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Avengers: Endgame Review

Avengers: Endgame is a film which comes directed by both Anthony and Joe Russo who some may know as the directors of the previous Marvel films such as Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. The film stars Brie Larson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Josh Brolin and Paul Rudd. The film is a direct continuation of the previous film in the series Avengers: Infinity War, so it is advised to at least see that film before going in and seeing this one at the cinema this weekend.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going on for some time now and I still remember how excited I was to see the first Iron Man and Hulk films back when Marvel first started releasing these films. It’s now 11 years later and after many film releases for multiple characters in this film universe for some time now, it’s all come down to this final film in the series.

With last year’s Avengers: Infinity War ending with such a cliffhanger and having enjoyed that film so much a year ago when I saw it, I was keen to see what the end of it all will be in this year’s Avengers: Endgame. The film doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its main plot and doesn’t waste time getting straight to business, that is, defeating Thanos. I don’t want to go too much more into the actual details of the plot as I would like to keep things spoiler free in this review, but throughout the 3 hour run time, I did feel that each of the many characters in the film got just the right amount of screen time that they deserved. In some ways though, at times I did feel that the plot was a little far fetched at times with certain elements, but somehow Avengers: Endgame does get away with most things being believable enough in the end. But this is probably my only complaint about this film.

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton in Avengers: Endgame

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton in Avengers: Endgame

The actors I felt were the highlight of the Avengers: Endgame experience. It was great to see Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Josh Brolin and Paul Rudd all on the big screen again. They have all become so good with their characters, that I always enjoy seeing more from each of them. I did feel that that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel didn’t really get enough screen time, which was disappointing considering we just had an entire film building up the character, I was expecting a little more. But I was impressed that we got a lot of screen time for Scarlett Johansson’s Romanoff character which hasn’t been used so much in recent films and we also got quite a bit of screen time for Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye. With so many characters in this film and so many great actors playing them, it’s hard to mention all of them, but every actor in this does a great job with the character they have for themselves. With many of them, leaving me hoping that they get more films in the future for their characters to be on the big screen yet again.

The special effects in this are rather good. They’re not on the level of what we saw in this year’s Alita: Battle Angel, but they’re similar to what we saw in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. In Endgame, there are some particularly large battles that do occur in this film and I was very impressed with the sheer scale of everything happening on the big screen. Every hero has their moments, but some of the best effects in this film shined on characters such as Thanos, Iron-Man, Thor and Captain America. There were certain moments in the film that I absolutely loved seeing happen on the big screen and I’m not going to mention them as it’s a spoiler, but I don’t think there will be anyone disappointed with the action component of this film.

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame

Overall the Avengers: Endgame film experience is everything that a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan would want. The Russo brothers did a great job with the directing and the pacing of the film and even though it was 3 hours long, it didn’t feel like too much and every character got a decent amount of screen time. My only complaint about the film is that at times I felt it was a little far fetched, but generally the plot was rather good. The actors definitely are the highlights of the film experience, with so many great moments from so many of the cast involved. The special effects are also awesome. In the end, there’s very little in the Avengers: Endgame experience to complain about and as a film experience at the cinema this weekend, it’s certainly a must see for any fan that’s been following this universe. I’m happy to recommend seeing the film this weekend.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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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 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

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