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Alita: Battle Angel Review – Spoiler Free

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Alita: Battle Angel is a film which comes directed by Robert Rodriguez who some may know as the director of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For or Spy Kids.The film stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Conelly, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein. Alita: Battle Angel’s screenplay comes written by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez.

Alita: Battle Angel was teased with many trailers throughout much of 2018 and each time I would see one of them, I thought wow that movie looks great! But the release date was always so far away that I was left waiting for such a long time to see it. Going into the cinema last week to see Alita: Battle Angel, I was quite excited to finally get a chance to see this film.

There are very few films out there that I can say have truly good cgi and while I could tell this one was looking good from the trailers that I had seen, I really had no idea what I was in for once I saw the whole thing on the big screen. After coming out of the film this week, I have to say, that Alita: Battle Angel has probably the best CGI and special effects I’ve seen in any film in recent years and I doubt anything released from any of the major blockbusters this year will look better than Alita: Battle Angel, in fact I doubt anything will even come near. Watching the film and seeing Alita alongside some of the real life actors, you really can believe she is standing right there with them. It’s amazing how far this technology has come in recent years.

The film takes place in a futuristic cyberpunk dytopian world in which humans and technology have become essentially one and the same thing. There are people walking around with body augmentations and special abilities. There are also cyborgs, which is what Alita (Rosa Salazar) is. The story of the film is that Alita is a cyborg who was found in a dump essentially destroyed, but is revived by Dr. Dyson (Christoph Waltz). Alita doesn’t really remember who she is and the film is basically a story where Alita needs to go on a quest to discover who she is and what her past was.

Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in Alita: Battle Angel

Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in Alita: Battle Angel

I thought that the story of Alita was a very interesting one. In these big blockbuster films, it’s rare actually that I come to actually care about the the character that is in one. There’s usually not much effort put into a characters backstory or development as the film progresses as this is often let go in favour of action set pieces of long special effects sequences. Alita: Battle Angel has every opportunity to ditch its character building in favour of special effects sequences and it can easily do that because it has the best effects I’ve seen, but it doesn’t do that. The writers and the director of the film have ensured that there is a solid blend between the two. This makes Alita: Battle Angel quite a good film experience. I loved the character of Alita and I loved seeing her discover who she was and watching her fight as she went on her journey in the many action scenes she participated in. It was awesome!

Rosa Salazar is Alita in Alita: Battle Angel

Rosa Salazar is Alita in Alita: Battle Angel

The acting in the film is quite good. There are some great actors in Alita: Battle Angel including both Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali who both do very well in the film. The two were amongst the few non cgi actors in the film. But it was Rosa Salazar who I thought did exceptionally well as Alita. The actress is basically all cgi because that’s what Alita is, but her voice acting and movements were all recorded to make the character move and talk. Rosa did bring Alita to life and as character on the big screen, she really stood out and made Alita one of my favourite characters in recent years. This film probably cost a fortune to make, but if they can make another one, I’d be very happy to see a sequel and Alita on the big screen again.

Overall I really enjoyed seeing Alita: Battle Angel at the cinema this week and I highly recommend for you to go and see it as well. It’s got a great cast of actors including Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali, all of which were very impressive. The story is well told and the character of Alita is very likeable and well developed. Where the film really does stand out though is with its special effects, which I doubt will be topped by anything else in 2019 and probably well past 2020. It’s rare that you get to see truly good cgi in a film which is also very well made. A lot of care went into making this by its filmmakers and it shows. Alita: Battle Angel is definitely a film worth seeing at the cinema this weekend.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber Review

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

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