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Avengers: Infinity War Review – Spoiler Free

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Avengers: Infinity War is the latest film in the Marvel movie franchise to be released and the 19th film released by Marvel taking place in the Marvel cinematic universe. Avengers: Infinity War comes directed by Anthony and Joe Russo who some may know as the directors of Captain America: Civil War or Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film stars Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr. Zoe Saldana and Tom Hiddleston.

Going into this film, I wasn’t sure really if it would be that great. To me, when I watched all of the trailers and saw all of the many ads for it, I felt that it was basically just a film with a massive battle towards the end, with everyone in it and it was going to be some sort of cameo festival. The film has 64 main characters in it according to IMDB and I just didn’t see what the appeal of having something like this was. But nevertheless I went in to see it, being a superhero film fan and all, how could I not?

I came out of the film quite impressed with what they achieved with this addition to the Marvel movie franchise. There’s very little disappointing moments and even though I can clearly tell that it is filled with cameo after cameo of heroes, it somehow worked and it worked well. Nothing felt at all awkward or had out-of-place pacing making some scenes disjointed like I thought it might, they all just sort of fit together and I guess that’s a major credit to the two directors. They certainly paced the film well.

I don’t want to go into too much of the plot at all in this review as I went into this film not really knowing all that much about it so I will be as brief as possible (skip this paragraph if you want to know nothing at all about the story). But basically what’s going on is that there’s a new super villain who has turned up and his name is Thanos (Josh Brolin). His goal is that he basically wants to create a devastating weapon which would put the lives of many people on Earth and the rest of the universe in danger, but the final parts of the weapon are on planet Earth and it’s up to our Avengers to stop him before he can make his weapon. But can they all come together and do it? As superhero films go, this type of plot is nothing new, it’s common in these stories for the villain to be wanting to destroy the world or universe and our heroes need to stop them. So there’s nothing really special with this, but there are some very interesting themes spread deep within this film such as an overpopulation theme and also a focus on death as well as a few others I won’t mention because it’s sort of spoiler territory. But if I could discuss them further, I would just say that it’s the themes under the main plot which make this film an interesting watch and one that would give you quite a lot of discussion points for you and your friends as you come out of seeing it this weekend.

Iron Man - Avengers: Infinity War Review - Spoiler Free

Iron Man – Avengers: Infinity War Review – Spoiler Free

As an action film, Avengers: Infinity War delivers this better than most would this year. The film had action at the centre of its core and I think there are more action sequences in this than any other superhero film I’ve ever seen. Pretty much every single hero in this film gets into at least 1 fight and there are multiple fights happening across the whole Universe. There’s explosions, magic, fist fights, shooting and much more. The CGI is also quite good and I actually really enjoyed Thanos and the way this villain was presented. We’ve had CGI villains in films before, most memorable recently was the one in Justice League, but Thanos was much better done. In the film I was also very impressed with the new look for Iron Man which seems to get better every time I see the character in a new film and Spider-Man’s suit also had the same treatment. Both heroes had quite a few new tricks which made the audience in my cinema gasp as they saw a few of them get revealed.

It’s hard to comment on every performance in this film. But I had a good time watching both Robert Downey Jr. and also Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Infinity War. The two have probably the more interesting characters in the mix and always seem to capture the most attention when either of them are on-screen. I hope to see them in many more films in the future. I also really enjoyed watching Josh Brolin and his performance as Thanos. I’m not too sure how much of the CGI movements were actually Brolin or just animated, but either way he was well presented and the voicing was spot on. Zoe Saldanna who plays Gamora had a lot more screen time than I expected her to get, but she was actually one of the standout actors in the film and delivered a strong emotional performance that I think many will remember for a while after leaving, her character had a lot to do.

Thor with his new best mate Rocket - Avengers: Infinity War Review - Spoiler Free

Thor with his new best mate Rocket – Avengers: Infinity War Review – Spoiler Free

Overall Avengers: Infinity War is an exceptional action film which delivers everything a movie goer could want going in for explosions and special effects. The story is done well considering how many characters they had to fit into this film and things were well paced. The underlying themes and the core messaging within the movie will stay with people for some time after leaving the cinema and give fans a lot to discuss. The actors all do great and are all very impressive, with my favourites in this film being Zoe Saldanna, Josh Brolin, Chirs Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. I’m happy to recommend going to see Avengers: Infinity War, it’s sure to impress many comic book fans and also casual movie goers looking for some fun action at the cinema this weekend.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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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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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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