Action, Book to Movie, Sci-Fi

I Am Number Four (2011)

Rating Categories:

  • Overall Rating: 9 Stars
  • Plot: 9 Stars
  • Script: 8 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 10 Stars
  • Special Effects: 10 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: I Am Number Four is the first book in the Pittacus Lore franchise. Unfortunately, it is the only one made into a movie. These quotes can really get you into the vibe of the movie and make you intrigued if you’re a sci-fi fan. “In the beginning there were nine of us. We left when we were young, almost to young to remember. Almost.” and “In the beginning we were a group of nine. Three are gone, dead. There are six left. They are hunting us, and they won’t stop until they’ve killed us all. I am Number Four. I know that I am next.” Doesn’t want you wanna know who “THEY” are and why they are all numbered? It’s about an ongoing battle between a dieing race with superpowers who were hiding and are fighting to stay alive so the Mogadorians don’t kill them (in order) and wipe out their race for good. You don’t actually find out why they must be killed in order until  you read a few of the books.

SCRIPT: For a book developed into a movie they did a great job of keeping a lot of the original quotes or at least variations from the book. This is important in films like this because fans like it when their movies are mostly based on original content instead of loosely based like all DC and Marvel Comicbook movies.

ACTING: Alex Pettyfer does a wonderful job playing the approx. 17 year old Number Four secretly under the name John Smith. He really shows off how he can portray a high school teenager going through superpower puberty. Some actors who failed at this were Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman (2002) who was basically more mesmerized than scared about his future or how people would see him and another one is The Amzing Spider-Man (2012) whch was just basically an epic fail all together. A film that did this really well except it was adults was Fantastic Four (2005). Timothy Olyphant was an unbelievable Henri who basically a guardian of Number Four and older brother/father figure to him. Now you wanna see a good bad guy well you came to the right movie because Kevin Durand was perfect to play the Mogadorian Commander. He can play rude, ugly, and cruel very well with a dash of comedy sprinkled in. You may remember Kevin Durand as Fred Dukes/The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).

MUSICThe music was unbelievable when you wanted to get pumped and into a fight. It was all well produced and well orchestrated but don’t expect a huge inspired by the movie soundtrack.

SOUND EFFECTS: Perfect. With the amount of powers and fight scenes they had they really knew what sound was perfect for where and when.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: Top Notch! Number Six (played by Teresa Palmer who would have been the star of the sequel that unfortunately didn’t get made due to screenplay disagreements) had the power of invisibility. When you have a character with this power you need the right demonstration of it and to show someone appear and reappear the amount of times she did in fight scenes was great and the sound effects combined with it just made it even cooler. Number Four’s light power is all about the glow that came off his palms. It had to be done in a way that it wouldn’t come off as an Iron Man poser. They succeeded by adding a little of blue flair and a neon tint to it that you can see in most poster for the film. If you are studying Special Effects watch the ending of this movie!

 

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Action, Marvel Comics, Netflix, Superhero Movie

Iron Fist Season 1

Rating Categories:

  • Overall Rating: 6 Stars
  • Plot: 5 Stars
  • Script: 6 Stars
  • Acting: 7 Stars
  • Music: 7 Starss
  • Sound Effects: 9 Stars
  • Special Effects: 6 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: For the 4th Marvel show to hit Netflix it did surprisingly bad. Just when you thought Netflix and Marvel knew what they were doing with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage they ended it by blowing up The Defenders prequels. The show was supposed to be all about Danny Rand/Iron Fist, so much for that. It had to much focus on the side characters and not enough focus on background story of the hero and villain. I say this because in Daredevil they showed Matt Murdock as a kid with his father and Stick a few times and eventually showed King Pin’s childhood life. Same went for Jessica Jones they showed her as a young girl and Killgrave’s history with mind control. Who is Danny Rand before he became the Iron Fist, just a kid with no parents? Do not a expect a great villain, it’s kind of like a Luke Cage villain scenario. You’ll have no idea who really is the main villain for a while. Expect to see old faces from other shows to pop up too. Hopefully, when they use Iron Fist and Danny Rand again they portray him more as a superhero and not just as a super.

SCRIPT: The script is decent however, some lines are just plain or boring. Sometimes it was the actors portrayal but you could tell what lines were fillers just to get a character to speak in a situation. Sometimes not saying anything has more of an effect on a scene.

ACTING: The casting for this show was average for a Marvel TV show. In other words mostly unfamiliar faces. The actors they chose however worked and portrayed their characters well. If only they had a script and plot that can help them utilize their talent. I hope you see the familiar ones in The Defenders.

MUSIC: The opening theme is basic but memorable and the show music is compatible with a fighting scenes. The dramatic music was not used as much due to very little drama in the characters personal life that the viewer knows about.

SOUND EFFECTS: For your basic exaggerated/superhero fight scenes it was basically Hollywood realistic. I think most people are happy with that now if not used to it.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: I expected more after watching Luke Cage which is also a jam packed fist fight show with some special effects for gun violence. The special effects you got were not movie magic unfortunately, they were cable TV style. Netflix shows should be somewhere in the middle.

 

Drama, Marvel Comics, Netflix, Superhero Movie

Jessica Jones Season 1

Rating Categories:

  • Overall Rating: 8 Stars
  • Love, Hate and Friendship Portrayal: 8 Stars
  • Special Effects: 8 Stars
  • Plot: 8 Stars
  • Script: 9 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 8 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 9 Stars

For the second Marvel show to hits Netflix it did surprisingly well. Not a lot of people knew anything about the character or any aliases of the characters in the show.

The show did a great job of portraying the consequences that come with being a superhero and it isn’t all about saving the day, its also about the difference between revenge and justice. The best part of the cast and the characters are seeing Luke Cage getting introduced and seeing David Tennant back at it again playing another extraordinary gifted character just like his past roles as the 10th Doctor in Doctor Who and Barty Crouch Jr. form Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

One of the biggest problems with the show is it appears to be a buffer between Daredevil and Luke Cage but eventually you get over that and you just want to know what happens with the storyline.

Some say its better than Daredevil Season 1 though I disagree.