension to the throne, the only film I’ve watched in this vein was Monty Python’s: The Holy Grail. Consequently, my perception of this film is not impacted by the apparently disgraceful and inaccurate slant on the story.

So, onward to the good and the bad of this film. As usual, I’m focusing on:

  • Plot
  • Action
  • Characters / MC vs Antagonist
  • Cinematic Techniques

Continue reading King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)*


Iron Fist (2017): Cue Face Palm 

[Disclaimer: I haven’t read the comics, so I judge purely on the show as is without prior expectations based on the comics (I suspect reading the comics first would have made this so much more disappointing…)].

15 Days Ago

Currently at episode 3 and so far there is good and bad. Okay, mostly bad.

The subplots and the main plots are not well developed (as in, barely believable). A cliche spin on the typical greed and deception threads. All these characters add in, and during the first two episodes, it’s a pure hodgepodge.

My biggest beef is with the main character: a child trapped in an adult body. With all the power -literally- at his fingertips, he comes off as the typical all-brawn-no-brain character who bumbles around on the fringe of stupidity and angst. And, hint, doing the same thing multiple times will change nothing -except drive viewers to ensuing madness.

I mean, I thought you were raised by monks -who can be some wise folk- but I guess Danny Rand just wasn’t listening past the part of “I have power”. Plus he ran away from the monks for… no damn reason!?

Since I didn’t read the comic, I have no IDEA what the Asian woman he bumps into posting flyers had to do with the story or what purpose she served for the story. (Of course, a quick wiki read explains it, but without the “backstory”, Collean Wing doesn’t make sense to the show’s plot they way the wrote her in).

Can’t judge the acting beyond the fact that most of the characters come off one-dimensional (I-have-one-purpose-that-doesn’t-jive-with-this-scenario), but this may fade in time/ be the fault of the writers.

What really kills me is the choreography for the fight scenes: after Arrow, I can’t stand the slow-motion punches with no power behind them. If you aren’t going to hit -hard / for real- then at least Pretend to throw a strong punch. Otherwise, it looks damn stupid when people fall over from a punch thrown like a gently passing feather.

I’ll keep watching (maybe) and will give final ratings thereafter -after I finish screaming at the MC for being so damn naive…

3 Days Later

I couldn’t do it. It was so bad that I just wanted it off my Netflix watch page so I skipped to the final episode and fast forwarded through the whole thing.

I just can’t.

The writing was BAD. And I’m not sure how much of the bad writing resulted in bad acting…

Whatever they were going for -hell, I don’t know what they were going for (directors/writers) but this story turned out to be about a sheltered/stupid victim who reacted like a naive child to the mechanisms of betrayal, shady business, and disloyalty.

You know, the good things of life…

I think I’ll just hit some websites that will run me through the comic synapses for Iron Fist. I’ve seen some of the covers, and it looks so much cooler than whatever this show was going for.

Feel free to disagree, but this, like Arrow, is just another disappointment.

Rating: 1/10

P.S. Storywise, I couldn’t help but compare to the Batman trilogy- both lost their parents, both lost their companies (at some point), both trained by monks/ninjas, etc.. Really the main faultline difference is character -Danny just had no sense of self-preservation, dignity, or cunning in this show.